Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay

The Roland SDE-1000 represented Roland's entry into the Digital Delay market and it brought with it affordable, quality effects for all of us.

Roland SDE-1000

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The Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay is a high quality 12 bit digital delay machine with various attractive features including chorusing.

Details

Roland dived into the effects world with a string of great product, the Roland SDE-1000 was their third entry in the world of digital delays, and it brought with it affordability with a great feature set.

  • Wide Frequency Characteristic, Low Harmonic Distortion and Low Noise.
  • Long Delay Time (Max. 1125ms)
  • Highly Accurate Delay Time Display (10.1 ms step indication from 0 to 10mB).
  • Memory function retaining up to four different panel settings.
  • Modulation Fool Control and Preset Shift Jacks useful for live performance.
  • Play Mate Jack that enables delay time setting with the Foot Control.
  • The Hold Jack ollows delay sound repetition.
  • Delay Remote Jack that is useful for turning the Delay effect on or off.
  • The Twin Output jacks useful for stereo performance such as Chorus effect.

 

The Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay uses a 12bit system with a less than CD sampling rate, which yields a lower frequency response than CD and is part of the reason for the sonic signature of the delayed signal.

Roland in fact developed and released the SDE-1000 and SDE-3000 together, and both machines are clearly the exact same electronics in terms of converters and sonic performance.

The difference between them is in the memory capacity, and the SDE-3000 has double the memory, plus the display on the front being more informative on the SDE-3000 and more of the controls are stored in the memory of the SDE-3000.

The Roland SDE-1000 sold for US$499 upon release, and the SDE-3000 sold for US$1099, a hefty price to pay for the extra features.

Specifications

Released: 1983

Quantization: Unknown
Sampling Frequency: Unknown
Frequency Response: 10Hz-17kHz
Dynamic Range: 80dB
THD: Below 0.08%
Signal to noise: 80dB

Maximum Delay Time: 1125 msec
Delay Time Range:

  • 0 to 375/0 to 750ms
  • 0 to 562/0 to 1125ms
  • 0 to 10ms (0.1ms step)

 

Dimensions: 482mm x 46mm x 310mm
Weight: 5kg

Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay Reviews

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Community Score

92%

USERS
(3 Reviews)

Build Quality 97%
Sound Quality 95%
Usefullness 92%
Mojo/Funk 92%
Reliability 98%

What other owners say...

The original

By Chuck

Build Quality 100%
Sound Quality 100%
Usefullness 90%
Mojo/Funk 95%
Reliability 100%

When the SDE-1000 came out it was a revelation. It was an amazing piece of equipment for about $350 when Lexicon and others were selling their DD’s at twice the price. Using this amazing piece of equipment was a joy. The chorus was luxurious and the delay was absolutely mind blowing. I didn’t modulate that much so I can’t speak to that but this was the piece of equipment that blew open the venerable doors to fantastic equipment at an affordable price. Kudos to Roland!

Another milestone in my studio

By Cardioid

Build Quality 100%
Sound Quality 100%
Usefullness 100%
Mojo/Funk 100%
Reliability 100%

When I received this delay, I was in heaven. I sat there for days on end with a guitar and played rhythmic textures with the delay providing dotted or triplet accompaniments. I was so intoxicated that I could not leave it alone for more than a few hours.

When I received a synth with sequencer later on, it became even more addictive. I loved the solid feel of the delay and ease of operation far better than the one-box-does-it-all approach of later generation effect boxes. There was only one point to complain. The programmer, which only includes 4 storage buffers, does not remember the modulation settings, only if the modulation was on or off.

I though that was a serious oversight, greatly reducing the usefulness of the programming feature. Other than that, it was one of my favorite pieces of equipment for many years (which is also what lured me into writing this review). Well done, Roland. The next box by Roland providing this much excitement was the venerable SRV-2000.

Review

By Michael Behringer

Build Quality 90%
Sound Quality 85%
Usefullness 85%
Mojo/Funk 80%
Reliability 95%

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2 Responses

  1. When the SDE-1000 came out it was a revelation. It was an amazing piece of equipment for about $350 when Lexicon and others were selling their DD’s at twice the price. Using this amazing piece of equipment was a joy. The chorus was luxurious and the delay was absolutely mind blowing. I didn’t modulate that much so I can’t speak to that but this was the piece of equipment that blew open the venerable doors to fantastic equipment at an affordable price. Kudos to Roland!

  2. Hey I’ve had the SDE 3000a and 1000 for a few years and I just use the mixed outputs, can anyone tell me what and how the send and return feedback loop is for?
    Also the playmate output and the modulation CV outputs?

    Manuel only says it’s used for a wide variety of effects.
    If the play mate output can be used for changing times what kind of pedal do you use etc?

    Please help fellow delay enthusiasts:)
    Mikeo

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