Boss DD-20

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  1. rotren

    rotren Member

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    Those of you who use this pedal, what are it's strengths and weaknesses?

    Can it be powered by the 1-Spot adapter?

    I am thinking about picking one up so I can get some good delay options and the price is good.
     
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    It can use the 1-spot, but it does take a lot of power, so you might not be able to daisy chain a lot of pedals with it. I've got no real weaknesses for it besides that.
     
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    yes it can be powered by the one spot adapter. My only complain with the DD20 is that i would like more available memories for storing my delay sounds than the 5 on offer.
     
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    I love mine overall, but I wish the looper was better, of course it is a delay pedal, not a loop station.
     
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    great pedal...of the posts i've read here, no on really finds any significant flaws with the unit. i have one and it is a great delay pedal. it's replaced a H20, DL4 and analogman DD6.
     
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    I've also got an sib mr echo and eh mem. man d-lux on board. The dd-20 gets the most use.
     
  7. Windup 43

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    Yeah, the looping function is really a bonus, very useful but of course there are better dedicated units. Really can't think of any weaknesses- I had an Echo Park which didn't sound as good/wasn't as intuitive/versatile as the DD20. I find the analog and modulated settings particularly impressive. Great sounding unit, perfect compliment to my DMM.
     
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    My DD20 has been on my board for almost 5 years, I don't know if I can say that about any of my other pedals.
    It's super user friendly, and really sounds great.
    I also suggest getting a tap tempo pedal for it. It really comes in handy.
    The DD20 is probably my most stepped on pedal.
     
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    The 1 Spot has 1700ma of output
    the dd20 draws 100ma's

    so you could power 17 or 18 dd20's with one 1 spot...

    if you chain 8 pedals to one 1 spot...and only have a few to half of them on at once...then I cant imagine there being a problem with power...

    now if you power 18 pedals and they are ALL always on, then chances are your tone is suffering from alot of other stuff also...LOL
     
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    For me the strength of the pedal are the digital readout so you can recapture settings with no question and the different versions of delay avail. The weakness would be only 4 storage settings plus the one in the tube so to speak.

    brianf
     
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    Odd...I wonder if something might be wrong with my 1spot. I've ran it into the dd20, rc20xl, and three other pedals with much less draw, but it cuts the power if I don't unplug one of the others.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I will most likely go and get one real soon. I intend to power it with a 1-spot.
     
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    dd-20 is definitely my most stepped on pedal, not even a contest if you count the tap delay, but still wins without it.
     
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    It's a great pedal, no doubt about it. The couple things I'll add are...

    1) Play around with it (and read the instruction manual). The more I play with it the more amazing I find it.
    2) Get a tap tempo for it. I know this has been suggested by a couple of others. I just recently went this route, I wish I had done so at the beginning.
     
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    boss fs-5u, great tap tempo and attaches easily to pedalboard with velcro.
     
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    Non-latching for tap-tempo.

    The DD-20 is great...some trade-offs, but killer little package.

    Greg
     
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    trade offs being?

    what is the difference between latching and non? The actual click of the pedal or its functionality?
     
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    a latching pedal switches from on to off or vice versa and stays at the new setting - the on/off switches for FX pedals are latching. A non latching pedal only switches temporarily (while the pedal is down) then reverts to back to its default setting. The sustain pedal for an electric piano is a good example of non latching.

    I wish the DD-20 had more memory slots and the ability to name the patches.
     
  20. mrboy

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    You can use both latching or unlatching with dd-20.
     

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