A little DD-5 help?

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  1. ARch

    ARch Member

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    First off, I love my Boss DD-5. In that way.

    I started to do some recording last night and when I engaged the DD-5, I noticed the delay rate wasn't what I had left tapped in before -- it was a bit fast. No big deal, I though, and I tapped in a new tempo using the FS-5U external tap... only there was no tempo change.

    I leaned down and spun the Delay Time knob around a little -- and there was no change there, either. This was on the dotted eighth note setting, so I tried a few more delay styles. I was able to get some rate change on settings 1-4, but not the normal alien-warping-pitch-shifting sound when you play and turn the Delay Time knob at the same time.

    I experimented with the pedal chain a little, ran straight into and out of the DD-5... no change. This pedal is anchored to me board and would never get jostled, and it was working fine the day before. The only thing I didn't try that I could think of was to change power sources, which I'll do when I go home later today.

    Any ideas what might have caused this? If so, got a fix?

    Worse comes to worse and something's damaged -- will Analog Mike fix her up if I send it in for one of his mods (High Cut? Reverse Kill?).
     
  2. willyredeemed

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    maybe a faulty cable. you cant use the delay rate knob for settings 8-11...those have to be set by tap tempo switch. using the delay rate knob for these settings do not affect delay rate.
     
  3. ARch

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    I hope you're right, but I really thought I'd used that in the past. Hopefully it's a faulty memory and not a faulty pedal :D I run George L's, and while I haven't had many of them fail on me, this would be a perfect time for it.
     
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    i also use GLs. yesterday i re-arranged my pedalboard and had to make new lengths. after setting everything up, i plugged in everything, picked up the guitar and strummed a confident E chord--no sound. i rechecked and found that cable that didn't have a good connection...it was because i didnt cut the wire flush. i recut it a hair back from the initial cut, put the connectors on and plugged it back into the cable and voila, problem solved.
     
  5. ARch

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    Yeah, I've had to make the same adjustments when redoing the board, but haven't had many die while in use and not being moved.

    At the same time, a DD-5 just popped up on Craigslist on the cheap -- for the price, I really can't pass it up as either a replacement for mine, or if mine's not really broken - trade bait for you guys.

    Thanks for the advice--
     
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    I also use GLs and i've had the same thing happen to me time and time again....hard to tell sometimes if the connections are the best.
     
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    i had the same "error". I use 2 dd-5 and the memory lane and i tap them with a "3-Way Y-Cabel". So i can set the delay-time for the 3 pedals with one tap-pedal.

    first check the fs5u-polarity and then check the cabel!!!

    cheers
     
  8. willyredeemed

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    who in the world makes a 3 way cable???
     
  9. ARch

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    If it turns out to be the cable, I'm probably still keeping both DD-5s at least for a short time for the stereo Y w/ tap tempo.

    If my DL-4 took an external tap I'd be looking for a 3-way as well :D!

    Polarity is good, so the cable is next, and then some contact cleaner on the Delay Time pot.
     
  10. yorick

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    Mine actually did the same thing about 3 weeks ago, and I couldn't figure out what was up--I pretty much tried all the same things you did. Just as I was about to pull it off my board and go on the hunt for a new one, it mysteriously started working again a couple of days later--it's been fine since--Can pedals get spyware? :)

    Anyway, even though it appears to be fine now, I'm def going to be picking up a spare here pretty quick.
     
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    a good friend of mine...:dude
    i tell yeh, it's great!!!!!
     
  12. ARch

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    Well, that's another thing -- this all seems very vaguely familiar... "Just wait longer" will be test step #4.
     
  13. Tbone135

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    I love my DD-5 too. I can't imagine why Boss doesn't reissue this stage necessity.

    I use a big clunky noisy Radio Shack cheapo cable for the tap input. It sounds like poo, but it's indestructible and the sound quality doesn't matter for this application anyway.
     
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    i think you should get a wireless for your tap tempo!:roll

    what's up arch....been a while. wanna trade your BOR for my rc boost?
     
  15. ARch

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    Wireless would've solved this problem. Yes, it was the cable. That said, DD-5 #2 will soon be in my possession!

    Also, you know that trade isn't fair. I'd do BoR + POG for the RC though. Herbie Hancock signed it, right?
     
  16. willyredeemed

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    yay! i'm glad you found the problem.
     

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