Yesterday I was helping a friend with his ‘franken’ pedal. Basically, it was a DOD FX90 digital delay joined to a Dunlap Wah. The delay speed pot was tied into the wah tone pot, so you could control the delay speed with the wah pedal. This was all tied together with single 9volt power and mounted together with screws. This was done years ago, and at the time seemed pretty crazy. The pedal was brought to me because it was shorting out, but I mentioned to my friend that there are all sorts of delays out there with expression pedal inputs in them now. After making the quick repairs to the pedal, I wanted to offer him some possibilities for the future if he wanted to upgrade.
Obviously, many of the higher end delays offer this, but the Boss DD-7 is a nice budget solution that seems to sound quite good.
Here is the official manufacture description:
The BOSS DD-7 Digital Delay is a guitar effects pedal that takes the best features from its predecessors and expands their creative potential. You get Modulation Delay mode, classic modeled Analog Delay mode, External pedal control options, longer delay time, and more. Even with the best-selling delays in compact-pedal history, BOSS continues to push the envelope and innovate.
Expanded Delay Time
Up to 6.4 seconds of delay time are available with the DD-7, a marked increase from its predecessor. In addition, Hold mode allows up to 40 seconds of input to be recorded for creating “sound on sound” performances.
The BOSS DD-7 pedal is equipped with two innovative and advanced delay modes. Modulation Delay provides chorus-flavored sounds. Analog Delay offers a modeled simulation of the classic BOSS DM-2, beloved for its characteristic warmth.
For handsfree control of the DD-7 pedal, an external footswitch and Expression pedal (sold separately) can be used. Tap tempo can be controlled from an external footswitch, while delay time, feedback, and effect level can be changed on the fly via Expression pedal.
Create amazing effects with the BOSS DD-7 pedal’s stereo output, such as spatial audio sweeps via true stereo panning. You can also use the stereo outputs to create separate dry and wet signal paths – handy for recording and live-performance control.
I found a great video by ProGuitarShopDemos that thoroughly goes through what this pedal is capable of:
If you’re looking for the expression pedal option, you can use the Roland EV-5 expression pedal which costs $69.00 at Musician’s Friend. The Boss DD-7 Digital Delay is available for $169.00 at Musician’s Friend.
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