MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe

carbon-copy-deluxeThe Deluxe version of the MXR Carbon Copy needs more space on the pedalboard than its ancestor. Thus, it is a less pedalboard-friendly analog delay. Continue reading “MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe”

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.

MXR Carbon Copy

carbon-copyThe MXR Carbon Copy is a pedalboard-friendly analog delay.
It offers up to 600ms of maximum delay time that can be garnished with modulation. Continue reading “MXR Carbon Copy”

MXR Carbon Copy Bright

cc brightThe MXR Carbon Copy Bright is the bright version of the Carbon Copy. Similar to its darker brother, this analog delay as well comes around in a pedalboard-friendly enclosure. Continue reading “MXR Carbon Copy Bright”

Moog Moogerfooger MF-104 SD

Like its predecessor, the Moog Moogerfooger MF-104 SD a definitively not pedalboard-friendly analog delay.
In contrast to the MF-104 it offers an extended maximum delay time of 1.4ms. Continue reading “Moog Moogerfooger MF-104 SD”

Foals Wash Off (Berlin at Night Remix) by DelayDude

This is the DelayDude Foals #Washoff remix, completely arranged and recorded with the Elektron Digitakt into Ableton Live 10.

 

 

Akai Headrush

This is a demo about the Akai Headrush.
Probably the only pedal that provides one separate output for each virtual tape head.
Although it almost seems like a silver-ager, it has extraordinary functions like the tape head spacing to create rhythmical delays.

0:09 tape echo Continue reading “Akai Headrush”

Moog Moogerfooger MF-104

moogerfoogerThe Moog Moogerfooger MF-104 is definitively not pedalboard-friendly. But the MN3008 Bucket Brigade Chips create up to 800ms of finest analog delay sound.
Additionally, you will get an internal/external feedback looper and tap tempo. Continue reading “Moog Moogerfooger MF-104”

Moog Minifooger MF Delay

minifoogerThe Moog Minifooger MF Delay is, according to its name, a pedalboard-friendly analog delay.

It provides a splendid sound with a maximum delay time of 700ms.
The drive knob allows also to boost the signal even more. Continue reading “Moog Minifooger MF Delay”

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”

Maxon/ Ibanez AD 999

Maxon AD 999Similar to the other Maxon AD-pedals, the AD 999 as well is a less pedalboard-friendly analog delay.
The MC4107D bucket brigade ICs make the AD 999 sound a bit dirtier, less defined and a bit rougher than the AD 900. Continue reading “Maxon/ Ibanez AD 999”

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”

Ibanez DL 10

Ibanez DL 10The Ibanez DL 10 is a pedalboard-friendly digital delay/reverb from the 80s.
Accordingly, the sound of the up to 400ms maximum delay time reminds definitively of this period. Continue reading “Ibanez DL 10”

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”

Maxon/Ibanez AD 999 Pro

Maxon AD 999 ProThe Maxon AD 999 Pro is a less pedalboard-friendly analog delay.
Similar to the AD 9 Pro, the extended version of the AD 999 offers an additional tape echo multi head function. A toggle switch allows to choose between single head and dual head mode. Continue reading “Maxon/Ibanez AD 999 Pro”