I’m going to say the only bad thing about this pedal at the start: it’s a horrible shade of brown. The highest end of high end delay pedals; this is a digital pedal by day and ninja analog pedal by night. It isn’t really overloaded with features and it doesn’t have much variety in sound, however, the idea here was to do one thing, but do it completely right. Trust me when I tell you that this delay is the clearest, the warmest, the most refined and one of the easiest to use delay pedals. Despite being a digital delay pedal, it can emulate the analog delay sounds with (literally) a flick of the switch. (Want to know the difference? Click here)
It has the basic features of any delay pedal, including a tap tempo. It has an Echo knob, which controls the volume of the effected signal (the volume of echoes), a Level knob, which controls the output volume, a Repeats knob, which controls how many repeats are going to happen, and finally a Tempo knob, that controls the speed of repeats. It has one footswitch to switch the pedal on/off and another footswitch for tapping in the tempo, which has a LED light that blinks along with the tempo. It also has an input gain control built on the side. It has two small switches on its body. One is the heavenly ‘Brown’ switch that makes your delay sound supermushy and smooth at the same time. The other is the ‘Subdivision’ switch that lets you split your delay into ¼ note triplets. It is powered by a 9 volt adapter. Oh yes…and need I mention it has true bypass? (When it is off, it won’t affect your signal even slightly)
The sound quality here is so mind-blowing, that the pedal can make you believe that you are somewhat, almost, perhaps- David Gilmour (just for a second…don’t get too excited). The absolute crystal clarity with the Brown switch disengaged and the melting waves of warm tube delay with it engaged are two very pristine and high quality sounds. This is one of the few pedals that actually don’t even remotely touch your clean guitar sound. It is built with a quality that adds absolutely no unwanted colour to your sound.
My favourite mode is with the Brown switch engaged. You get such a characteristic and virtually analog sound that fits in with any style of playing. You can even sit alone for hours, tripping on the beautiful, all encompassing delay (think Run Like Hell by Pink Floyd). The depth of the repeats and the darkening of the delay at each successive repeat are very distinct and lend that old-world charm to your most futuristic delay sounds. You can choose to leave it on the whole time and hear the way your tone becomes more powerful, or you could use it for quick, easy and powerful tone sculpting; either way you wont go wrong with this pedal.
Granted it is very expensive (Rs 28,025) and perhaps out of reach for the amateur player, it is a one time investment that will be totally worth it. So if you got the moolah, then don’t even bother looking anywhere else.
What we liked- 1.Stunning delay sound, 2.Ease of use, 3.Tap Tempo, 4.Choice between analog and digital delay sounds
What we didn’t like- 1.Price! 2.Lack of other modes like reverse echo, 3.Lack of modulation, 4.The colour
Verdict- Rob a bank if you have to and get this. You won’t be disappointed, if you want the most beautiful sounding no-nonsense delay pedal that will last you a lifetime. Available at Bhargava’s Musik stores in Mumbai
Rating- 5/5 (Sexbomb)
Alternatives- Way Huge Supa Puss, Roland Space Echo (Who am I kidding? These others will do the job but won’t sound as pristine as the replica)
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