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I need a delay pedal

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Gmountain, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jan 24, 2011
    Colorado
    Analogman Ardx20. I've had it for years and I love it.
     

  2. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2013
    California
    I have a Dan Echo too. It's very versatile especially the slapback switch, instant 1950's!
     

  3. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    I've owned gobs of delays, analog, digital -- even tape.

    The two best I've ever used for live work are the Boss DD3 (wish I still had it) and Mad Professor Deep Blue (presently on my board).

    I think the analog is always better rep is a lot of hooey.

    P.
     

  4. Gmountain

    Gmountain Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Jun 7, 2015
    Florida
    Well ok, i have no experience with a delay pedal, and I play all kinds of stuff, but nothing well. jazz, blues, soft rock, Christmas carols. No metal or anything like Zeppelin. So good suggestions all.
     

  5. DaveKS

    DaveKS Friend of Leo's

    Oct 21, 2013
    KS
    If I had to pick one simple, do a lot delay, it would be Hardwire DL-8.

    But I also own....... here goes.

    PDS 20/20 and 8000, VFE Ravine and Möbius, Adineko, Hermida EPH-3 and MultiTap, Lovepedal Stir Of Echos and DL 1.6. Also a Jamman Delay that has a phrase looper and a synced 16sec delay.

    In racks I've got RDS 4000, Lexicon Vortex and Jamman, and my old Art SGX-2000, I love that old Art thing because it has analog filters/eq, tube and solid state preamps and pitch effects setting in front all kinds of delay/reverb types.
     

  6. Georox

    Georox Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 30, 2014
    The tan house in AZ
    Donner Yellow Fall.
     
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  7. Strato50

    Strato50 Tele-Holic

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    Mar 30, 2017
    Port Arthur TX
    Yep no need for the big bucks this little pedal does it all.
     

  8. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Holic

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    Nov 10, 2013
    Greater Atlanta
    I have to keep the mix just above 0 - yep, that far down. Even all the way down, its adding something to the sound and just above there seems to be a sweet spot for a nice delay that you hear but its not quite so obvious. Above that, it becomes really present and that has its place, but I like to use it just enough to enhance the tone.
     

  9. schenkadere

    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    May 13, 2009
    NY
    A very underrated delay. Wish I still had mine.
     

  10. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    I built my own using a kit from ebay.

    It's PT2399-based, and I built it as I fancied a signal boost (for solos), and delay, in the same box.

    Monkeyed with the feedback resistor of the summing stage, and hey presto!

    For 'shop bought', I really don't think you can go wrong with a Boss DD-3.
     

  11. Pajama

    Pajama Tele-Meister

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    May 12, 2003
    Catalinbread Echorec or Bicycle.
     

  12. North East Al

    North East Al Tele-Meister

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    Apr 7, 2011
    Hartlepool, UK
    Flashback mini in the loop .
     

  13. kafka

    kafka Tele-Meister

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    Oct 18, 2013
    Maryland
    Aqua Puss, Carbon Copy, Adineko, Belle Epoch.

    Aqua Puss is brighter, so it does a really good surf echo.

    The Adineko also has a nice reverb, if you need one, which I don't.

    The Belle Epoch does the Echoplex preamp thing really well.

    The Carbon Copy is like the other two, but less quirky.
     

  14. grilldanmo

    grilldanmo Tele-Meister

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    Nov 14, 2017
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    I ordered the Flashback 2 from GearTree.com last night with some patch cables for my other effects...which I haven't used in years. When I say years, I mean nearly, if not actual, decades. Gotta get some nine volts and make sure the the CE-2, DS-1, and CryBaby are even still working. My Mesa V-Twin and Ditto require plugs, as will the new delay...I'll need to get a dedicated power strip. Heck, I might even have to consider making a pedal board!!!

    I was just about set on getting the DOD Rubberneck from Musician's Friend, with it's price dropped to $224.95 ($25 less than original) and then using their blackfriday/cyber discounts so it whittled the price down to $191.21. I watched a lot of videos and just before pulling the trigger, I felt the need to check out a few more Flashback 2 clips. With the MASH and the tone prints software it seems you could set up the Flashback to do a lot of what the Rubberneck does (setting various parameters based on the amount of Mash pressure and what not), but the Rubberneck wouldn't be able to cover as many tonal bases and crazy sonic whims as the FB 2. Now I'm trying to think how I might stack the FB 2 looper with the Ditto...hmm.

    I'm at peace with my choice and, depending upon how much I enjoy my deeper dive into delay, I could see getting the Rubberneck as a second dedicated other flavor delay. Sure, I'm getting ahead of myself, but that's what kind of what we do...isn't it?
     

  15. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    Strymon El Cap here. It sounds great, but really it's too much for me. I like to use delay more as reverb than as an obvious delay effect. The Strymon does sound great though
     

  16. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I stumbled across this at a local guitar shop and I really like the sounds it can make. If it's arrived, I'd be grateful for a review of positives and any negatives as I might have to jump in on this one if it's good.
     

  17. MahoganyStratDZ

    MahoganyStratDZ Tele-Meister

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    Mar 5, 2012
    USA
    Well to my ears I always like two and still so, the DOD DFX94 DD/Sampler and the original Visual Sound H20 in fact I like their Rt-66 OD/Comp too.
     

  18. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 15, 2010
    Texas
    Original MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay

    Perfect for me.
     

  19. kingvox

    kingvox TDPRI Member

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    Mar 23, 2017
    USA
    I have a Dr. Scientist Reverberator. I was planning on replacing this with the Keeley Caverns V2 and saving some real estate on my board.

    The Dr. Scientist Reverberator is better for straight reverb. The Keeley (both reverb and delay settings) seems to add some treble to my guitar's tone, which I'm not a huge fan of.

    Right now I'm running the Reverberator for straight, normal reverb (I usually have it on the Hall 1 or Plate setting with the Mix knob at around 8 o'clock), and a bit of boost (it has a "Level" knob).

    The Dr. Scientist blows it out of the water for straight reverb, and at least for me, the "Spring" reverb setting (neutral setting) on the Keeley is not useable unless stacking with natural or pedal based reverb. In that case, you can add another "layer" to your sound for ambience and effect, which can actually be pretty cool.

    IOW, it's perfect for ADDING to your sound once in a while. It is not a pedal I would have on all the time, like my Dr. Scientist that is just a staple of my tone now.

    A/B'ing the pedals next to each other, I can hear that the Dr. Scientist does not alter my tone AT ALL, and only adds reverb to it, while the Spring setting on the Keeley (and all of the settings) alter my tone. It adds treble and seems to add a slightly artificial sound to it as well.

    Would anyone even buy this pedal to use it as a straight, normal reverb? Probably not. So my gripe with it isn't much of a gripe at all. I'm just used to playing amps with no reverb, and was planning on replacing my Dr. Scientist with the Keeley. It just wasn't what I was expecting to do but that by no means implies that it's not good. I am loving it and am happy that I bought it.

    I've taken it to several jams now. In one band where we do classic rock covers I didn't even use the Keeley once. But in the other, which is a much more open jam band where we do whatever and just improvise, they were very impressed with the Caverns 2. It does some very cool things. And ALL of the settings do. But, IMO, only when stacked with your normal reverb. Or if you normally don't use reverb at all.

    The two footswitches are very nice to have. And while I expected to replace my Dr. Scientist Reverberator, having a straight Reverb and an "ambient" reverb in separate pedals is actually quite nice.

    (The amps I play through have no reverb on them which is the reason I bought the Reverberator, by the way)

    IMO, the Keeley Caverns V2 is best suited for ambient use. The straight reverb does not sound good to me and its alteration of the tone bothers me. When you're using it for ambience, though, it can actually add a very cool layer to your sound by altering your tone and washing it out a bit.

    And this goes for all the settings. Shimmer, Modulated, and Spring. You get very cool alteration of your sound, and great ambience, with the Caverns V2. And plenty of control by having two footswitches.

    My main gripe with it is it kinda sucks as a straight, normal reverb for everyday playing. The good thing is most people have reverb on their amps, and I find it works well stacked with a normal sounding reverb.

    It actually sounds better and fuller stacking it with my Dr. Scientist Reverberator than running it on its own, and I'm sure the same goes for stacking it with natural reverb from your amp, if you have that option.

    "The Wave" does still look tempting to me. The "Wash" feature does seem very cool. But the Keeley seems to do some very unique things and should be considered in its own right. I am giving it a fair shot and I am liking what I'm hearing so far.

    If you're not planning on using it as a normal, regular reverb with some added options, I'd say give it a shot. Throwing it in once in a while to add some ambience, it's great. Just about all the settings seem useable to me in that context and it's wide open for experimentation.

    Just remember, my review is biased by the fact that I planned on replacing a pedal with the Caverns V2. Just an amateur mistake. The Dr. Scientist is a fantastic everyday reverb. The Caverns V2 is a fantastic ambient reverb to use tastefully and situationally. And the separate footswitches for Reverb and Delay give you way more options and control.
     
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  20. Sollipsist

    Sollipsist Tele-Meister

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    Aug 25, 2016
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    +1 for the Donner. I'll only consider replacing it when the price of the TimeLine drops below what I paid for my last guitar :D
     

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