Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Pedal Review
- Pros: Intuitive and user-friendly. It’s a durable, versatile, and great-sounding pedal.
- Cons: The price might sting a bit for the average musician.
- Overall: The value of this pedal, its wide range of sounds, and the fact that it will probably last generations easily makes up for the price.
The Boss DD-7’s predecessor, the DD-5, has been a staple on my pedal board for years. In fact, I wouldn’t play a show without it. The multiple settings allow for a wide variety of sounds from slap-back delays to reverse delay to an analogue delay that, with a little tweaking of the other three knobs–delay time, feedback, and effect level–can sound like anything from infinite sustain to a healthy reverb. This pedal is almost its own little effects board.
The DD-7 builds on the same principles of its previous models but with a couple of added bells and whistles. Like its predecessors, the DD-7 offers great delay tones with a reverse delay setting, an analog setting, and a modulate setting. All of the great setting options and combinations from the previous models are present and the sound is clear and crisp.
The DD-7 adds on a “Hold” mode which allows the user to record up to 40 seconds of sound and loop it back for a multiple instrument effect. This is a very cool and useful feature; however, it is one of the DD-7’s least intuitive features. It took me 20 minutes or so of fiddling around with it to get it to loop in somewhat the manner that I was going for. And even then, it wasn’t quite spot-on. A little research in the user manual and a few hours in the wood shed, though, and I’m sure there wouldn’t be any problems. Still, it’s hard to shake the feeling that, as an improvement over previous designs, the looping function was purely for show as it really doesn’t provide for full-scale looping and so many guitarists already have loop pedals. In essence, it’s cool but probably not necessary.
Also, the DD-7 adds more length to the delay-time options. This upgraded version allows for up to 3,200 ms delay (6.4 seconds) which, if you’re in the business of making crazy, somewhat random, sounds (and many of us are), then it’s totally awesome. Furthermore, and though this was also a feature of the DD-6, the DD-7 allows for tap-tempo delay, a great solution to when your band members furrow their collective brows at you for your seemingly off-tempo effects.
The analogue setting is warm and round and for a digital delay, the DD-7 does a pretty good job of reproducing an analog effect.
Overall, this is a great pedal. It’s worth the price which, by quality guitar pedal standards, really isn’t that much even though so many of us cringe at the thought of dropping a couple of hundreds these days. It’s a solid, standard digital delay. It doesn’t do anything particularly original but rather sticks to the tried and true delay effects that many guitarists consistently demand.