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Boss DD-3T & DD-8

Digital Delay Pedals By Paul White
Published November 2020

Boss got so much right with their DD‑3 that it has remained on sale ever since it launched in 1986. But this year they’ve updated it and introduced the more adventurous DD‑8.

Launched in 1986, Boss’s DD‑3 is a genuine classic: a straightforward workhorse of a pedal that sounds clean, is easy to use and small enough to fit onto a pedalboard. To make setting up easy, Boss included a range switch to the right of the delay Time control, which provided three delay‑time ranges (12.5‑50 ms, 50‑200 ms and 200‑800 ms) or a short loop function that could recirculate a short (200‑800 ms) section of sound. The other controls were the now‑familiar Effect Level and Feedback. As with most Boss compact pedals, a 9V battery can be fitted under the pedal by releasing the thumbscrew at the back of the moving pedal section; an alkaline battery will give around 11 hours of use, though a PSU is probably more practical in the long term.

Boss DD-3T digital delay pedal.Boss got so much right that the DD‑3 has remained on sale ever since it was launched, but this year they’ve updated it. The new DD‑3T functions exactly as the original, but the footswitch normally used for bypass can now be held down a short...

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Published November 2020