Should I get the Strymon Volante or the El Capistan?

Ask the DudeA reader’s question to the Dude:

“I am torn between the Strymon Volante and the El Capistan.
I have seen your video a million times and am still not sure. I like the rhythmic possibilities you can get with the Volante, the rec level knob which can add some dirt to the repeats, the 3 delay types and the 4s max delay time.
But I am tempted with the warm sound, and the simplicity of the El Capistan.
I want the unit as a main delay (currently have a Boss DD7 which will stay on the pedalboard as a second delay).
Do you think it is worth it to lose that extra warmth for all that pros of the Volante?
Currently, I am playing a Les Paul through a Bugera 5W tube amp.
I mostly play ambient and progressive to blues rock (Huge Pink Floyd fan).
Also, if you have the time, what is your favorite (or favorites) delay pedal(s) and why?”

DelayDude:

Thanks a lot for your email! On my pedalboard, the El Capistan was a permanent pedal for a long time. But now, the Volante has replaced it. Personally, I think, the handling is much easier because it has no secondary functions like the El Capistan. Every pot has its own function and can be tuned without difficulty.
And as you already mentioned, the rhythmical repeats of the switchable, virtual tone heads offer endless possibilities.

Of course, the El Capistan also offers two different rhythm modes as well, but they do by far not reach those of the Volante. Not only activating certain tone heads, but also the option “full/half volume” of the tone heads produces completely different emphases of the repeats.
Rec Level provides Gain and thereby is able to make some low gain overdrive pedals superfluous.

Sonically, the three types of delays vary a lot and frequently, people forget, that the sound additionally can be altered by the half, normal or double speed setting of the tape.
Using the tape setting on half speed and a slightly turned down wear pot (which reduces the treble), you will get close to the sound of the El Capistan.

With your Les Paul and its Humbuckers in combination with the Volante, you ought to create a really, really nice sound. Especially because of the fact that you are a Pink Floyd fan, the Volante (with its Drum sounds) is perfect for you.

My two favorite delays which are both on my pedalboard are in fact the Volante – amongst many other things because of the external tap and midi- input (this is why I might be a bit biased) and the Empress Echosystem which I use for reverse, pitch and digital sounds.

Which delay for the dottet delays of U2?

Ask the DudeA reader’s question to the Dude:

I am looking for a percussive delay with trails option, for I really like dotted delays of U2 and likewise.  Should be analog.
Supa Puss, Memory Man or the Chase Bliss Tonal Recall?  Or something completely different?” Continue reading “Which delay for the dottet delays of U2?”

Budget Delays Part III

Ask the DudeThere is an enormous number of nice delay pedals and there is one within everyone’s price range.
Regarding the budget area, you will also find a lot of good delay pedals, analog ones as well as tape emulations and digital delays.

In this three-part series, I would like to present some delays of all three sections that are available for ridiculous prices. Continue reading “Budget Delays Part III”

Budget Delays Teil II

Frag den DudeDie Auswahl an guten Delays ist riesig und für jeden Geldbeutel ist etwas passendes dabei. Auch im Budget Bereich findet man viele gute Delays, sowohl analoge, Tape Emulationen und digital Delays.
In dieser dreiteiligen Serie möchte ich aus allen drei Bereichen einige Vertreter vorstellen, die es derzeit für sehr schmales Geld auf dem Markt gibt. Continue reading “Budget Delays Teil II”

Budget Delays Part I

Ask the DudeThere is an enormous number of nice delay pedals and there is one within everyone’s price range.
Regarding the budget area, you will also find a lot of good delay pedals, analog ones as well as tape emulations and digital delays.

In this three-part series, I would like to present some delays of all three sections that are available for ridiculous prices. Continue reading “Budget Delays Part I”

DelayDude Midi to Chase Bliss Audio cable – NOW in the DelayDude Shop

Midi to Chase Bliss AudioChase Bliss Audio has created several exciting effect pedals. Besides the recently celebrated Blooper, well-known stompboxes like the Tonal Recall, the Warped Vinyl, the Brothers, the Spectre and others are still pretty famous.
In an ideal way, they are midi compatible. A feature, that becomes more and more important for many guitarists. Continue reading “DelayDude Midi to Chase Bliss Audio cable – NOW in the DelayDude Shop”

Is there a more robust pedal that sounds like the Ibanez EM5 Echomachine?

Ask the DudeThere are so many great delays, that have been discontinued. The Ibanez EM5 is one of them.
It is not yet known, why the production has been stopped. Continue reading “Is there a more robust pedal that sounds like the Ibanez EM5 Echomachine?”

Lunchbox Tube Amps Part III

Ask the DudeIn the first part of this series, I presented some budget tube combos. In the second part, I started a small overview of several heads. And finally, I would like to end up this series with some last recommendations. Continue reading “Lunchbox Tube Amps Part III”

Lunchbox Tube Amps Part II

Frag den DudeIn the first part of this series, I presented some budget tube combos. Here, I would like to give a small overview of several heads.
They are even more handy and you can connect every speaker you like.
Mini heads are pretty functional and flexible. Besides, they are (mostly) cost-effective and fit in almost every gig bag. Continue reading “Lunchbox Tube Amps Part II”

Lunchbox Tube Amps

Ask the DudeSmall tube amps are pretty popular at the moment. And mostly, they are not much quieter than their big brothers. But of course, they offer a little less clean headroom.
They can be carried easily and they are so much more than just a little toy. Perfect for a jam-session at home or for recording.
In the Studio, even Led Zeppelin did not use a Marshall full stack but a small Supro amp.
Mostly, the prices of these little amps are comparable with the effort for a good effect pedal.

In this three-part series, I would like to present a small overview of well-priced 5Watts tube heads and amps. Continue reading “Lunchbox Tube Amps”

SMD vs. THT parts

Ask the DudeToday, more and more circuit boards are assembled with cost-effective SMD parts.
But what are the advantages and the disadvantages of SMD technology?
Why does it make sense to use in some cases THT technology?
And what do the acronyms SMD and THT actually stand for? Continue reading “SMD vs. THT parts”

Ambient pedalboard setup

Ask the DudeSeveral times, people asked me, how to assemble the perfect ambient pedalboard.
For this reason, I would like to sketch my very personal design of my pedalboard for ambient and soundscaping sounds in this article. Continue reading “Ambient pedalboard setup”

Ask the Dude: Modulation effects – analog dry through yes or no?

Ask the DudeQuestion to the Dude:

“I decided to spend a bit more money for a pedalboard and to buy a Gigrig G2 and, beside others, a Strymon Timeline. I am almost sure, that the analog dry through function makes a decisive difference regarding the dry signal.
Here is my question: Is it true, that modulation effects can not really deal with analog dry through and phasing problems may occur? Continue reading “Ask the Dude: Modulation effects – analog dry through yes or no?”

Ask the Dude: DelayDude Midi Sync Cable: My DITTO X4 is unable to synchronize with the SDRUM – What’s wrong?

Ask the DudeWe produce every DelayDude Midi Sync Cable by hand with a lot of care and every single item has been tested before it leaves our company.
If your cable nevertheless does not work as it is supposed to do, please check out the following sources of error. Continue reading “Ask the Dude: DelayDude Midi Sync Cable: My DITTO X4 is unable to synchronize with the SDRUM – What’s wrong?”

Ask the Dude: Lexicon vs. Neunaber and Moog vs. Strymon

Ask the DudeRecently, a YouTube subscriber directed the following questions concerning different reverb and delay effects to me and I thought, that the answers might be interesting for other guitarists too. Continue reading “Ask the Dude: Lexicon vs. Neunaber and Moog vs. Strymon”