Tone Report Weekly 194 - Page 18

In contrast to the slightly unhinged nature of some vintage analog units, modern delays (especially digital models) are extremely predictable and consistent in sound and behavior. This certainly has its advantages, especially for guitarists that like to be able to recreate exact tones at any time. Some players miss the wild unpredictability of older units, however, and the sense of adventure and inspiration that they could bring to the proceedings. Unfortunately, few modern delay pedals, even purely analog designs, are built with this chaos factor in mind. Guitarists looking for something a little wilder than average should check out the Endangered Audio AD4096, the classic analog version of EHX’s Memory Man, or the new Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe, a rare digital delay designed with a little musical unpredictability in mind. Further style considerations Other factors to mull over when finding your delay style include basic functional considerations like power requirements, the size of the unit, and how well it will fit in with your current pedalboard, and with your other effects. Many delay boxes are quite large, and some require proprietary power supplies. If your board is already packed or you’re not ready to commit to something with weird power requirements, then these can be crucial deciding factors. It’s also important to remember that not all delay pedals work well with other effects, especially heavy distortion and fuzz. When deciding on a delay, it’s best to try the pedal in question in its intended spot on your pedalboard, and in the signal chain, to be sure it plays well with your base tones. Finding one’s delay style is a journey in self- discovery. You will find out things about your guitar playing and yourself that you probably never realized before, things that will likely inform future decisions in the pedalboard and music realm. Good luck and godspeed. 18 TONE TALK // A Guide to Your First Delay Pedal