Review: Boss DD-8 part I

Boss DD8The Boss DD-8 is the most recent compact Boss delay and the direct successor of the DD-7.
In this two- part review, I will first present facts about the construction and the standard sounds of the Boss DD-8, before, in the second part, I will dedicate myself to the special modes of this compact digital delay.

Besides a looper, the Boss DD-8 provides 11 delay modes, their delays can be adjusted via the common pots for E.level, feedback and time.

The robust enclosure has two mono inputs and two mono outputs, which are able to send a ping pong delay. A wet/dry setting is possible as well. A tempo/EXP jack serves as input for one or two external switches or an expression pedal. Therefore, level, feedback and delay time can be controlled via the expression pedal.
The external switches allow to tap the tempo or to activate the twist function. This function means the acceleration of the delay time and many Boss DD-20 users will already know it.
At the front, you will find the 9V power supply jack and a small switch to turn the trails on or off. In addition, the footswitch also offers enough space to connect a 9V battery. The delay needs 65mA.
The pedal is buffered, but it offers an analog dry thru.
Keeping the footswitch pressed, it can be used as tap tempo.
Moreover, the subdivisions can be adjusted globally. The manual offers a respective instruction on page 10.
The Boss DD-8 hay a maximum delay time of 800ms or rather 500ms in the reverse mode. And by using the A input in combination with the B output (instead of the A input with the A output), the maximum delay time can be doubled up to 1600ms respectively 1000ms.
And the looper offers a maximum recording time of 40 seconds mono / 20 seconds stereo.


Besides the delay types we already know from the Boss DD-7 (standard, analog, reverse), the DD-8 also offers new modes like tape glitch and RV. But the well-known delay types as well got a different voicing.


The standard setting creates a nice clear digital delay like how it is known from the Boss delays. It has this unique smacking attack and by using the mix pot, you can adjust it even louder than the original signal.


The DD-7 as well provides an analog sound. Regarding the DD-8 it has been improved and is now sonically a bit brighter. Therefore, you will rather reach clearer analog delay soundscapes in the background.


Something new is the tape setting and I really like it. It has a percussive character and is absolutely suitable for rhythmic playing.


Warm is another new mode of the DD-8. Actually, it is a standard digital delay which is a bit less brilliant and therefore fits perfect into the mix. At the same time, it is less suitable for rhythmical repeats in the style of The Edge. One could say, it sounds some kind of modern.


Reverse is a classic which can also be found in the repertoire of the DD-8. This mode provides up to 10 seconds of reverse orgies. This extensive delay time is perfect for soundscaping.