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on what switch you hold down, when you power up, and others. However, I didn’t have an external tap tempo switch or expression pedal to test this with. So I won’t be mentioning expression features past this point. Plugging in my trusty humbucker-equipped Strat and starting with all knobs at 12 o’clock, first thing I wanted to test was the Modulation. The MXR website advertises it as “chorus-y,” but I found it closer to a vibrato effect personally. Lots of warble, lots of altered pitch. Upping the Mix when playing with this feature was a lot of fun, because to me it always makes my guitar sound like it’s drunk. power of the delay length. 9:00 got me a nice eerie slapback, perfect for country or rockabilly (or the riff to “Rock Lobster,” which I played). 12:00 got the great staccato sounds one might associate with a lot of Pink Floyd tunes. Dimed, I quickly saw even the simplest notes were going off without me. The tap tempo and subdivision settings added a whole new dimension, although one that’s hard to describe in writing. All I can say is if you try this pedal play around and see what you like. delay is cranking the Regen and getting that gorgeous overloaded feedback. Messing with the Delay knob helped me tune the pitch of the feedback with surprising accuracy, and the sonic chaos was a blast to play with. Oh if only I had an expression pedal to mess with this standing up. Ah, c’est la vie. We all know though that the real fun of any analog None. W H AT W E LI K E A natural expansion on an already great pedal with tons of new features and great tone. C O N C ER N S Enough of that though. It was time to test out the delay itself. As someone who grew up using digital delays mostly, the more subtle sound of an analog delay takes some getting used to. I decided to point the Mix and Regen at 12:00 and test the ToneRepor t .com 57