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Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Robert123, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Robert123

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    I'm a HUGE fan of the Boss DD-2 & DD-3 Delay. I just like the layout sound and feel. I would love to know your favorite settings for this delay.

    Trying new settings always opens new doors for me musically I would never normally try. Please post any settings you like to use for lead, rhythm, rockabilly, certain songs like Floyd etc.. settings artist use and so forth.

    I searched some threads and artist web sites and only came up with a few. I hope we can make this a long musical thread....
     
  2. Robert123

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    Bump on DD-2 AND DD-3 settings.
     
  3. Frethog

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    I guess I should chime in here since I used a DD-2 for 20+ years:BEER The Quicksilver has taken over the board since I got it simply because it can switch from long to short delays with a single click.

    But I’ll keep my DD-2 for a back-up or perhaps the unlikely scenario that I’ll tire of the Blackbox after a while. Really, I can’t sell it, because as a young 20-something, I engraved my drivers license and SS# to the side of the casing :jo It’s still sitting right here, on the floor next to the board.

    *picks up DD-2*

    Of course, I always ran it at its long setting (800ms). E.Level just under 9 o’clock; F.Back about the same (8 to 9); D.Time between 11 and 12 o’clock.
     
  4. Phil M

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    I recently went back to my old Japanese DD-3. I love this pedal.

    Level at 11:00-12:00
    Feedback at 10:30
    Time at 2:00
    800 ms, but I like to switch it to the 200 ms to get at weird slapbacky/reverb sound.

    I would love to have this rehoused in a TB box with two footswitches. One to turn it on and off and one to toggle between the 200 and 800 ms settings.
     
  5. Robert123

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    I'm looking for a nice Rockabilly setting I wrote down awhile ago that worked perfect but I can't find it.

    What settings are you all using for the Rockabilly delay?

    Thanks
     
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    out of curiosity, what's the difference (tonally, not featurewise) between the DD-3 and DD-6? Does the DD-3 sound "warmer", or what?

    Basically, why would anyone buy a DD-3 when the DD-6 has all it's features and more?
     
  7. Last Nerve

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    The MIJ DD3 WITH the large chip will sound warmer.
    But my Analogman DD6 sounds just as warm, if not more, and I do use some of the other features from time to time.
     
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    If I'm digressing too much, I apologize.

    Thanks for the response, last nerve, but that still doesn't answer my question.

    I can get very pleasant tones out of my DD-20 by using the analog setting, or even just turning down the tone knob on standard.

    Again, outside of the price, why get a DD-3 instead of a DD-6?
     
  9. Robert123

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    The DD2 and early made DD3 have the huge pricey Roland chip. So for warmth and simplicity the DD2 & DD3 are still desired.
     
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    Again, I understand this. I am speaking about Joe Guitarist walking into a GC with $150 burning a whole in his pocket. he can either have a MIT DD-3 or DD-6. What are the advantages of the DD-3?
     
  11. Phil M

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    It's 3 less than 6, sheesh, can't you do math?

    Seriously, I have no idea why they continue to make both. You would think the 3 would've been replaced by the 5 and the 5 replaced by the 6. So, good question...

    Also, I have an old MIJ DD-3 that I got used in 1993, so I don't really know if it's got this big chip that is being mentioned. I do know that it has a great mixture of warmth and clarity. Would love to find another just like it in case mine croaks. I have played DD-5s and 6s in stores and not liked them as much.
     
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    DD-3: 1st knob 25%, 2nd knob 25%, 3rd knob 50%, 800 ms setting.

    Would you guys say that I could get a good DD-3 sound from the DD-20 (on top of all the other cool delays? I haven't tried one out but I might Saturday.
     
  13. Robert123

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    Not to change the subject to much..... but what do you all feel is the best compact Rockabilly delay pedal out there?? I was curious AD80 and a few others out there.
     
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    I may be wrong but I think the difference is that on the 3, the delays are regenerated each time you hear a repeat, on the 6, it's just a copy of the first delay. The 6 is fully digital but the 3 has some analog conversion in the repeat section (maybe?). As to why both pedals exist - probably the same reason they have so many ODs available - the sound is different.
     
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    Thanks, that's the closest thing I've gotten to an answer. If you were 100% sure of that, it would be a full answer.

    Though I have a hazy idea that the later DD-3s were switched to full-out digital as well. Don't remember where I heard that, or if it's even true.

    Feedback?
     
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    That's pretty accurate. On the DD3, when you turn it off the repeats STOP..no trailing. They do trail on the DD6.

    More info: www.bossarea.com
     
  17. John Phillips

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    The likely reason they still make the DD-3 is because it flat-out sounds better (even the newer Taiwanese version) and so there is still a market for it.

    The technical reason is fairly simple - the DD-3 is entirely analog except for the actual delay itself - even the feedback loop is analog. When they went to the DD-5, the whole effect side is digital, although the dry side remains analog. I haven't tested the DD-6, but it wouldn't surprise me if it's entirely digital including the dry side - since the new PH-3, BF-3 and OC-3 all are (and all sound artificial to me).

    Effects that digitize the dry part of the signal can't be used in a parallel FX loop without setting either the loop mix or the effect mix to pure wet, or they cause a nasty tone-thinning comb-filter effect due to the digital latency.
     
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    That is true, however if you ask the top boss mod people out there they do not know after what serial # they switched to the smaller delay chips in the DD3. You would have to open it up or just purchase the most early made dd3 you can find. I gave up emailing people on ebay about it and just went for the DD2.
     
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    Can anybody fill me in on the DSD-2? It has a sampling capability. I have one I got in the 80's. Inside is a large chip.
    TIA
     
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    http://www.analogman.com/dd5.htm

    Go to the bottom of the page.
    And thank Mike! ;)
     

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