The Delay Digest: A Look At Different Delay Pedals And Their Tone



Delay can be likened to yelling a word into the Grand Canyon and hearing the echo carry on. To be more technical, it is an audio effect which records an input signal and then plays it back after a period of time. The signal may be played back multiple times, or into the recording again, to create the sound of a repeating, decaying echo. First things first let’s go over how to dial in a great delay tone.

How To Dial In A Delay Pedal

Delay effects range from a subtle echo effect to a complex blending of previous sounds with new sounds. There are several mediums that can be used to get this effect. In the beginning, came the tape loops. This was an approach developed in the 1940s and 1950s. Next up came analog effects units, which were introduced in the 1970s. Then came digital effects pedals, introduced in 1984, and finally audio software plugins, developed in the 2000s. Finally, now that we are all on the same page let’s check out some different pedals!


Seymour Duncan Andromeda

The Andromeda is a new approach to traditional digital delay. It is as much a performance tool as it is a sound effect. Andromeda features warm, hypnotic repeats with an unparalleled level of control and musical interaction. The combination of versatility and ease of use make it an indispensable tool for the creative guitarist.

Matthews Effects The Cosmonaut V2

The Cosmonaut V2 is a reverb and delay pedal which harnesses spacial anomalies that let you travel to new frontiers of time and space. The journey begins with two rows of identical controls, allowing you to switch between the top and bottom row with the push of a button. Always visible and editable on the fly, this works as a preset without any programming or menu diving. You can set each row to be a completely different sound.

Eventide Rose

A cascading array of sounds in a small footprint effects pedal, the Rose is rare and vibrant, unleashing a palette of sounds and textures unattainable by solely digital means. Do you have what it takes to tame this wild Rose? Plug in and experience botanical bliss!

Boss DD500

The DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. From basic echo to dead-on emulations of classic delays to incredibly lush spatial textures that take your breath away, the DD-500 will launch your music places you never thought possible.

Way Huge Aqua Puss Smalls

The Way Huge Small series is all about tone-thickening and old school slap-back. The original Aqua-Puss Analog Delay is famous for its bright, jangly repeats and wonderfully straightforward operation. Now, all that wholesome goodness comes in a Way Huge Smalls housing that fits perfectly on your pedalboard.

Positive Grid Bias Delay Twin

If the 9 factory presets right out of the box aren’t enough, simply use the BIAS pedal app to import new ones! With 3000ms of delay time and quarter note, eighth note, and eighth note triplet note division options, you’ll be able to easily dial up the right delay for every song. And you’ve got even more tonal possibilities with your choice of a true bypass or buffer bypass.

Fender Mirror Image Delay

Expressive and inspiring, the Mirror Image Delay is the latest offering from the company that defined legendary tone—Fender. There’s no denying the power of a good delay; ranging from subtle to smashing, this ambient effect is one of the cornerstones of modern music.

That’s a wrap! That is all I have to say about delay. Above all, I am hoping some of you take away a better understanding of delay and different pedals. There is an endless amount to choose from and this is just a small portion of them, therefore, you will need to do some digging to find the perfect one for your tone. Lastly, when used correctly, it can make your playing sound even better. Finally, if you are in the market for a new pedal or if you need to upgrade your board go to AMS today!