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Features - - Compact delay pedal with superb BOSS sound quality - Provides 3 delay time modes and a Delay Time control for quick adjustment of exact delay time between 12.5ms - 800ms - Hold function repeats delay sound indefinitely for interesting effects


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A Boss standard for digital delays. featured

Ease Of Use Having all the basic necessary functions of a delay unit (Mix volume, Delay time, Feedback, and a Mode selector for different delay times) the DD-3 is very simple to use once you are used to the length of the delay times. It also features a dry direct out for linking to a non-delayed signal; very useful if you are using a stereo rig or have post delay effects.


Sound The Boss DD-3 has a nice digital sound. While it isn't as wet and organic as an analog delay, it is still very clean and crisp sounding which makes it great for slapback settings in the 100-200 millisecond range. The DD-3 also has a super fast 50 ms setting that is frankly altogether too dry and sounds incredibly digital and compressed. One nice thing about having a digital delay over analog is being able to dial in drastically longer delay times (in excess of 800ms) and it not become muddy or floppy in the signal with horrendous feedback and still remain musical and dynamic with your playing style. The DD-3's mix knob also helps greatly when dialing in the amount of delay; whether running it in front of your amp and using a lower mix setting or in the amps effects loop which might require a higher mix setting. On my Mesa/Boogie's buffered effects loop the DD-3 required a much higher mix, but didn't sound as sweet on high gain, so I ended up running it in front of the preamp.

The DD-3 also has some other interesting features like "Hold". This allows you to play a note or few milliseconds of riff and press the pedal and the DD-3 will hold and sustain it until it is depressed again. This can make for really crazy playing if you are a pedal player like me. Also, like all good delays, the DD-3 is capable of self oscillation if you turn the feedback up all the way and play a note the the delay knob will control the pitch and amplitude of the oscillations. Unlike analog pedals which have a warbly underwater or UFO sound though, the DD-3 has a very robotic oscillation sound though since its digital - still very very cool.

The DD-3 is also very very good for making rhythmical beats with, which I would say it's greatest benefit is. Despite lacking a tap tempo, its clean digital sound and vast range of delay times make it great for "that classic U2 sound" or early Les Paul-ish slapbacks. The DD-3 is a very methodical delay and not to be overlooked for it's great simplicity and low price since its big brother the DD-6 and DD-20 GigaDelay have since been on the market.

The dry direct out is cool if you wanna run a non-delayed signal to additional effects, but in a stereo rig it would be cooler if the pedal itself was stereo. Additionally, since this pedal sounds so good as a rhythmical pedal, I wished it would have had a tap tempo instead of constantly having to change the modes-delay times-feedback, which is really frustrating on the fly (especially on stage!), and both of these have been upgraded on the DD-6 model. However, while you get what you pay for on the DD-6, the tone is slightly different and I've played the DD-6 and to my ears it is even more dry than the DD-3. If you are looking for the ultimate Boss delay, the DD-20 is really the way to go.


Reliability I bought mine about a year and a half ago for $20 from a guy who came into my store looking to get rid of it. For a long time, it simply was the backup for my MXR Carbon Copy, but lately I've been using the DD-3 more and more live. It's not as great sounding as an analog pedal, but it's also made by Boss and essentially bulletproof and idiot proof too! I figured this out when I forgot to replace the battery and thought my Mesa was messed up when I forgot to unplugged the pedal overnight!


Customer Support Boss and Roland have decent customer support. They also make great products that last.


Liked about it 1) Simple to use.
2) It's made by Boss; bulletproof!
3) Decent enough delay tones.


Didn't like 1) Dry out is awesome, but pedal isn't in stereo.
2) No tap tempo.
3) A little too dry for my tastes.


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By SonicProvocateur
Mar 15, 2010
 
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Great 'no frills' digital delay featured

Ease Of Use As far as Boss Digital Delays go, this is about as straightforward as they get. You have 4 modes via a rotary selector knob, an effect level knob, a Feedback knob, and a reverb time knob. In my opinion, that is about as much as you need. You can go from a slapback style reverb, to 800 ms of delay which is plenty of variation. To operate, just choose the desired delay time spread with the mode knob, and dial in the specific delay time with the time knob. Next, adjust your feedback (amount of repeats) and effect level (loudness of repeats) to taste. I would recommend this pedal to anyone getting into delay for the first time. I remember playing this pedal for the first time at a local music store, only a couple years after I had started playing. I hadn't ever played a delay pedal before and it totally blew me away. Now, a lot of that was just from being a delay virgin, but I can still fondly remember how good it sounded at that time. And back then, Boss was like top of the line! If I could operate the pedal back then, than I would say it is pretty easy to use. I should mention that most Boss delays don't like low impedance signals (ie from the effects loop of an amp) so you may want to try it out before you buy.


Sound My main rig is an Egnater Mod 50 head with ether a Mesa or Marshall 4x12 cab. My main guitars are a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Eric Johnson Strat. Now as I have said several times in all of my Boss delay reviews, Boss is known for its compact delay pedals. You are more likely to find a Boss delay pedal on someone's board than any other brand, and that is for good reason. They are reliable, clear, easy to operate, and small. The DD3 has that crystal clear delay that is famous. It won't get warm or do the analog or tape delay thing, but if you want clear, clean delay, this is your pedal. I haven't compared any of the Boss delays I have owned side by side, but I would be willing to bet that the differences are probably pretty small as far as delay tone. They are much more similar in tone than different. With that being said, there are actually several revisions of the DD3, and supposedly, they all sound different. The first and most sought after DD3 was actually a DD2 (same exact layout, and essential the exact same pedal) just 'rebadged' as a DD3. The DD2's and first DD3's actually had a chip that came out of a Roland rack delay unit. The chip is known as the 'long chip' and actually goes from one end of the circuit board to the other. They later switched to a smaller square chip and more recently, I believe they switched to all surface mount components. The Japanese DD3's are supposed to be the best sounding, so if you can find one, I would go with it.


Reliability I am probably one of a few people who has ever experienced a dead Boss pedal. Actually, I have dealt with a few. I could fix most, but not all. Overall, Boss pedals are some of the more reliable out there, so I would gig without a backup.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them.


Liked about it Cheap on the used front
Easy to use
Solid Digi delay


Didn't like Limited on features
No good for some amp loops
Not very warm


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Severinsteelsmit
Dec 25, 2009
 
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Cool Pedal...pedal......pedal..........pedal featured

Ease Of Use It's just a pedal.


Sound This is a really good and simple pedal which you can make cool delayed effects like the ones The Edge does( and he uses dozens of rack processors!).
It has a hold function which repeats delay indefinitely for creating cool soundscapes.
If you like having only a bunch of pedals this one must be in your chain.
I prefer rack delays cause you can program then according to the beat of the song you're playing.
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Reliability No problems


Liked about it 1- Sound

2- Built like a tank


Didn't like 1- A little pricey for a pedal


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3.0

By 6fingers
Dec 04, 2009
 
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Nice Delay!

Ease Of Use This pedal is fairly self-explanatory. The Mode knob selects whether you want a slow, medium, or long delay range. The range is fine-tuned by the D.Time knob. The Level controls the pedal's overall level and the Feedback the amount of echo sustain on the pedal. The Hold mode is probably the coolest feature on this pedal. Hit it and you sustain for days!


Sound The DD-3 is a fairly decent sounding pedal. It sounds clear and offers a fairly nice delay. It sounds a bit nicer on longer delay settings. It's definitely a great pedal without getting into really expensive models - and the DD-3 even sounds better than some of them. I usually keep mine in the 400ms range to get some nice Gilmourish sounds. Some might scoff at digital delay pedals but the DD-3 really delivers on those soulful pieces of music that beg for an epic guitar lead with delay.
While this pedal would sound sweet with a stereo output that could easily be remedied by purchasing the more expensive DD-7. As I'm not a touring musician with a wall of amps the DD-3 works just fine for playing at home or in clubs.


Reliability Solid! Like all compact Boss pedals its a tank! It does go through batteries rather quickly but there is a handy AC adapter in the back to plug it into an outlet.


Customer Support Never had to deal with Boss/Roland.


Liked about it 1. Sound is great, as is the delay.
2. SOLIDLY built!
3. No discernible sound change even without true bypass.


Didn't like There wasn't much I didn't like about this delay. Tap tempo would be nice.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By mike570
Oct 22, 2011
 
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Good pedal

Ease Of Use If you are familiar with the characteristics of delays in general, it is a fairly straight forward approach to dialing in the settings you like. Even if you have never used a delay before, simple experimentation with the four knobs is all it takes to familiarize yourself with the possibilities of the DD3. It is very easy to use.


Sound I have used this pedal with various Ibanez and Carvin guitars on a Furman pedal board through a Carvin V3 half-stack. With a few simple tweaks this pedal goes from mild to wild from a simple echo to heavy oscillation.


Reliability I have owned this pedal for 3 years with no issues.


Customer Support I have never dealt with Boss/Roland customer support.


Liked about it 1) Solid Construction.
2) Simple controls.
3) Good overall delay for the price.



Didn't like True stereo would have been nice.

I think there may be an impedance issue with my Carvin V3 at high gain settings in the effects loop. It is less noticeable in parallel than series but it needed a higher mix which was producing distorted overtones. I didn't have this issue when plugging direct into my cheap solid state fender amp. So I believe this is probably more an issue with the effects loop of certain amps as opposed to the Boss DD3 itself.


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4.0

By Pamanagm
Feb 02, 2011
 
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Excellent budget delay pedal.

Ease Of Use Very easy to use pedal. Four knobs, effect mix, delay time, echo feedback, and a mode selector for adjusting the range of the delay time knob. Can go from relatively short delay, to long delays.

A fantastic buy for beginner delay pedal, and also a staple on a lot of professional player's boards.



Sound Sounds good before the amp input, and in standard effects loops depending on your preference.

I have no experience with newer releases of this pedal, my experience is only with the older Japan models. I find them to sound fairly warm and toneful compared to some more modern delay's from Boss. The one's I use are very musical sounding, and do not sound digital at all to my ears.



Reliability It's Boss, I've had one of these for over 20 years, no problems.


Customer Support Never dealt with them.


Liked about it Can be had cheaply used, sounds very good for a pedal in this price range, very flexible and easy to use.


Didn't like Really have no complaints, if anything stereo output would be nice.


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4.0

By blackspy
Feb 08, 2010
 
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Great pedal

Ease Of Use Four knobs for Level, Feedback, Delay Time, and Delay Mode are all it takes to operate this classic from Boss.


Sound As usual, I'm using my Ibanez RGs and my Laney LC50-II and Marshall MG100DFX for the review. The DD3 I got was the latest production, which not a lot of people likes, but I'm happy with it so far. Paul Gilbert's crazy, oscillating, out-of-this-world effects are what sold me on this pedal. Apart from this, though, the pedal is really nice sounding. I like clean repeats, which is not to say I'm not also a fan of analog delay repeats. It's just that the clearer repeats sound a little less gimmicky and more transparent for what I want. So far, it adds "drama" to my solos whenever it's on, and it also thickens up my rhythm sound nicely. I set it just right so that the delay doesn't interact negatively with the original signal when playing really loud.

My only gripe with the pedal is that it clips quite easily with my DOD Milkbox compressor engaged, and my guitar using single coils. It's a very harsh sounding thud and crackle that is mixed in with the repeats that is quite frustrating, especially since the pedal really gelled nicely with my setup up to this point. Fortunately, it doesn't do this with my distortions, which is what I'm usually playing through.


Reliability It's a Boss; it's built like a tank, despite seeing a number of hours of gigging from its first owner.


Customer Support Never had to contact Boss about it.


Liked about it 1. Great delay effects
2. Solid construction
3. Amazing sound with distorted leads


Didn't like 1. Sensitive to clipping
2. No tap tempo
3. No stereo


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4.0

By theapprentice
Nov 07, 2012
 
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So Good!! but not perfect

Ease Of Use From 1 to 10, i give this one a 10. It's so easy to understand how to use it that you'd only need 5 minutes to know what you can do, and years to imagine what can you do with this. Eventually, this will lead you to change to a better Boss Delay, like the DD-20, but every delay pedal has it's good aspects.
Even the "loop" option is easy to use, and by far the best of this pedal!


Sound from 1 to 10, only a 7.
the sound of this one is... exactly the same as what is played. It doesn't change the tone, nor cuts playability. If you record yourself using it you will notice that is just a Delay, not Reverb incorporated, not Echo incorporated... just Delay which you may like or not.
You can make many cool stuff by messing around with the knobs while playing, and here is one bad aspect: if you increase the repetition time of a sound already being played, the volume goes crazy! As the musician you may feel so good creating those screaming sounds that you'll most likely disconnect from reallity and drown yourself into the abstract of your mind, but on live performances, as part of the audience, it hurts... and sucks!


Reliability 10!!!
hard metal case, good strong springs for stepping on, very light weight considering it's made of metal (like all Boss pedals), and if you treat it with love 15 years may pass and you'll never know why they have a customer support department. every boss pedal will outlive you.


Customer Support ... never used it with ANY of my Boss pedals


Liked about it 1- the "recording"/loop option is the best of this pedal
2- it's so easy to use!
3- It'll outlive you


Didn't like 1- how the volume gets altered when twitching the knobs while playing
2- ... that's it!


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Kamm
Oct 12, 2012
 
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