BOSS Digital Delay

The DD-500 is a compact, versatile delay with 12 modes. 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, the DD-500 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

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 32-bit/96 kHz processing throughout. 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.

Advanced Features for Stage and Studio Use

In the world of sophisticated delay stomps, the DD-500 stands apart 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 I/O opens up many additional control options with advanced setups such as a pedal board incorporating BOSS Effect Switching System ES-8.

Intensive Real-Time Control

With its freely assignable controls, the DD-500 delivers 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're 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 "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.

*The product names mentioned in this web page are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.In this page, these names are used because it is the most practical way of describing the sounds that are simulated.

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.

Specifications:

Sampling Frequency: 96 kHz
AD/DA Conversion: 32 bits
Processing: 32-bit floating point

Delay Modes: 12 modes: STANDARD, ANALOG, TAPE, VINTAGE DIGITAL, DUAL, PATTERN, REVERSE, TERA ECHO, SLOW ATTACK, FILTER, SHIMMER, SFX

Maximum delay time: 10 sec.(depends on delay mode)
Phrase loop: 60 sec. (96 kHz/MONO, 48 kHz/STEREO);
120 sec. (48 kHz/MONO); Delay can be applied.
Patches: 198 (99 banks x 2 [A] [B]), 297 (99 banks x 3 [A] [B] [C])
Pedals: Foot switch x 3 [A][B][TAP/CTL]
Knobs: MODE, TIME/VALUE, FEEDBACK, E.LEVEL,TONE, MOD DEPTH Display: Graphic LCD (128 x 62 dots, backlit LCD) x 1
Bypass: Buffered bypass or True bypass (with relays)

Connectors:
INPUT A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
OUTPUT A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
CTL 1,2/EXP jack: 1/4-inch TSR phone type
USB COMPUTER port: USB type B USB-MIDI
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
DC IN jack

Power Supply: Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4; AC adaptor
Current Draw: 200 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
Alkaline: Approx. 7 hours

Accessories:
Owner's manual
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

Size and Weight:
Dimensions (W x D x H) 170 mm x 138 mm x 62 mm (6-3/4 x 5-7/16 x 2-1/2 inches)
Weight (excluding AC Adaptor): 1.0 kg (2 lbs 4 oz.)

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When I first fired up this pedal I played it on the first preset for 3 hours before I touched any of the knobs or buttons. It sounds so, so great. This is the best delay I have ever used. The menu diving is simple and fast. The sound quality is absurdly good. Great options and variety of tones. Huge customizability. Sounds unreal going direct into a mixer with a Radial Direct Drive (plus other pedals). Also sounds really, really good going into a Vox AC15. The Vox makes this pedal sing… Put a nice reverb after it and you will be in heaven (I’ve also got an RV-500 which is crazy good). Getting U2 sounds out of this is 5/5 for ease. Boss/Roland really make the best delays out there... they always have.
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Just an absolute box of treasures to be discovered. Once you get into editing your own delays it really comes to life. an absolute ton of great sounds.
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Recently purchased this pedal for my rig and love it! Having the ability to tweak pretty much every parameter is amazing. That said, some people feel that too much customization hinders creativity, but I'm not wired that way so bring it on. Boss did a great job on this pedal. I mostly use it with my synths so a true stereo delay was important as well as the ability to tempo synch within my DAW. It checked all the boxes and the price is amazing value as it's considerably less compared to other boutique pedals in this category. No regrets on this one.
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I absolutely love the digital delay! and now that they have created a pc/mac editor for patches and installed new firmware. I am very optimistic with all the possibilities and the ability to run 4 delays is pretty cool.
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