BOSS 200 Series Pedals Explained: DD-200 Digital Delay


The BOSS 200 series represents a wide
range of great sounding effects, class-leading sound quality and
intuitive controls. Premium audio quality thanks to 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing and 96kHz sample rate. You can store 4 different memories for instant recall, plus a manual mode which is how the knobs are currently set. Plus lots of expandability via external foot switches, expression pedals and even TRS-MIDI in
and out. The DD-200 is the stereo digital delay with 12 different delay modes. These include crystal-clear digital
delays, vintage tapes, drum, immersive ambient delays and Tera Echo. All the essentials are there, plus some really creative and fun modes to experiment with including a looper. The controls will be very familiar if
you’ve used a delay pedal before, and for each delay mode, the parameter knob controls a specific parameter. For example, on the TAPE mode it controls how many tape heads are active or how gritty your analog delay is. For this example I’m using the STANDARD
delay mode which gives us that classic clean digital delay sound. By using the parameter knob, I can actually affect the attack time of the delay so it allows me to have a softer attack making more pad like delay repeats. Now I want to show you the DRUM delay
mode that very distinctive rhythmic delay sound. And the parameter knob actually allows me to change the amount of heads that are being worked at one time. Now I want to show you the SHIMMER delay mode. SHIMMER is great for adding a choral harmony to guitar parts, and the parameter knob allows me to affect the intensity of that effect, whereas the modulation depth gives me control over the amount of movement in the delay repeats. This is without either of those engaged. Let’s add the intensity and some
modulation depth. Now I’ve moved on to the ANALOG delay
mode, what’s cool about this is I can use the parameter knob to essentially change
the type of harmonic content within the delay repeats giving me some really nice rich overtones in the repeats. On top of that I’ve changed the tap division to a
quarter note triplet. So I can tap in some really cool rhythms with the push of a button. Now if I turn the parameter knob up I
can get some harmonic feedback In this instance, I’ve got the TERA ECHO mode and I’ve decided to plug an expression pedal in to control the feedback intensity of
the effect. Obviously the cool thing about having an expression pedal is, it can control things like the effect level, feedback, time, modulation depth and so on. it’s a really handy extra tool to use with a pedal like this. What I want to show you now is the
carryover feature in DD-200. I have plugged an external FS-7 foot switch that allows me to toggle between two different memories, but what’s really cool here is
you get a lovely smooth transition between the two delay modes at the same time. Out of the box, it’s a very standard kind
of setup. But you can easily customize what the footswitches do. For example, I can reprogram the on and off switch to be momentary, or fade a delay in and out
rather than a sharp start and stop. You can add loads more control over DD-200 by adding external foot switches, expression pedal or even TRS-MIDI in and
out. As well as using MIDI to tempo sync, you
can control a host of different parameters in real time via MIDI, especially when teamed up with an effect switcher such as an ES-5 or an ES-8. If you’re not familiar with this type of MIDI port, you’ll definitely be seeing more of it soon. It’s a 3.5mm connection like a
headphone cable, but it works exactly the same way as a standard MIDI connection with a cable like this. You can even use a simple cable like
this to control multiple 200 series pedals. Very simple to use yet very
sophisticated. Go to boss.info to find out more.

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