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Boss DD-2 Digital Delay

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mooseherman's review

By mooseherman, 14/04/2009
The Boss DD-2 is a standard digital delay. It's pretty barebones as far as these pedals go. The settings are arguably the most minimal settings on any Boss Digital Delay, simply being able to adjust level, delay time, feedback, etc. The last switch also incorporates a "hold" feature, which will basically loop short phrases as long as you depress the pedal with your foot. There are two outputs, one on either side, but i haven't ever used more than one so I can't comment on using that. There's nothing crazy like midi or computer editing options on it either.


This product is incredibly simple. If you don't want to much getting in the way, this would be perfect for you. Not much too explain and will only take a few moments to get a grasp of it. Even if you don't know what any of the knob settings mean at first, you'll get a feel for it quickly.


Boss makes great digital delay pedals, and this one is no exception. I've never had anything but good experiences with this pedal as far as sound quality goes. I play guitar and I think the pedal is perfect for this, though I doubt a bass would sound any worse going through it. The hold feature is pretty cool although it's not a replacement for a loop station, since it tends to sound pretty clipped. It's better as a jarring effect then a legitimate loop.


I've used this pedal for about 5 years and I've never had a problem with it really. I sometimes wish that I could do a bit more with it, but that would mean getting something much more expensive and generally unnecessary for me personally. I like how simple it is, which makes it easy to change settings on the go. That being said, programming pre-set settings onto it is not possible, and that would likely make it easier to use in live settings. I ended up going with this simply because it was cheapest, so I'd recommend shopping around and maybe checking out some other pedals first (check out the other Boss pedals, just because they all tend to sound pretty good.) I don't know if I'd pick this up again but it's certainly not a regrettable choice.

Very simplistic

By iamqman, 20/03/2011
This is a basic delay pedal that really has not much going for it but the price and simplistic value of it. You are not going to find much variations to this pedal. This is going to be a bare bones pedal that adds a bit of delay if you need it. Since there isn't much of a range to it but just the four mode clicks and a delay time knob you can't get to complicated with it like you can the Boss DD-20. This comes in a much smaller case but has a good sound to it like the DD-20. If you are a person who uses delay sparingly or subtly to add character to your tone then this a great pedal. It does cut throw the mix more than an analog pedal even though thes operation is simple like an analog pedal.

The layout as follows...

Level, Feedback, D TIme, and 4 modes including the fourth mode which produces endless repeats.

The first three mode are simple short, medium, and long delay times. The D TIme control will select time within whcihc ever mode you are in. So it acts as range for shirt, medium, and long times.


Fairly easy pedal in that it only has hour knobs and one foot pedal. Takes a 9v battery of plug. It has delay times that goes from12 mil to 800 which is probably most that people are going to use.

You can take the D time up to around 2:00 on long delay times and the notes follow a dotted 8th note delay. Great for ambient sounds or U2 times delays. The overall pedal has a very clear transparent warm tone that compliments your guitar playing. It sounds great in the mix and allows the user to add subtle delay repeats for slap back tones or long delay times for solos and such. If you set the delay up to the short mode and have the level all the way up it makes a very cool chorus/octave sound. There is much to explore with this pedal if you have the time.


The tone from it is fantastic for all delay applications. It is versatile when you need long or short delay times. I like using it with a Strat into any amp. Preferably a Marshall amp with some heavy gain. I like using it to tailor my guitar tone a bit and sometimes to use as a cutting repeater. Very easy to dial in Welcome to the Jungle tones with this pedal. My favorite setting is a long delay time with the D time up around 2:00 for some Edge type tones. Since this is a digital delay and cuts a little more than an analog echo. I prefer to use this when needing delays to cut in the mix with the band.

I have two beefs with this being that it isn't true bypas so it will change your tone when you are not using it. You can get it modified to become true bypass but it would be nice to have that come standard. The next thing is if it only had a tamp tempo feature on it somewhere it would be killer. I like using rhythmic delay times so having that ability would make this pedal amazing.


I like that it will last you almost forever since Boss makes things to last. You won't have any problems with it failing in the middle of a gig somewhere. I also like how it is small and compact like most Boss pedals are so they fit nicely on your pedal board. The next thing is that is has a sweet delay tone that is warm and smooth. It floats over your guitar playing very sweetly where as an analog delay adds more character to the tone it self.

I would recommend this pedal to anyone who needs a simple digital delay pedal and doesn't want to break the bank to buy one. It comes used at around $150 on ebay made in Japan I guess the older Japanese made ones sound better. They don't make this unit any more and have marketed the DD-3 which is basically the same pedal with some different guts inside. Other than that I don't really know the difference. Great pedal for the price.

fredian's review

By fredian, 07/05/2007
Japanese digital delay pedal.
1 knob level (output level of the effect), a feedback (number of repetitions), a delay time (time effect) and a mode (choose type of delay, from 50 ms to 800ms, with a hold function, that allows to trigger the effect after a note is played, this one recurring as long as you let the pedal engaged).
1 x mono output, a stereo, an entrance.
pedal super strong. by against, despite this strength, it is possible that the activation switch gets dirty, what happened to me: therefore the pedal reacts poorly (or not at all) when you try to initiate or to stop the effect. A clean from time to time then.


Configuration rather simple, yet comprehensive enough. Simply select the mode (type of delay from the shortest to longest) and adjust to convenience the number of repetitions and duration of effect. As a result, the possibilities are quite numerous.

The manual in English, if not indispensable, allowing the novice to avoid mix brushes between the functions of each of the knobs.

For cons, the main drawback is the fact that it is imperative to connect with an adapter boss at 30 euros (really an unfortunate trade policy is theft!), Failing to get a terrible hum with any other transformer. As for batteries, not really cost effective because the machine has been rather greedy.


The different modes are effective and really distinct palette of sound is fuller. I use it at the end of the chain effects loop of my classic 30 with a LP Standard and a strat us. Combined with delays of my DOD pedals, it produces interesting effects. I mainly use the following settings: level at 13h, 15h to feedback, delay time at 9am, all with 800ms mode. The effect is rather flat and allows some of the best psychedelic delirium effect. I used a lot with a bottleneck in the way of David Gilmour, to draw atmospheric melodies, songs like dolphins or mermaids, or when combined with a distortion (always with the bottleneck) to draw sound apocalyptic. However, I find the sound a bit cold and synthetic (this will appear more or less depending on the settings), especially compared to my Ibanez AD9.


I use this pedal for 5 / 6 years and I am quite satisfied, although the sound is a bit cold for my taste. Combined with other delays, we can draw really interesting stuff;

she has no other major flaw, if not the fact that it takes a boss to power transformer, on pain of seeing your cock up her a roar worthy of an engine Airbus A 320. Once purchased the said transformer, no problem, so the default is zero (if not having slammed 30 euros more for a simple transformer and into the pockets of roland!).

value for money is worth OCCAZ (I bought 80 euros at the time), especially considering the prices of his little sisters (DD3, DD5, DD6), sounds, it seems, much more cold with unnecessary functions. If it again, I'd direct, I think, an analog pedal noise heat.

rubens974's review

By rubens974, 11/01/2006
- What are the effects or types of effects available?
All the classic effects pedals from home boss delay but with a warmth that is not found on newer models. Frankly, this pedal in Japan is a good deal and I can only advise especially for the registry so Satriani Lead.


- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy?
fingers in the nose


- Which instruments do you use?
plug in my true bypass switch craft, with a chorus ibanez the same time, a DS1 or OD1 Japanese Japanese


Have you tried many other models before buying it?
giditech digidelay is too hi fi for my taste. The lack of heat DD3 and DD5 is too expensive for what it is. Unless a solution Lexicon rack type, this pedal is the best alternative for a simple config and rings.
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Boss DD-2 Digital Delay tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Boss
  • Model:DD-2 Digital Delay
  • Category:Delays/Echos/Phrase Samplers for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 12/28/2004

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