Filled with newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. This incredible sound-creation toolbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes with exceptional audio quality, plus deep editing cont...
"Tony Levin’s bass and Chapman Stick rig is equally impressive, as he has a tasty pedalboard featuring top–of–the–line mass production delays like the Boss DD–500 and the Electro–Harmonix Stereo Memory Man w/ Hazarai, as well as choice boutique picks like the 3Leaf Audio Octave and Analogman Bi–Compressor. Levin also employs two Kemper Profilers."more
Phil Wickham posted this photo of him looking out into the crowd during a live performance. He pedalboard was caught in the shot just to his right. Probably one of the ONLY pedals recognizable enough from this shot is the BOSS DD-500 Digital Delay in the bottom center of his board.more
Filled with newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. This incredible sound-creation toolbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes with exceptional audio quality, plus deep editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories, MIDI, and much more. From basic echo to dead-on emulations of classic delays to incredibly lush spatial textures that take your breath away, the DD-500 will launch your music places you never thought possible.
This pedal is amazing, I think it took a lot of inspiration from the Timeline by Strymon but it is its own unique pedal that has some amazing easily accessible sounds. However it is a little too complicated for me to go into the details of the sounds however I am still able to create some sounds on presets that I love.
There are so many full-featured digital delays to choose from at this point. I went with the DD-500 because of the classic Boss/Roland delays it emulates, which are among my favorite--not to mention, huge fan of Lindsey Buckingham's soaring, long, Boss Digi-Delay tones. This pedal nails it, along with other fun delays that would take some clever routing/effect looping to pull off otherwise. Won't be trading it in for a long time.
I love tinkering with this thing, and finding sounds that I've never heard before. You can do that an awful lot with how many algorithms are at play here. I'm having a lot of fun getting bit-crushed, filtered delays, and using patches to essentially create modulation lines. HOWEVER, I have found the basic stuff to be a bit uninspiring. I never use the standard mode, and while Vintage Digital and the tape emulations have a certain percussiveness that makes them great for dotted 8th and rhythmic patterns, there's something a little sterile about the sound that makes playing them feel a little flat and uninspiring when what you want is some Gilmour-esque space-making delay. It's a touch disheartening to have this incredible machine at my feet and still feel the need to pick up an ARP-87 or a Flashback to use alongside it, but I can't complain to much because the sounds I enjoy are hugely inspiring. If you're hear to tweak and discover, you just might find a sound you never knew you needed here.
Traded in my Strymon timeline for the dd500, not only more cost effective, but sounds better in my opinion. Tape sounds are amazing, and I love that they take the editing to the next level. Sometimes I feel like its almost too deep into editing, but comes in handy for recording uses and for super studio quality delays.
Also fixes the buffer bypass love/hate relationship I had with boss. Where you can now choose buffered or true bypass. Fantastic.
THE EXTRA FEATURES DO NOT MAKE IT MORE COMPLICATED though. I just want to make sure that is fully expressed. You don't have to go into the deep editing features to get great tones.
Fantastic pedal looking forward to trying out the new Verb and mod pedal they put out.