Strymon DIG Dual Digital Delay

strymon digThe Strymon DIG Dual Digital Delay is two delays in one pedal. The two delays can be run together as a master and companion delay or independently

The DIG Dual Digital Delay a three-way modulation switch to toggle between Off, Light, and Deep modulations, giving this pedal chorus properties. There is also a three-way Type switch that allows you to choose from different kinds of delays. The 24/96 mode is a high-resolution modern delay, the ADM mode is an emulation designed to sound like early ’80s delay units, and the 12-BIT is an emulation of the 12-bit pulse code modulation mode of mid ’80s units. Both delays share the Repeat knob, which acts like the feedback control on most other units. Each delay has its own Time and Mix knobs, and the companion delay time can be set in either free-running mode or in an adjustable ratio to the master delay.

Free-running delay time allows you to easily dial in delays from 20ms to 1.6s. The delays can be set up in series, parallel, or ping-pong mode. The adjustable ratio includes triplet, eighth note, dotted eighth note, dotted quarter note, and the golden ratio. This pedal features stereo output, true bypass, and a jack for an external expression pedal. The Strymon DIG Dual Digital Delay is powered by an included power adapter.

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory ManElectro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

The Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man is one of the original heavyweights in the realm of bucket brigade circuit-based analog delay. The Memory Man got started in the early ’80s and it’s still going strong today. The Deluxe Memory Man provides three typical controls to adjust the sound of your delay. A Time knob adjusts the speed of the delay, the Feedback knob changes the number of repeating echoes, and a Blend knob adjusts the volume of the repeating signal. The pedal can also add Chorus and Vibrato to the signal, and more than functioning as stand-alone effects, they seem to be intended to enhance the delay. If you turn the delay and feedback all the way down, however, you can get everything from subtle chorus to over-the-top, wiggly vibrato. The Original Deluxe Memory Man circuit can handle up to 550 ms of delay, but there are a few newer versions that can go up to 1100 ms. The newer versions of the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man also includes a tap tempo switch to input a delay setting in real time. Both the tap tempo and the On/Off have bright LED status displays. Players who use the Memory Man include David Gilmour, The Edge, and Jack White.

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

boss dd-7The Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal is another in a long line of great Boss effect pedals

The DD-7 has increased its usual delay time to 6.4 seconds, which should be more than enough for most users. There’s a Hold mode that allows a player to record up to 40 seconds of audio for “sound on sound” performances. Modulation allows the pedal to create chorus type delays. Analog offers a modeled simulation of the classic BOSS DM-2. Dial in your tones using four top-mounted control knobs. Effect Level adjusts the volume of the effect. F.BACK adjusts how much signal gets fed back to the effect. Delay Time adjusts the length of time a signal is delayed. Mode lets you select from the pedal’s multiple modes.

You can connect an external switch and an expression pedal to allow for an even more hands-free operation. The Boss DD-7 features stereo inputs and outputs so you can create wide spacial sweeps with true stereo panning. The DD-7 features a buffered bypass to keep the signal even when the effect is disengaged, and a bright LED let’s you know if the effect is active. The pedal is run on a 9-volt battery or an external power supply, and it’s housed in the standard, nearly indestructible, Boss enclosure.

Walrus Audio ARP-87 Multi-Function Delay

Walrus Audio ARP-87 Multi-Function DelayWalrus Audio ARP-87 Multi-Function Delay

The Walrus Audio ARP-87 Multi-Function Delay is a compact pedal in a cool case. It features four main algorithms: Digital, Analog, Low-Fi, and Slap Back. The Digital algorithm is for clean, crystal clear repeats. The Analog setting works well to add warmth and dimension to chords. The Lo-Fi algorithm, with its adjustable frequency range on the repeats, goes from warm, warped, and murky, to straight AM radio. Finally, the Slap setting makes it easy to dial in a great slap back echo. The X control knob adjusts either the modulation depth or the filter width, depending on which algorithm is being used. The ARP-87 can be run in trails or no trails mode. In trails mode, when you turn the pedal off, the delay trails die off naturally. In no trails mode, the delay trails are abruptly cut off when you turn the pedal off.The pedal also features momentary functions. When the peal is off, you press and hold the Bypass switch to temporarily activate the effect to add a moment of delay until you release the switch. When the effect is on, you press and hold the Bypass switch to momentarily ramp the X parameter to maximum. Releasing the switch sets the X parameter back to the knob location. Press and hold the Tap switch and you’ll temporarily ramp the feedback to maximum. Release it and you’ll set the feedback back to the knob location.

Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal

Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter PedalElectro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal

The Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal is a compact-size reissue of the classic Small Stone Phaser pedal and produces the same sound that made the classic 1970 Small Stone famous. It is a completely analog Phaser that features a very smooth phase sound made possible by it’s four-stage phase shifting design. The pedal is operated by wo simple controls, a switch and a knob. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal”

Eventide TimeFactor Delay Effect Pedal

best guitar digital delayThe Eventide TimeFactor Delay Effect Pedal is one of the first foot pedal models from a company that usually creates very powerful studio outboard effects

The TimeFactor Delay features nine dual delays for a wide range of stereo delay types that are each fully customizable. The delay types include Digital, Vintage, Tape, Mod, Ducked, Band, Filter, Multi, Reverse, and Looper. Each Dual Delay effect can operate in stereo, dual mono, or in straight mono. Each of the delays can have its own tempo subdivision for intricate rhythmic delays. Continue reading “Eventide TimeFactor Delay Effect Pedal”

Flashback Triple Delay Guitar from TC Electronic

flashback triple delayTC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay Guitar Effects

The TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay Guitar Effects Pedal is a three-engine delay pedal capable of creating a wide variety of tones. The three separate delays can be run simultaneously, in series or in parallel. The Flashback Triple delay is TonePrint-enabled, allowing you to download signature tones from the internet to your pedal, including tones that you create using an editing app. The pedal features 12 built-in delay types and four spaces for TonePrint delays. The built-in delays include Tape, Tube, Space, Analog, Analog Mod, Reverse, Dynamic, 2290, 2290 Mod, Slap, LoFi, and Ping Pong. Continue reading “Flashback Triple Delay Guitar from TC Electronic”

Boss DD 500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

boss DD 500The Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal is very complex and it’s packed with great creative power.

This pedal features 12 versatile delay modes ranging from vintage style tape emulators to modern digital clarity. The ultra clean sound is delivered using 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating point processing, and a 96 kHz sampling rate. There are customizable control settings for onboard and external switches. A large, bright, and easy-to-read LCD panel makes editing and storing patches fairly easy tasks. Continue reading “Boss DD 500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal”

Guitar Gain Boost Part 1 – Getting the Parts

guitar gain boost part 1Now we finally begin our amazing journey into the magical world of building our own effects boxes.

Let’s take a look at the first actual pedal that we are going to create. It’s called the Piledriver, and it is a Gain Boost pedal that I got from ( This is listed as a “beginner” pedal and that is one of the reasons why I chose it. Gain Boost is also one of the most common processes that take place in every pedal and understanding it will put you well on the road to building great sounding pedals.

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Getting Started Building Your Own Guitar Effects Pedals

best guitar phase shifterLet’s talk about how and where to get started building your own guitar effects pedals from scratch.

To build your own pedal you will usually need to buy a kit for the project and the price of it will vary, based on the kind of pedal that you want to build. If you are building the project from just a schematic, you will need to buy all of the parts individually on your own. Continue reading “Getting Started Building Your Own Guitar Effects Pedals”