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Up to 23 seconds of infinitely tweakable delay!

You'll find the Boss DD-20 Giga Delay awesomely powerful yet easy to use. 11 delay modes include up to 23 seconds of classic tape delay. Sound-on-sound recording makes it as fun as it is flexible. New Smooth and Twist modes add subtle or radical effects while a memory function provides seamless transitions. Push-button knob lets you make fine or coarse adjustments to delay time.

FEATURES
  • Up to 23 seconds of delay
  • 11 delay modes including classic tape delay and sound-on-sound recording
  • New Smooth and Twist modes for subtle or radical delay effects
  • Memory function for changing delay modes seamlessly
  • New push-button knob for setting delay time in fine or coarse adjustments
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BossDD-20 Giga Delay
 
4.8

(based on 93 reviews)

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90%

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Pros

  • Versatile (10)
  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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DD-2 a very pleasant surprise

I give it a 9 in the context of other multi-delay pedals. It sounds better than the TC (and is less expensive), has more features than the Stereo Memory Man (at approx...Read complete review

I give it a 9 in the context of other multi-delay pedals. It sounds better than the TC (and is less expensive), has more features than the Stereo Memory Man (at approx the same price), is more reliable than the Line 6.
I mentioned that i always considered Boss to be toys, especially after they went completely digital in the late 80's. This is not a toy, its a tool. I normally go through pedals like others go through strings, they come and go; but i can see this staying on my board for a long time. I like the fact that I can record a sample loop, then move to a saved delay in the memory bank.
The only two things that i find lacking; you cant save looper samples (but its not a dedicated looper, so on that it gets a pass). The one that gets to me (though it very well may be achievable and i just havent figured out how), is to be able to go from using the right pedal from tap tempo to memory, though you can go from memory bank selector to tap.
For example; if you're in delay memory bank #2, where maybe you saved "tape delay" w/ one head, at 400ms with a regen of 50%, and in bank #3 is something very different, maybe the Twist fuction, and you want to change the delay time of the tape to something faster; you just hold down the right pedal for a couple seconds, it changes to memory 3 instantly, but then that pedal is dedicated to be a tap tempo controller, and you go right back to the memory bank #2 and all its saved fuctions, then use the pedal to speed up the tempo.
But, as far as i can tell, and to be honest, i could be off, if you're in tap tempo, and hold down the button, it will just stay at whatever its presently saved as, and when you hit the pedal again, all of a sudden your 400ms becomes 3600ms because it was in tap mode waiting for you to set the tempo.
One other thing that isnt really a drawback, because it actually has the feature; is the backlight for the digital readout (many of these multi pedals have neither the readout, and ones that do dont have a backlight, so maybe at this point im splitting hairs). To turn it on you have to bend over and hit the TAP & MEMORY buttons together (buttons, not the pedals). It would be cool if you could do that with your foot.

All that being said, those are REALLY small issues with an otherwise flawlessly designed, well built, great sounding digital delay.
Feature wise; there isnt much it doesnt have, except, as far as I can tell, a way to store samples from the loop. Other than that its packed; regular clean digital delay (but with the added ability to shape the tone adding/cutting treble. The analog is pretty accurate, sans the oscillation. Tape sounds good. That's about all I need. To be honest; ive never been much of a delay guy, but that being said Ive owned them all, from vintage Dlx Memory Man, Boss dd-2, dd-6,Stereo Memory Man w/Hazarai, TC Electronics Nova Delay, and on and on. I always end up not using them, taking the multi functional delays off, putting a simple analog in its place, until eventually that comes off, and i just use reverb, reserving the rest of my board for various OD's, fuzz, chorus, wah, compressors, etc.
I build and mod pedals, as well as pedal boards and switching systems, so i found after a while 90% of me playing guitar was just to test out whatever I was working on at the moment. Recently i started playing with a couple bands, that required a delay pedal; a multi delay unless i wanted to clutter my board with 2 of them, and i didnt. As far as multi delays previous to this one; ive owned the stereo memory man, Line 6 DL4, TC Nova Delay, and a Boss dd6. The S.M.M was okay, a bit of clock noise (EH just cant seem to get their impedence matching down pat, its like they're still in the '70s at times), but sounded good. It didnt have much in the way of 'delay types" though; jsut a tone knob. The TC Nova Delay; i just never liked. I found it to be very sterile and unmusical sounding. The delays never souded natural, and it was a sponge on my signal. The Line 6 had the features, and sounded good, but had issues with the switches (i had to replace all of them, they use a switching system that activates when the switch comes up instead of down, and it just isnt reliable). I was going to get another Line 6 though (replacing switches is easy for me). I ended up going with this mainly; for the digital readout , the loop sampler, and the fact that i have a lot of true-bypass pedals, actually all of them on my board either are, or run through a true bypass looper switching system, so i needed somethign with buffered bypass. Like i mentioned; the TC acted like a tone sponge, so that was out of the question.
For me; the 'reverse' , 'twist' and "warp' are pretty much useless; i never use them. They seem to be the kind of thing i try out when i first get a pedal, then never use again. But i can see other players using them. The Warp function I can see at some point working into a song. the Twist is just too much for me, and reverse seems like Id have to write something solely dedicated so i could use that feature. But, like i said; i can see others using it.
Boss has always been a company that i never really got into. With a few exceptions, i always kind of thought of them as toys more than tools, especially after they stopped using analog components in their Chorus, Flanger, etc. But, they last forever. As long as you dont power it up with the wrong power plug (even then, a quick replacement of a diode and you're back in business), it should run forever. This is no different, and in some ways; seems a bit more rugged.
For what it is, does, and has; its a great value. I mean a DD3 is about half the price, and just has 800ms of delay, and hold. So if you break it down, its a great deal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost great.....

Great sounding unit...no doubt about that. However, The unit can not be powered by my voodoolabs power supply....must use boss wall wart or batteries...not good. No low...Read complete review

Great sounding unit...no doubt about that. However, The unit can not be powered by my voodoolabs power supply....must use boss wall wart or batteries...not good. No low batt indicator...unit goes dead with out warning. Don't like the "Toggle through" format. Can't hit patch #4 from #1 without going through 3&4 first. I like the line 6 style of buttons "on demand."I sold my DD-20 on eBay and went back to 3 seperate boss delay pedals ganged together with butt connectors. Much easier to use on the fly, but the sound quality and versitility is not there. Therefore, the DD-20 was "Almost Great", unfortunatley not in the user friendly department.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Pedal!

By UltimateNeoHunter

from Great Mills, MD

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Dual Delay Time Too Short
  • Not Enough Memory Slots

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

I've had this pedal for months, and it's worked very well for me. I use it in place of my GT-10B when I don't absolutely need to use it, or when it's impractical to use it.
My only problems with it are not enough memory slots, and no way of cycling backward and formard instead of just forward.
Also, I don't like the dual mode because one of the times can only be set up to 100ms. If both could be set to anything needed it would be much better.
Despite these problems, I would still buy another and/or recommend it to a friend.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

DD-2 a very pleasant surprise

By Windwalker9649

from Boston MA

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Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

I give it a 9 in the context of other multi-delay pedals. It sounds better than the TC (and is less expensive), has more features than the Stereo Memory Man (at approx the same price), is more reliable than the Line 6.
I mentioned that i always considered Boss to be toys, especially after they went completely digital in the late 80's. This is not a toy, its a tool. I normally go through pedals like others go through strings, they come and go; but i can see this staying on my board for a long time. I like the fact that I can record a sample loop, then move to a saved delay in the memory bank.
The only two things that i find lacking; you cant save looper samples (but its not a dedicated looper, so on that it gets a pass). The one that gets to me (though it very well may be achievable and i just havent figured out how), is to be able to go from using the right pedal from tap tempo to memory, though you can go from memory bank selector to tap.
For example; if you're in delay memory bank #2, where maybe you saved "tape delay" w/ one head, at 400ms with a regen of 50%, and in bank #3 is something very different, maybe the Twist fuction, and you want to change the delay time of the tape to something faster; you just hold down the right pedal for a couple seconds, it changes to memory 3 instantly, but then that pedal is dedicated to be a tap tempo controller, and you go right back to the memory bank #2 and all its saved fuctions, then use the pedal to speed up the tempo.
But, as far as i can tell, and to be honest, i could be off, if you're in tap tempo, and hold down the button, it will just stay at whatever its presently saved as, and when you hit the pedal again, all of a sudden your 400ms becomes 3600ms because it was in tap mode waiting for you to set the tempo.
One other thing that isnt really a drawback, because it actually has the feature; is the backlight for the digital readout (many of these multi pedals have neither the readout, and ones that do dont have a backlight, so maybe at this point im splitting hairs). To turn it on you have to bend over and hit the TAP & MEMORY buttons together (buttons, not the pedals). It would be cool if you could do that with your foot.

All that being said, those are REALLY small issues with an otherwise flawlessly designed, well built, great sounding digital delay.
Feature wise; there isnt much it doesnt have, except, as far as I can tell, a way to store samples from the loop. Other than that its packed; regular clean digital delay (but with the added ability to shape the tone adding/cutting treble. The analog is pretty accurate, sans the oscillation. Tape sounds good. That's about all I need. To be honest; ive never been much of a delay guy, but that being said Ive owned them all, from vintage Dlx Memory Man, Boss dd-2, dd-6,Stereo Memory Man w/Hazarai, TC Electronics Nova Delay, and on and on. I always end up not using them, taking the multi functional delays off, putting a simple analog in its place, until eventually that comes off, and i just use reverb, reserving the rest of my board for various OD's, fuzz, chorus, wah, compressors, etc.
I build and mod pedals, as well as pedal boards and switching systems, so i found after a while 90% of me playing guitar was just to test out whatever I was working on at the moment. Recently i started playing with a couple bands, that required a delay pedal; a multi delay unless i wanted to clutter my board with 2 of them, and i didnt. As far as multi delays previous to this one; ive owned the stereo memory man, Line 6 DL4, TC Nova Delay, and a Boss dd6. The S.M.M was okay, a bit of clock noise (EH just cant seem to get their impedence matching down pat, its like they're still in the '70s at times), but sounded good. It didnt have much in the way of 'delay types" though; jsut a tone knob. The TC Nova Delay; i just never liked. I found it to be very sterile and unmusical sounding. The delays never souded natural, and it was a sponge on my signal. The Line 6 had the features, and sounded good, but had issues with the switches (i had to replace all of them, they use a switching system that activates when the switch comes up instead of down, and it just isnt reliable). I was going to get another Line 6 though (replacing switches is easy for me). I ended up going with this mainly; for the digital readout , the loop sampler, and the fact that i have a lot of true-bypass pedals, actually all of them on my board either are, or run through a true bypass looper switching system, so i needed somethign with buffered bypass. Like i mentioned; the TC acted like a tone sponge, so that was out of the question.
For me; the 'reverse' , 'twist' and "warp' are pretty much useless; i never use them. They seem to be the kind of thing i try out when i first get a pedal, then never use again. But i can see other players using them. The Warp function I can see at some point working into a song. the Twist is just too much for me, and reverse seems like Id have to write something solely dedicated so i could use that feature. But, like i said; i can see others using it.
Boss has always been a company that i never really got into. With a few exceptions, i always kind of thought of them as toys more than tools, especially after they stopped using analog components in their Chorus, Flanger, etc. But, they last forever. As long as you dont power it up with the wrong power plug (even then, a quick replacement of a diode and you're back in business), it should run forever. This is no different, and in some ways; seems a bit more rugged.
For what it is, does, and has; its a great value. I mean a DD3 is about half the price, and just has 800ms of delay, and hold. So if you break it down, its a great deal.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredibly useful and versatile

By John Franklin

from Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Flexible
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

    Initially I felt this pedal would take a lot of getting used to, but it was surprising easy to use. The learning curve was relatively short. This is one of the best delay pedals out there, and it is immensely popular. I see it on pedalboards all the time. This pedal doesn't really do anything amazingly, but it does a lot of things pretty well, including:

    • sound-on-sound (looping)
    • analog delay
    • tape echo
    • dual delay

    It also has a ridiculous 23 seconds of delay time possible, so there's pretty much nothing you can't achieve with this pedal. You can easily dial in the exact number of milliseconds you want, which can make this pedal a godsend for some or just tedious for others. I find it nice, and the special dial makes it easy to fast-forward through the delay time range. You can store 4 unique delays on this pedal and can recall them easily with one of the foot switches. If you select "manual" and have the delay mode set to "sound-on-sound" you can easily loop and go to four different delays during a single performance. Very versatile. You don't get an excellent analog delay or tape echo (best to get the MXR Carbon Copy and BOSS RE-20 Space Echo, respectively), but they are adequate, and you still get the flexibility of 23 seconds of delay time. The Carbon Copy doesn't offer much more than 2 seconds. Feedback and effect level are pretty standard (the feedback can be adjusted to create infinite repeat, which is nice). There are a few interesting alternative delay modes, but I have not found them to be very useful, though I am sure some people have put them to good use. The Dual mode is particularly nice. One cool thing that could have been done with this pedal is real-time loop time adjustment, something you find in pedals like the Digitech PDS-8000. It would have made this pedal all the more valuable. But, still, great for the money, and the frequency at which it's seen on stage and in the studio should tell you how useful it is.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    DD-20 U2 and more

    By dbetters

    from Delawhere

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Great Delay Options
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

      Someone said it doesn't work with Voodoo Power Supply - WRONG. It works on both output 5 or 6 with regular included power chord. Might have to switch dip switch, can't remember - but it certainly works.

      I use delay...A LOT. Dotted 1/8th note is a thing of beauty. Play lots of worship music, U2 - just gave myself away. All of the delays are great. Easy to use. The modulated delay is one of the best simulations of the Edge's earlier sounds that I have found in lower end pedals like this one. I have the DL4, Nova Delay and this Delay on my board an I always use this one for modulated delays sounds...anyway, I love it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The "boss" of delay

      By g&lguitar

      from Danbury, CT

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

        So this thing is the greatest pedal yet. I have a few and this is the most fun to play with. The looping feature is awesome. Used to have the digitech gnx3 with the 8 track recorder and that was nice. and this is definitely not 8 tracks but still can spend hours looping and soling. Sturdy, it feels like you can drop this thing off a building and other then the knobs it would be fine. All in all, I love it. Thanks Boss!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Delay

        By guitardood12

        from Phoenixville, PA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Switch Presets
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Playing
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

          I traded my nova delay for this. I liked the nova delay, but it was a pain to play with live. The DD-20 however is super easy to use live. I test drove the dd-20 and it just made switching from presets super easy. The nova's preset switching is stupid, the dl4 does not have a display for bpm's or ms's, the vox delay lab is just to new for me. Plus, its built like a tank. Get the footswitch, and it becomes super easy to use live for any application. the twist and warp modes are fun too..

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Best Digital Delay. Hands Down.

          By coltonius

          from Dallas, TX

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

            This pedal is hands down THE easiest digital delay to learn and use in a live setting. You get 4 presets and an additional setting to whatever you've got the knobs tweaked, Stereo In & Out, and the option for external Tap Tempo. But the best part is the ability to switch presets quickly with a simple tap; no more bending down and tweaking mid-song.

            Tonally, I rate the DD-20 an 8 out of 10. It takes up a lot of space on the board (even more if you opt for the external tap tempo), but you can literally do ANYTHING with it. Oh, and Boss built this pedal like a tank so it'll last forever.

            Why are you still reading? Go get yourself one now!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Out with the old and in with the NEW!

            By Rupert

            from Tulsa Oklahoma

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

              After more than 25 years of use my Boss analog Delay (DM3) had become too unreliable to use in performance. My intent was to replace the analog capability as i also have a Boss Digital delay(DSD2). The DD-20 has an analog setting but so far that aspect of it's performance is disappointing. All the other capabilities of this pedal are impressive. I've only had it a week and i'm still learning but i love the programable settings and the clean sound it channels. Even though i've lost that true analog subtlety, i feel like i've stepped into the 21st century with the DD-20.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Delay!!!! Great Sound....!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

              I've had the DD-20 for the past 2 years. I've NEVER had any issues with this pedal. It has phenomenal sounding Tape, Analog, Modulation and Digital delays. You can get the classic "Edge" delay sounds. I love the fact that you can tweak the modulation rate, tone etc... I use an external tap tempo pedal with this pedal and run the delay through my Mesa/Boogie Lonestar FX loop. Great sounds, TONS of possibilities... So far very reliable (knock on wood! ;-))

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This thing is awesome!!!

              By Mumbles-2Vv1-

              from NC

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              Comments about Boss DD-20 Giga Delay:

              I have had this unit for a lil while now and it is an integral part of my sound.You can save 4 of your fave settings and it has space for 1 in the manual slot. It would have been nice to be able to select a previous channel but the selection works in one direction.(I can deal with that) I can get all sorts of great delay effects from this unit from basic slap back to dual to even edge like delay.I have seen others recommended this delay unit and got it for myself.It's built like a tank and the tap function is best used via separate foot switch.I use a keyboard pedal and it does the job well.Get this unit if your looking for a great and useful pedal!!!

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