Ana­logue de­lay round-up

Total Guitar - - THE GAS STATION -

Echo units are one of the most im­por­tant cat­e­gories of ef­fect. As sig­nif­i­cant as over­drive and dis­tor­tion in the broad­en­ing of the elec­tric gui­tar’s sonic pal­ette, de­lay and its cousin re­verb are es­sen­tial to play­ers in gen­res as di­verse as post-rock, rock­a­billy and shoegaze.

Ana­logue de­lays are the miss­ing link be­tween fault­prone mag­netic tape de­lays like the Roland Space Echo and modern dig­i­tal de­lays. In­stead of a dig­i­tal sam­ple, a ca­pac­i­tor chain passes the de­layed sig­nal, hence the name bucket-brigade de­vice, or BBD, a ref­er­ence to a chain of fire­men pass­ing a wa­ter bucket down a line. Modern ad­vance­ments have led to fea­ture-rich BBD ped­als that com­pete with reis­sued clas­sics, but is it still the case that less is more? Let’s find out...

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