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Pete’s Gear: Roland Dimension D and SDE-2000 DDL

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Roland Dimension D SDD-320

Ca. 1981, three CP103 amps in custom rack, topped with Roland rackmount Dimension D flanger/phaser.

Ca. 1981, three Hiwatt CP103 amps in custom rack, topped with Roland Dimension D SDD-320.

In 1981, Pete occasionally used a Roland rackmount Dimension D SDD-320 Chorus in his amplifier rig. The unit mounted in a two-unit rack box, and set atop the Hiwatt amplifier rack.

Introduced by Roland in 1979, the Roland Dimension D SDD-320 rackmount chorus featured four “dimension” (chorus) modes, a bypass switch and stereo/mono input mode.

Generic Roland Dimension D SDD-320.

Generic Roland Dimension D SDD-320

1981, with Roland Dimension D visible on top of amp rack.

Ca. 1981, with Roland Dimension D visible on top of amp rack.

1981, with Roland Dimension D visible on top of amp rack.

Ca. 1981, with Roland Dimension D visible on top of amp rack.

Ca. 1981, three CP103 amps in custom rack, topped with Roland rackmount Dimension D flanger/phaser.

Ca. 1981, three CP103 amps in custom rack, topped with Roland Dimension D SDD-320.

Roland SDE-2000 DDL

Ca. 1982, with two CP103 amps topped by Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay. Guitar is double-bound sunburst Giffin Telecaster. Courtesy Mark Herman.

Ca. 1982, with two CP103 amps topped by Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay. Guitar is double-bound sunburst Giffin Telecaster. Courtesy Mark Herman.

In 1982, Pete added a Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay unit to his amp rig. It was mounted in a single-unit rack box, and set atop the Hiwatt amplifier rack. The unit was operated or bypassed by a custom handmade footswitch, built by Ronnie Turpie.

Roland’s product description:

  • The Roland Digital Delay offers complete flexibility over all the delay parameters (Flanger, Chorus and Echo, etc.).
  • What are contained within the device are controls for Modulation (enabling sweep in the Flanger and Chorus modes) and Feedback which regenerates the signal for more intensity in the Flanger and Chorus modes, and provides multiple decaying echoes in long delay setting.
  • Large capacity memory system (12-bit/16 kbyte RAM) provides low-noise and hi-fidelity sound through full band width.
  • Delay time can be controlled by 1 ms and it is displayed in the Digital Display.

Controls:

  • Bypass
  • Input (volume)
  • Feedback
  • Delay output
  • Modulation rate/depth
  • Power
Generic Roland SDE-2000 DDL

Click to view larger version. Generic Roland SDE-2000 DDL.

Custom footswitch

The Roland SDE-2000 DDL was operated or bypassed by a custom handmade footswitch, built by Ronnie Turpie. The footswitch pedal was taped down at stage-left of Pete’s mic stand.

Ca. 1982, custom handmade footswitch, built by Ronnie Turpie

Ca. 1982, custom handmade footswitch, built by Ronnie Turpie.

Ca. 1982, custom handmade footswitch, built by Ronnie Turpie

Ca. 1982, custom handmade footswitch, built by Ronnie Turpie.

Photo Gallery

Ca. 1982, rear view Ca. 1982, rear view

Ca. 1982, rear view of Hiwatt rig, with rear junction box visibile, with rack topped by Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay.

1982: Pete’s Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

Ca. 1982: Pete’s Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

1982: Pete’s rig with three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

Ca. 1982: Side view of Pete’s Hiwatt rig with three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

1982: Pete’s rig with four MESA/Boogie 4×12 cabinets. Amplifiers are three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit. Guitar is gold-top Schecter.

Ca. 1982: Pete’s Hiwatt rig with four MESA/Boogie 4×12 cabinets. Amplifiers are three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit. Guitar is gold-top Schecter, into MXR Dyna-Comp.

1982: Pete’s rig with four MESA/Boogie 4×12 cabinets. Amplifiers are three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

Ca. 1982: Pete’s Hiwatt rig with four MESA/Boogie 4×12 cabinets. Amplifiers are three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

Ca. 1982, with single-bound black Schecter model.

Ca. 1982: Pete’s Hiwatt rig with four MESA/Boogie 4×12 cabinets. Amplifiers are three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit. Guitar is single-bound black Schecter, into MXR Dyna-Comp.

1982: Pete’s rig with three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

Ca. 1982: Pete’s Hiwatt rig with three Hiwatt CP103s, topped with Roland SDE-2000 DDL digital delay rack unit.

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