Yesterday on Facebook, I mentioned that I was planning on moving away from my Line 6 DL 4 delay into something else. The Line 6 is great, sounds great, but I just want something simple and easy. I guess I’m not a ‘preset’ sorta guy, but a guy that likes knobbies. There were lots of great suggestions, but one that I wasn’t too familiar with, so I wanted to take a closer look.
Josh Washburn mentioned the Tech 21 Boost D.L.A. I’ve looked at few Tech 21 pedals, and they sound great, but I didn’t know they were making a delay, so a closer look was needed. I found a great video by Burgerman666 and he appears to be liking this pedal. A few things caught my eye initially. Tap tempo is something I do like on the DL 4, I also like the level control and tone.
Here is the official description of the pedal:
Tech 21 brings a fresh perspective to the standard delay pedal. By incorporating a clean Boost function, up to 9dB, your solos will jump out with greater dimension. The Boost D.L.A. is designed with user-tweakable, “lo-fi” analog technology. By manipulating the controls, you can infuse degrees of warmth and life with the characteristic of vintage delays. The Tech 21 delay pedal’s circuitry intentionally injects the inherent imperfections of vintage units, which is what makes them so seductive and nostalgic. A single, continuously variable Time control provides a full sweep, up to 1000 milliseconds, of delay. The Boost D.L.A. effects pedal parameters are engineered so that you can explore and custom-tailor such delay styles as digital, vintage tape, and bucket brigade.
Tech 21’s Boost D.L.A. with Tap Tempo offers an abundance of easy-to-use, intuitive controls in an incredibly compact guitar effects pedal—and it’s battery operable, to boot. All of the features this delay pedal has are truly useful, not simply a bunch of clever ploys that are overkill and that you’ll rarely, if ever, have a need or desire for.
This individual footswitch is dedicated solely for Tap Tempo function, avoiding confusion during your performance. It gives you the ability to set it, even when it’s off, which aids coordination with your drummer. Triplets work in conjunction with the Tap Tempo. Engaged, it shifts the timing so triplets play in sync with the actual tempo. Trails works in conjunction with bypass and allows the natural decay of the delay signal rather than cutting it off abruptly. Feedback control has greater sensitivity and can be thrown into a state of self-oscillation.
Here is the video by Burgerman666:
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