delay demos

Aping old-school digital echo yields a sweet spot between BBD and ones-and-zeroes delays.

Distinct, dirty, and colorful echoes. Very cool BBD-like overtones. Rangy tone and modulation controls.

No expression control.

$209

Crazy Tube Circuits TI:ME
crazytubecircuits.com

4.5
4.5
4.5
4

Even in the earliest days of the analog/digital delay schism, there was never a right or wrong answer about which was best. Each has their virtues and musical place. And both delay categories are far too broad to encompass anything close to a definitive sound. An analog Echoplex sounds pretty different from a bucket brigade Deluxe Memory Man. And a shimmeringly pristine Eventide DDL definitely sounds nothing like the smoky MXR Model 113 that helped kick off the digital delay era.

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Can an entry-level modeler hang with the big dogs?

Excellent interface. Very portable. Nice modulation tones.

Some subpar low-gain dirt sounds. Could be a little more rugged.

$399

HeadRush MX5
headrushfx.com

3.5
4
4
4.5

The allure of portability and sonic consistency has become too much to ignore for some guitarists, making smaller digital modelers more appealing than ever.

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The signature Kasper Jalily guitar features a chambered Alder body, stainless steel frets, and roasted maple neck & fretboard.

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