Quick Links. Table of Contents. Owner's Manual. These sections provide important information con- cerning the proper operation of the unit. Even in HOLD mode, there is plenty of room for loop play and sound on sound. Page 4: Panel Description Panel Description fig.
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Protect your investment. Register your product and stay up-to-date with the latest warranty information. Just a few of the many BOSS delay pedals through the years. Among them are everyday guitar staples like overdrive, distortion, and reverb, as well as unique effects like Slow Gear and Slicer, just to name a few.
Over the years, a rather significant number of BOSS pedals have been devoted to the delay effect, another essential sound tool for musicians, and guitarists in particular. To date, 20 different models have provided delay and echo effects in one form or another.
Sit back and settle in as we run down the entire history of BOSS delay pedals through the decades, from to present. BOSS and Roland its parent company have been innovating with delay effects since their earliest days. On the Roland side, the RE Space Echo—first introduced in —is widely regarded as the premier tape-based delay unit ever made. While BOSS has made rack and tabletop delay units over the years, the main focus has been on pedal-based effects that sound great, are easy to use, and affordable for all types of players.
While limited in frequency response and versatility in comparison to a Space Echo, the analog DM-1 had a very nice sound and provided delay times up to milliseconds.
One of the ways they did this was to limit the frequency response of the effect sound. Over 30 years after it was discontinued, the DM-2 remains highly sought-after by players everywhere, and is a hot commodity on the used pedal market. BOSS and Roland are widely recognized for creating many milestone products in the music gear industry, and the DD-2 is most certainly one of them.
Thanks to its rich, guitar-friendly sound, it also found a home in large-scale rack rigs used by serious pro players. The SDE used a custom IC chip built specifically for the product; the original concept of the DD-2 was born when the BOSS engineers discovered, to their surprise, that this powerful chip would actually fit inside a compact pedal chassis though just barely. With that, the next formidable steps were to fit the rest of the electronics in as well, and to power it all with a 9-volt battery!
After an intense development period, the DD-2 was released. With its max delay time of milliseconds and clear-yet-warm tone, the pedal was an instant smash and a must-have item. The DD-2 set the standard for the flurry of digital delay stomps that would come after from BOSS and other manufacturers, and every one of them owes its heritage to this revolutionary pedal.
While the digital DD-2 was taking off in popularity, the analog DM-2 remained in the lineup for a time as a less expensive pedal delay alternative. The DM-3 also featured a Direct Out jack for sending dry and effect signals to two separate amps, as well as some unique knobs not seen on any other BOSS pedals before or since.
Though many effects aficionados cite the DM-2 as having superior tone, the DM-3 really sounds quite similar to my ears. While samplers had started to hit the scene a bit earlier, they were typically high-cost devices used mainly in studios. As digital technology began to take over the electronics world in the s, the wholesale prices of components decreased rapidly.
This allowed manufacturers to bring less expensive products to the marketplace, and the DD-2 was a direct beneficiary of this trend. Other than minor cosmetic differences, the DD-3 is identical to the original DD Like the DD-3, which was released at the same time, the DSD-3 took advantage of plummeting component costs to bring a less expensive version of the DSD-2 to the market.
Why am I including it here? Because delay functionality is offered as one of its many sound modes. It can be set up to one octave up or down, or to any interval in-between with Manual mode. The RV-3 was the successor to the RV-2, and featured great performance gains thanks to a next-generation custom DSP and general improvements in digital technologies. It also cost less, and could run on a 9-volt battery. As you can imagine, all these cool capabilities resulted in one wildly popular pedal!
While the delay functionality is the same as the PS-2, the pitch-shifting abilities were really expanded. Pitch can be shifted up or down over two full octaves, and a Detune mode allows you to create chorus-like tones. In addition, each of these functions can be used in dual modes, where you can create two independent pitch shifts at once. Each can also be sent to separate outputs when the pedal is used in stereo.
BOSS addressed this performance gap with the DD-5 , and added a lot of high-end features along with it. Tempo-sync delays are also available, with the ability to tap in the time via an external footswitch.
However, the simplicity and great sound of the DD-3 continued to hit the sweet spot for lots of players, and is the reason why it remains in the lineup to this day. First off, the max delay was increased to 5. The Hold function was also enhanced, with 5. In addition to these feature tweaks, the DD-6 introduced an all-new Warp mode, which allows you to easily create tape-style pitch and oscillation effects just by pressing and holding the pedal switch. This approach was widely embraced by creative musicians everywhere, and the series soon began to expand.
In , the DD brought digital delay to the Twin Pedal format, and it quickly became the top choice for players looking for advanced delay features in stomp form. Eleven sound modes provide a variety of delay flavors, including the standard DD-3 style delay, warm BBD analog and tape emulations including dual-head Space Echo effects , reverse, SOS sound-on-sound , and more. Warp mode from the DD-6 is also included, as well as new Smooth and Twist modes for additional unique sounds.
With a whopping 23 seconds of delay time, handy LED display, and memories for storing four delay settings in addition to the current manual setting, the DD provided capabilities that put it at the top of its class when introduced and that still outrank most pedals today. The two onboard pedal switches make tap tempo, memory select, and other delay operations easier, and an external switch can be plugged in for additional control.
Though there were a number of different models through the years, the RE Space Echo was both the enduring benchmark and most popular. With three separate playback heads, built-in spring reverb, and distinctive position Mode Selector, the RE was easy to use and capable of a wide range of creative, organic echo effects.
For example, tweaking the Repeat Rate not only adjusts the delay time, but also mimics the unique pitch-shifting behavior that occurs in the RE as its physical motors gradually slow down or speed up the tape loop. The RE includes some modern conveniences as well. The max delay time has been increased to 6.
Additionally, Hold mode now provides up to 40 seconds of sound-on-sound recording, allowing the DD-7 to function quite capably for looping tasks.
The pedal also includes Analog and Modulate modes borrowed from the DD All in all, the DD-7 delivers an amazing amount of delay versatility in one small pedal. Pressing and holding the pedal switch engages the cool Freeze function, which holds the effect sound to provide an ambient bed for playing over the top.
In Standard mode, the DM-2W is a complete replica of the DM-2, delivering the same rich, all-analog tone that made the original such a classic. But BOSS wanted to go beyond a simple reissue, so they added a Custom mode that more than doubles the available delay time to milliseconds, while slightly cleaning up the grittiness for more definition and clarity.
The pedal also has the ability to send dry and effect sounds to two different amps, a feature grabbed from the DM While its predecessor sounds exceptional, the RV-6 kicks things up to new heights, delivering rich, expansive tones equal to or exceeding boutique pedals and studio rack units costing much more. As detailed earlier, delay modes were present in the RV-2 and RV-3 pedal. However, the next-generation RV-5 focused on reverb only. Due to many user requests, some delay functionality has been brought back in the RV As you tweak the Time and Tone knobs, the reverb and delay characteristics are adjusted in multiple ways under the hood, providing ideal combo tones at every setting.
With its exceptional audio quality, wide-ranging sound modes, and easy usability, the DD is the most powerful stompbox delay ever to hit the market, bar none. In addition, it has a ton of fresh, modern effects that combine delays with filtering, modulation, pitch shifting, and more. You can read all about the features the amazing DD has on tap in this previous post. Throughout this historic review, a common thread is certainly clear: BOSS is always innovating, striving to create top-quality products that support the needs of musicians of all levels, from amateur players to high-end pros ripping it up nightly for audiences in the thousands.
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