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Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Filled with newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. This incredible sound-creation toolbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes with ex... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Filled with newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. This incredible sound-creation toolbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes with exceptional audio quality, plus deep editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories, MIDI, and much more. From basic echo to dead-on emulations of classic delays to incredibly lush spatial textures that take your breath away, the DD-500 will launch your music places you never thought possible.

Twelve Versatile Delay Modes and Deep Editing Options
With the DD-500™s 12 delay modes, you can create any delay sound you can imagine, and then some. Everything you need is here, from warm, gritty vintage delays and tape echo to complex modern delay lines that employ pitch shifting, filtering, and other unique processing. With the hands-on knobs, it™s easy to shape essential parameters and create great sounds immediately. Each delay type also includes a semi-parametric four-band EQ, modulation, ducking, and many other parameters, allowing you to dive deep and refine tones with maximum precision.

Unparalleled Sound Quality
In the DD-500, every delay mode has been carefully crafted for a unique sonic personality and highly musical tones at every setting, realized by high-powered DSP running at 32-bit/96 kHz. And while the DD-500™s delay effects are high-end digital, your straight guitar tone remains 100-percent analog at all times, with your choice of buffered or true-bypass operation. In addition to strengthening the analog dry signal, buffered bypass has the added benefit of enabling carryover, so delay trails are not cut off unnaturally when the effect is switched off.

Advanced Features for Stage and Studio Use
In the world of sophisticated delay stomps, the DD-500 stands alone in practical usability. The large, integrated LCD fully supports the pedal™s immense capabilities, giving you clear visibility of delay time, patch ID, and more on one screen, plus sane navigation for detailed parameter tweaks, naming, and system management. And via USB, it™s simple to connect to your computer for patch backup and MIDI control with your favorite DAW.

Intensive Real-Time Control
With its freely assignable controls, the DD-500 delivers unmatched creative expression and performance flexibility. By default, the A, B, and TAP/CTL switches offer intuitive control for two patches, bypass, bank selection, tap tempo, and more. However, they can be customized to operate in alternate ways, such as providing top-level access to three different delay patches, or allowing you to use two patches at once for layered delay sounds. Instead of tap tempo, you'e able to assign the TAP/CTL switch to various real-time functions like Warp or Twist for a wide range of expressive effects. Even more parameters can be manipulated via an optional expression pedal or external switches, and MIDI I/O opens up many additional control options with advanced setups.

DD-500 Delay Modes
¢ Standard”Clear digital delay.
¢ Analog”Emulates classic analog œBBD 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”œSpecial 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.

DD-500 Assignable Control Functions
The following functions can be assigned to the DD-500™s onboard TAP/CTL switch and/or optional external footswitches. These assignments are stored as part of a patch.
¢ 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.

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
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BossDD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Responsive (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Pedal

From subtle to extreme modifications of classic and modern delays. This pedal does it. This pedal directly competes with the Strymon Timeline and Eventide Timefactor in both quality and sound. I'll let you...Read complete review

From subtle to extreme modifications of classic and modern delays. This pedal does it. This pedal directly competes with the Strymon Timeline and Eventide Timefactor in both quality and sound. I'll let you download the manual to see all the adjustable modifications possible for each Delay. The Re-201 and Echoplex Tape Delays are incredible recreations. The new Slow Attack Delay is another great effects, especially with sustained notes. The Analog Delay, and this is true with all digital analog recreations, will not replace your current Analog delay if you have a good one. I know it does not replace my Malekko Heavy Industry Ekko 616 MKII Dark Analog Delay or MOOG MF-104, but it is nice to have if your after a crisper analog sound. The filter is another nice setting giving you LP,HP,and BP filters with LFO of TRI,SIN,and SQUARE waves. One thing that would have been nice to see is a Formant Filter. The other delays we delay freaks should have a good understanding of, so I'll leave those for you to investigate. I tested the Pedal with a Fender Standard Strat and Fender Mustang VII Studio Clean Amp. I added a MOOG MF Drive and Boss DS-1x at times to test if the delay swallowed up overdriven sound. And as far as I can tell it does not swallow up the overdrive like a lot of delay pedals do. This one is a winner and it won't be leaving my pedalboard anytime soon:-)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK, but if you have a DD-20 gigadelay, think twice...

This unit does not measure up to my expectations. I've owned the Boss DD-20 Gigadelay for going on 10 years. It's a fabulous unit. The DD-500 was supposed to be an...Read complete review

This unit does not measure up to my expectations. I've owned the Boss DD-20 Gigadelay for going on 10 years. It's a fabulous unit. The DD-500 was supposed to be an upgrade. Sure it has a nice LCD window to help through the settings. Sure it has more settings that can be tweaked for each delay type. And yes it is a better looper. But all that aside, it's shimmer (the one thing the DD-20 doesn't do) is not up to snuff no matter how tweaked - this is nothing like Strymon timeline's shimmer, and it's overall sound quality is a STEP DOWN from the DD-20, despite the 32 bit 96khz sample rate. It sounds thin. I couldn't be more disappointed - I'll be taking this back today.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By Jimithing

from Akron, OH

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Pros

  • Comprehensive Programming
  • Fairly easy to program
  • Great Digital Recreations
  • Sound quality

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Studio Or Live

Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

From subtle to extreme modifications of classic and modern delays. This pedal does it. This pedal directly competes with the Strymon Timeline and Eventide Timefactor in both quality and sound. I'll let you download the manual to see all the adjustable modifications possible for each Delay. The Re-201 and Echoplex Tape Delays are incredible recreations. The new Slow Attack Delay is another great effects, especially with sustained notes. The Analog Delay, and this is true with all digital analog recreations, will not replace your current Analog delay if you have a good one. I know it does not replace my Malekko Heavy Industry Ekko 616 MKII Dark Analog Delay or MOOG MF-104, but it is nice to have if your after a crisper analog sound. The filter is another nice setting giving you LP,HP,and BP filters with LFO of TRI,SIN,and SQUARE waves. One thing that would have been nice to see is a Formant Filter. The other delays we delay freaks should have a good understanding of, so I'll leave those for you to investigate. I tested the Pedal with a Fender Standard Strat and Fender Mustang VII Studio Clean Amp. I added a MOOG MF Drive and Boss DS-1x at times to test if the delay swallowed up overdriven sound. And as far as I can tell it does not swallow up the overdrive like a lot of delay pedals do. This one is a winner and it won't be leaving my pedalboard anytime soon:-)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

More than enough delay for me.

By Eli

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Plenty Of Options
  • Pristine
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Pw

Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

This effect is a good bang for the buck. I could have went for the Timeline, but so far I haven't had a reason to want to switch from this one. The only thing I recommend is a favorite switch (DMC or whatetever other brand). You can always hit the favorite in a pinch. Scrolling down banks during a performance is too much trouble.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK, but if you have a DD-20 gigadelay, think twice...

By MickeyC

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Responsive
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

This unit does not measure up to my expectations. I've owned the Boss DD-20 Gigadelay for going on 10 years. It's a fabulous unit. The DD-500 was supposed to be an upgrade. Sure it has a nice LCD window to help through the settings. Sure it has more settings that can be tweaked for each delay type. And yes it is a better looper. But all that aside, it's shimmer (the one thing the DD-20 doesn't do) is not up to snuff no matter how tweaked - this is nothing like Strymon timeline's shimmer, and it's overall sound quality is a STEP DOWN from the DD-20, despite the 32 bit 96khz sample rate. It sounds thin. I couldn't be more disappointed - I'll be taking this back today.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blown away--incredible sounds and versatility

By Matt W.

from Yardley, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal is packed with amazing sounds and versatility. The user interface is excellent, as is the display (which also has four formats to choose from). In my first week of experimenting, I've dialed in classic U2 delays (the dual delay function is especially helpful for songs like Bad, Streets, etc.), slapbacks, ambient delays, mellow delays, funky delays, and various choruses. Along with an easy to use looper that maintains delays while recording loops, this pedal can easily replace several others on your board. With respect to sound quality, don't be misled by any particular YouTube demo that might not sound pleasing to your ears--with the tone knob, modulation knob, and modulation rate setting in the deep editing screen (along with many more parameters in the deep editing I haven't even messed with yet), you can get pretty much any type of tone you want, and the sound quality is pristine. The 60 factory presets are a nice starting point that let you explore some of the possibilities, but setting up your own presets is really intuitive (which is good given that the manual is more of a quick start guide). It's great that the factory presets are installed in 3 different sets of banks, so if you start overwriting them on banks 1-30, they're still saved in banks 31-60 and 61-90 so you can recall them again. Consider that a good basic delay without presets might run $150, and a looper might run $100. Spend an extra $50 on the DD-500 and you have a studio quality delay with up to 297 presets and a great looper. No contest! couldn't be happier with this pedal!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would definitely buy this pedal again.

By Jim man

from Frankfort Illinois

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I bought this pedal for its versatility, being able to scroll up and down while putting my favorite custom pre sets 1st is awsome for live use, the amazing sounds and tweak ability make it great for the studio as well, the Tera Echo addition is really nice , with a looper, spend a little time , customize some sounds , and bam, not hard to work at all.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    incredible

    By Steve

    from East Haddam CT

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

      incredible delay. such a huge variety of effects

       
      5.0

      Excellent and exciting

      By Paul

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The DD-500 is the best pedal purchase decision I have made. This has changed my board for the better. I am excited to discover more I can do.

      I have been able to remove and sell other pedals due the functionality of the DD-500.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      No no no.

      By Daniel

      from undisclosed

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought this product and found myself returning it because I wasn't feeling too sure that it was worth the money. I found that although it sounds great and can do anything you want delay related I also found that it wasn't easy to use or practical. As far as its looping capability I thought it to was not all that impressive in the practical category. I decided it was not ethical to keep it and proceeded to returned it. If one could find one used perhaps it would be more worth the while.

       
      5.0

      So far so good!

      By Pat

      from Monroe NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

        So far so good. Nice design. Cool effects preprogrammed from the factory. Looking forward to working with it and learning more about it.

         
        5.0

        Incredibly Deep

        By WorshipTele

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I use delays on just about every song in a worship setting, sometimes multiple delays on songs. I've found the delays to be superb on the DD-500. This thing is incredibly customizable. If you can think it, there's probably a way to do it. Mess with the setting everywhere on a patch. You'll see what I mean. That's only half of the functionality on this thing though. You can assign internal expression pedal sweeps, assign all sorts of functions to the CTL switch, and the midi and footswitch applications expand on that as well. Love this pedal!

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