Delay pedal is one of the most popular musical effects tools. It is known for its wide range of musical uses and capabilities. It works with both acoustic and digital instruments and can be used in a number of ways to create great music. It has a great similarity to a tape recorder but provides a much more precise and powerful sound.
A Delay Pedal is used to control the tempo and delay of any piece of music, be it vocals, guitar, or keyboards. In fact, you can use delay pedals to control the rhythm of almost any type of music. The delay pedal can be used to set an exact reverb delay time, a swell, or just about any type of delay. These are all great tools that are useful for creating an almost live to feel to your recordings. Delay is also a useful tool to achieve a more precise and consistent drumbeat.
Delay pedals work well with most tape loops and backing tracks, as it is very easy to match the length of one sound to another. There are quite a few different types of delay effects available, from the simplest using just two or three knobs, to the more complex using over 50. Some delay effects use LFO (licensed flangers) and other complex algorithms. Some delay effects use actual hardware compressors, limiting, or limiting filters, which makes them very powerful and flexible.
Some delay pedals come with the option of CV-style modulation wheels. CV-style modulation wheels allow the user to use the pedal for sampling instead of direct control of the sound, giving the impression of more spontaneity and a wider range of expressive control. Some options are preset, which means the user will have a set of stairs steps' where the modulation wheel starts and stops. CV-style modulation wheels are great for creating subtle changes in sound, but for creating a full-blown sound effect, using other methods of CV-style modulation (such as software sampled tones) may be more suitable.
An important consideration when purchasing an analog delay pedal is whether or not the pedal is analog or digital. Digital delay pedals have onboard software that enables them to emulate almost every effect possible, but they generally lack in the mid-range of sound effects, and some of the best modern digital delay pedals (i.e. those from Brain Arts and Odesk) have mid-level control of effects like chorus and pitch shifting, along with additional features such as full mid-level tracking control, limiting, and attack/release curves. Analog delays tend to fall somewhere in the middle. It's often hard to tell the difference between an analog delay pedal and a digital delay pedal unless you know what kind of sound you're trying to create and are listening closely.
Once you've chosen your analog delay pedal, then comes the issue of sounds to play. The amount and type of sounds you can use delay time on your delay pedal will be limited by what your pedal already contains. For instance, if you purchase an analog delay with a digital delay element, you'll only be able to use those sounds which are contained within your computer's sound driver programs. This doesn't mean, however, that you can't use other computer sounds within your delay pedal; it just means that certain sounds won't work with the delay time unit that you have attached.
You might wonder what the use of a delay pedal is if you already have multiple delay types attached to your computer. With the right program, you can use delay units with multiple delay types by saving them within one single program. Some programs (such as GarageBand) allow you to separate multiple tracks into different areas and save those areas individually. This means that you can create and store five different songs in one sitting, saving them as " Delay Mix Track 1" and putting them into another area of your hard drive as " Delay Mix Track 2". You can also do the same with delay units which have already been attached to your computer - by creating a new " Delay Mix Track " and saving it in another location.
One other useful feature of delay pedals is the ability to edit the looping elements of the sound as you play. If you'd rather leave the looping part up to a Looper unit, you can; but if you'd prefer to edit the sounds as you play, then the delay pedal has this built-in feature. There's a knob on the board which allows you to adjust the length of each delay type - a very useful feature, especially if you're playing live or recording. If you need to vary the length of the delays when you're playing in a band, you can increase the "Attack Time" on each loop. This way, you can ensure that the rhythm guitar or drum loop is always played in time with the other elements of the song; this is useful for live performances, and even for practicing.