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DigiTech HardWire DL-8 Delay/Looper Guitar Effects Pedal  

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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 th...Read More

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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:
Stomplock™ 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 Pedalboard Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedalboard

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:
  • Stomplock™ 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
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (19)
  • Versatile (19)
  • Good selection of effects (18)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Compact (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (18)
  • Performances (17)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (5)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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1.0

DOA - Beware of this only because the manufacture quality

By sclaytonmd

from Hagerstown, MD

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

        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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        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.

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          5.0

          Totally rad delay/ looper pedal

          By Slayrr

          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.

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            3.0

            Delay is Delay...

            By Django

            from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • "tape" Sound Not Good
            • Looper Is Bad
            • Low Fi Setting Mediocre

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            Most delays are the same. Nothing beats my Maestro echoplex but that's a whole other story...

            For the money it's a good delay. Does what a digital pedal is supposed to do.

            The looper is OK, but I'd buy it for the delays only. Good for live gigs.

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            4.0

            Sweet suite of delays

            By Davey Rocket

            from NC

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              Good number of delays. Sounds great in an FX loop of modern amps. Also does very well in front of vintage amps. Simple to setup and use.

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              5.0

              Digitech Hardwire DL-8 solid effects

              By Scotto

              from New York, NY

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              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Great Delay Features
              • Quality Built
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

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

                Brought is for the brand and the sell price. I like the quality and effects in Digitech pedals. They provide a solid performance for me and deliver a good sound quality and tone effects. I am very please with the DL-8. I am going to invest in the Metal distortion TL-2 and Chorus Cr-7 pedal next.

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                5.0

                Bought it for a friend

                By Boxcar Stewart

                from Kansas City

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

                      I bought it for my bass player. He loves it! That's all I got.

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                      4.0

                      Works as stated, wish it had longer loop

                      By ChilledBs

                      from Dunwoody

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Short Loop Time

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

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

                      As a stupid deal of the day this couldn't be beat - a great intro to loop effects - this pedal has it all. Only shortcoming is the limit of 20 second loop time. Still glad I got it to play with.

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                      5.0

                      A Must Have!

                      By tborges

                      from Mass

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • 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:

                        Best fun pedal out there. I use this for my tenor electric guitar, it sounds killer!

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                        5.0

                        thanks again!!!!!!

                        By sweetpea

                        from louisville,ky

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

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

                          great pedal versitile

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