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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-11-2003, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Boss DD-5 or DD-6

Hey all, i just bought a boss dd-6 pedal from guitar center yesterday, but ive noticed that it is extremely noisy and kinda clanky sounding compared to my buddy's dd-5, just wondering on suggestions (i have 30 days to return the pedal). I understand that the dd-5 is out of production but im sure i can find a used or relatively new one on ebay for around 100, i payed 150 for the dd-6..... basically what i am asking is.... is the dd-5 a superior pedal, did boss screw up when creating the dd-6, what do you all think dd-5 or 6?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-11-2003, 03:51 AM
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The DD-5 is nice, and the DD-3 is also. I've used both, and found them to be pretty quiet.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-11-2003, 07:03 PM
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All I know is there is a significant tone improvement from the dd5 to the dd3. They sacrificed sound for functionality with the DD5. The DD3 is audibley warmer/less digital sounding of a delay when compared in a strict AB situation. Unless you MUST have a backwards delay Id say go for the DD3. Or a DM-3 if you really want a sweet soudning delay pedal.
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I still prefer the DM2 for warm, sweet, and fat
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-11-2003, 10:02 PM
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Hell, if I could Id get a DM1. If that first run of big fat Roland pedals all sound as nice as a CE-1 I wouldnt mind getting a hold of a few more. Im sure its pretty noisy though.

Of coarse KMacBlue the older analog pedals were talking about are much more expensive and fewer options if thats your thing. The max length is much shorter too.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2003, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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true, i know the analog pedals generally deliver a better warmer sound, but i know that vai uses a dd-5 live generally, and hell, if its good enough for him, im sure its good enough for a guy doing small gigs like me. I returned the dd-6 and am looking around for a solid delay on ebay at the moment, the dm-2 is a good pedal as well, thanks for reminding me of that.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-14-2003, 12:49 PM
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I have a 5 and a 6. I think you may be experiencing an isolated problem. Try another 6 out. The 5 is very nice but there are some really coll features that the 6 does similar to older DDL units that the 5 doesn't.

You may also wish to try a Korg ToneWorks 301dl if you can find one used. These had a relatively short production run in the late 1990's but they are durable, digital, but produce some nice sounds. There is a hi-fi/lo-fi switch that you can use to create some analog-like sounds. I found it to be a great buy and rather warm-sounding as well as versatile.

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