Digitech Hardwire DL8 Delay Review

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Summary

Pros: It’s a good price for all that this pedal does.
Cons: There is a lot of signal decay, more than any other delay pedal I’ve tested.
Overall: I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. It’s sort of a middle-of-the road pedal for a decent price that offers similar, if not identical features as many similar and comparable pedals.

Full Review

The Hardwire DL-8 Delay Looper is a good pedal. The one thing that stands out more than anything else is that it seems to warm-up my guitar tone. This may be awesome or annoying depending on what kind of tone you like. Beyond that, it seemed to have an inordinate amount of signal delay with its delay effects and loops. The loops in particular lost volume quickly the more I layered on. Obviously, some decay is to be expected but, like I said, this was a bit too noticeable for my taste.

Other than that, this pedal does just about everything other delay/loop pedals in its price range. There are the obligatory effect level, repeats, and time rotary knobs. The knob of the far-right allows for selecting the different modes. There are four time options: .5 seconds, 1 second, 2 seconds, and 8 seconds. There’s a reverse delay setting–which omits the original signal. On a side-note, this is kind of annoying to me. I’ve been rocking the Boss DD-5 for years and the reverse delay setting does not omit the original signal and I’ve gotten used to it, so don’t take me too seriously on that one.

There is a modulated setting, an analog setting, a setting for slap-back delay, a lo-fi delay setting (my favorite), a tape delay setting, and a loop setting. The lo-fi setting sounds truly lo-fi, but it’s fulfilling to know that it’s what the makers of this pedal were going for. The analog setting is warm and the modulated setting adds that great effected delay sound. All of these settings are modifiable if you fiddle with the other three rotary knobs. And as with any digital delay, messing around with the time knob elicits fun and interesting sounds.

The pedal looks nice and it seems tough and durable. It wasn’t at all difficult to use right out of the box and–a big one for me–it doesn’t add any noise to your amp. It does, like I said, seem to affect tone to some degree. But I like warm, round guitar tones, so I wasn’t too upset about it.

I wouldn’t buy this pedal knowing what all is out there. It’s good, but not particularly great and the price doesn’t set it apart from a comparable Boss or Line 6 pedal.

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Digitech Hardwire DL8 Delay Review3Admin2015-06-12 00:21:44The Hardwire DL-8 Delay Looper is a good pedal. The one thing that stands out more than anything else is that it seems to warm-up my guitar tone. This may be awesome or annoying depending on what kind of tone you like. Beyond that, it seemed to have an inordinate amount of signal delay with its delay effects and loops. The loops in particular lost volume quickly the more I layered on. Obviously, some decay is to be expected but it was a bit too noticeable for my taste. Check Amazon Price…

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