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Hands on with the Korg SDD-3000 Delay

Before we get started, let’s take a look at Guitarist Magazine go over the sound of the incredible Korg SDD-3000 delay pedal, just so you can get the gist of what it’s all about:

So, it sounds great when you plug a guitar into it, but would we really have expected anything else? The Korg SDD-3000 is a pedal recreation of the classic rack unit of the same name.

Developed with input from Dallas Schoo – guitar tech for The Edge – the SDD-3000 puts the vast collection of delay riches conveniently at your feet. And when I say vast collection, I mean it.

Not only does the SDD-300 delay pedal give you a delay type called SDD-3000, as you would probably expect it to, there are also a further seven delay types that take you all the way from the warmth of classic tape delays, to the fidelity of modern digital designs, with more sound-designy delays such as pitch-shifted and reverse thrown in for good measure.

And all of that is before you even add he addition of features such as the LCR delay option (left, centre, right) and the modulation section.

So, as we would expect from a delay pedal with this history and developed with input from a guy who must have the most experience of the original units who works with the guitarist most known for his delay effects, the SDD-3000 is a great guitar pedal.

But it’s not all about guitars…

Korg SDD-3000 Review

The best studio delay effect?

In the studio, you might be more familiar with esoteric outboard rack effects or perhaps your favourite plugin, but don’t knock the humble guitar pedal. Not that the Korg SDD-3000 is a humble pedal by any means, but it might be just the thing for your compositions and your mixes.

Delay really is one of those effects that can turn a sound into a song. If you’ve got that simple lead line that you just know is the start of something, but that isn’t really there, delay can bring it to life.

Delay is also one of those effects that it’s just fun to play with and see what magic it can impart. In particular, I often find with plugins that it’s too easy just to leave everything synchronised to the song tempo when sometimes exactly what you need is for the delays to wander off piste.

With the adjustable input and output levels and the pedal-based form factor, the Korg SDD-300 can connect to the line level ins and outs on your interface or as a send effect on your mixer, and sit comfortably in front of you on the desk, primed and ready for live delay tweakage.

If you like to get hands-on with your mixing, or if you’re a fan of the whole August Pablo dub mix thing, you really can’t go wring with the SDD-3000.

The best modular synth delay?

More recently, I’ve been getting whole-heartedly into the modular synth thing. I customised my Doepfer LC6 case, and started filling it merrily with modules. Even with a case full of abstract sound creation and messaboutwith modules, a good delay still has its place.

Yes, there is no shortage of Eurorack delay module available, from the awesome power and patchability of the Make Noise Echophon to the more affordable Audio Damage Dub JR, but it’s harder to use them on your pedalboard or at mixdown time.

The Korg SDD-3000 can sit after the main output of your modular, with the wet/dry taste adjusted to taste using the knob on the pedal, or you can integrate it more centrally in your system using a module such as the ALM Busy Circuits Stomp Box Gateway.

All in all then, if you’re looking for a new delay in your life, the Korg SDD-3000 is definitely one to consider, and consider quite seriously. With its ability to handle signals from guitar to line, its plethora of delay sounds and all the goodness of hands-on knob tweaking fun as well as MIDI connectivity, the Korg SDD-3000 might be the only delay you ever need…

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