Ever since they released the DM-1 Delay Machine in 1978, the BOSS name has been synonymous great-sounding delay pedals. And the DD-8 Digital Delay is their most powerful one yet. This compact delay stompbox boasts up to 10 seconds of delay, along with 11 versatile delay modes that range from crystal-clear repeats to glitchy and modulated echoes. The DD-8 is ideal for practice, soundchecks, and on-the-fly backing tracks, courtesy of its 40-second looper. And synchronizing your repeats to a song is a breeze, thanks to tap tempo. You also get a carryover switch, which enables delay trails to continue after the effect is bypassed. The DD-8 is teeming with flexible stereo I/O, while three selectable output modes achieve a wide range of effects. The BOSS DD-8 Digital Delay includes external footswitch jacks for on-demand tap tempo, extended looper control, and a captivating Twist effect.
Whether you want to add crystal-clear repeats to your leads, or soak your playing in vintage-tinged ambient textures, the DD-8 delivers the goods. Modulated echoes are also on tap, as are specialty effects like shimmer and reverse delays. Want to combine digital precision with analog warmth? Then you’ll appreciate the DD-8’s Warm mode. Conjure up dynamic ambient textures with Warp mode, then explore glitchy, out-of-this-world frontiers with the GLT mode. When we demoed the DD-8 here at Music Experience, we enjoyed playing lightning-fast runs through the +RV mode — this delay/reverb combo epitomizes the hyper-processed guitar sound that was all the rage in the late ‘80s.
Thanks to its full stereo I/O and three output modes, the BOSS DD-8 sounds HUGE! Use the independent setting to route a short delay to Output A, while sending a long delay (double that of Output A) to Output B, for an instant Steve Vai vibe. Dial in ping-pong delay effects with the panning mode. Give your performance enhanced spatial depth with the wide stereo mode. Smart I/O functionality enables you to use the DD-8 for an endless array of applications. It supports a wide range of mono and stereo connections, including discrete dry and effect outputs — a must-have for wet/dry setups. You can even defeat the dry signal entirely, which is great for delay-only blending in your amp’s parallel effects loop.
The DD-8 is an expressive digital delay, thanks to a bevy of essential modern features. Tap tempo enables you to synchronize the delay’s tempo via the onboard pedal switch. You can also use the onboard pedal switch to control the DD-8’s Warp and GLT modes. And if you want the ultimate in creative expression, add one or two more footswitches for on-demand tap tempo, extended looper control, and a soaring, echo-laden Twist effect. You can also use an expression pedal for continuous control of level, feedback, or delay time — or all of them at once. You also get a 40-second looper, with overdub capabilities, that’s ideal for practice, soundchecks, and creating on-the-fly backing during a live performance.
More than 10,000,000 BOSS guitar and bass effects pedals have been sold to players worldwide, including such top players as Yngie Malmsteen, Dave Navarro, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. You've also no doubt heard BOSS pedals recorded and onstage beneath the feet of bands of all genres, including Muse, The Killers, and Silversun Pickups. The reason for the success is clear: not only do BOSS effects pedals sound great - but they're also built like tanks and designed with serious use in mind. Each BOSS pedal is housed in a stomp-ready metal box and features a rubberized stomp area and base, to help safeguard against slipping. So, whether you're a fresh-out-of-the-gate beginner, an axe-veteran designing your dream pedalboard, or anywhere in between, you can depend on BOSS's proven line of pedals to craft your tone.
Introducing the DD-8, the most wide-ranging and feature-rich BOSS compact series delay ever. This loaded pedal delivers more of everything—more great sounds, more delay time, more control options, and more connectivity. And it does it all in a standard BOSS pedal that slides easily into any mono or stereo setup. Eleven modes provide delay colors from basic to exotic, plus a looper with unlimited overdub capability and external control support. For maximum versatility in a minimum amount of space, there’s no better delay stomp than the DD-8.
Equipped with a diverse selection of delays, the DD-8 packs impressive sonic range into one small pedal. Clean digital delays, vintage analog and tape types, and modulation echo are available, plus specialty delays like shimmer and reverse. There’s a new Warm type for softer echo tones, and a +RV type that blends delay and reverb together. Warp is perfect for dynamic ambient textures, while the new GLT type is great for glitchy rhythmic effects.
Everything sounds bigger and better in stereo, and the DD-8 delivers with full stereo I/O support and your choice of three output modes. The default independent mode provides linked parallel delays on the left and right channels, allowing you to maintain the true balance of stereo input sources in the effect sound. There’s also a panning mode for ping-pong delay effects, and a wide stereo mode for enhanced spatial depth.
The DD-8’s extensive real-time delay options help bring your music to life. You can tap in tempos with the onboard pedal switch, and control the Warp and GLT modes for unique expressive effects. Adding one or two footswitches unlocks more creative possibilities, like on-demand tap tempo, extended looper control, and a cool Twist effect for soaring echo sounds. Alternately, an expression pedal can be used for continuous control of level, feedback, or delay time—or all of them at once.
Having a looper on your pedalboard is a handy thing—it’s great for practice, checking sounds at gigs, and creating on-the-fly backing while performing. The DD-8’s looper mode has you covered, so you don’t have to take up precious space with a dedicated pedal. All looper functions can be controlled with the onboard switch, providing all-in-one operation. But if you prefer to work with extended controls, just connect one or two footswitches to operate the looper’s stop and clear functions externally.
The DD-8’s inputs and outputs have smart functionality, allowing you to set the pedal for any application simply by connecting cables in different ways. A variety of mono and stereo connections are supported, including discrete dry and effect outputs for wet/dry setups. It’s even possible to defeat the dry signal entirely, perfect for delay-only blending in a parallel effects loop.
• Analog—Classic analog BBD delay sound.
• Standard—Clear digital delay.
• Tape—Vintage tape-based delay sound.
• Warm—Digital delay with a softer sound.
• Reverse—Backwards delay for cool psychedelic effects and other unique tones.
• +RV—Digital delay with reverb added.
• Shimmer—Pitch-shifted delay for lush, shimmering textures.
• Mod—Digital delay with modulation added on the repeats.
• Warp—Unique delay with expressive pedal control. Holding the pedal switch increases feedback and level, allowing you to create ambient swell effects.
• GLT—Newly developed delay mode that creates glitchy machine-gun effects when the pedal switch is pressed. Adjust the Feedback and Time knobs for a wide variety of sounds.
• Loop—Loop recorder with overdub capability and up to 40 seconds of recording time with mono input (20 seconds with stereo input).
|Pedal Type||Delay, Looper|
|Presets||10 x Delays, Tap Tempo|
|Effects||Analog BBD, Standard Digital, Tape, Warm, Reverse, +Reverb, Shimmer, Warp, Glitch|
|Max Delay Time||6up to 10 seconds|
|Looping Time||Up to 40 seconds|
|Inputs||2 x 1/4" (Mono)|
|Outputs||2 x 1/4" (stereo, wet/dry, mono)|
|Other I/O||1 x 1/4" (external tap/expression)|
|Power Source||9V DC power supply required (sold separately)|
|Batteries||1 x 9V Alkaline|
|Manufacturer Part Number||DD-8|