How Does Analog Delay Work?

DM-2W_DR_XNew on the excellent Roland Australia blog: a really great article on how analog delay works. Here’s a tiny excerpt: “No doubt, you have heard the delay effect before. Delay and rock music have shared a rich history together; from the first slapback effect heard on Elvis’ “That’s All Right” to the current powerful delay machines gracing the pedalboards of the stars. Delay and Roland/BOSS also share a connected past that includes the iconic tape-machine repeats of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and the dark, warm echoes of the first analog stompbox, the BOSS DM-2 and DM-3. Delay has been a favoured effect for generations of guitarists, with many forming their signature sound around it. But when did delay first appear?” Go here to read the article.

Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay

vapor_trail_final1So you’ve seen the new Seymour Duncan Dirty Deed Distortion Pedal, right? Well there’s more where that came from: SD has just officially unveiled the new Vapor Trail analog delay pedal, and it’s a monster. Aside from being a great-sounding analog delay, it’s got some very useful tricks up its sleeve, including a modulation effect with easily accessible Rate and Depth controls, and a TRS insert jack which you can use to add effects to the wet signal, or with a volume pedal to give you foot-operated control of the wet signal level, or to send just your delayed sound to a separate amp to the dry signal. It’s shipping now.

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NEWS: Seymour Duncan DeJa Vu delay pedal

I got an email last night from the Australian distributors of Seymour Duncan, Dominant Music, telling me about this killer new Seymour Duncan delay pedal. If you read this site regularly you’ll know I’m a sucker for a good analog delay, and this looks like a monster. Here’s some info:

SFX-10 Deja Vu Tap Delay

This revolutionary pedal combines digital delay with real analog delay and adds tap tempo for incredible versatility. Recommended for all genres of music


While the Deja Vu includes the standard wet/dry blend control and the required delay time adjustment, the DejaVu also features an analog/digital blend control, to achieve any desired level of balance between the warmth of a real Bucket Brigade delay and the squeaky clean sound of a microprocessor-based digital delay. There’s also a Feedback control, which allows you to dial in a runaway recycling of your sound in the style of an analog tape echo.

Also features two insert jacks. The Feedback Insert jack allows an external processor to be included in the recycling path, so that the processor’s effect becomes more intense at each regeneration, thus continuously morphing the delayed sound as it recycles. The Wet output/loop jack works on the sound after it leaves the recycler, allowing custom tweaking of the overall character of the wet signal before it recombines with the dry signal.


The Deja Vu has Tap Tempo to match the delay time to the tempo of the music. And a Ratio Control that gives you multiple delays for each press of the Tap Tempo footswitch. And a tempo “Heartbeat” red flashing LED to keep everybody honest (or, at least, in time). And a “Modulation” control that lets you add a flange/chorus effect to the time delay.


Both insert jacks can connect directly to a standard volume pedal so the Regen Insert jack becomes a foot control for the level of regeneration, and the Wet Insert jack becomes a foot control for the Wet/Dry mix. And you can connect two foot pedals at the same time for ultimate control of the delayed sound.

Connect a second amp to the stereo output to hear an incredible, ethereal, space-filling stereo effect. Or use the stereo output by itself to get a sound with a totally different timbre.

More info at the Seymour Duncan website HERE.

You can also see a great Premier Guitar sneak peek of the DeJa Vu Tap Delay and some other Seymour Duncan pedals HERE.