BOSS DD-3 Digital Delay

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Boss’s history goes back quite a ways, and this pedal has been there almost since the beginning. While this pedal has remained a staple of many effects set-ups, the modern, more sophisticated competition may have surpassed this dinosaur. This is not a pedal for those looking to be adventurous with their sound, but more for those looking to have a no nonsense, single function delay box at a nice price.

External Control - None
Price - $

HornFX Review

Interface:  2/5
Although this pedal’s function is about as simple as they come, the knobs and settings can be somewhat confusing at first. As with many boss pedals, the labeling for the knobs can be hard to read and might give the user trouble on a dark stage if the pedal’s functions are not completely memorized.

Versatility: 1.5/5
Unlike many modern delay pedals, this pedal does not allow you to precisely choose the delay time with one knob. You must first choose the range of delay time and then dial it in. You are limited to the millisecond designations that are delineated on the selector knob. Furthermore, there is only one delay type with no option for tonal modification. This makes the DD-3 one of the least versatile delays we have seen.

Tonal Reproduction: 2.5/5
This pedal has a particularly digital sounding delay, some may even call it sterile. There is a springiness to its sound and your tone is not preserved as well as in other pedals.

Complexity: Simple

Complexity: Simple

Live application: 2/5
Although this pedal can give you some cost effective sounds, this pedal might be too limiting for a live context. The need to change two knobs to dial in a specific delay time can be a pain, and the interface can potentially cause issues on a dark stage as mentioned before.

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User Reviews

Product Information

Aaron, HornFX co-founder (trumpet) - "I have been using its successor (the DD-7) for years now, and in viewing several guitar message boards I have noticed that many musicians actually prefer the DD-3 because of its simplicity when compared to the DD-7. Many people also like the ease of use and practicality of the "Hold" setting on the DD-3. You can usually find this pedal for a little cheaper than the DD-7 on Reverb or other used pedal markets, so if you're looking for a simple delay pedal, the DD-3 is a great option." 

Input Impedance: 1 M ohms
Output Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
Residual Noise: Level–95 dBu (IHF-A, Typ.)
Connectors: INPUT Jack, DIRECT OUTPUT Jack, MAIN OUTPUT Jack AC Adaptor Jack
Power Supply DC 9 V: Dry Battery 9 V type, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 35 mA (DC 9 V)

Dry Battery: 9 V type (6F22/9 V)

AC Adaptor (PSA-Series)

Width: 73 mm (2-7/8 inches)
Depth: 129 mm (5-1/8 inches)
Height: 59 mm (2-3/8 inches)
Weight: 450 g (1 lbs.)

Product info from the Boss website