Often other guitarists ask me, which delay pedal is the perfect one.
Unfortunately, it is pretty difficult to find a precise answer to this simple sounding question.
Many delay pedals provide their very own advantages but, until now, I was not able to find one that has required with all my requirements and, on top of everything sounds marvelous.
To be honest, I prefer the sound of analog delay pedals and, until now I was unable to find a digital delay that totally convinced me.
Of course, digital delays mostly provide more features but regarding the sound, analog delays are always my first choice.
Here I made a small list of features, MY perfect delay pedal ought to provide.
Quite frankly: I don’t understand how a delay pedal – no matter if it is analog or digital – that is put on the market today can lack tap tempo.
Obviously, for slapback echos you won’t need this feature, but there are several delay pedals with a long maximum delay time (thus are designed not only for slapback echos) that lack tap tempo.
When I use a delay for more than just one song, to me it is very inconvenient to adjust the speed of the repeats manually.
Better that a delay with tap tempo is a delay with tap tempo that can be synchronized via a midi clock.
Although not every guitarist uses a midi clock, this feature can be pretty helpful to adapt the delay time to the tempo of a song.
If a delay pedal with tap tempo lacks a midi input, it can also be controlled by useful little helpers like the Selah Quartz Timer or the Disaster Area SmartClock (if it provides the according input for external tap).
Learn more about useful features of delay pedals in the second part of “The perfect delay pedal”.