If you’ve never come across the DD-8 digital delay, then quite frankly, you’re missing out. First unveiled in 2019, the DD-8 is, in many ways, the ultimate digital delay pedal. It brings together decades of development into delay pedals to create something truly unique that will undoubtedly change your effects board for good.
From Pop Rock to Shoegaze, delay is one of the most popular types of effect in modern music, but as with many effects, there are countless styles of delay and this provides a problem for manufacturers. Put simply, how do you get as many kinds of delay as possible into one pedal?
After all, while some guitarists will be content with a standard digital delay, others will want a choice of analogue, Tape, Warm, Shimmer, as well as countless other popular modes. The problem is that either this means a guitarist has to carry around a massive effects board, or else companies have to build an impractically large beast of a pedal, that you’ll never be able to fit onto your board in the first place.
Look at the DD-500, for example. Although it does have more effects than most guitarists could ever dream of, it’s at least twice the size of most other Boss pedals and completely breaks with Boss’s iconic compact design.
You just can’t get that many effects into one small pedal… or can you?
You see, although that was the popular wisdom amongst manufacturers for many years, everything changed when Boss came out with the DD-7. In many respects, the DD-7 redefined what a delay pedal could be, proving for the first time that you really could cram all kinds of delay styles into one, normal-sized case. Ultimately, it was not only a fantastic innovation, but it opened the door for what is probably the best general-purpose delay pedal on the market today: the DD-8 Digital Delay.
The Boss DD-8 Digital Delay is certainly a beast, but somehow that beast has been caged. Bringing together all the effects of the DD-7, with a whole host of new modes, the DD-8 has eleven different settings including Reverb, Stereo Pan, and even a looper. All of these are controlled through an efficient layout of just four knobs, and it comes with two inputs and two outputs.
At the end of the day, this is a pedal that either can bathe your guitar in reverberation or add just a touch of warmth. Whether you’re looking to bring Shoegaze to life or just to find something that will help fill out your sound, this could well be the digital delay pedal for you.