Effect History: Multi Digital Delays (Part 2)

Effect PedalThe next generation

The first part of this series was about the Boss DD-20 and the Line6 DL4.
Both pedals have been the standard for a long time and still they are pretty popular.
But they have been replaced by technically extensive pedals of the next generation.

Eventide Timefactor

Put on the market in 2007 the Eventide Timefactor definitively set new standards.
It provides several parameters and offers the possibility to store 100 presets.
Even the sound is superior to the sound of the first multi digital delays.

Especially the digital delays of the Timefactor sound brilliant.
The special thing about the Timefactor is that all 9 offered types of delays are available as dual delay. This means you can create marvelous stereo or dual mono delays with varying tempos.
Besides you will get different setting options for modulation and the possibility to control all parameters via midi.
The one or the other might be overwhelmed by the countless setting options but the already saved presets work quite well and can easily be adapted to your very own ideas.

Strymon Timeline

The Strymon Timeline was put on the market in 2011 and can be found on numerous pedalboards today.
It provided everything a digital delay should offer: presets, stereo effects, 12 types of effects, midi in and out, tap tempo and much more.
Recently an editor appeared. By this you can edit your sounds also on your personal computer.
Because of the display, the menu navigation is clear and intuitive.
While the tTmefactor shines with digital delay sounds, the Timeline is an expert in warm-sounding delays (analog emulations as well as tape emulations) and experimental sounds.

Empress Superdelay

In 2008 the Empress Superdelay saw the light of the day.
In my honest opinion this delay is absolutely underrated.
The compact multi delay pedal offers a very neatly tape echo emulation and a looper.
Besides it affords very interesting rhythmical delay possibilities with individual pattern.
And finally, the Empress Superdelay has a reverse/+octave up mode that is absolutely inspiring.
There are two versions of the Superdelay: the white standard version and the vintage modified version in black.
Only sound of the tape mode varies.

In the end it does not matter which of the three delays you will chose, you will always get a good sounding and extensive pedal that is able to provide every delay sound you long for.
The sounds of the Eventide Timefactor can also be found in the Eventide H9 and can be controlled by an app.
And if you long for a certain sound of the Strymon Timeline you can also get the El Capistan, the DIG or the Brigadier.