In the market for a quality digital delay unit

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In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by nuketifromorbit » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:46 pm

I'm looking for something that is capable of doing fairly accurate repeats and won't colour or change the input signal. Also of importance is a user friendly interface, the ability to handle a fairly hot signal without clipping, and fairly quiet (as in not introducing any hiss or white noise) output. Features like tape or analog emulation wouldn't be unwelcome, but they're not really a requirement. I realize that the eventide timefactor would be right up my alley, but sadly its out of my price range. I'm looking to spend some where between 150 and 250 usd and plan on buying used.
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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by Psy_Free » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:07 pm

How about one of the Boss DD-x range ?
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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by Sir Nose » Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:48 am

I had a TC Electronics D-two. Sold it in that price range. Great sound and flexibility. Interface... Not the worst, but not inspiring. Easy enough to program and save a preset, live tweaking is best done with the addition of a Midi controller or sequencer to throw CCs.

All the digital delays I have used with a nice interface are dirty/crunchy lower bit rate racks.
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Post by Rick N Boogie » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:01 am

A lot of the newer units offer several delay types. Straight up clean digital repeats are usually always one of them. Boss DD-20 is great, as are the smaller DD-3, DD-6, etc. One of my favorites is the TC Electronics Transition which is a Guitar Center exclusive version of the Flashback, with some really cool "tone prints". Another is Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memoryman w Hazrai, which can do some crazy stuff too. But, almost any digital pedal should get you the clean repeats you seek.
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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by nuketifromorbit » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:08 am

Good responses so far, but I'd like to add that I've always found that boss pedals and racks overload a bit too easily. I've had a dd-6 and a rdd-10, and both seemed to clip way more than I liked. The tc electronic pedals have caught my eye recently so I might give them a go. Any experience with the visual sound dual tap?
Sir Nose wrote: All the digital delays I have used with a nice interface are dirty/crunchy lower bit rate racks.
A lower bit rate would be fine as long as the noise floor is low and the build quality high. I liked the dod pds series for instance, but the outputs were too noisy and it was hard to dial in a precise delay time.
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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by pflosi » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:34 pm

My vote goes for the Symetrix 606. Not that easy to find, but hands down the coolest digital delay in (the upper corner of) that price range. Tons of features (negative feedback, modulations, filter, etc.), stereo or dual mono, mono to stereo, etc. etc. And it sounds really nice!

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by groy » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:37 pm

Might be outside the form you were looking for (and a little random), but sp808s have a range of pretty great delays and go cheap.

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by blavatsky » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:22 pm

save up another 100 bucks and get a timefactor - they are amazing, you can go from pristine digital to vintage 12-bit sounding to tape to reverse.....and it has presets...and its knobby...and it has MIDI....

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by Jay944 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:37 am

If you're willing to look at a Timefactor, you might as well consider a Strymon Timeline. There's also some good delays out there in your price range. TC Electronic Flashback x4, Vox Delaylab (surprisingly great sounding)...

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by BaconTastesGood » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:18 am

I was in a similar conundrum and ended up with the D-Two, which I like a lot. I was looking specifically for something that could do clean delay patterns that were tempo synced.

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:04 am

Roland SDE-330 Dimensional Space Delay perhaps?

A bit tricky to program, but there´s a lot going for it (among other things, 3D algorithms from the RSS System).

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by BaconTastesGood » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:38 pm

Other obvious options are the Lexicon MPX-1 and TC Electronic M350.

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by skunk3 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:01 am

I have a vintage Deltalab Effectron ADM 256 digital delay for sale right now. Asking $125? It's in good shape... check my post in the FS section.

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Re: In the market for a quality digital delay unit

Post by max badwan » Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:45 am

have a look at the Korg SDD series, I still use a SDD 3300

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