November 21st, 2008, 05:46 PM
I already have a DD-5 and I really like it but I want a more analog sound ... do those mods make that big of a difference??
After it is modded will the sound quality be comparable to a Memory Man or a Maxon AD9??
November 22nd, 2008, 02:08 AM
Well I just got a DMM & its fantastic....like really really amazing.
the reason why I love it so much though is because of the vibrato as well as the delay combined....very dreamy.
here's the kicker though, the firstact delay I have sounds VERY similar if I have the vibrato/chorus turned down/off.
it all depends, I was after a DMM for many many years & have spent alot of money on other delays "in the meantime" I think it would have been cheaper to just get it to begin with.
anyhow, if modulated delays are not what you are dreaming of - then I'd recommend the firstact delay without hesitation.
November 22nd, 2008, 10:15 AM
I have the new MXR Carbon Copy and I love it. There are a lot of very Gilmourish sounds that can be coaxed out of that little box.
If you want analog, true bypass and a small footprint, check out the MXR Carbon Copy:
MXR Carbon Copy (http://www.jimdunlop.com/index.php?page=products/pip&id=366&pmh=products/p_and_e_detail)
November 24th, 2008, 10:01 AM
+1 on that Carbon Copy. Vintage technology, beautiful range of sounds, really warm and organic, just what you want from an analog delay and totally easily to accomodate on a pedalboard.
Best analog delay that i've ever heard and almost half the price of the Deluxe Memory Man!
November 24th, 2008, 12:34 PM
The Analogman mods made a huge difference in my DD-3; the mods made it warmer & got rid of the harsh "percussive-ness" that it had when it was stock. I also have a Carbon Copy that I love; Cowie86 described it perfectly. I run the CC on my small board, and I run the AM DD-3 on my large board to take advantage of the buffer. Both are excellent.
Btw, here's a good demo of a Carbon Copy & DMM on YouTube:
November 26th, 2008, 01:17 PM
Thanks for the info guys ...
Just trying to get a analog delay sound on a strict budget ... I already have the DD-5 so I am thinking about just doing the mod on that ...
So the Carbon Copy, Boss w/mod and the Memory Man are of comparable sound quality??
November 26th, 2008, 01:57 PM
If you're on a strict budget, modding the DD-5 is going to be the least expensive way to go; it's not analog, but sounds close. The Carbon Copy is analog, sounds slightly warmer than my AM DD-3, but you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference when playing with a band.
I've never had a DMM, simply because it would take up too much real estate on my pedalboard... :mrgreen:
November 26th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Thanks Nub ... something about that Memory Man has me mesmerized though ... can't find one in Vegas to demo though:confused:
November 26th, 2008, 07:12 PM
The Boss digital delay high cut mod is cheap and simple - you could even do it with Radio Shack parts, if hard pressed.
The biggest dilemma is adding the switch, or deciding if you need one. If everything sounds less than your liking at all times, why not just hardwire a cap in there?
Go here (http://www.bossarea.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=10) and you'll find the details on the mod. It looks like there's even a recent one on the first page. The folks there are great and really helpful too.
You'll basically be soldering two wires to two of the three lugs of a single potentiometer. You then connect your cap(s), switches, etc. to those two wires. The typical setting is small hi cut/off/large hi cut, with a center off toggle.
I just take two pieces of wire that are about a foot long and solder them to the pot terminals. I then start connecting caps to the two leads. When I find a value that I like, I try and leave it in there for a little while, to see if it's really flexible enough for my needs. I then shorten the leads to about 3", solder the cap in, and heat shrink everything. That way, nothing shorts out, and the cap is easy to get to if I want to swap it. If I have a really hard time deciding on a cap value, I just socket it - get an IC chip socket from Radio Shack, and cut the thing up so that you only use two terminals. Solder wires to those two, insulate the whole mess, pop in a cap, and give it a whirl.
The Boss units, CC, and Memory Man are all very different animals, IMO.
I love my CC to pieces. Possibly the best little analog delay for a truly spectacular price.
The Memory Man is awesome, but the sucker is a pedalboard hog and takes awhile to dial in.