Boss announces DD-500 Digital Delay pedal

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Fuelled by newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 Digital Delay announced at Summer NAMM 2015 is one of the most powerful and versatile delay pedals ever created.

This compact stompbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes each with incredible audio quality. Deep editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories, MIDI, and host of other features make up this innovative and versatile pedal. From basic echo to dead-on emulations of classic delays to incredibly lush spatial textures that will leave you breathless – the DD-500 Digital Delay will launch your music to places you never thought possible.

Features:

  • Studio-level stereo sound with 32-bit/96 kHz processing throughout
  • 12 versatile delay modes from vintage to modern deliver unlimited creative possibilities
  • Unrivaled real-time expression with customizable control settings for onboard and external switches
  • Graphic LCD for easy, intuitive operation while performing and editing
  • Onboard patch memories and hands-on controls
  • Equipped with a built-in Phrase Looper, MIDI, USB, and more
  • Selectable buffered or true-bypass operation
  • Runs on four AA-size batteries or PSA-series AC adapter

Roland DD-500 pedal

Compact and visionary in design and technology

The BOSS DD-500 Digital Delay fits easily onto any pedal board due to its ergonomic and compact design. Each of the 12 delay modes that feature on the pedal have been carefully crafted, giving a unique sonic personality to each and highly musical tones at every setting, all realized by a high-powered DSP running at 32-bit/96 kHz.

The 12 delay modes featured on the DD-500 range from basic delays, warm analog and tape echo types, pattern-based effects, and complex modern delay lines that employ pitch shifting, filtering, and other unique processing. The pedal’s Vintage Digital mode offers BOSS’ first emulations of sought-after classics from the 1980s, including the legendary SDE-2000 and SDE-3000 rack units from Roland and the BOSS DD-2, the first stompbox digital delay. Each delay type also includes a semi-parametric four-band EQ, modulation, ducking, and many other parameters, enabling a huge range of tonal refinement.

Hands-on knobs allow users to quickly shape essential parameters and create great sounds right away. The large, integrated LCD fully supports the DD-500’s immense capabilities, providing clear visibility of delay time, patch ID, and more on one screen, plus intuitive navigation for detailed parameter tweaks, naming, and system management.

DD-500 Delay Mode features:

  • Standard—Clear digital delay.
  • Analog—Emulates classic analog “BBD” delays like the BOSS DM series.
  • Tape—Emulates the warm sound of tape-based delay units, including the Maestro Echoplex and legendary Roland RE-201 Space Echo.
  • Vintage Digital—Emulations of early digital delays from the 1980s, including Roland’s famous SDE-2000 and SDE-3000 rack units and the BOSS DD-2, the original stompbox digital delay.
  • Dual—Two different delay lines that can be connected in series or parallel.
  • Pattern—Sixteen different delay lines that can be set independently for all types of unique rhythmic effects.
  • Reverse—Backwards delay for cool psychedelic effects and other unique tones.
  • SFX—“Special effects” delay with a highly unique sound character.
  • Shimmer—Pitch-shifted delays for lush, heavenly textures.
  • Filter—Delay with a sweeping filter.
  • Slow Attack—Ethereal delays that fade in with playing dynamics.
  • Tera Echo—Spacious, animated ambience effect derived from the innovative BOSS TE-2 pedal.

By default, the A, B, and TAP/CTL switches provide control for two patches, bypass, bank selection, tap tempo, and more. They can also be customized to operate in alternate ways, such as providing top-level access to three different delay patches, or controlling various real-time functions like Warp, Twist, and many others. Additional parameters can be controlled via an optional expression pedal or external switches, and MIDI I/O opens up even more options with advanced setups.

Along with its other capabilities, the DD-500 includes an independent Phrase Loop function with up to 60 seconds of stereo recording time (120 seconds in mono). USB is a standard feature too, providing a simple computer connection for patch backup and MIDI control with DAW software.

The DD-500 features a 100-percent analog dry signal path, and users have their choice of buffered-bypass or true-bypass operation. And with the ability to run on four AA-size batteries or an optional AC adapter, the DD-500 is equally suited for grab-and-go playing, pedalboard installations, and studio setups.

DD-500 Assignable Control Function Features:

  • Tap—Set the delay in time with a song’s tempo.
  • Hold—The delay’s feedback is held continuously while the switch is pressed.
  • Warp—Increases the delay’s feedback and level simultaneously for powerful expressive effects.
  • Twist—Adjusts multiple delay parameters with a single press, creating wild sounds similar to twisting the panel knobs in real time.
  • Moment—Outputs the delay sound only when you hold down the switch.
  • Roll 1/2—Cuts the delay time to 1/2 of the current setting when you hold down the switch.
  • Roll 1/4—Cuts the delay time to 1/4 of the current setting when you hold down the switch.
  • Roll 1/8—Cuts the delay time to 1/8 of the current setting when you hold down the switch.
  • Fade In—Fades in the delay sound.
  • Fade Out—Fades out the delay sound.
  • Assign 1-8—Allows you to assign and control up to eight different delay parameters at once.

 

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