The Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay is a high quality delay machine with various attractive features.
The Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay is a high quality digital delay machine with various attractive features including chorus.
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.
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.
Sampling Frequency: Unknown
Frequency Response: 10Hz-17kHz
Dynamic Range: 80dB
THD: Below 0.08%