I’m a fan of delays. Basically, they’re broken down into 2 camps.. digital delay or analog delay. Digitals can replicate analog tone, but analogs can’t achieve the digital effect. So when you’re shopping for delays, you need to understand what you want to get out of the delays. Personally, on my board, I have a digital and a analog delay for my tone. I like the analog for the darker delay trails, and that effect is part of my ‘stock’ tone. The digital is used for very clear long trails and intense delay craziness. You can get some wild feedback stuff with analogs, but the very clear long trails are a digital trait.
I came across this interesting shootout of 22 delays. This is not the ‘greatest’ shootout, since they’re all set on one setting, and doesn’t compare how each delay is capable of. BUT, what I did like, was to be able to hear the characteristics of the delay trails, which is a very important feature when picking out delay pedals (in my opinion). He basically, goes with the Edge (of U2) style tone with a Vox AC30 chime and delay, so you get to hear some consistency, even though he’s not playing the same riff for each pedal.
There were a few pedals that were cool to hear, since they’re not that common – the Morley Echo Reverb and Analogman ARDL20 were great to see in there. I was surprised that the TC Electronic Flashback and MXR Carbon Copy were not in the mix, but getting 22 different delays was quite the challenge I bet.
Check out the video by shnobel:
Boss DD-20 Giga Delay
Strymon El Capistan
Akai E2 Headrush
Moog MoogerFooger MF-104M
Malekko Echo 616
Electro-Harmonix Memory Man w/Hazrai
Morley Morley Analog Echo Reverb MOD-AER
Line 6 DL4
Vox Delay Lab
Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy
Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Tap Tempo
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man XO
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man
Hughes & Kettner Replex
Let me know what you think by commenting below! Was there a favorite? If so.. why?