I was looking for something more exciting for my lead tones and an obvious choice was a delay. Delay pedals repeat the original signal which makes the leads stand out, hide mistakes and add some epic feel to the leads. Of course there are hundreds of different delay pedals on the market, and I had to find the most suitable for me.
I started out with Biyang AD-10 which could be considered as an analog delay. Analog delays have reduced high end which means they have warmer tone compared to the digital ones. I bought it because it was cheap and quite nice looking in all its Baby Boom text and pink color. But I felt that it was maybe too cheap for my pedal board and in the end I didn’t want analog delay with all its muddiness.
TC Electronic Flashback
Next I borrowed a TC Electronic Flashback from Jesse. It emulates different delay pedals, so it can be anything from a digital delay to a tape delay. It also has the tone print option, with which people can customize their own delay settings with the computer. So this pedal offers a lot, but this time maybe a little bit too much. I ended up using only the tape setting, so why should I have them all. Another problem was that my feet kept turning the knobs while I pressed the pedal, which always ruined my settings. I needed something simpler.
Boss DD-3 is a classic digital delay pedal used by Slash and Yngwie Malmsteen. So it was an obvious choice for me. It kept my settings no matter how hard I pressed it, so it was great for playing shows. However, the harshness of a digital delay was too much for me. It was too sterile and I really didn’t like that. So I had to find something else with a more analog feel.
Zoom MS-50G is a multi effect in a single stomp box. You can build your whole effect rig into it, for example chorus, delay and reverb. For a single pedal that is quite awesome and I thought this could be it. I set it up as a tape delay and that was quite cool, but then I found the problem of this pedal. They had designed it in a way that the pedal goes in to the menu once you press the black knobs under the screen. Well of course I’m going to press those knobs with my feet every time I use the pedal, which just disables all actions of the pedal. So I had a pedal which would definitely ruin my sound live.
Now I had tested out four different delay pedals, and after all that hustle I felt that the Flashback was the one for me. It was a high quality pedal from a trusted manufacturer and maybe I could live with the fact that I sometimes change the settings. At least it wouldn’t ruin the whole sound like Zoom did. But then happened something I couldn’t anticipate…
At our show opening for Bam Margera my amp started to make a strange humming noise and it was because of the delay pedal and the loop. From that date on my effects loop has added a weird humming to my sound and I believe it’s because of some kind of a ground loop. Maybe it could be fixed but I definitely don’t want the problem to happening again anywhere in the future. So after all the delay GAS I ended up using only the direct tone without any delay pedal. At least I don’t need to dance on the stomp boxes anymore.
Briefly In Finnish
Ajattelin, että voisin hankkia delay-pedaalin vähän isontamaan liidisaundeja, sillä sais vähän eeppisempää tunnelmaa ja lisäksi toistot peittäis vähän virheitä soitossa. No, noita pedaaleja on olemassa noin miljoona, joten valinta ei ole mitenkään liian helppo.
Aluksi kokeilin Biyangin AD-10 analogidilsua, joka oli kuitenkin liiankin analoginen ja halpa. Seuraavaksi testiin tuli Jessen Flashback, joka oli ihan hyvä, mutta sen säätimet liikku aina kun sitä polki. Bossin DD-3 sen sijaan säilytti asetukset paremmin, mutta siinä taas oli liiankin digitaalinen saundi mun makuun. Kokeilin vielä Zoomin MS-50G -multiefektipedaalia, mutta se meni helposti vahingossa valikoihin, mikä sotkee aina koko keikan.
Kun vihdoin olin päätynyt valinnoissa takasin Flashbackiin, iski Bamin lämppäyskeikalla pieni ylläri. Yhtäkkiä koko kattaus alko vaan hurista minkä kerkes, ja syyksi paljastu dilsu ja efektilenkki. Luultavasti siinä on joku maalenkkiongelma, jonka varmaan sais korjattua, mutta ei se silti tuntuis kovin luotettavalta. Niinpä kaiken testailun jälkeen oli vaan pakko jättää koko dilsu pois laudasta, eipähän tartte enää miettiä pedaaleilla steppaamista keikan aikana.
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