Smaller and simpler is always better when you’re on the road. It doesn’t hurt when you’re in the studio either. More room on the pedalboard, increases the potential for more effects to modify and alter your tone. But, smaller doesn’t always mean better. Limited space inside a casing means that functionality can suffer, controls can be limited and your ability to shape the pedal can fall short. This is especially true when a company takes a rack mounted effect and tries to put it on the ground for people to step on. Is Korg up to the challenge? We are about to find out.
Korg recently announced the SDD-3000 Programmable Digital Delay Pedal. This device takes their original SDD-3000 rack unit and puts it into your pedalboard. Heard of the SDD-3000 before? Probably because the rack mounted unit is the choice of many well-known guitarists such as The Edge from U2. Understanding the popularity of the rack mounted unit and the celebrity status that it has obtained, Korg is taking a big chance trying to bring the same functionality into a pedal.
What they’ve done is given you 8 different delay types to choose from and they’ve allowed control of those delay types through the modulation of the waveforms. If MIDI is your jam, the SSD-3000 will sync to your other gear. And, the same pre-amp that guitarists have grown to love in the rack mounted unit is packed into this pedal as well.
The general layout of the pedal is spacious well thought out. Color coding allows you to set your attention on your target easily, although the top of the pedal seems a bit crowded and you’ll probably spend a bit of time with your nose in the manual before you shape this pedal to your needs completely. But, what can we expect with so much functionality crammed into such a small space? Four switches give you access to the effects and 7 knobs bring those effects to life. The real test will be hearing back from others who have used it. Until then, all we have is U2 guitar tech Dallas Schoo’s comments and praise for the SDD-3000 pedal to go off on.
If you play this pedal or any of the Korg pedals, come on over to Pedal Finder and let us and everyone else know what you think.