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”

Best Guitar Chorus Pedals

best guitar chorusThese classic staples of the industry, as well as some new arrivals to the scene, are some of the best guitar chorus pedals around.

What is the best guitar chorus pedal? Much like overdrive and spring reverb, chorus is a classic guitar effect that every guitarist is familiar with. Chorus is essential for thickening up clean sounds and giving sustaining notes a swirly watery type of movement. This effect also works very well with overdrive, giving it a doubled, more polished sound. While chorus can be very subtle (just thickening the sound a bit or adding some shimmer) it is also capable of some exaggerated effects reminiscent of science fiction movies.

You can probably hear the chorus effect on three out of every four 80s songs. In fact, a perfect example is the beginning of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”. Since we’re discussing the best chorus pedals available, this list will focus on staples in the industry, as well as some new arrivals to the scene. We want solid tone without too many side effects (for example that background “air swirling sound”). We also want dependability, solid construction, and perhaps some new features.

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Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus

keeley seafoamThe Seafoam Plus features an internal switch for Vintage mode, as well as an internal switch that turns the pedal into a bass chorus, flanger, or tremolo.

One of the most modern pedals on this list, the Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus, has a lot of features packed into its compact size. This pedal uses the same automatic doubler as that used in the Keeley 30ms Double Tracker. The Seafoam Plus has three modes of operation. ADT chorus mode creates a second and third voice each with its own slight delay and pitch to emulate a real chorus. Continue reading “Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus”

What are the Best Guitar Distortion Pedals?

best guitar distortionDistortion is such a personal choice. If you are in search of the best guitar distortion pedals, this list offers some solid options.

Distortion is a type of overdrive, or more accurately, overdrive is a type of distortion. Usually, when we talk about distortion, we’re talking about overdrive with a very high gain that’s very fuzzy and compressed. It’s a different, more controlled sound than FUZZ though, and it’s created in a different way as well. Continue reading “What are the Best Guitar Distortion Pedals?”

Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808DX

ts808dxIbanez Tube Screamer TS808DX

The latest iteration of the line of Ibanez Tube Screamer pedals is the TS808DX. This modern version has some cool features not seen before. The TS808DX is actually two pedals in one, the Tube Screamer and a clean signal boost. It features the same three control knobs you probably know from earlier versions: Overdrive adjusts the amount of overdrive added to the signal; Tone adjusts the level of high end frequencies present in the signal; and Level adjusts the volume of the pedal to match it with the signal when the effect is disengaged. Continue reading “Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808DX”