Hey guys, been a while,
I'm in the market for a new delay pedal….
Tap tempo is highly desirable but not 100% required, i can make do with anything,
Cost is also in consideration, i'm just a poor music student paying his way through college,
Have at er,
I like the play metal and such but i'm in school for jazz now, so whatever works, the whole point of it is to spruce up my lead sound….
If it counts for anything, I REALLY liked the "Tape Echo" effect rather than the digital delays that I was able to get from line 6, if you guys can come up with anything that would sort of get me that sound back…
*Also for anyone who remembers my amp blowing up and going to the shop, the whole thing was just a blown fuse in the power section, $65 bench time fees.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Don't know precisely what your budget is, but in terms of value I think the Line 6 M5 is an awesome buy even if you only use it as a delay pedal and nothing else. You get pretty much every variety you'll ever need, from pristine digital to analog to tape (tube and solid state models) to reverse to Binson Echorec-style platter delays with Tap tempo, lots of delay time available, user presets etc.
I think it usually runs $199, which isn't much more (and in some cases less) than what you'll pay for a good delay pedal. But this thing has a tone of delays PLUS distortions/ODs/reverbs/modulation effects/etc. I got mine for around $140ish through Hello Music a few months back. One of the best, maybe the best, bang-for-buck purchases I've ever made.
I also like my MXR Carbon Copy, which I basically bought for the same price as the M5 a few years ago. If you keep your delay times under 500ms, it's great choice for analog (I think it maxes out at 600ms). I like that you can switch the modulation on and off….that helps get a bit of a tape effect. Some folks think it's a bit too dark sounding, but I like it.
After that, I think the Boss DD-7 is a good option too. I think that runs about $169, but at that point I'd just find another $30 and get the M5.
Hey Ex6 – I'll be covering quite a number of delay pedals in the line-up for 3P3D which starts on Dec 1st. (Just FYI). I can give you some better advice / suggestions once I have a chance to play them.
I will say – when you listen to delays – you really want to focus in on the repeats. This is something I learned when I did the MXR / Maxon delay shoot-out. Frankly speaking – I thought the repeats on the Maxon were more warm to my ears. I know many folks really dig the MXR – so I think it's all a matter of preference … but, when you do listen / demo / sample the delay pedals – you want to really hone in on the repeats. (That is the proof in the pudding).
M5 is also a great choice, b/c it's a swiss army knife with chock loads of options and features. Prob best bang for the buck.
sounds good TK, i'll wait till then to make a choice, looking forward to it
Sounds good. BTW – b/c of Hurricane Sandy – some of the 'order of things' got messed up a bit.
Usually, I feature stories around the time of a video release, but in effort to let some stories hit for Black Friday – I released them before the video.
Check the home page of TheToneKing.com. You'll see most of the delay pedals I'll be covering. (Visual Sound, TC Electronic and the Vox DelayLab).
Those are the few that I'll be covering for 3P3D.
Checking them out now, looking forward to watching the videos!
Bummer about hurricane sandy too. Hope everyone's allright.
I ended up buying a biyang AD-8, not recieved in the mail yet, but for $66 it sounds pretty awesome.
interesting topic, biyang and akai pedals are EXACTLY the same, save the paint job.
TK, you should do a comparison of the two to see if i'm right
For $24 – any pedal is a good pedal … but it's pretty common for some companies to 'buy' or 'rent' or 'contract' – (pick your own word), some other pedal design and brandI it as your own.
To my understanding – Joyo is doing this for some pedal companies.
I'm at a bit of a loss on this one – but there was a Washburn pedal I picked up a few Christmas' ago. Paid (I think) $20 for it. Or, maybe it was free with a purchase. Washburn Soloist I believe it was called.
Interestingly enough – during a 3P3D event, someone emailed me, asking if I wanted to use their uber rare limited edition, hand numbered pedal (I don't recall the manufacturer) – but it turned out to be the same exact thing as my free / $20 Washburn pedal. Someone got the design from someone, made a limited quantity, numbered them, then sold em at a premium.
That, I suspect is the same case w Akai and Biyang.
BTW – that's not to say any of them are bad … just matter of fact on branding, etc.
(btw – I never borrowed the pedal, so no sense in trying to look it up, or asking me about it – especially that I forgot the name … but it was the same as the Washburn Soloist).
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