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Sound Quality

Very good. This unit is pretty much the same circuit as the DD-2 and early Japanese DD-3, which I've heard be described as 'analogue-sounding' digitals. If this unit is anything to go by, they're not. This pedal is much more faithful to the tone of your signal than an analogue delay - it retains most of the high end and the percussive sound of hitting the strings in the repeats. That said, I don't find it to be harsh/cold/sterile at all, and I was A/Bing it with a Maxon AD999 analogue delay. For single note 'rhythmic' delay effects I actually prefer this unit to the Maxon, which is a bit to "dull" to achieve this. But for chords, arpeggios and general ambiance when playing, this unit sounds a bit thin and clashes with the dry signal next to the Maxon, which blends with the dry signal much better and gives it more body.

Reliability/Durability

This pedal looks to have been gigged and it's still holding up well. One of the most reliable brands in the business.

General Comments

I picked up this unit on a whim just to see how it stacked up against my analogue delay, with the intention of selling the much more expensive analogue unit if they were sufficiently close. When paired with a real analogue delay, the differences are quite stark - there's no real overlap between them. If you're after analogue tone, get an analogue delay. That said, this unit is not sterile at all, and the additional high-end detail and percussive attack in the repeats could well appeal more to other people. It would have been a much more difficult decision if the Maxon AD999 didn't have 900ms of delay time. If it were limited to 300ms like most analogue units I might have gone with the DSD-3 (or at the very least have held onto both units).




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