I thought i would write a review for this pedal, and i also thought i would cover why in the world would you want a delay pedal with almost no features!?
So, if you are not a seasoned musician and maybe even if you are, you might be looking at this pedal and scratching your head as to why it is still in production. Well, there is definitively reasons. FIRST; the current pedal market today is practically overflowing with delay pedals, how many? Well, you have the option of analog delay, digital analog emulation delay, looping delay, sampling delay, tape echo delay, tape echo emulation delay, and the list goes on and on. They all have there uses, and the all have there excellent examples, like the EHX Memory Man (analog Delay w/ Modulations) But, there isn't really a huge choice of simple, straight-forward, easy to use Digital Delay pedals out there anymore. Analog delay is excellent, but it isn't all that useful for thickening chords, or adding dimension to leads without adding character as well. There is just some things you can't do with Analog delay, and vice-versa. Maybe you play in a live band, and really don't care for trying to go through 6 knob configurations on a badly lite stage in 60 seconds between a song. Maybe all you want is just a good sounding pedal that is capable of short delay, and long delay, and that is it. This is that pedal, it does two things (3 if you count the weird sample effect, only there to recreate the original setup), and does them well. To my ears the quality of the delay is higher than the DD-6 or 7, maybe it is psychological, and maybe it is subconscious gratitude for the lack of silly settings. There is actually only a few other simple Delay pedals out there right now (if you can actually believe that), and the Boss DD-3 is by far the most durable and best sounding in it's price range. EHX has a pedal called the #1 Echo, it is similar in it's simplicity, but somehow misses the mark, your left saying "why isn't there a short and long switch?! Then there is the Boss DD-7, it is a nightmare of features, enough to where if your on stage not only might you pick the wrong setting, but you might also sound so freaking strange you ruin the song(you start feeling like your in a three bars story just a bit). Then there is the Digidelay by digitech, same story, but sounds like garbage! So, as you search for your delay pedal you will undoubtedly keep finding yourself wondering why there isn't just a freaking short and long setting! Why, must i choose between zero settings, and a zillion! I am guessing this is why Boss keeps this pedal around. Don't get me wrong here, crazy delay pedals are fun. And having tons of features can be fun too, but sometimes it is nice to have just a simple digital delay. Give them all a try if you want, if you are unable to, then i strongly recommend getting the Boss DD-3 if for nothing else but a starter delay. I personally have owned tons of delay pedals, and the Boss DD-3 is one of the best hands down, and sounds much better than most of whats out there now.