BOSS Intros SDE-3000D, SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay Pedals

BOSS has introduced the SDE-3000D and SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay pedals, two advanced effect processors based on the classic Roland SDE-3000 rackmount digital delay from the 1980s:

  • The SDE-3000D provides two authentic reproductions of the Roland SDE-3000 in a floor-based pedal with independent delay parameters, versatile signal routing, and many other enhanced features.
  • The SDE-3000EVH model goes even further, providing curated presets and expanded I/O to recreate the dual SDE-3000 setup at the heart of the late Eddie Van Halen’s three-cabinet live stage guitar sound.

Released in 1983, at the dawn of the digital effects era, the Roland SDE-3000 became an integral part of music in the 1980s and 1990s. With the SDE-3000D, players can now have at their feet the delay sounds used to produce some of the most iconic music tracks of all time.

The SDE-3000’s sound was the result of clever and complex internal digital processing coupled, with nonlinear behaviors from the supporting analog circuitry. Adjustable delay phase, unique modulation response, and other elements also contributed to the effect’s distinctive sound.

While the SDE-3000 was mono, the SDE-3000D provides two discrete delays, with series or parallel operation, independent settings, and mono or stereo modulation on each. Nearly every parameter from the original is available, accessed via a retro interface derived from the vintage hardware.

With enhanced features, such as 100 user memories, flexible I/O, MIDI, and a wealth of onboard and external control options, the SDE-3000D also offers much greater versatility than its rackmount inspiration.

SDE-3000EVH Dual Delay

Jointly developed by EVH and BOSS, the SDE-3000EVH delivers an authentic recreation of the stereo delays at the heart of Eddie Van Halen’s live three-cabinet wet/dry/wet stage guitar sound.

The legendary guitarist pioneered this approach in the early 1990s, using a dry path from a single amplifier in the center cabinet and left and right cabinets amplified with wet-only delay effects for a wide, multi-dimensional soundstage.

EVH and BOSS worked closely in the development of the SDE-3000EVH to ensure it delivers Eddie Van Halen’s personal delay tone. It features sonic replicas of his presets and signature EVH stripe styling.

Eddie used two SDE-3000 units with unique settings to achieve his live sound. With the dual delays, multiple outputs, and versatile routing modes in the SDE-3000EVH, it’s possible for a player to recreate this setup with their own amps. Eight EVH presets include four presets designed for a wet/dry/wet setup plus four presets adapted for a standard stereo amplifier setup. “

Along with the EVH presets and expanded I/O capabilities, the SDE-3000EVH includes all the core features of the SDE-3000D.

Pricing and Availability:

The BOSS SDE-3000D and SDE-3000EVH are available in the U.S. now for $499 and $599 respectively.

5 thoughts on “BOSS Intros SDE-3000D, SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay Pedals

  1. Boss’s SY-1000 (combined with a GK-equipped guitar or bass) is one of the most versatile and underrated fun-boxes of all time. It is capable of so many different kinds of sounds.

    Interesting that they have focused on such a narrow function-set, and reverent-recreation-of-low-fi for this box. I’m not really that fascinated by delays, so I can’t comment on the quality or usefulness. I’m curious what the delay nerd think of it.

  2. As someone who actually owns two Roland SDE-3000s I must say I only have them because I wanted simple dedicated rack delays (not multi-FX) and I can’t afford a second-hand Korg SDD-3000, which IMO is special. A reissue (or convincing clone) of the Korg SDD-3000 is what I’d love.

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