Best Analog Delay Pedals That Won’t Break The Bank
I’ve been meaning to do a review on analog delay pedals for sometime now. Mainly because I haven’t done much with delay pedals in the past and this gave me an opportunity to mess around with a few that are out on the market. I always looked at delay as a pretty straight forward effect and they all did the same thing. But the more I play with them the more I see each analog delay pedal has its own personality which is really exciting.
Out of the pedals I messed around with for this blog I think the MXR Carbon Copy was the most versatile out of all the analog delay pedals I messed around with. This delay pedal is capable of covering so many awesome playing styles. I personally spent my time with it trying to get my guitar to sound like the Edge then David Gilmore…than back to the Edge again. I really enjoy what the modulation switch has to offer to the pedal. It starts to take on a tape delay vibe which is fantastic.
Donner Yellow Fall Analog Delay
This one came across my radar at first when a student of mine got one for Christmas. He brought it in one lesson and we messed around with it. Now it wasn’t mind-blowing but there wasn’t anything I disliked about it either. It’s a nice pedal to have for players that don’t need delay all the time. And the best part is the price. It’s under $40 US so why not. It also has the longest delay time out of the pedals I played with at 640ms.
TC Electronic Echobrain Analog Delay
Finally this brings us to the TC Electronic Echobrain. This pedal comes in under $100 US and is a blast to play with. I’ve been using the Echobrain for a few months now and absolutely love it. It has a delay time of 300ms, so if you are looking for something longer than may I recommend the TC electronic Flashback. When set to 300ms the delay really starts to take on an awesome analog vibe. I personally love to use it more as a slap back, I don’t use reverb live so the slap back setting is great for giving my playing a bit more depth without sounding to washed out.
You can do some great oscillating loop effects with it, so if you want to make crazy repeating feedback loop effects like Radiohead you are going to have a blast. I tend to have this pedal up on my desk when I record with it because I find it hard not to play with the repeats knobs. I use this all the time with my synth as well…again to sound like Radiohead.
Also incase you are worried this pedal is true bypass so when it’s off it’s not messing with your tone.
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