The Dual Tap Delay ($249 street)
is a hybrid pedal that features an analog
dry signal path from input to output, and
analog tone circuitry for each of the two
delays. The delay, tap functionality, modulation,
and subdivision technology are all
digital. Most of the controls operate independently
for each delay section, except
for Modulation—which only affects Delay
2—and the shared Tap Tempo switch. Each
delay also has its own bypass footswitch
and a slide switch to set it for either manual
operation or tap tempo.
By setting the delays to different subdivisions
(quarter, eighth, dotted-eighth, or
eighth-note triplets) you can have two different-
length delays synched to one another.
And if you don’t want them synched, you
can choose Manual mode for either or both
delays. An internal switch selects whether
the delays cut off or continue when the
effect is bypassed, and another switch sets
Output 2 to be wet or dry. There’s also an
input for an external tap pedal or a breakout
box for external synch (both optional).
The most important aspect of any delay
is its sound, and the Dual Tap sounds terrific.
The dry path retained the tone of my
guitar, while the delay added lush warmth
at any setting without muddying the tone.
Switching Delay 1 to a manual slap echo
and Delay 2 to a modulated tap tempo
allowed me to tap in David Lanois-style
ambience or synched Edge-style rhythms
and then easily return to a basic slapback.
Setting both for tap-tempo let me create
complex rhythmic echoes at any tempo.
The Dual Tap Delay is not a Swiss Army
Knife effect: The analog dry signal path
makes it impossible to eliminate the straight
signal completely from either output, so you
can’t use it in a parallel effects loop or for
ping-pong effects. Also, the footprint is 9"
x 5", so make sure there’s enough space on
your board for it. These are minor issues,
however, as the Dual Tap Delay offers the
primary delay functions most often used
by guitarists in a simple-to-use and beautiful-
KUDOS Fantastic sound. Manual or Tap
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