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DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal

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A diverse delay pedal with true hardwire bypass.

The DigiTech HardWire DL-8 is a delay and looper effect pedal that features stereo I/O with selectable tails and a choice of 11 delay types. Among the delays you can configure with the DL-8 are Analog, Lo-Fi, Tape, and Reverse. The DigiTech DL-8 pedal also provides up to 8 seconds of delay and 20 seconds of looping as well as functions like tap-tempo and more.

DigiTech HardWire pedals represent a commitment to quality and attention to subtle details. In addition to technical enhancements like true bypass and high voltage operation, all DigiTech HardWire guitar pedals feature rugged, all-metal construction, a wide, stage-stable footprint, durable, custom-machined metal knobs for a sure grip, and precision potentiometers that guarantee knob positions will stay intact.

The rugged, durable construction of DigiTech Extreme Performance Pedals is just the beginning. Inside each HardWire guitar pedal are technological features that serious players require - all updated and improved to their utmost capacity. True bypass preserves the purity of your original tone as signal passes through the pedal, and high voltage operation further protects your sound by eliminating clipping and other signal degradation caused by power drain.

With the high-output pickups found on some electric guitars, it's not unusual to hear clipping when playing through an effects pedal. This occurs when the voltage range produced by an electric guitar's pickup is greater than the operating voltage of the effects pedal, normally limited to the voltage supplied by the effect's battery or power supply. DigiTech HardWire pedals incorporate circuitry that increases the operating voltage headroom above that of the typical pedal. That means the HardWire DL-8 delay looper pedal can work with a wider range of guitars and is also at home in your amplifier's effects loop.

HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories:
Stomplockā„¢ knob guard locks your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage
Pedal Switch Glow Sticker helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting
Custom-cut Hook and Loop pedal board Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedal board

FEATURES
  • True hardwire bypass
  • Constant high-voltage rails
  • 11 delay types and 7 delay algorithms (digital, analog, tape, modulated, lo-fi, reverse, and loop)
  • Indicator LED
  • Tails on/off switch
  • 8 seconds of stereo delay and 20 seconds of stereo loop time
  • Stereo 1/4" inputs/outputs
  • Controls for delay level, delay time, repeats
  • 9V DC battery operation
  • Optional PS200R adapter compatible
  • HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories:
    • Stomplockā„¢ knob guard locks your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage
    • Pedal Switch Glow Sticker helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting
    • Custom-cut Hook and Loop Pedal Board Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedal board
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    DigiTechHardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.6

    (based on 51 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound quality (23)
    • Versatile (23)
    • Good selection of effects (21)
    • Responsive (20)
    • Compact (13)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (21)
    • Performances (20)
    • Amateur recording (18)
    • Outdoor events / games (15)
    • Professional recording (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (21), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great sounds and very sturdy build, but....

    The Good: This pedal has a range of good, smooth sounds, some with a decent amount of personality. Everything from a rockabilly slapback to Pink Floyd to a perfect clone of what you...Read complete review

    The Good: This pedal has a range of good, smooth sounds, some with a decent amount of personality. Everything from a rockabilly slapback to Pink Floyd to a perfect clone of what you just played are in there. Overall, it is a clean machine. If you're looking for a clean delay that never breaks up, this is your pedal. I think the high voltage rails are the main reason you'll never hear this pedal clip unless you intentionally overdrive it with an overdrive pedal. I haven't tried that yet... it could be interesting. Also, it's built like Boss pedals wish they were built. A good analogy of it's sturdiness would be when automobile bodies were built from sheets of steel instead of today's fiberglass and light aluminum. Another plus - two inputs (for your synths and the like) and outputs = stereo, which is the best way to hear how good this thing sounds. The Bad: As mentioned, it has a decent amount of personality, but if this pedal was a girl and you were on a first date, you might be a little bored by her reservedness. She plays it safe, never acts wild or challenges you. You won't get any kind of dirty delay from this pedal. Depending on your needs, that could be good or bad. I'd like it if the extreme settings were closer to bordering controlled chaos than the DL-8 can offer. Also, getting into Tap Tempo mode is difficult. It seems like if you don't release the pedal after EXACTLY 2 seconds, you don't get into Tap Tempo. When you do get into tap tempo, the pedal is rather stiff and resistant to foot clicks and therefore it takes awhile to get your repeats tight with the drummer.In summary, I give it an overall score or 3.5 because the functional drawbacks for a major feature like Tap Tempo are hard to overlook, but the sound and build quality are very good.

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    DOA - Beware of this only because the manufacture quality

    DOA - I couldn't wait to try this pedal, I watched the Youtube reviews and liked what I was hearing. Unfortunately the pedal made nasty sounds when I plugged it in, it was...Read complete review

    DOA - I couldn't wait to try this pedal, I watched the Youtube reviews and liked what I was hearing. Unfortunately the pedal made nasty sounds when I plugged it in, it was bad. I attempted to get a replacement but I'm told by MF that this pedal is discontinued. Digitech has a new line (probably because of the failure rate with these I'm guessing). Musicians Friend gets 5 stars and I would totally recommend buying from them. They always treat me well. They refunded my purchase.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An Excellent Addition

    By Kevn0

    from Moberly Mo

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    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Two minor quibbles and fantastic value.
    Aside from a volume drop when looping, I can't fault this pedal. Ultimately it will come down to whether you prefer digital or analog delay sounds. I generally prefer the cleaner character of a digital delay, but every ear is different. In all likelihood, if I could find and afford one of the vaunted Echoplex or Space Echo units, I would probably have a different opinion. One thing the Digitech has going for it is versatility. The sheer number of sounds you can dial in is inspiring. I am very partial to the Modulated and Lo-Fi settings right now. I can get an almost keyboardish background shimmer when I pair a clean signal with reverb to it in Modulated and a great, killer Stoner Rock sound when I have distortion in front of it. The looping is limited but more than sufficient for my needs. Unfortunately the looping and delay are either/or propositions--something for future versions to include would surely be the ability to do both at the same time. I have delay on the Mustang amp I use--but the Digitech is sooooo much better and varied. This really is a bargain for the price. If you can't afford the Memory Man or the boutique models, I would certainly reccomend this one.
    Heavy. Solid. Rugged. Tough. Thick. Inspires confidence and makes me feel like I got my money's worth.
    You can't really find another viable option in this price range. Next stop: Memory Man with Hazarai, if you can afford it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great sounds and very sturdy build, but....

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Good: This pedal has a range of good, smooth sounds, some with a decent amount of personality. Everything from a rockabilly slapback to Pink Floyd to a perfect clone of what you just played are in there. Overall, it is a clean machine. If you're looking for a clean delay that never breaks up, this is your pedal. I think the high voltage rails are the main reason you'll never hear this pedal clip unless you intentionally overdrive it with an overdrive pedal. I haven't tried that yet... it could be interesting. Also, it's built like Boss pedals wish they were built. A good analogy of it's sturdiness would be when automobile bodies were built from sheets of steel instead of today's fiberglass and light aluminum. Another plus - two inputs (for your synths and the like) and outputs = stereo, which is the best way to hear how good this thing sounds. The Bad: As mentioned, it has a decent amount of personality, but if this pedal was a girl and you were on a first date, you might be a little bored by her reservedness. She plays it safe, never acts wild or challenges you. You won't get any kind of dirty delay from this pedal. Depending on your needs, that could be good or bad. I'd like it if the extreme settings were closer to bordering controlled chaos than the DL-8 can offer. Also, getting into Tap Tempo mode is difficult. It seems like if you don't release the pedal after EXACTLY 2 seconds, you don't get into Tap Tempo. When you do get into tap tempo, the pedal is rather stiff and resistant to foot clicks and therefore it takes awhile to get your repeats tight with the drummer.In summary, I give it an overall score or 3.5 because the functional drawbacks for a major feature like Tap Tempo are hard to overlook, but the sound and build quality are very good.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hard to beat

    By Tone Obsessed

    from York, PA (nowhere)

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    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I own all eight of these Hardwire pedals and among the non-distortion pedals this is by far my favorite. All settings are excellent and some sound absolutely fantastic, the Slap and Lo-Fi being particularly sweet among the lot. The looper is kind of pointless as it's only twenty seconds but who cares? The delays are worth the price of admission and the tweekabilty is spot on. I love my MXR Carbon Copy for all its analog goodness, but this box wins hands down in the versatility department. And, as always with these Hardwires, the build quality and solid looks are icing on the cake. Yet another nice piece. Dial it in.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Oh yeah

    By Z

    from FL

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    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I bought this solely for use as a looper. For the price I have found nothing else nearly as good. True stereo I/O, awesome sound quality are what sold me. The enclosure is rock solid, maybe twice the weight of a Boss pedal.Best looper in the sub-$400 range I've found, and it requires no extra accessories to unlock its full potential. If you just want the delays and don't care about the looper, try the Digidelay.All Hardwire pedals come with a nice rubber knob protector and some glow-in-the-dark decals too. Top marks!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply the best

    By Surfnorthwest-91GQK

    from Keennewick WA

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    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I am not much for writting reviews however I am a 35 year musician and currently just doing studio work. I replaced my Carbon Copy for this DigiTech HardWire DL-8.I only use hand made older Marshalls in the studio and this pedal sounds so real comapared to anything else I have used. The CC is not a bad pedal but will not do what this one will. It is also dead quite which is a must. Easy to dial in and works so well with tube amps, really a bargain at it's price.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome.

    By Gut Plucker

    from ATL

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    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Never have I seen a delay with this much flexibility at this price. The quality is top notch and it is true stereo. That's right, true stereo, not just stereo out, but stereo in as well. The wide range of delay times is nothing less than amazing. The different modes are all great, and the 20 second looper? Get out. While the differences in sound between analog, lo-fi, and tape are very subtle, they are there. Very good mimicing of analog with self oscillation, it takes it a minute, but it will give you those screeching droned out noises if you want it to. Nothing beats a true analog pedal for that type of noise, but this one comes close. And the digital delays, are pristine. Absolute clarity with seemingly infinite repeats on tap. And tap tempo. What can't this pedal do?

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's a keeper!!

    By Gjoko

    from Lancaster, PA

    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I'm not in the habit of writing reviews, but this pedal deserves props. If you're like me and you've been searching for a delay pedal that doesn't add any line noise to your mix then look no further. I've had all the Boss's including the dd-20, I've the H2O, the offerings from Dunlop and E.H. and found that they ALL added varying levels of hiss, hum, and in some cases ringing to my mix whether they were turned on or off.This pedal has all the features I was looking for, excellent tone(especially in analog mode), and most importantly it's completely noiseless. (Insert sigh of relief here)

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    new delay on the block

    By G-wiz

    from Indianapolis, IN

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    Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Finally i found a delay I can live with. I always felt the boss delays were so processed sounding. After playing with this a while I found I like it more and more. My experience has been that it eats batteries like crazy though. I have run it on a one spot even though it says its not compatible.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pretty nice sound and features

    By Tonecrush

    from SO FL

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have the Hardwire R7 so I was expecting a solid pedal. That's what it is. A rock solid digital delay that can cover most of the bases. Every board needs one and this is the best bang for the money.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works great

      By jerters

      from Redding, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Lots of choices, love the control knobs and different types of delay.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Totally rad delay/ looper pedal

        By Rockman

        from New Hampshire

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is my second delay pedal in twenty years. Way better than having separate looper fx rack and a delay pedal, when you can have the best of booth in one. The delay works great in my fx chain, and picks up on my solos with ease. Which is important in a thrash metal band, because moving fast in short amounts of time your equipment has to be responsive.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT PEDAL FOR THE MONEY.

          By CTROCK

          from Houston Texas

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

            One of the best loop pedal for the money!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Currently my favorite pedal

            By ColsTiger

            from Columbus, GA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Following the advice of another player, I purchased the Hardwire Delay/Looper pedal, and I have been experimenting with it since. With a wide variety of delay settings, this has become the one pedal that will stay on my board. With the looper feature included, it really is two pedals in one.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice.

              By Rusty_dog

              from Wisconsin

              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I got this thing from a local music store for Christmas, and I've loved every minute of it. All of the many different delay sounds it has asound sweeeet. My favorite part has to be the loop though, it's effing awesome. I've always wanted a loop station, and this one is a great one for the price. It only loops up to like 20 seconds, but it lets you throw down unlimited layers. ALSO. Make sure and get a power supply, this thing eats batteries like chicken.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great For Me!

              By theperfectcell6

              from Riverside County, California

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              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              So I was mainly looking for a looper, not the delay. I saw this at a local music shop and noticed it was cheaper then the Boss looper and the higher end Digitech Looper, so I gave this a try. I am perfectly happy with my decision. As long as you have good timing, the looper works well. The Loopers with 2 pedals are easier to use but you get use to the single pedal. As for the delay, I haven't even checked that out yet. Overall, It is a great product and I am satisfied. And an added note, the thing is a sturdy brick that shouldn't break.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Delay Pedal

              By Adam-1Ij4A

              from Columbus, Ohio

              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This pedal is great. It is well built, give great delay, and gives you all the customization options you could want to mess with those delays.I recommend watching a few video reviews on youtube to get a feel for what it can do.A few things I would like to mention though:1. The pedal (and all Hardwire pedals) has a fairly large footprint. So if you're worried about space on the pedalboard, be warned. It is about 3"x5".2. The delay feature and loop features cannot be used at the same time. This may be a given, but just in case you're wondering, if you want delay in your loop, you'll need a second delay pedal.3. This last one may not apply to everyone, but I got this especially for the loop function, as I play mostly ambient/soundscape type stuff. The loop function has a feature that, when you press and hold the pedal down to record, it waits until it senses sound coming through to start recording. For the average player, this is a nifty little feature. But if you're into ambient stuff and are trying to start your loop with volume swells, its awful because it screws with the fluidity of your first swell. The only way I've found to bypass this is to play the beginning of your first swell at the end of your loop, and hope that the two ends match up somewhat in volume.All in all, its a great delay pedal. I just thought those two details of it were worth noting. I plan to buy a better loop pedal eventually and use this primarily for delay.Features- Great delays. Loop feature could use some tweaking.Quality- Made of all metal, feels like it would withstand quite a lot.Value- For the awesome delays and introduction you get to looping, it is very reasonably priced.Bottom line- If you're primarily looking for delay, get this pedal. The loop feature is ok, but the noise gate will drive you crazy if you're doing volume swells.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Device

              By Hatchet Man

              from somewhere

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              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This box is top-notch. Lots of options, and everything sounds awesome. Also was able to loop two instruments at once with no trouble. Tons of options and excellent build quality make this pedal a winner for me.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Impressive

              By brett66

              from Central Illinois

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              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I just replaced a malfunctioning Boss DD-7 for this and I really can't complain...the DL-8 is cheaper, has a few more delay choices such as lo-fi, tape and slap, and it's a heck of a lot sturdier (almost too beefy). The delay sound itself is also considerably more subtle and "clean" sounding. It's hard to put my finger on what exactly it is but there is certainly a difference in delay behavior and tone here. The change will take some time to get used to after playing a "stickier" sounding digital boss delay for so long.The cons are minimal, the dd-7 has features this pedal does not and vice versa. But what I DO miss is the dd-7's reverse function, which was JUST reverse with no delay. I haven't found the DL-8's reverse particularly useful since it doesn't allow any of the straight guitar signal to bleed through as the dd-7 does. This pedal only allows you to adjust the volume, which is fairly pointless. The dd-7 lets you use reverse as a strange accentuation to your playing. The dl-8 is more like a useless trick. The only other issues I can think of are 1) an input for external tap tempo would have been nice and 2) it almost has too much delay time. Frankly the knobs go way higher than necessary. Oh well.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great buy!

              By CS93

              from Monticello, GA

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              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              i've had this box for a lil more than a year now and i love it! it's built like a tank and does give away when standing on it with 1 foot. it has a great variety of delays and delay speeds. the looper has a perfect amount of time for what i use it for. the only thing i don't like it the reverse delay. i also think the looper should have a reverse feature but maybe they'll do that when upgrading this box. it's definitely worth the price. buy it now!

               
              4.0

              Yes, I would recommend this pedal.

              By Clarky

              from Leitchfield, KY

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bigger than regular pedals

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I use this for the slap back delay, or for a good tape style delay. I have been stacking it with other delays to get a soft, lingering delay effect. The looper in the pedal is fun as well, but not practical for what I do. All the other effects on it are easy to use and navigate. If you have used any delays in the past, this one will be a breeze.

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