Revealed: The 5 Best Analog Delay Pedals On The Market

Here's what our readers have voted as the best analog delays   15-Jun-14

Revealed: The best delay pedals

The best analog delay pedal has to be something that offers warmth and the ability to create swampy delay-laden soundscapes without sounding muddy or getting lost in the mix.

So, based on this criteria, we asked our readers to vote for the best analog delay pedals on the market, and you duly obliged.

Early favourites in the voting process included the MoogerFooger MF104-M, the EHX Deluxe Memory Man, the Ibanez AD9, the MXR Carbon Copy, and the classic Boss DM-2, but which one did you crown as being the best?

Here we reveal the top five analog delay pedals of all time, as voted for by you - a motley bunch of pedal geeks.

So without further ado, here's number 5:

5) EHX Memory Boy

They call it a boy, but while it might be small in size, its capabilites are huge.

It's no surprise that it's made it onto the list of the best five analog pedals, because it is a pedal board stalwart, providing a sumptious characterful delay with the added option of chorus and tremolo modulation.

Not only that, but you can control the delay time or modulation rate with an expression pedal, AND you can choose between triangle or square modulation waveforms.

The best part, you can buy them new for less than $100/£75, which is impeccable value.

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Bo$$    Said...

...and the winner is a plain vanilla run-of-the-mill analog delay with short delay time and audible clock noise, and a sound that can best be called "a standard analog delay sound" and has features that are identical or outclassed by nearly every other pedal on the list, and by every other pedal that wasn't on the list.

15-Jun-14 08:26 PM


abc47    Said...

@Bo$$ you forgot to mention- its pink...

17-Jun-14 05:11 PM


sniff    Said...

All great pedals mentioned here. Bo$$ sounds like just another bedroom player thats been on the cork sniffing forums discussing clean overdrives.

Once again good enough for so many pro musicians and still working after 25 years... but not good enough for his mum to overhear from his bedroom

18-Jun-14 06:18 AM


Funkdefino    Said...

You want to hear a funny joke? ... Want to hear a funny joke? .. Hear a funny joke? . Funny joke?

19-Jun-14 06:04 AM


Bo$$    Said...

Snif said: "Once again good enough for so many pro musicians and still working after 25 years... but not good enough for his mum to overhear from his bedroom"

But... there are pedals with much longer delay times, more features, and less-noisy, more interestingly colored sound. Pedals that rival tape delay units.

Subjectivity and brand preference can't make a plain short 300ms delay "better" than a better one. I thought this was a competition to find the best analog delay - not coronate the brand with the most fanboys.

19-Jun-14 08:32 AM


ChucK    Said...

...I love love love Sonic State and Nick etc etc ..BUT ...with all due respect... something's just not right here....there has been a boom of boutique pedals these last few years....and there are some truly innovative and stellar sounding ones...and they are small companies that could use some media attention....I have the El Capistan..it is extraordinary as is Strymon's Timeline....'tis a shame...(the Strymon Big Sky is stupid good)

24-Jun-14 07:11 PM


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