The DFX9 Digital Delay generates an incredible assortment of digital delay effects ranging from delay and doubling to slap back, echoes and infinite repeat. with up to 1000 ms of delay plus 12-bit processing, 90 db S/N, and a 40 Hz to 20 kHz bandw...
I bought this one from some middle aged guy who'd still kept the original box, manual, and battery cover. What prompted me to get a standalone digital delay, though? Perhaps I had some nostalgia from the days when I'd messed with a friend's DD-7. Maybe I liked the idea of creating short but infinite repeats. Whatever it was, I went ahead and paid about fifty bucks for this toy from the waning days of the eighties.
It's not the best delay you'll ever hear. The shortest delay options on the Range/Mode know are, it should be said, utterly useless. You have to crank it to the 63ms option to get anything remotely audible. From there, the delay times become good enough for practical playing. It's 12-bit digital, so you're operating below CD quality; nevertheless, its a clean sound overall.
The real draw here, however, isn't the delays themselves. It's the weird little repeat mode. It's worlds away from your modern loopers or freeze functions, but its got its own little charm. You can only capture about a second's worth of music, but that's where your imagination can take hold. Want to repeat a single note or keep a chord that will chop in over and over again? Here's your machine. Think of what Zappa did live in 1988. A better use for it, however, is to nab some kind of sustained ambiance and hold it. Then, by tweaking the Delay parameter, you get to shift the pitch of the sampled pad. Turn a rumble into a hiss, or reshape a dreamy pad into an ominous drone. Instant ambient! The low bit depth ensures you'll get a sound brimming with character.
If you're into more out-there genres, try to score one of these. If you're more straight-ahead, need a super basic digital delay, and happen to see one of these for cheap, I guess you might enjoy it too. Just know that there are better options these days.