My favorite budget delays

Because of the numerous requests regarding my favorite bugdet delays, I tried to figure out my top delays within the categories tape emulation, digital delay and analog delay.
The order of the delays within the respective group or video is not a ranking, for I am unable to tell which of them I like best.

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Strymon El Capistan

Strymon El Capistan The Strymon El Capistan is a relatively pedalboard-friendly tape echo emulation.
Actually, it is THE tape echo emulation that sets the standards for all other tape echo emulations. Continue reading “Strymon El Capistan”

Strymon Brigadier vs. Source Audio Nemesis

This is a comparison of the Strymon Brigadier with the Source Audio Nemesis. The Source Audio Nemesis is, as well as the Brigadier, able to emulate numerous analog delay sounds.
For it has about the same size, I decided to compare these two digital delays.

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Source Audio Nemesis

Source Audio NemesisThe Source Audio Nemesis is a rather pedalboard-friendly digital delay.
Dressed in a classical black, the stereo stompbox provides up to 2.4ms of Continue reading “Source Audio Nemesis”

Strymon NightSky

This is a demo of some of the marvellous sounds of the Strymon NightSky.

Learn more about the heavenly Strymon NightSky in the detailed review.

gear: Fender Telecaster, DelayDude Custom Amp, Shure SM57, Cubase, Evidence Audio SIS Cables

Double Delay Time Mod for the EHX Deluxe Memory Man

Tips & tricksThe modification to double the delay time of the EHX Deluxe Memory Man is pretty poular. But it is very hard to calibrate the pedal. You definitely need an oscilloscope. Here is an instruction Howard Davis published some years ago. Continue reading “Double Delay Time Mod for the EHX Deluxe Memory Man”

Strymon Brigadier vs. Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

This is a comparison of the Strymon Brigadier with the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.
The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man is one of the brightest analog delays with a maximum delay time of up to 550ms.
Therefore, I choose the medium setting of the Brigadier, which emulates an analog delay with two ICs. Additionally, I turned the tone pot a bit further to create a similar bright sound.

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Analog ping pong delay Ping pong delay is a popular feature of many digital delays. But what about analog delays? Is there a way to stack two analog delays to create a ping pong effect? I would not be the delay specialist, if I would not have take interest in this issue. Ping pong delay A delay signal, alternatingly running through the left and the right channel is called ping pong delay. Mostly, the delay times are identically, but of course, it is possible to set varying times for rhythmical emphasizes like for example dotted 8th. Analog delay pedals In contrast to digital delay pedal, analog delays can not be programmed to create certain effects. That means, every single bucket brigade device repeats the adjusted delay time constantly. But to create a ping pong delay, the identical delay time has to be created alternatingly through two outputs. Maybe, it would become possible to produce a ping pong effect with an analog delay with a digital control, but so far, no manufacturer has started such an experiment. Two analog delays What about creating a ping pong effect by using two analog delays? For this, both pedals have to send the same delay time with alternating signals. And this is where it gets complicated. One option might be, to route both delays in a mixer that sends the signal via LFO to the according outputs. But actually, the LFO needs a synchronization with the delay time. By using a little mixer with aux channel, an analog ping pong delay becomes possible. In this case, it is important to mute the repeats of both delays. Now, you connect your guitar (or the instrument you like) to the input of the mixer. Next, you link the aux send with the input of the first delay. The wet output of this first delay needs to be splitted. On the one hand, you connect it with the input of the second delay, on the other hand, you establish a connection to one input of the mixer. The respective channel needs to be panned completely to the left. Then, you route the output of the second delay to the input of the other channel of the mixer and pan the signal completely to the right. The number of repeats can be adjusted via the aux control. By sending the signal from the mixer a second time to the delays, you create further repeats. To keep the signal completely analog, you ought to use an analog mixing console. By using a digital mixer, the delay would at least become an analog/digital hybrid. For this experiment, you could also add further effects to the two effect loops, like for example modulation or overdrive. Have fun in experimenting!

Tips & tricksPing pong delay is a popular feature of many digital delays.
But what about analog delays? Is there a way to stack two analog delays to create a ping pong effect?
I would not be the delay specialist, if I would not have take interest in this issue. Continue reading “Analog ping pong delay Ping pong delay is a popular feature of many digital delays. But what about analog delays? Is there a way to stack two analog delays to create a ping pong effect? I would not be the delay specialist, if I would not have take interest in this issue. Ping pong delay A delay signal, alternatingly running through the left and the right channel is called ping pong delay. Mostly, the delay times are identically, but of course, it is possible to set varying times for rhythmical emphasizes like for example dotted 8th. Analog delay pedals In contrast to digital delay pedal, analog delays can not be programmed to create certain effects. That means, every single bucket brigade device repeats the adjusted delay time constantly. But to create a ping pong delay, the identical delay time has to be created alternatingly through two outputs. Maybe, it would become possible to produce a ping pong effect with an analog delay with a digital control, but so far, no manufacturer has started such an experiment. Two analog delays What about creating a ping pong effect by using two analog delays? For this, both pedals have to send the same delay time with alternating signals. And this is where it gets complicated. One option might be, to route both delays in a mixer that sends the signal via LFO to the according outputs. But actually, the LFO needs a synchronization with the delay time. By using a little mixer with aux channel, an analog ping pong delay becomes possible. In this case, it is important to mute the repeats of both delays. Now, you connect your guitar (or the instrument you like) to the input of the mixer. Next, you link the aux send with the input of the first delay. The wet output of this first delay needs to be splitted. On the one hand, you connect it with the input of the second delay, on the other hand, you establish a connection to one input of the mixer. The respective channel needs to be panned completely to the left. Then, you route the output of the second delay to the input of the other channel of the mixer and pan the signal completely to the right. The number of repeats can be adjusted via the aux control. By sending the signal from the mixer a second time to the delays, you create further repeats. To keep the signal completely analog, you ought to use an analog mixing console. By using a digital mixer, the delay would at least become an analog/digital hybrid. For this experiment, you could also add further effects to the two effect loops, like for example modulation or overdrive. Have fun in experimenting!”

Strymon NightSky feat. Strymon Volante

This is a video of the Strymon NightSky featuring the Strymon Volante.
What else can I say? I hope, you enjoy the sounds as much as I do.

gear: Fender Telecaster, DelayDude Custom Amp, Shure SM57, Cubase, Evidence Audio SIS Cables.

Review: Strymon NightSky – Part 2

Strymon NightSkyThis is the second part of the review about the Strymon NightSky.
While the first part was about the construction and the extensive functions of the NightSky, this second part is dedicated to the sound of this brilliant effect pedal. Continue reading “Review: Strymon NightSky – Part 2”

Strymon Brigadier vs. Ibanez AD9 and Boss DM-2

This is a comparison of the Ibanez AD9 and the Boss DM-2 with the Strymon Brigadier.
The Ibanez AD9 and the Boss DM-2 are two of the first analog delays. They provide a maximum delay time of about 300ms and a unique kind of oscillation.
For this comparison, choose the short setting for the Brigadier, because, it emulates an analog delay with one IC. Thereby, the Brigadier gets close to the sound of the AD9 and the DM-2.

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Review: Strymon NightSky – Part 1

Strymon NightSkyStrymon calls the NightSky a time-warped reverberator which includes more functions than a usual reberb pedal. The new type of setting options is also innovative and is an invitation for experimentation.

This is the first part of a two-part review of the Strymon NightSky.
In the first part you will learn all about the construction and the extensive functions of the NightSky, while the second part will be dedicated to the sound of this extraordinary pedal. Continue reading “Review: Strymon NightSky – Part 1”

Strymon Brigadier vs. DOD Rubberneck

This is a comparison of the Strymon Brigadier with the DOD Rubberneck.
I think, the DOD Rubberneck sets the standards regarding analog delay pedals. Therefore, I would like to find out if the Strymon Brigadier is able to emulate such analog sounds.
Besides the comparison of different settings, I also checked out how these two sound stacked.

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Review: Strymon Brigadier Part 2

The first part of the  of the Strymon Brigadier-review was about the features of this digital delay pedal. This second part is dedicated to the sound of the Strymon Brigadier.

Sound

Th short mode, which is oriented to a one-chip delay, offers a beautiful slapback sound with at least up to 400ms. Maxed, the delay sound becomes somehow metallic – similar to an analog delay with an overclocked chip.
The peak of the repeats is very realistic at the upper mids and cut very well through the mix. Continue reading “Review: Strymon Brigadier Part 2”

Strymon Brigadier

This is a demo about several sonic options of the Strymon Brigadier.
For a detailed review and further information about the different modes click here.

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