What's The Best Analog Delay Pedal Of All Time?

No further delays, please, let's have the answer   03-Jun-14

What's The Best Analog Delay Pedal Of All Time?


If you could have one analog delay pedal on your board, what would it be? We're looking for the most popular and most sought-after analog delay on the market, according to our readers.

Analog delay is one of those effects that divides opinion in a big way, the circuit's effect on your signal is so important, and while features and flexibility of the pedal play an important part, it's all about the warmth and character it adds to your tone.

Some analog delays can flavour your signal too much (there is such a thing) and muddy or darken your tone, causing it to get lost in a mix, particularly in a live environment.

So we want to know what pedal does the biz on your board, which analog delay do you count on to add something special to your signal?

Vote for your favourite below...

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Ted    Said...

The Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter is a Bucket Brigade delay, with time-dependent lowpass filtering. 30ms (minimum) is almost unfiltered, and 1000ms is filtered very darkly. It's also a handsome devil with wood sides, Moog-style knobs and a slider.

It can have a single repeat, or distorted runaway self-oscillation. An LFO can warble the time.

It's very nice for guitar but really shines when used desktop style for synth.

The filtering and knob control is done in the digital domain but the heart of the effect are a pair of analog DDB chips that are underclocked for that full second of dark filtered delay.

03-Jun-14 01:45 PM


Echo    Said...

I think the Empress Super Delay is digital. I own one. It's great, but not analogue. A couple of others in the list seem to be digital as well - unless you mean 'with a great analogue-like sound"?

03-Jun-14 11:07 PM


EMwhite    Said...

Alphabetically sorted list cut off at "J"? I suppose that leaves Moog MF-104 off the list?

(or am I missing something)

05-Jun-14 02:33 PM


EMwhite    Said...

haha, my mistake, I was missing something... MF-104M is it.

05-Jun-14 02:34 PM


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