Powered by a third-party adapter (the unit comes with either
a Visual Sound One Spot or a Godlyke Power Adapter), the
Replay Jr. uses a 12AX7HG tube that sits centered in the pedal’s
face under a recessed piece of hard glass. The tube, which
receives 300 volts DC for maximum tone and dynamics, is always
active—even when the delay is bypassed. This allows the Replay
Jr. to do double duty as an added tube stage for your setup. It’s
a welcome feature that is unique to this pedal in this roundup.
On the bottom right of the unit is the Tap Tempo footswitch,
which is activated when you pull up the Delay knob. Total available
delay time is 1,000ms in either the manual or tap modes.
To the left is the Echo Mute switch, which turns the delay on
or off. A blue LED (labeled Echo Off) illuminates when the
delay is activated.
On the top left sits the Delay (time) knob, along with controls
for Repeats (feedback) and Fidelity. The latter is designed to
roll off highs on the delayed signal to more closely replicate the
sound of analog delay. I found its effect to be fairly subtle: You
don’t hear much of a difference in the initial delay, although the
treble roll off becomes more noticeable in subsequent repeats,
which is a signature of analog delay.
On the other side of the pedal are three more controls: Echo
Level, Wow, and Flutter. The latter two are used to adjust the
modulation, and they can have a very pronounced effect, giving
a warbly, tape-like vibe to the delays when set relatively high. I
particularly liked the response with the Flutter control at about
two or three o’clock and the Wow at about nine or ten o’clock.
At these settings, the delayed notes had the texture of tape-style
modulation, yet still sounded nicely in tune.
In addition to its many features, I really appreciate the implementation
of the Replay Jr.’s tube circuitry, which adds pleasing
warmth and character to the sound, even when the delay
is bypassed. It’s definitely a plus for delay users who revel in
real tube tone.
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