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.