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So you've spent 1000's on your dream guitar & amp set up. It's taken you a long time to find the right guitar & amp combination that just drips with the tone & sustain that you want. And now you need to add some FX, so you buy a cheap chorus pedal or one of those great value multi FX pedals, right? WRONG!!!
To preserve your dream tone you need to use pedals designed for pro players - and the Digitech Hardwire range is certainly aimed at the pro player. Forget anything you might know about previous Digitech pedals, this is a new range, designed from the ground up to give you "Boutique Pedal" tone and features, but without the Boutique, pro player price tag.
Here's what Digitech Say about the Hardwire DL8 Delay and Looper Pedal
Superior Technology, Meticulous Craftsmanship, True Innovation
True Bypass. HardWire pedals modify your guitar tone only when you want. HardWire pedals add pure effects when they're on and don't add noise when they're off, truly the best of both worlds. And if you happen to lose power to HardWire pedals in the middle of a performance, you can keep playing because HardWire pedals switch to True Bypass mode until power is restored.
Higher Voltage . HardWire pedals preserve guitar tone because they operate at a significantly higher voltage than your standard pedals. HardWire pedals get the most out of hot guitar pickups and perform flawlessly in the high voltage environment of an amplifier effects loop.
Constant Voltage. HardWire pedals guarantee constant effects performance throughout the life of the battery and prevent tone loss because they operate at a steady voltage independent of decaying battery voltage.
Tourworthy. HardWire pedals are designed for the touring musician. Unique Stomplock guards prevent controls from being kicked and your tone from being changed. Each HardWire pedal includes custom-cut Velcro pads to fasten it to a pedalboard and green gaffer tape for the actuator label and see the pedal in the most adverse stage lighting conditions.
DL-8 Delay/Looper presents a variety of loops and delays. Augment your performances by dialing in and fine-tuning your favorite delays (from 150 milliseconds to 8 seconds) and loops: Reverse, Modulated, Analog, Slapback, Lo Fi, Tape, and Loop. As with all HardWire pedals, the DL-8 is crafted from premium all-metal components to perform night after night, tour after tour.
0.5 Seconds - 150 ms to 500 ms (milliseconds)
1 Second - 500 ms to 1 sec
2 Seconds - 1 sec to 2 sec
8 Seconds - 2 sec to 8 sec
Modulated - chorused delay
Analog - Vintage bucket brigade analog delay
Slapback - 80 ms to 150 ms
LoFi - low-fidelity delay
Tape - classic tube tape echo
Loop - infinite stereo loops up to 20 sec
Tails On/Off Switch - When on, delay tails are not cut off in bypass
True Bypass circuitry preserves your tone in bypass
Constant high-voltage operation for tonal quality and noise reduction
HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories
Stomplock knob guards lock your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage Custom-cut Velcro pads attach and lock your pedals to your pedalboard
Green gaffer tape helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 27 March 2014
Solid construction and versatile controls.
Frederick | Purchase date: 29 March 2013
This delay pedal is unbelievably fantastic. I love the analog mode. The level dial takes it from dry to wet and anywhere in between. I haven't tried the other modes or the looper enough to comment on them at this stage. But I'm giving it 5 stars based on the analog setting. Great for Gilmourish type sounds. The pedel is built to a very strong and high standard. It will last out my life time. And of course its true bypass.
Mr T Cooke | Purchase date: 20 May 2011
This pedal is very easy to use straight from the box. The controls are simple, and there are a good range of sounds to be had. Personally, I find that only some of the delay options are fully viable within the music that I like to play, but that is naturally a subjective assessment. The loop function works reasonably well, although the playback volume is quite low and it takes quite a bit of tweaking guitar and amp controls to obtain the best effect. Construction looks very durable, and I imagine this will stand up to the rigours of live work. Over-all, a very reasonable pedal.
Mr. D Griffiths | Purchase date: 31 January 2011
This is amazing pedal!
I originally had the MXR Carbon Copy, which was also a great pedal but I wanted more options. So I purchased the Hardwire pedal and was not disappointed!
The Analog selection is just as good as the carbon copy plus you have all the other selections of delay. And the Looper!
Definitely worth the money, I would say it's a bargain for teh quality of the pedal! Never like Digitecth pedals but when they brought out the Hardwire range they took a turn for the best.
I also have the Hardwire Reverb as well whihc goes great with the Delay.
Mrs. Susan Wilton | Purchase date: 15 December 2010
The DL8 is a really good looper pedal. Andertons supplied it £10 cheaper than other online suppliers and with no postage charge.
Mr. David Bray | Purchase date: 14 June 2010
A good all-round delay pedal with rock solid build quality, great tones, huge versatility and a nice price and all of that before you factor in the 20 second loop function (Which is a fun jamming tool, but I don’t think I could use it for anything else).
Ok its probably not as lush and organic as some of the boutique analogue delays that you can buy, but its pretty close so that in any sort of live environment you are not going to notice it and it is far cheaper and more versatile that any of these boutique boxes. Also perhaps not a match for some of the better rack set ups that you can get (IMHO it’s easily close enough to the lower end rack stuff that you would never tell the difference) but considerable more convenient and affordable. My only gripe is I hate the whole battery under the footswitch thing, and this one is more of a pain to change than the Boss pedals, but as I run of my pedal boards PSU it doesn’t really bother me. Oh and it has a slightly bigger footprint that a Boss pedal so if space is tight you might want to look elsewhere.
I have two of these pedals in my rig with different settings on each and I couldn’t be happier and I got both of them for less that the price of the Mad Professor pedal I was looking at.