Settings for a DD-20?

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  1. Drunkagain

    Drunkagain Member

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    Picked up a Boss DD-20 on friday and it seems like a great delay pedal. The problem is I'm used to something much simpler adn I cant seem to quit jumping around trying settings. And so far I havent found one that really grabs me. So if you have any favorite setting you could share I'd sure appreciate it.
     
  2. jamison162

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    Simpler? You haven't seen/tried the Nova or Timefactor have you?

    Try these:

    The Edge Dual Delay:

    Short Delay 1 :10 - 20ms
    Long Delay : 350ms - onward

    Ring Modulator:

    E Level: Max
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Delay: Between 10ms - 90ms for different pitches
    Mode: Reverse

    Tip: Take it up to 400ms with some wah and have fun.

    Shoegaze Fuzz:

    1) Get a guitar with single coils if you don't already have one.
    2) Feed a RAT or similar distortion into an amp on the verge of breakup, and set the distortion between 12:00 and 2:00 to suit your tastes.
    3) Stick a DD-20 in between the amp and the RAT, and make a preset with the following:

    E Level: Max
    F Back: 3 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Delay: 330ms
    Mode: Modulate (Depth 100%, Rate 80%)

    Start from there. I tried turning the delay time back a bit so there's not so much trail off when you stop playing, but the combination of the high feedback and delay time masks the modulation so you have that bit of swirl and slight pitch-bending buried a bit in the mix. Otherwise, it sounds like you have a jacked up chorus pedal on in the background, and the modulation end of things is a bit too up-front for my liking.

    Synthy Techno Infinate Sounds:

    E Level: Max
    F Back: Max
    Tone: Max
    Delay: 25ms (Or less, preferably 1 to 10ms)
    Mode: Smooth

    Tip: Strum chord and twiddle time knob. This will produce synthy techno infinite sounds that change pitch when the time knob is changed.

    Using a delay while using the SOS function:

    I just figured out how to use delay while using the SOS looping function! While it is limited, you can do it. Tweak in a delay that you like and write it in bank #1. Now, in manual mode select the SOS function and sample your loop. Hold down the right pedal until it goes to #1, the loop you have should still be playing and you can use a delay from the DD-20 to play as well. I hope this helps.

    Reverse Slapback:

    E Level: 4 o’clock
    F Back: 8 o’clock
    Tone: 1 o’clock
    Mode: Reverse
    Delay: 300ms

    It’s a reverse with a very short tail, sort of like a slapback (masking). It seems to add an interesting dimension to single note solos and such. This setting is great!

    Tip: Add distortion, strum a power chord and hear the note ring. Awesome stuff!

    The Edge:

    E Level: Max
    F Back: 10 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Tape (2 Heads)
    Delay: 240-350ms.

    Tip: I get a good "Where the streets have no name" sound with a shorter delay (245ms).

    Double Tracked 1:

    Today I was messing around with the "dual" function. I wondered if having both the short and long delay setting set at the same time would produce a double tracked feel and
    it kind of did.

    E Level: 12 o’clock – 3 o’clock
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Dual
    Delay: 6ms

    Tip: I tried it out using some overdrive and a setting of 6ms (nice plate reverb sound).

    Double Tracked 2:

    Usually artificial double tracking using delay is done with just one delay at between 20 -35ms. Either 27 or 28ms is usually the "magic number" for producers.

    E Level: 9 o’clock – 12 o’clock
    F Back: Nearly off
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Analog
    Delay: 20 – 35ms

    The Edge “Pride (In the name of love)”:

    E Level: To taste
    F Back: 1 Repeat
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Modulate (Depth around 30)
    Delay: 418ms

    Eric Johnson:

    E Level: 1 o’clock
    F Back: 11 o’clock
    Tone: 11 o’clock
    Mode: Tape (2 Heads)
    Delay: 150 – 300ms

    Tip: This is a nice setting with clean and distortion, and very Eric Johnson like.

    Echo or Tremolo: (?)

    E Level: 1 o’clock – 2 o’clock
    F Back: 11 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Tape (2 heads)
    Delay: 150ms

    Sitar:

    E Level: To Taste
    F Back: 2 o’clock
    Tone: 5 o’clock
    Mode: Standard
    Delay: 8 – 33ms

    Tip: So far I really like the DD20 (sitar setting above) & the mojovibe, using the vibe side:
    volume: 10 (max)
    intensity: 10 (max)
    speed: 0 (mini)

    Chord Swells:

    E Level: To taste
    F Back: Max
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Smooth
    Delay: 3000ms

    Tip: Use the big chord swells and then play lead over it. Wow! I love this delay.

    Octave Setting:

    Don't know if it’s been thrown in the mix but I have an octave setting. Sort of like playing into a steel drum. The octave sounds really digital but its fun to muck around with.

    E Level: Max
    F Back: 3 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock (Add more for more pronounced octave/resonance)
    Mode: Dual
    Delay: 6 – 8ms (Short: 10ms)

    Tip: Minor adjustments may be needed. It’s up to you.

    Cave Reverb:

    As for the "Cave" reverb setting, try messing around with the "Smooth" mode. I can usually cop some cool spring or plate reverb sounds if I fiddle with it enough. The tone control is the key.

    Rotating Cab Simulation:

    E Level: Max
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 11 o’clock
    Mode: Modulate (Rate 70, Depth 90)
    Delay: 25ms

    Chorus:

    E Level: 3 o’clock
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 3 o’clock
    Mode: Modulate (Rate 49 ((Set to taste)), Depth 100)
    Delay: 5ms (Could range from 2 to 30ms)

    Simulated Leslie Speaker:

    E Level: 4 o’clock
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 4 o’clock
    Mode: Modulate (Rate 100, Depth 78)
    Delay: 1ms

    Flanger:

    I don't actually have a flanging sound stored in user memory, but these settings will get you in the ballpark. Keep in mind that it won't do a full jet swoosh like a dedicated unit. In order to get a better flanging effect, it would nice if the modulation rate could be set slower and the sweep had a greater range. Control of the modulation waveform would be nice too....

    E Level: Full
    F Back: 1:30
    Tone: 4:30
    Mode: Modulate (Rate 0, Depth 100)
    Delay: 1ms

    Slow, Deep Chorus:

    E Level: 3:00 (clock format)
    F Back: none
    Tone: 3:00
    Mode: Modulate (Rate 13 ((Set to taste)), Depth 100)
    Delay: 14ms (Could range from 2 to 30ms)

    Reverb:

    E Level: 3 o'clock
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 11 o'clock
    Mode: Smooth
    Delay: 18ms

    Smooth:

    E Level: 12 o’clock
    F Back: 11 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Smooth
    Delay: 375ms

    Roland Space Echo:

    E Level: 12 o’clock
    F Back: 1 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Tape (2 Heads)
    Delay: 254ms

    Dual:

    E Level: 12 o’clock
    F Back: 12 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Dual
    Delay: 500ms
    Short Delay: 50ms

    Modulate:

    E Level: 2 o’clock
    F Back: 1 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Modulate (Rate 80, Depth 70)
    Delay: 330ms

    Twist:

    E Level: 3 o’clock
    F Back: 12 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Twist
    Delay: 250ms

    Reverse:

    E Level: Max
    F Back: 9 o’clock
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Reverse
    Delay: 1200ms

    Room Ambience:

    E Level: 3 o’clock
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 11 o’clock
    Mode: Smooth
    Delay: 18ms

    Slap Back Echo:

    E Level: 12 o’clock
    F Back: 11 o’clock
    Tone: 11 o’clock
    Mode: Analogue
    Delay: 122ms

    Modulate Doubling:

    E Level: Max
    F Back: Zero
    Tone: 12 o’clock
    Mode: Modulate (Rate 25, Depth 95)
    Delay: 18ms
     
  3. RUSHFANnLV

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    Thanks for that. I'm taking two weeks off to try the all!
     
  4. Drunkagain

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    Thanks indeed. Do you use the tempo function at all or do you just go with whatever its set at. Thanks again man, thats a great list of settings to try out.
     
  5. jamison162

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    I use my presets and an external TT for manual mode.
     
  6. EdMan57

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    My '80s arena rock setting...with singing,sustaining overdrive,of course.

    E.Level:12 to 2 o'clock.

    F.Back:11 to 2 o'clock.

    Tone:2 o'clock.

    Mode:Tape.


    :RoCkIn


    Ed
     
  7. 8nthatK

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    A.M. Clone Chorus setting (Clone @ 11:00 speed- 1:00 depth)

    Modulate
    E level = 4-5:00
    F Back = 0
    Tone = 9:00
    Delay = 23 ms
    r = 41
    d = 100

    A.M. Clone Chorus setting (Clone @ 9:00 speed- 10:00 depth)

    Modulate
    E Level = 4:00
    F Back = 0
    Tone = 10:00
    Delay = 23 ms
    r = 26
    d = 77
     
  8. Dajbro

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    Thanks for the settings everyone. Mine just arrived yesterday and it was nice to have some ideas to muck around with. I'm digging the ring mod setting!!!

    David
     

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