Digital Delay review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.5 Good
  • Users' score: 9 (26 votes)
DigiTech: Digital Delay

Price paid: $ 162.87

Purchased from: Matchetts Music

Sound — 8
I use it with an Ibanez RG-470 through a Marshall AVT100 amp. The sound is good. Every so often it sounds a little "digital," but this can't really be helped, as it is a Digital Delay pedal. As I said, the reverse delay sounds particularly cool, and all the delay effects are pretty good. I compared it to both a Boss DD3 and DD6 when I was buying, and this sounded as good, and it was cheaper than the DD3, despite having almost as good features as the DD6.

Overall Impression — 8
Very good, and good value too. It has most of the delays you're going to need! If it were stolen, I would definately consider buying another, but I would want to try its rivals too to compare them!

Reliability & Durability — 6
It got dropped once, and the mode button came apart slightly, but it's only superficial damage; it doesn't affect the working of the pedal. I haven't used it to gig yet, but I think it's sturdy enough (its case is metal), although the buttons are a little fiddly. Still, pretty good. It does eat batteries, though a DC adaptor is pretty much a necessity.

Ease of Use — 8
It's not overly easy to use, but then I doubt any delay pedal is. DigiTech give some sample settings on their website. It has lots of features, including a backwards delay, which sounds pretty cool, and tap tempo is handy to have. There are 4 seconds of delay overall, and there's a loop function that lets the pedal play back up to about 4 seconds of a riff/lead you record. There are 7 modes overall: the first 3 govern varying lengths of delay (1-250ms, 250-1000ms, and 1-4 seconds), mode 4 is tape delay, mode 5 is modulated delay (like a chorus mixed with the delay), mode 6 is the much-ballyhooed (I like frasier, ok? I don't really talk like this) reverse delay, and 7 is the aforementioned loop function. Not bad - once you get the hang of it, it's ok.

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    I got this pedal a few months ago and I really like it. The review is completely right, you pretty much need a power supply. This pedal is really heavy, too; it weighs as much as two boss pedals. Great delay.