With 30 delay types, three different looping modes, expression pedal capability, and a very intelligent preset system, the DelayLab is a solution for insatiable experimentalists.
A delay pedal, under the control of the right musician, can be an instrument by itself. From simple doubling and echo to shimmering walls of sound and endless oscillations, delay pedals can transform guitar tones in ways that range from subtle to otherworldly. Delay can be addictive too. And like mad scientists, some guitarists will lock themselves away with a horde of delay pedals, conducting unfathomable tone experiments in search of just the right texture for a verse, chorus, or bridge. No wonder some guitarists look like cast members from Lord of the Dance while frantically trying to switch between pedals on stage.
Vox, which has a history of rewarding curious musicians with even more curious sounds, almost certainly considered these delay fiends when they designed the new DelayLab. With 30 delay types, three different looping modes, expression pedal capability, and a very intelligent preset system, the DelayLab is a solution for insatiable experimentalists, as well as players that need to inhabit a delay domain that’s more traditional. It’s a pedal that’s versatile without being so deep that it’s unusable. Everything you need is accessible, easy to use, easy to configure, and the sounds are solid and cover everything from standard tones to more extreme textures. If you find that delay pedals have been multiplying like rabbits on your board in the quest to cover every flavor of echo, this pedal might be the cure.
Looks Good in a Lab Coat
On the surface, the DelayLab looks like a distant cousin to Vox’s ToneLab stompboxes. The cast-metal chassis is rugged and has a solid-white finish, along with a black brushed-metal faceplate, red LED indicator, five black push-buttons, six white chickenhead knobs, and green/red LEDs for the four heavy-duty (but silent) footswitches. It’s a busy control set, though for all that the DelayLab has going on, it’s pretty easy to tell what you’re looking at once you get familiar with the layout. The 11-position rotary-knob on the far-left side switches between the 10 delay types and the looping mode. The other five chickenhead knobs run the specific delay parameters, while the push-buttons control functions. This leaves the four footswitches to control bank selection, presets, effect on/ off, and looping functions when the looping mode is engaged.
While there are 10 delay categories, you can actually access 30 different presets by using the function key to switch through delay types like analog, tape, and tap tempo, to digital lo-fi, dynamic, modulated, and pitch-shifted delays that you tend to see in more advanced DSP-based delays.
The DelayLab is designed with the stage and performance in mind to a significant extent, and its functionality in that environment will not disappoint. Consider that there are 30 preset slots, 30 delay types, 10 banks, a footswitch dedicated to bank selection/tap tempo, and three footswitches dedicated to individual banks. So it’s possible to create 30 different patches for 10 different songs, with a different delay for the verse, chorus, and bridge for all 10 songs— an impressive palate for any player to have at their disposal. And with that many delays and a looping mode, there are plenty of ways to get the right sound at any time.
Other slick features that enhance the DelayLab’s functionality include the sync button, which assigns note values to the tap tempo so you can create complex delay patterns. There are also programmable bypass modes, as well as the ability to blend between two presets by using the programmable expression pedal and assigning one patch to the heel and another to the toe. How cool is that?
In the Lab I ran the DelayLab through both a Vox AC4TV and ’67 Fender Twin Reverb, using a Teisco Del Rey ET-460, a ’60s Gibson Firebird with P-90s, and a reissue Fender Jaguar. I also tested the DelayLab alongside a number of vintage tape echos, analog delays, and digital delays. And despite what could be considered an unforgiving environment for side-by-side testing, one thing was clear: at stage volume with a full band playing, the DelayLab does a great job copping the originals. It may not replicate every last intricacy of your favorite Echoplex, and if you’re a stickler for vintage authenticity, you might be happier using your esoteric gems in the controlled environment of the studio. But as a live performance machine—and for studio situations that don’t demand to-the-letter vintage accuracy—the DelayLab excels.
Many of the DelayLab’s functions are exceptional. The Echoplex-style sound-onsound looping is excellent, and the analog delay is especially convincing and accurate. One of the DelayLab’s greatest strengths, though, is the ease with which you can add odd effects such as reverse, lo-fi, and pitch delays to your presets. Being able to program three banks with, say, a rhythmic digital delay, reverse delay, and a tape-style emulation, you can go from a My Bloody Valentine-like wall of guitar, into an Adrian Belew-style reverse guitar, and then blend seamlessly into a David Gilmour-esque lead part in a single bound. And with all that firepower harnessed in such a compact package, it will help you focus on your playing instead of your feet.
While the looping mode does not allow you to save patches, it is extremely easy to use. You do sacrifice tap tempo capabilities in looping mode, though you can apply three different delay types (digital, analog, and space) to the loop that can also be customized. And with 28 seconds of record time, it’s easy to get lost in a land of delay loops as if you were a kraut rocker adrift in space.
The Vox DelayLab is certainly a jack-ofall- trades, but to call it a master of none would be terribly unfair. The DelayLab gives live guitarists a wealth of delay tools to work with. While some functions like the pitch delay may not be best in class, they are still highly expressive tools that— when factored in functions like the topnotch analog and sound-on-sound emulations— make it a delay of formidable versatility. The real strength of the DelayLab is that you can easily create a patch, and then set it, forget it, and focus on playing. And if you’re a performance-centric player that values that kind of simple programmability and sonic versatility, the DelayLab is your ticket to ride.
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Looking for a compact, “noiseless” way to plug in and play guitar? Check out the brand-new Gibson Digital Amp, available only in the Gibson App.
The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar playing to the next level. New to the Gibson App is the Gibson Digital Amp, the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediate players and pros to get their sound anywhere. The Gibson Digital Amp is an accessible amplifier for both acoustic and electric guitars, and is currently available for Apple/iOS users--an Android version will debut next year.
Use the Gibson Digital Amp’s jamming guide to get started and transform your sound with built-in effects and pedals, jam to backing tracks, or use it in lessons and songs. The Gibson Digital Amp only requires your phone, and wired headphones for the best playing experience, no cables are needed. The amp features 3 acoustic mic presets, 4 electric amp presets, and 6 effects pedals.
The Gibson Digital Amp is the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediates and pros.
The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step-by-step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the “Gibson App Guide.” The Gibson App also includes the new Digital Amp, a built-in tuner, a metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos, Richie Faulkner’s (Judas Priest) “Guide to Metal,” Jared James Nichols’ “Guide to Blues,” CELISSE’s “Guide to Songwriting,” and more.
The Gibson App uses “audio augmented reality” to provide dynamic feedback to students as they learn and play. As you pluck a note or strum a chord, the Gibson App listens to your guitar and gives you real-time feedback on your playing. It also gives students a more contextual learning experience: Instead of learning chords and scales in a vacuum, you’re able to practice on a scrolling tablature that lets you hear how you sound with the backing of a virtual band. That means you can load up “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “American Girl" by Tom Petty, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Where is My Mind" by Pixies, “Country Roads” by John Denver, “I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett, “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Killer Queen” by Queen,“ Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, “Roxanne” by The Police, and “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz, and “Don't Look Back In Anger” by Oasis and hundreds more songs in a wide range of genres, to see how your play matches up with such seminal tracks.
As you’re playing, the Gibson App gives you feedback on timing and tone, ensuring that students are getting active input on how their play is developing. The Gibson App appeals to players of all levels, it’s not just for beginners looking to learn a few chords; the app can assist seasoned guitarists who are working their way through difficult riffs, want to learn their favorite songs, or polish their advanced techniques.
Players can also challenge themselves by speeding up or slowing the tabs. Like having a full-time guitar teacher, the Gibson App keeps track of all your progress and adjusts lesson plans accordingly. The Gibson App released a “backing track mode” which supports both lesson and song playback without headphones, so users can self-select what works best for their current environment. And that’s not all: the Gibson App also packs in a fully-featured digital tuner for guitar first-timers, there’s even a detailed lesson on how to tune your instrument, a multi-function metronome, players can connect to free one-on-one consultations with Gibson’s Virtual Guitar Tech team, and to direct links to the Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer online stores for easy shopping for guitars, gear, apparel, and accessories.
Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it’s loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network, Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series “Icons,” dive into Joe Bonamassa’s assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on “The Collection,” or see how Gibson’s iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on “The Process.” There’s even a series called “The Scene” that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.
The Gibson App free version features a few lessons a day; the premium version of the Gibson App offers full access and a 14-day free trial, then costs $19.99/£16.49 monthly or $119.99/£98.99 yearly.
For more information, please visit gibson.com.
This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
For more information, please visit belltoneguitars.com.
McNelly P 90 Foil Tron video Sep27
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.