Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal Review
- Pros: Excellent sound quality.
- Cons: Limited selection of effects in comparison to other delay pedals.
- Overall: This is an excellent digital delay pedal, versatile and highly responsive.
The Boss DD-3 Digital Delay has been often referred to as a pearl, and not only because of its color. It is pure magic, and quickly became an essential component on my pedalboard. It is an amazingly guitarist-friendly delay box: easy to use, very sturdy, with a well designed footswitch typical of all Boss pedals. Apart from the favorable physical features, this classic pedal provides the awesome sounding digital delay. If you want a clear and crisp sound with precise repeats, the DD-3 is the right choice. Because of the short battery life, however, you should use an AC adapter for a longer performance.
The Boss DD-3 Digital Delay has four control knobs. The Effect Level knob regulates the output level of the delay sound. The Feedback knob controls the number of repetition of delay sound. When slightly turned, this knob produces a single slapback delay. As you turn the knob up, the number of repetition increases. However, when it is turned fully clockwise, while the Mode is set at L. 800 ms, the delay sound oscillates like the sound of a helicopter’s spinning blades. The Delay Time knob allows to adjust how much space is in-between the repeats. The Mode knob features 4 modes: short, middle, long and hold. The delay time ranges from 12,5ms to 800ms. A hold feature allows you to repeat the delay as long as you hold it. While interesting, this effect is rather unusable on stage.
The main drawback of the DD-3 is that it lacks certain features of later-version delay pedals, such as the upgraded Boss DD-7. For example, it doesn’t have an analog setting, reverse delay setting, loop or tap tempo. Despite those differences, it’s curious that the Boss DD-3 and DD-7 remain pretty similar in price.
The fans of a warm, analog sound should keep in mind that the DD-3 is a digital delay, so it will not be quite as warm as perhaps some analog deley pedals. The DD-3 is great at giving a crystal clear sound though. The Boss DD-3 can creates everything from slapbacks to noise waves, over perfect echoes. With just a few simple settings, it is also possible to create atmospheric sounds at 800ms — my favorite setting on the Mode knob.