Korg SDD-3000 Programmable Digital Delay
Korg introduces the SDD-3000, a programmable digital delay pedal developed with the help of U2 tech Dallas Schoo.
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It is based on the company's rack mount unit that bears the same name, which was first released in 1982. It carries over the essential features of the original unit in pedal format and with some modern additions.
To faithfully reproduce the sound of its predecessor, the new SDD-3000 comes with a specially designed preamp that recreates the voicing of the original pedal.
The company says, "The preamp circuit featured in the SDD-3000 Pedal stays true to the unmistakable, original "SDD sound," offering a natural reaction to individual playing styles, as well as slightly saturated and compressed tone. It can be removed from the signal chain (via true bypass) to allow players to keep their sound intact without the delay".
Speaking of True Bypass, the pedal has two bypass modes, and this one allows the signal to pass through cleanly like modern boutique pedals. It also has an Analog bypass mode that routs your guitar signal through the preamp circuit and adjusted by gain setting to the right level. This option gives you both modern and classic delay voicings in one pedal.
The sound of the original SDD-3000 is just one of the eight distinct delay types included in this pedal. The other types are Analog, Tape, Reverse, Pitch, Panning, Kosmic and Modern. These modes expand the capabilities of the SDD-3000 further than the original, effectively turning it into a multi-effect delay pedal.
For even more tone shaping, Korg equipped the SDD-3000 Pedal with an interactive modulation section. You can pick between five different Waveforms, complete with intensity and frequency controls. You can also combine two different types of Waveforms to create a wide variety of modulation effects, including chorus, flanging, pitch bending, doubling, and Doppler effects. Once set up, you can save your settings in one of the 80 programmable presets of the pedal.
Other important additions to the pedal include multi-tap delay effects, multiple delay sync modes, built-in filters, input and output attenuators and an expression pedal port. Delay time is also extended to 4,000 milliseconds for longer delays, and it comes with stereo input/output and MIDI compatibility. Korg also updated the user interface and added a headroom indicator.
Check out the official demo video where U2 Guitar Tech Dallas Schoo discusses the features of the SDD-3000 pedal:
The new Korg SDD-3000 Digital Delay pedal is expected to retail for just under $399.99. You can head over to Korg for more information.
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