REVIEW: Cusack Tap-A-Delay

Delay pedals come in all sorts of flavours – retro, modern, analog, digital – but sometimes you want a little bit of digital-style control over an analog-style tone, and this is where a lot of delay pedals fall flat. The true analog stuff is too unruly for the kind of fine control that digital can give you, while the digital stuff usually sounds too polite to really pass for analog. What to do, what to do? Well, the Cusack Tap-A-Delay might just have a solution for you.

 

This purple and green pedal offers up to 750ms of delay time. It features dials for level, mix, feedback, delay and an eight position modulation rotary control, while there are two three-position mini-toggle switches (Mode and Divide), two momentary-style footswitches (Tap Speed and Bypass) and  two LEDs (Tempo and Status). You can connect other devices that accept an external tap control for other Cusack devices – it works as either an out or in, so somebody else can tap your delay – for example, maybe your drummer can keep a tap switch close by so they can deftly adjust the tempo of your delay. Or you can control the tap tempo of your singer’s own delay unit. Cool!

 

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REVIEW: Cusack Screamer Fuzz

 The Cusack Screamer Fuzz is a flexible little monster. Part overdrive, part fuzz, it doesn’t quite know what it is, but it certainly knows what it’s not: polite and wimpy. It’s based on the company’s Screamer pedal, which Cusack themselves describe as “A Tube Screamer copy, but …much more than that.” The Screamer offers around twice the available gain of a typical Ibanez Tube Screamer, which sounds pretty cool to me, but the Screamer Fuzz goes even further, starting with the basic Screamer guts, but with a bit of a twist too. A filthy, dirty, fuzzy twist.

 

The Screamer Fuzz features Level and Scream controls very much like the Screamer pedal, but it also has a Fuzz knob in place of the Screamer’s Tone control. Turn the Fuzz knob all the way counterclockwise and there’s no fuzz. Crank it up for what Cusack calls “Broken Op-Amp’ tone which cuts out as your note decays. Similarly, turn the Scream knob all the way down for no gain (but you can still use the Level control to put a little hurt on your preamp), or crank it. Both the Screamer and the Screamer Fuzz have a Clip Selector switch and associated LED, which lets you select between Standard, Crushed or Assymetrical LED clipping.

 

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