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.
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.
For a delay with 400ms and a cleaner sound, you can choose the next mode, med. This mode adds a virtual second chip to the delay and the signal becomes a bit cleaner.
Of course, the analog character remains and creates, depending on the setting of the tone pot, a darker sound or a percussive sound with more treble.
The tone option allows to adjust the delay sound quite sophisticated.
For a bit more of vintage patina, you can turn the bucket loss pot slightly further. So, you will get a decent white noise in the background.
Sonically, this effect is similar to a real analog delay. This means, the signal is not covered and gets perceivable in the trails. And a slight overdrive of a bad calibrated analog delay is added as well.
As mentioned before, the modulation is really musical and can be used quite decent as well. But for sure, you can also create crazy pitch vibrato sounds.
The long mode, which ought to have 10 virtual chips, you can reach a maximum delay time of 5 seconds. For those who complain that no guitarist needs such a long delay time: please search for “Frippertronics” on the internet. Robert Fripp invented such technique which uses a very long delay to sample your own guitar play in a certain way and play along with your own delay sound.
And if you prefer shorter delay times, you will get a very clean delay sound by choosing the long mode.
While the El Capistan is a modern classic and the DIG is the delay that is mentioned first when someone asks for a really good digital delay, the Brigadier is often overlooked.
Maybe, it is because of the recent progress in technologies which offers a lot of really good chips for real analog delays.
But actually, the Brigadier does not have to hide in the shadow of the analog competitors. Sonically, it is convincingly analog and its features allow a sophisticated adjustment.
In a few steps you can create sounds comparable to a DM-2/ AD9 with modulation or a long and dark delay sound.
In contrast to the El Capistan, the Brigadier only has to “secondary functions” (boost and tone), but this fact makes the Brigadier easy to handle and very workable.
All ranges of the modulation and the bucket loss have their sweet spot, thus, they actually provide more than the five pots.
The only thing, I miss is a jack for an external tap switch, but this can be retrofitted quite easily.
Finally, I would like to recommend the Brigadier to all those, who are looking for a good analog delay sound and who want to emulate the sound of his/her vintage favorite with less white noise.