Read the January issue for FREE!
more... GearEffectsSound SamplesReviewsDelayDistortionLooperOverdriveJune 2010Hardwire

Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive, DL-8 Delay/Looper and SC-2 Valve Distortion Pedal Review

Download Example 1
Download Example 2

DL-8 Delay/Looper
The DL-8 Delay/Looper combines a very basic looper function with lots of super-cool delay settings. The four rock-solid adjustable knobs give you the ability to control the Level, Repeats, delay Time, and six delay modes: Reverse, Modulated, Analog, Slapback, LoFi, and Tape. You also get four digital settings, a Looper setting, and a Tails on/off switch feature. You can have all these sounds in mono or stereo. The tap tempo is easy to use when you need to get in time with the music, and you can get delay times ranging from 10 milliseconds to 8 seconds. Overall, the layout is very easy to use, and you’ll have fun making up wacky delay settings that you would probably never use in an actual band situation. You’ll also get a kick out of the Reverse mode. The Looper gives you 20 seconds of recording time, but unfortunately there’s no way to save it and call it up later.

I had a ball dialing in rockabilly slapback, chimey repeats for arpeggios, and my take on Brian May-esque long echoes. The Modulated setting sounded awesome. That teeny bit of chorus really fattens up your sound, and the repeats are crystal clear. The Analog mode, which has a warmer, oldschool quality, can go from 35 milliseconds to 1 second and has that classic breakup and degeneration. If you need classic tape echo, this pedal does that too. My only issue with these kinds of pedals is that the last thing you want to do onstage is bend over and change delay settings. Performers who are into hardcore looping or need to change delay settings at the drop of a hat might consider getting a dedicated looper and separate delay pedals.
Buy if...
you want a compact delay with lots of features.
Skip if...
you prefer a one-trick-pony delay pedal.

Street $159 - HardWire -

Comments powered by Disqus