Even with the best-selling delays in compact-pedal history, BOSS continues to push the envelope and innovate. The new DD-7 takes the best features from its predecessors and expands the creative pot... read more
Even with the best-selling delays in compact-pedal history, BOSS continues to push the envelope and innovate. The new DD-7 takes the best features from its predecessors and expands the creative potential with Modulation Delay mode, classic modeled Analog Delay mode, External pedal control options, longer delay time, and more.
- Expanded delay time, up to 6.4 seconds
- Modulation Delay mode offers natural, chorus-type sounds
- Analog Delay mode models the classic warm BOSS DM-2 analog delay sound
- Tap tempo controllable via external footswitch
- Delay time, feedback, and effect level can be controlled via external Expression pedal (sold separately)
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Very cool delay!
After messing with this delay pretty much constantly for about 2 weeks, It's safe to say I love this pedal. There's a HUGE amount of variation you can get with the regular delay settings, with both the 'D. Time' knob and the knob allowing you to select a certain millisecond time to base your delay off. These features combined allows you to really get the delay your after. The reverse mode is excellent for experimenting and creating ambient type swells, yet creating unique effects. The analogue mode is probably my favourite, as it encapsulates the classic, sought after, Boss DM-2. I'm a huge fan of that pedal, yet as discontinued, tends to fetch huge prices on websites such as eBay and Reverb. The DD-7 also has a modulate effect, adding a light chorus to the delay. The 'Hold' feature puts a 40 second looper into the mix! I wasn't even aware of this when I bought the pedal, so it was a pleasant surprise. I use it as a song/riff writing tool mainly. It works great.
Overall, I love this pedal, and use it a lot! It does everything I'd want a delay pedal to do, for my needs, and does it well. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting a good solid, delay.
Workmanlike but dependable
This is the most recent BOSS stompbox digital delay, introduced in about 2009 or so. I think BOSS are due an update at some point in the near future, as it will be ten years in the catalogue next year. I expect they'll take some newer features from their flagship DD-500 and shrink them down next time.
Yes...there's not all that much to say about this one. It does what it does well enough. I think my favourite setting is the modulated delay; I'm not all that keen on the reverse setting on this pedal. It will do totally clean digital delays with long report times with ease. The 'analogue' mode is supposed to simulate the warmth of the analogue BOSS DM-2, but it doesn't, really; the 'analogue' repeats just sound like they've been treated with a simple low-pass filter, and they don't 'warble' enough to convince as analogue-style repeats.
It's good enough, but it's just a bit...boring? Sterile? The DD-3 actually sounds more 'musical', in a way. Maybe I've been spoiled with other, more exciting offerings from TC Electronics, EHX and Earthquaker Devices, but it would be nice to see BOSS being a little more adventurous with their stompbox delays in future.
The tap tempo function is admittedly very useful in a band context though!
I would always see this pedal on other players boards. Since I worked several years producing live concerts and recording guitars in studio, the DD-7 was an always present figure. I never had one, though. Do not get me wrong. I have a Brazilian handmade Darta effects delay (which I think you should check it out if you like delays) and it served me well for 5 years playing metal. Now, I'm playing some post-rock/new-rock-wave (whatever you wanna called it, to me it's still ROCK) and I was looking to add a new delay, so 2 different setups on the board would give me more freedom to play. I got a second hand DD-7 and it is the DELAY LORD as I could remember from my "roadie/studio guy" days. Reverse delay, Hold function, and Modulation+delay are the features that helps the DD-7 stand out and be the greatest friend on your board. I even tried some tunes from U2 to Periphery, they all worked great.
The most versatile and compact of the digital delays!
This was my first 'Real' guitar effects pedal that started my unhealthy addiction to well, guitar pedals. Great for short delays, even better for longer delays and anything in between! I'm addicted to the Modulation setting and the reverse and analog setting are good fun to use as well. At the end of live shows, I usually set the Feedback knob on full and twirl around the delay time crazily to get wacked out spacey effects (with all my gain effects full bore). I use the Boss FS-5U for the tap tempo option which makes setting tempos a breeze with it, I recommend using the DD-7 this way because setting the tempo with the DD-7 by holding the pedal down for 2 seconds can kinda' kill the groove, especially turning it back off (you have to hold it for another 2 secs!). Another neat feature is the Hold Mode, which is useful to have for songwriting riffs and rhythms alone in your room, for live application it falls short, especially if your not good at keeping in time with tapping it on and off. Out of all my pedals this is the one pedal that will never leave my board and I never plan to replace it, the DD-7 has my sound and I cannot recommend it enough!
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My first delay pedal
This was my first effects pedal back in 2010, it was super inspiring at the time. I mostly used the analog voicing as I really dislike pristine digital repeats, although it really just sounds like digital delay with a heavy low pass filter, it doesn't have any modulation or Bucket Brigade like noise, but the the time knob responds in a BBD fashion and I was happy with the sound and controllable repeats.
The input A and B have different delay times, and you can use the stereo in's and out's in a lot of different configurations, the expression control/tap tempo is also a great feature.
The hold feature was a major selling point for me, i've composed lots of stuff with the dd7's looper, but sometimes I found the 50 second memory a bit short for longer loops i was doing. Still, its great to have it in this pedal.
Oh, and you can also use it as chorus pedal, wich is awesome! Just turn it full wet and bam, full on chorus sound!
Reasons why I don't give it 5 stars: - I would like to tweak modulation rate/depth or analog tone, not possible. - No undo function on the Looper. - It doesn't recall your loops once you power cycle or switch delay mode.
Although it feels very high quality and super robust it lacks in features compared to something like the EHX Canyon, but some people prefer it this way, and Boss is well known for it's reliability.