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The BOSS DD series has dominated the delay scene for over three decades. Since the original DD-2 launched back in 1983, technology has marched ever onward and pedalboard tastes have changed. But with that one-of-a-kind tone and bombproof operation, a DD pedal is still the heartbeat of every great setup, from stadium-filling acts to the bands digging out their signature sound in the garage. New for 2019, the BOSS DD-3T and DD-8 are the next chapter in the story, offering the delay tones from all your favorite albums and live rigs—plus new features that help you deliver on the modern gig circuit.

The new DD-3T and DD-8 are the latest and greatest echoes from the BOSS ‘big bang’ of the early 1980s. Back then, BOSS’ parent company Roland was blazing a trail in delay technology with the RE-201 Space Echo and rack-mounted SDE-3000 used by household names. But everything changed in 1983 when BOSS engineers discovered the custom IC chip in the SDE-3000 could just about squeeze into the enclosure of a compact pedal. It was a revelation that saw the BOSS DD-2 released later that year becoming the world’s first stompbox digital delay, the first non-analog BOSS pedal, and the first time that working musicians could enjoy that digital delay sound on a budget.

During the mid-’80s, BOSS continued the quest for the ultimate delay. In 1986, the DD-2 was rebranded as the more-affordable DD-3, becoming a pedalboard mainstay used by everyone—and it would remain in production for over 30 years. When the DD-5 arrived in 1995, some predicted this higher-specced delay would supersede the DD-3, but instead, players picked sides and the quirks of each model attracted armies of loyal fans. Ever since, the two units have existed in parallel, with the DD-3 evolving to become the new DD-3T, while the original DD-5 was refreshed and rebranded as the DD-6 in 2002, the DD-7 in 2008, and now the all-new DD-8.

Plug into the DD-3T and get familiar with an icon that ticks all the time-honored boxes, from the traditional controls to the unmistakable, round, classic delay ranging from 12.5 to 800ms. Then dig deeper and discover a forward-thinking unit with enhanced functionality for every musical scenario. Even in the heat of the gig, it’s easy to craft ambitious sounds via the onboard Tap Tempo: a new addition that lets you create rhythmic delay effects of up to 800ms with your choice of three beat subdivisions—or connect an external footswitch for even more control. For easier connectivity when sending wet/dry signals to different amps, we’ve also moved the direct output jack next to the main output jack. And don’t miss the Short Loop feature that creates phrase loops, just like the original DD-3’s Hold function.

If delay is the cornerstone of your sound, the BOSS DD-8 demands a place on your pedalboard. Raising the spec of the DD-7, this is BOSS’ most advanced compact delay pedal yet, retaining the DNA of the classic DD series but adding more tones, longer delay times, multiple control options, and improved connectivity. Turn the dial for instant access to eleven modes, ranging from vintage tape-based echoes to a pitch-shifted shimmer—and don’t miss the machine-gun effects of the new GLT setting. Bring drama to your performance with open-ended, real-time tone shaping that lets you tap in tempos, manipulate modes such as Warp and GLT, or hook up outboard pedals for even greater expression. Be your own orchestra with the built-in 40-second looper, and rest assured that you’ll always have the best sound for the job, with three output modes, smart I/O connectivity ready for any application, and glorious widescreen stereo sounds that fill any venue or studio.

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