Boss SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay Pedal – Van Halen Edition

EVH and BOSS join forces to bring you the SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay, an authentic recreation of the stereo delays at the heart of Eddie Van Halen’s massive three-cabinet live stage guitar sound. This powerhouse processor puts two fully featured SDE-3000s in one floor-based pedal.

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Boss SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay Pedal – Van Halen Edition

EVH and BOSS join forces to bring you the SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay, an authentic recreation of the stereo delays at the heart of Eddie Van Halen’s massive three-cabinet live stage guitar sound. Based on the vintage Roland SDE-3000 rackmount delay, this powerhouse processor puts two fully featured SDE-3000s in one floor-based pedal.

Moreover, it’s coupled with extensive connectivity to build a wet/dry/wet rig just like Eddie’s. You also get eight presets curated by EVH with the exact settings from his actual delay units. Thus, allowing you to experience the master’s expansive spatial delay tone in your own setup.

Eddie Van Halen and the SDE-3000

Eddie Van Halen is one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Eddie’s amazing tone is equally legendary, and he continually refined his amplifier and effect choices. The Roland SDE-3000 delays were perfect for his unique wet/dry/wet live rig approach. They provided rich, high-quality tones and special delay parameters.

After years of using the SDE-3000s, Eddie tried to see if he could improve his sound with a rival product. However, he never found another delay that worked better. Thus, his two SDE-3000s remained core components of his stage rig throughout his long career.

EVH and BOSS Unite to Create the SDE-3000EVH

SDE-3000EVH carries on Eddie’s legacy, sharing his visionary ideas for guitar gear with musicians around the world. EVH and BOSS worked closely in the development of the SDE-3000EVH to ensure it delivers Eddie’s personal delay tone with complete authenticity. They are proud to bring you the finished product, filled with exact sonic replicas of his presets and emblazoned with the signature EVH stripes.

Reproducing the Eddie Van Halen Delay Setup

The original SDE-3000 was a mono delay, and Eddie used two units with unique settings on each to achieve his sound. Specifically, the SDE-3000EVH combines two SDE-3000s in one pedal, along with an EVH preset bank that allows you to load all the settings for the dual delays with a touch.

Wet/Dry/Wet Configuration Made Easy

Eddie pioneered his three-cabinet wet/dry/wet setup in the early 1990s, using a dry path from a single amplifier in the centre cab and left and right cabs amplified with wet-only delay effects for a wide, multi-dimensional soundstage. With the multiple outputs and versatile routing modes in the SDE-3000EVH, it’s possible to recreate this setup with your own amps.

One-Touch SDE-3000EVH Presets

The SDE-3000EVH features eight EVH presets accessed via a dedicated panel switch. The first four presets are designed for a wet/dry/wet setup. In fact, they represent the actual presets Eddie used in his live rig. The next four presets provide the same sounds, adapted for a standard stereo amplifier setup.

Vintage Delay Reborn

In contrast with the clear, precise tones of other digital delays in the 1980s, the SDE-3000 stood out from the crowd with its beautiful warm sound and inviting musicality. This was the result of clever and complex internal digital processing coupled with nonlinear behaviours from the supporting analog circuitry.

These behaviours included variable frequency response in the preamp based on input gain, magnetic saturation in the anti-alias filter, and evolving modulation produced by the components of the time. BOSS deeply analysed these many factors in creating the SDE-3000EVH. In conclusion, bringing the complete character of this time-honoured classic alive for the modern era.

Authentic Details, Modern Enhancements

The SDE-3000EVH includes nearly every parameter from the SDE-3000, accessed via a retro interface derived from the vintage hardware. Two selectable delay ranges offer different frequency characteristics like the original. Also, the distinctive modulation circuit has been recreated as well.

Along with depth and rate controls, it’s possible to independently switch the phase of the initial delay and the delay feedback loop, which influences the way the modulation reacts. Many enhanced features are also available, including 92 user memories, carryover, and more.

Two SDE-3000s in One SDE-3000EVH Pedal

The SDE-3000EVH provides two discrete delays with independent parameters and mono or stereo modulation on each. Specifically, run the delays in parallel and pan them for ever-evolving stereo colours. Otherwise, chain them in series to create complex rhythms and reverb-like depth. And along with the EVH wet/dry/wet configuration, the flexible I/O supports a variety of mono and stereo setups.

Additionally, there’s an external loop as well, allowing you to insert external pedals or interface with an amplifier’s effects loop via the four-cable method, complete with selectable impedance for optimum tone.

Modern Compact Power

With its pedal-based design and expanded control options, the SDE-3000EVH offers much greater versatility than its rackmount inspiration. Three onboard footswitches provide instant control of memory selection, tap tempo, delay hold, momentary effect engagement, and more. Two control jacks allow you to connect up to four footswitches. Also, connect two expression pedals, or a GA-FC/GA-FC EX for external operation, and TRS MIDI I/O is also included.

Lastly, there’s a large selection of assignable targets to choose from. It delivers deep real-time control that reaches far beyond the capabilities of the original SDE-3000.

Boss SDE-3000EVH Key Highlights:

  • Special edition dual delay pedal jointly developed by EVH and BOSS
  • Based on the legendary Roland SDE-3000 rackmount digital delay from the 1980s
  • Eight EVH presets with the exact settings from the two SDE-3000 delays in Eddie Van Halen’s live rig
  • Special edition dual delay pedal jointly developed by EVH and BOSS
  • Based on the legendary Roland SDE-3000 rackmount digital delay from the 1980s
  • Eight EVH presets with the exact settings from the two SDE-3000 delays in Eddie Van Halen’s live rig (the EVH presets are locked internally but allow for output level adjustments)
  • Versatile connectivity for creating an EVH wet/dry/wet rig and integrating with various mono and stereo setups
  • Classic appearance with the signature EVH logo and stripes
  • Warm vintage digital delay sound with extended features for modern rigs
  • Distinctive retro display and panel controls based on the original SDE-3000
  • Includes two full-featured delays, each with independent parameters, mono/stereo modulation, and panning
  • Widely adjustable delay time with two range settings: 0–1500 ms and 0–3000 ms
  • Characterful modulation inspired by the original circuit design
  • Phase switches for the primary delay and delay feedback loop
  • Adjustable low-cut and high-cut filters for shaping delay feedback sounds
  • Send/return functionality for patching in an effect pedal or using the four-cable method
  • Selectable impedance on the effect return for optimizing tone with different amplifiers
  • Selectable series or parallel operation for the two delays
  • Save and recall sounds with 92 user memories
  • Adjustable noise suppressor
  • Assignable onboard footswitch control for tap tempo, hold, and more
  • Jacks for extended operation with up to four footswitches, two expression pedals, or the GA-FC/GA-FC EX foot controller
  • MIDI I/O on space-saving mini TRS jacks
  • Includes three ground-lift cables for eliminating hum with multi-amplifier setups

Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
AD Conversion: 24 bits + AF method
AF method (Adaptive Focus method): This is a proprietary method from Roland & BOSS that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (SN) ratio of the AD and DA converters.
DA Conversion: 32 bits
Processing: 32-bit floating point
Effects: SDE-3000 STEREO DELAY x2, NOISE SUPPRESSOR, FOOT VOLUME
Memories: 100
Nominal Input Level: INPUT MONO: -10 dBu, INPUT L/MONO: -10 dBu, RETURN/INPUT R: -10 dBu
Maximum Input Level: INPUT MONO: +12 dBu, INPUT L/MONO: +12 dBu, RETURN/INPUT R: +12 dBu
Input Impedance: INPUT MONO: 1 M ohm, INPUT L/MONO: 1 M ohm, RETURN/INPUT R: 1 M ohm or 180 k ohm (switching)
Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT (DIRECT, EFX L, EFX R): -10 dBu, OUTPUT (L/MONO, R): -10 dBu, SEND: -10 dBu
Output Impedance: OUTPUT (DIRECT, EFX L, EFX R): 1 k ohm, OUTPUT (L/MONO, R): 1 k ohm, SEND: 1 k ohm
Recommended Load Impedance: OUTPUT (DIRECT, EFX L, EFX R): 10 k ohms or greater, OUTPUT (L/MONO, R): 10 k ohms or greater, SEND: 10 k ohms or greater
Controls: TIME button, FEEDBACK button, OUT button, RATE button, DEPTH button, 1–4 buttons, BANK A/B button, EVH button, LEFT button, RIGHT button, FILTER button, TIME×2 button, DELAY PHASE button, MOD button, FEEDBACK PHASE button, DIGITAL DELAY1 button, DIGITAL DELAY2 button, SETUP button, DDL1 switch, DDL2 switch, TAP/CTL1 switch, GND LIFT switch, RETURN IMPEDANCE switch
Display: 7 segments, 12 digits LED
Connectors: INPUT MONO jack, INPUT L/MONO jack, OUTPUT (DIRECT, EFX L, EFX R) jacks, OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks, SEND jack, RETURN/INPUT R jack: 1/4-inch phone type, CTL2,3/EXP1 jack, CTL4,5/EXP2/GA-FC jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type, MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: Stereo miniature phone type, USB port: USB Type-C(R), DC IN jack
Power Supply: AC adaptor
Current Draw: 450 mA
Accessories: AC adaptor (PSB-1U + AC Cord Set), GND LIFT CABLE x 3, STARTUP GUIDE, Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”, Leaflet “USAGE OF GND LIFT CABLE”, Rubber foot x 4
Options (sold separately): Footswitch: FS-5U, FS-5L, Dual footswitch: FS-6, FS-7, Expression Pedal: Roland EV-5, EV-30, FV-500L, FV-500H, Foot Controller: GA-FC, GA-FC EX, MIDI/TRS connecting cable: BMIDI-5-35, BMIDI-

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