Ok time to report back on the NU-X (pronounced New - X) Time Force delay pedal.
This delay pedal is nice enough and does pretty much what I need it to do, it seems to be a clone of either a TC Electronics Nova or an Eventide Time Factor. Comparing the 11 different delay types, to be honest they mostly all sound the same. For example the Analog & Digital delays both sound the same, the Analog delay repeats don't degrade like an old analog delay would. I don't see any point in having a separate "Slapback" type either as all you need to do is adjust the time and repeats for a slapback setting so this particular delay type is pointless in my opinion. I'm not running a stereo rig so I couldn't really test the Pan , Stereo or Ping Pong types (Ping Pang according to the manual LOL). I've never heard a Tube delay so no idea if this is an accurate representation or not. For me there are just too many pointless delay types, they would have been better off with maybe 3 to 6 types that REALLY do sound different from each other than trying to pack in too much pork to make the pedal seem more versitile than it really is.
That being said it's actually not a bad pedal at all for a Chinese clone, I needed a pedal that would work in a line level series effects loop in my Tech 21 Trademark 60 amp and this pedal does just fine in that respect, it doesn't choke or clip like my Boss DD-3 did. There is a config section where you can set the I/O sensitivity between -20db & +4db , it worked fine in my effects loop on both settings. You can also select between True Bypass and Buffered (FET) beware that the Tail function only works in Buffered mode (which only makes sense if you think about it) but the manual doesn't state that. You can set it to power up in either "Manual mode" which you would use for creating a patch or "Preset mode" which is what you would use to step through your various presets, if it powers up in Manual mode all you have to do to get to preset mode is hold down the On/Off switch for a few seconds and it switches over to preset mode. In Preset mode the display will show in big letters P1 then P2 etc so it's very easy to read. The manual is a good laugh, lot's of engrish....someone really needs to proof read it and correct it.
The construction is pretty good again for a Chinese clone, the footswitches are particulary nice, the type you see on more expensive pedals (not like the cheapy ones on my Joyo pedals) however I do have concerns about the four pot/controls. The knobs wobble a bit and so I pulled one of the knobs off to have a look, the shafts are not metal, they are some type of Nylon/Plastic and there is a bit of play inside the housing. Only time will tell if this is an issue or not but I'm surprised at this considering the general overall good construction of the pedal (cost cutting measure perhaps?). The input jacks are of good quality (again unlike my Joyo pedals) and the housing, although plastic, seems of very good quality so I don't have any particular worries or concerns there. Again, only time will tell how the pedal holds up to regular gigging but kept safe in a good pedalboard I should think it would be fine. I don't think this is one of those pedals you can just throw in a box after a gig like I've seen some people do with Boss pedals. I don't think it could take that kind of punishment.
The pedal has 9 presets which you can select as 1-3 , 4-6 etc which is nice because if, like me, you are only using 3 presets you don't want to have to scroll from 3 to 9 to get back to 1. The Tail function is a nice addition (only in Buffered mode remember) and works as expected. I've not played much with the Tap Tempo and only played a little bit with the Loop function so can't comment too much about that but then again I didn't buy the pedal for that anyway. The tweek knob has different functions depending on the delay type, for example on the Analog and Digital types it controls the brightness of the repeats which is nice, on the Tube delay it controls the distortion on the delay repeat. It's pretty quiet and I couldn't detect any noticable noise in the signal chain either in buffered or True bypass mode. One interesting or strange thing is that as you turn the time knob, the delay time does not increment in a linear fashion but in chunks. Ie 40ms doesn't increase to 41 then 42 then 43 etc, it moves up in strange increments (40 , 62.93 , 78.94 , 87.18 , 95.43 etc..) so if you need an exact ms time you may find that difficult. Using a BOSS DD-3 for example you wouldn't be able to dial in an exact ms time either so it's not really an issue just an observation worth mentioning , it could be that all delay pedals increment in this way?.
For me it does what I need it to do, I only need 3 presets, a Slapback, Medium delay around 450ms 2 repeats low in the mix & Long delay around 600ms 3 repeats higher in the mix and this pedal does that just fine, it's better than having 3 separate pedals and works just fine on a 9 volt PSU , I don't know if it requires a regulated supply or not , I tried it with a cheapy unregulated and regulated switch mode supply and it worked fine with both so that would suggest that it doesn't require regulated.
At basically 1/3 the price of a TC or Eventide don't expect it to be of that ilk but for £75.00 I would say it delivers quite a bit for the price and at the moment I'm happy with it, it stays on the pedalboard. I gigged with it the other night and it did the job....I bought mine from www.djmmusic.com
, they seemed to have the best price at the time in the UK.