Delay – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

delayTime based effects deal mostly with some kind of delay in a signal. Echo and reverb are two effects in this category

Delay is created in many ways, including electronically, using springs, (Bucket Brigade), in addition to tape (like in a cassette tape or audio reel).

Delay/Echo

Delay is a very common effect that creates an echo of the original signal. Delay can often be set to very short time, creating a “guitar doubling” effect, or it can be set for very long times creating a “Grand Canyon” type echo. It can also usually be set for a single echo or “Slap Back,” or for multiple or even infinitely repeating echos. Take a look at the MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay, or Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Pedal.

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What are the Best Guitar Analog Delay Pedals?

best guitar analog delayWe’re taking a closer look at some well-crafted bucket brigade-style analog delay pedals to see which one is the best for you

Analog delay, using the bucket brigade chip, is a staple effect in many players’ pedalboards. Analog delay works by splitting the signal at the input into two parts and sending one part of the signal right to the output; this is the “dry” signal. The other part — the “wet signal” — gets sent through a circuit designed for that signal to take some time passing through it. Once the signal passes through the circuit it is mixed back in with the “dry” signal and you have a delay, or echo.

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What are the Best Guitar Digital Delay Pedals?

best guitar digital delayLet’s take a look at a few modern Digital Delay pedals and see if one of them is right for your needs.

The Delay effect can be used to enhance a mix or create a fuller sound. It can even allow ‘looping,’ in which solos can be played over backing chords, all created by a single musician. Delay is also the foundation for several other effects, including Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, and the all-powerful Reverb. Boss was the first to bring digital delay to the stomp box with the DD-2, in 1984. Unlike many other digital effects, especially in the mid ’80s, delay was something that the new digital medium did very well, and continues to do so today.

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Providence DLY-4 Chrono Digital Delay Pedal

Providence DLY-4 The Providence DLY-4 Chrono Digital Delay Pedal is compact but fully featured. The Chrono Delay includes delay times that go from 1 to 2700 milliseconds, and should be more than suitable for almost any need.

The Providence DLY-4 Chrono Digital Delay Pedal is compact but fully featured. The Chrono Delay includes delay times that go from 1 to 2700 milliseconds, and should be more than suitable for almost any need. The Bright LED display lets you see the delay time easily in milliseconds or BPM. Continue reading “Providence DLY-4 Chrono Digital Delay Pedal”

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. Continue reading “Strymon DIG Dual Digital Delay”

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 Effects Pedal from TC Electronic

flashback triple delayThis versatile, three-engine Flashback Triple Delay Pedal is TonePrint-enabled and includes Time, Repeat, Mix, Subdivision, Delay, and Analog controls, in addition to their many variations.

The TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay 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 Effects Pedal from TC Electronic”

Boss DD 500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

boss DD 500With customizable control settings, the Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal is versatile, complex, and 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”