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Re: Line 6 -DL4 or Boss DD-20 or Akai E2


In a message dated 02/05/05 7:12:08, harrison@dnastudio.freeserve.co.uk writes:

anybody got anything to add re; DD-20 . . .

Well, although I am a long-time EDP user I have owned 2 DL-4s, an RC-20,
3 DD-20s and I also even once owned a pair of the original EH16-SDs (but
that's all ancient history). My opinion on the DD-20 is that I liked it better
than either the DL-4 or RC-20. It suited what I do a little better than those
other boxes and still had a fairly generous 23 second max delay time.

I found the DL-4s easy to use and to have some very cool additional
effects and features but to be not very rugged (broke a lot) and have a
definite negative affect on the sound quality even in bypass mode. The
RC-20 had a fantastic amount of delay time but no way to fade out loop
material over time. The DD-20 has great sound quality (on or off)
several cool effects (though not as many or as easy to access as the
DL-4) and the neat capability of being able to set up a simple multiple
synched loops within the pedal itself.

Example: The DD-20 has 4 memory locations that you can store preset
delay settings to. These are accessed by the footpedal on the right
with which you can step through all 4 memory slots (and a "live" 5th
slot) in sequence. The one neat trick of the DD-20 is you can switch
from one slot to the other and the previous one keeps on playing
(depending on the feedback setting). You can therefore set up a short
delay and a long delay adjacent to one another and preset their delay
times so that they synch up perfectly. It's almost like using "multiply"
on the EDP.

Set up a short repeating pulse delay in the first slot with 100% feedback
so it keeps going indefinitely (or slightly less so it degrades only verrrry
slowly) tap the right pedal to go to the next slot which could be set up
to have a delay time of say 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x the delay time of the
first slot -- the first short delay keeps on playing while you input
a new longer delay phrase in perfect synch. Once you're happy with
the 2nd delay you can hit the left pedal and lock out any new input
and solo away on top of these 2 perfectly synched loops. Get the idea?

You can do this with any adjacent pair of delay slots. If you move to a
3rd slot while the original 2 are playing the first one stops and only the
2nd (and your newly created 3rd one) will play. In this way you can step
through a whole array of synched loops whose timing can be preselected
to be subdivisions or multiples of each other in complex ways. Only 2 delays
will play at a time . . . but that's still pretty cool. If you own multiple DD-20s
their time settings are astonishingly accurate from pedal to pedal and even
delays in seperate units still synch perfectly. In this way you can set up
one pedal to do reverse delay stuff on the fly (or other effects) as desired.
There are also some tap-tempo capabilities to the DD-20 but I haven't
explored them as much (they take a little reprogramming and an extra
external pedal to do).

I am now back down to owning just one DD-20 but it is still a cool pedal.
I hope this gives you some things to think about. Musician's Fiend is selling
DD-20s for $185 in their latest catalog. There also seem to always be plenty
of them on eBay for even less. I sold 2 of mine there a couple of months
ago for nearly as much as I bought them for originally. They seem to be a
pretty good value.

Best regards,

tEd kiLLiAn

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