The Vox Delaylab is the beakers and test tubes to your mad scientist dreams. I am a guy who is torn between analog and digital delay pedals, so I am definitely not the wrong person to pick for looking into either side. As The Tone King says “this badboy right here” has the versatility to play through your dreams and nightmares. At all times, you will have the option of three different types of delay, and if that isn’t enough for your crazy fly-by-style, you have the ten bank options to pull out another arsenal of effects. It comes out of the box with thirty presets such as: Analog Delay, Saturated Delay, Stereo Analog Delay, Echo Plus, Tube Echo, Multi Head, Stereo Digital Delay, Lo-Fi Delay, Pitch Shifting Delay, Multitap Delay, Rhythmic Delay, Multitap Filter Delay, Ducking Delay, Sweep Delay, Distortion Delay, Parallel Delay, Series Delay, Dual Band Delay, Modulation Delay, Filter Delay, Phaser Delay, Cross Delay, Panning Delay, Left Center Right Delay, Space Delay, Reverb Delay, Early Reflections Delay, Reverse Stereo Delay, Reverse Analog Delay, and Reverse Filter Delay (as stolen from voxamps.com), but this is not limiting what you can do for yourself in case you really want to get funky, phreaky or just alien-spaceman.
How do you use it?
This is what I love about music, there are no rules. If you like how it sounds where it is, don’t fix what ain’t broke, but I do warn you to read the instructions. Now personally, I have always aimed towards the styling of Michael and Christopher Amott, if not Ihsahn. So I would probably use my delay in a matter that would mimic or compliment my playing within that direction, because in truth, I will never play like them, as I shouldn’t be. In a world where we already have Amott’s, we don’t need another set but with the versatility of the Vox DelayLab, I can cook my own brand of subliminal crescendo or psychedelic rush. Strait from the threshold though, Vox does start you off with classic delays from songs a list of ten songs. Welcome to the Jungle – Lateralus – Cliffs of Dover – Rope – Walking On The Moon – Where The Streets Have No Name – Run Like Hell – 2112 – Lovers in Japan – Give It Away (also stolen). It is easy to go crazy and slide in an expression pedal for added madness, but much like my beer or ice-cream (not together, but I have heard rumors), everything within moderation. In this case however, we are not excluding modulation, because of a favored feature I seen on a video. I play a clean chord and what repeats is distorted.. How this sounds with my Son of Hyde, I am deeply curious. Now understand I hate ring modulators, only because I have never heard a decent use of the effect, but the DelayLab can imitate this effect in a more pleasant sounding version I can definitely put to use. Let us not forget the looper. 28 seconds later, if you don’t have what you want done, you must be off time.
Vox has always put out very well made products, but being more of a heavy metal guy, I personally have not known them very well to drift my direction, or even dabble in digital effects. I believe it was the Vox DA-10 I was able to borrow for an audition and for the rock band I was trying for, it had a stellar sound, but when I was told to show off, I switched back to what was comfortable and the tone was too soft for my style. Here is where I “get to the point man!”. I like my music to have layers upon layers of textures. If I am not trying to bleed mercury from my ears, I like the soft chime of a chorus pedal and while looking for a delay effect, I would aim for the warm, Christmas sweater sound I know I can get from Vox. To be completely honest with you all, this was difficult to write because this pedal dose everything you want in a delay and more.
Stay tuned to see the Vox DelayLab during 30 Pedals in 30 Days … but until then … Check out:
Vox DelayLab Cheat Sheet (A TTK Exclusive)!!
Vox DelayLab Overview
And … Some Inspiration …
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About the Author: Started playing bass at 15. It was Danko Jones who inspired me to play at all, and in a small town I couldn't be picky on what I can get my hands on, so I bought a squire with pride. Obtained a B.C. Rich guitar months later. Moved to the city at 17. At 19 joined my first metal band as a bassist which ended at 20. Joined a bass heavy rock band, which I loved being in whole heartily. I now wait to venture into a new project. For the time being though, I am exploring my abilities as a writer.