Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Pedal
Many of Boss’s overdrive and distortion effects have received lukewarm reviews, but when it comes to modulation the company has always knocked it out of the park.
- Controls: Level, Feed Back, Delay Time, Mode
- Delay Time: 1ms to 6400ms
- Stereo Input/Output
- Buffered Bypass
- AC Adapter or 9-Volt Battery
The best part of this pedal is how flexible it is. Using the “Mode” control you can select between analog, reverse, and modulation modes. The analog mode in particular is a useful feature if you’re looking for a combination of warmth and accuracy.
Reverse delay is a niche effect which reverses the repeats, which outputs what you play backwards. It’s a great way to get volume swells without a volume pedal. The effect isn’t widely used, but a good example of it is “Lounge Fly” by Stone Temple Pilots.
The DD-7 comes with an input jack for an expression control, which allows you to adjust the timing of repeats on the fly. The unit also packs tap tempo, which makes dialing in the effect based on the tempo of your band a breeze.
The pedal also comes with a looping feature, though it is minimalistic compared to more advanced loopers. The unit allows you to record up to 40 seconds of audio which, while not comparable to a true looper, does increase the flexibility of the unit.
To see which Delays we recommend, see our guide to The Best Delay Pedals.