#1
Hey guys, recently I have been thinking about selling my DL4 for a DD20. The DL4 has been a good pedal to me, it's just that I don't even use it anymore (it just sits in my room gathering dust). If I do sell it, I was just going to use the money to buy another digital delay. I've notice that some of bands I like (Dads and TWIABP) have been using a DD20 and El Capistan (which I own) for their main delays.

Is the DD20 an "upgrade" from the DL4? Would I be better off selling the DL4 and look into something else? Any other advice? Thank you.
#2
I recently got a DD20 as my first delay, there's a thread on it if you care to look. As far as I can see, they'll do the same things and are pretty reasonable competitors for the same price point.

If you stopped using your DL4 because you haven't got a lot of use for one, then I wouldn't bother getting a DD20 afterwards. However, if you stopped using it because you're not fond of the tone of the sounds then you probably want to look more boutique than a DD20.
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#3
I feel like a lot of what you can do with a DD20 can be done with a DL4, on top of some really weird stuff the DL4 can conjure up. Even so, if you're not meshing with your gear, then there's not much to counteract that

I would fire the thing up again and see what it does for you now, and then try some other delays in a store if you can.
#4
Honestly, the feel and sound of the DL4 and DD-20 is very different. I much prefer the DD-20 when it comes to delays. I've owned a good handful of each of them over the last 5 years. I can't really explain what I mean between the differences. It's kind of hard to word. But the DD-20 just feels like you are adding delay to your sound than adding a whole pedal's tone and delay to your sound. If that makes sense. Not to say the DD-20 doesn't color your tone a bit, I'm sure it does a bi, but I think it does so a lot less than the DL4.

I say do it man. The El Cap/DD-20 combo is near perfect.
#5
the DL4 is favorable if you want to emulate analog delays and have access to colorful delays. i didn't like it because i found it quiet and didn't like the emulations.

the DD-20 kinda left me flat (i actually like the dd-7 better and that is what i use), especially on the longer delay settings. i didn't really like it probably because i was expecting so much from the pedal and it didn't live up to my expectations

both are adequate at looping, but i'd rather have a dedicated looper.
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#7
Why don't you like the DL4?

The boss is pretty much a direct competitor, in the same price range. I wouldn't call it much of an upgrade.
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#8
I'd get mods done if I got a DL4.
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#9
The DL4 is being discontinued IIRC, might want to factor that into your decision FWIW.
#10
Quote by Lavatain
If you stopped using your DL4 because you haven't got a lot of use for one, then I wouldn't bother getting a DD20 afterwards. However, if you stopped using it because you're not fond of the tone of the sounds then you probably want to look more boutique than a DD20.


If this is you, buy a DD7 or a TC Electronics Flashback...
If not, and you're "searching for more," just pony up for a Strymon Timeline. I've ditched a DD20, DL4, DD5 and a Flashback and I've never looked back, even though I sometimes miss the Tone-Print of the Flashback. But, with the Timeline, I have just as much tweak-ability and options onboard.
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#11
Quote by sheaaa
If this is you, buy a DD7 or a TC Electronics Flashback...
If not, and you're "searching for more," just pony up for a Strymon Timeline. I've ditched a DD20, DL4, DD5 and a Flashback and I've never looked back, even though I sometimes miss the Tone-Print of the Flashback. But, with the Timeline, I have just as much tweak-ability and options onboard.


I would get a Timeline if I had the money to throw around (I almost got one last year but I ended up getting the El Capistan because I would mainly use tape sounds). I want the DD20 cause I see a lot of the bands I like using a DD20/El Capistan combo and plus I've been seeing the DD20 coming back onto a lot of post rock/worship boards (at least according to what I see on Instagram). Thought I'd give the combo a shot.