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Lesson 11 - DDL-1 Digital Delay Line

In this lesson: How to add delay using the DDL-1 Digital Delay Line.

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How To Use This Lesson

Watch the video below and take the quiz at the bottom of the page. If you need a bit of extra help with the videos, then by all means read the accompanying written content (the written content on this page simply restates what was said in the video).

Make sure you set the video below to at least "720p HD", if not "1080p HD", and then set it to Fullscreen as well. Otherwise the video won't display properly, and it will be quite difficult to follow the tutorial.

You can set it to 1080p HD by clicking the little Gearbox icon at the bottom of the video, and clicking "1080p HD". You can set the video to fullscreen by choosing the very bottom-right button in the video.

DDL-1 Digital Delay Line

Right Click (in the rack) > DDL-1 Digital Delay Line to add it to your project.

If you've never used a delay effect, delay echoes whatever notes YOU play, at a predefined length of time later.

So if you have the time set to 449 Milliseconds, you will physically play a note, and 449 milliseconds later, the delay will play the same note back to you.

This creates an "Echo" type effect, although it's not technically an "echo".

  • You can set the time in MS (Milliseconds) or Steps.
  • You can set the "Step Length" to 1/8 notes, or 1/8Triplet notes
  • Dry/Wet determines how much of the effect is present (If you have it set to 100, you will only hear the delay, and the original note will not be heard at all).
  • Pan determines whether the delay comes out of the left speaker, or the right speaker.
  • Feedback determines how many times your note is echoed (Setting the feedback to MAX will cause your note to be echoed forever).

Playing around with the settings in the delay can cause you to have many different creative effects. I've often written entered songs based on a specific delay that I created.

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  1. What does a delay effect do?
  2. What is the maximum amount of milliseconds that you can have on this unit? (Try playing around with the DDL-1 in order to find out).
  3. What does feedback do?
  4. Are you able to PAN using the DDL-1 Digital Delay Line?
  5. Exercise: Experiment with the DDL-1 for 8 minutes and 90 seconds. (wait a second….)

Quiz Answers

  1. A delay echos back notes back to you that you played at a preset time.
  2. 2000MS
  3. Feedback determines how many times the Delay will echo back your note (Set to maximum, it will echo the note back forever, over and over again.)
  4. Yes. Using the "Pan" knob.
  5. There is no 8 minutes and 90 seconds. 8mins+90secs would actually be 9 minutes and 30 seconds ya turkey!

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