I hope that whoever designed this pedal will read this review. Seriously, what were you thinking? I mean from a guitarist standpoint, this pedal is ridiculous in the context of other pedals out there. I mean do the people at Hardwire even attempt to look at the features of even the B*$$ pedals? I mean they're the most popular pedal company on the planet for a reason, and you'd think you'd at least offer what they have to offer or better, but no. This is worse.
Let me start off by saying, the quality of sound and tone coloration are great. Meaning, there is no tone coloration, and the repeats sound fine.
The problem is that for some reason, THERE IS NO WAY TO HERE YOUR DRY MIX AT ALL on Reverse mode. That's right. No mixing your dry and wet signal together, it just completely cuts out your signal where you can't hear what you're playing, and you only hear the delayed reverse....Which is useless for any kind of jamming or live event. The B*$$ digital delays have reverse modes as well, but you at least have the option of mixing your wet and dry signal together.
Secondly, the Tap Tempo function is pretty much rendered completely useless because it takes so long to engage it. You literally have to hold your foot down for like 3 seconds for it to enter Tap mode. Again, there is literally no way to incorporate this smoothly in a live or even a jam sessions situation. Useless.
Thirdly, No expression pedal option, at all? I mean come on, B*$$ (not sure if I can mention other pedal brand names on the review) is the most average run of the mill pedal company out there and they still have this thing beat. I didn't buy a dual expression pedal so I could just use it on one pedal and not have a delay with an expression option. Do you know how cool and multidimensional using an expression pedal to control the delay time is?! Obviously the people at Hardwire, do not.
FOURTHLY, you seriously have to hold your foot on the pedal for the ENTIRE DURATION of your loop in Loop Mode. Again, pretty much rendering or at least severely limiting your loop options. B*$$ corrected this with the DD-Seven, where you simply click the pedal when you want the recording to start, and click it again when you want it to stop. This makes it actually possibly to time your loops, and click them in and out on beat, instead of awkwardly guessing when to let your foot go while balancing on one foot and playing guitar and/or singing at the same time. USELESS.
Lastly, the thing just looks bad. I mean come on, it's like this dark rustic orange color. That's like the worst car color out there, and it doesn't look any better on a pedal. It looks like they overanalyzed the look of these pedals so hard that they missed the point completely. It looks cheap and plastic from afar by the design, but up close it's actually sturdy metal. For the price, it's just ridiculous with all of the flaws I mentioned above. Just get the DD-Seven and get it over with.