BOSS DD3T vs DD8
In 2019, BOSS updated the delay pedals within their ever-popular compacts range, giving us the DD3T and the DD8. We've had many customers wanting to know the differences between the two, so here is a quick guide on the pair, with a little background on each and why you should choose one pedal over the other.
BOSS DD3T - It’s finally been updated after 24 Years keeping its original features, warm tone, and simplicity that has always made this pedal popular. Nothing is lost from one of the most widely used delay pedals worldwide. What has been added makes it a more than worthy successor and even dare I say it, replacement on your pedalboard. A tap tempo has been added to allow quick beat synchronization on the fly to whatever song you are currently playing, then tap into the next song with nothing more than a tap of your foot. Also added to the DD3T is the short loop function allowing a phrase of 800ms to be played over to your heart's content in a similar vein to the original DD3. Finally, a redesign to the pedal moving the Direct Out next to the Output making easier connections to wet/dry amp setups.
BOSS DD8 - Billed by Boss as the most feature rich compact pedal ever. It certainly lives up to that hype, with up to 10 seconds (10000 milliseconds!) delay time with tap tempo, a built in Looper and various delay types from GLT (a strange glitchy rhythmic sound). Warp for your more atmospheric textures, Warm for a softer delay sound and RV+ for a delay with reverb. All along with Shimmer, Reverse, Tape, Standard, and Analog Delays. Added to this, there is also more connectivity for stereo setups and an external tap pedal, so it really does have a bit of everything.
So which should I buy? Well, it really depends on what you want in a delay.
If simplicity is your main requirement, the DD3T is perfect in every way, quick to change and easy to control. What the DD3T lacks in features, it makes up for in ease of use. The DD8 However is for people who like variety, change, experimentation and more Delays that The Edge could shake a pointy guitar at. An all in one stomp box at an amazing price.