Six New Delay Pedals

October 24, 2011

“What’s old is new again” is a cliché that fairly describes the current state of the delay pedal market—at least from a sonic standpoint—as the latest crop of pedals offers a variety of technically sophisticated methods for producing the kinds of effects favored by guitarists who dig the sound of vintage tape echo and analog delay.

This roundup looks at six recent delay units: the Analog.Man ARDX20 with AMAZE0 controller, Blackstar Amplification HT-Delay, Fuchs Audio Plush Replay Jr., Maxon AD999 Pro, Providence Chrono Delay DLY-4, and the T-Rex Engineering Reptile 2.

These pedals range in price from $265 to $449, and there are many

similarities between them: Four of the six are digital, five offer tap tempo (although the Analog Man ARDX20 requires the optional AMAZE0 controller to access that function), and all but one have the ability to do tape-delay emulations. The Blackstar and Fuchs pedals go a step farther in the quest to deliver vintage-flavored delay effects by incorporating a 12AX7 tube in the output signal path.

I tested all of these units with an ESP 400 series S-style guitar equipped with Lace Sensor pickups into a Music Man 210 HD amplifier.


ARDX20 delay, AMAZE0 controller pedal

Price $265 pedal, $150 controller (direct)
Controls Time, Feedback, and Level for each of two channels
I/O 1/4" audio input and output, effects loop, expression pedal/ AMAZE0 controller pedal input, DC input
Max Delay 600 ms
Extras Two independent delay channels. Dual function effects loop. AMAZE0 controller adds additional functionality
Dimensions 4.5" (W) x 6" (D) x 3" (H)
Power supply 9VDC adapter (not included) or 9V battery
Kudos Excellent sounding and fully featured when paired with AMAZE0 controller. Flexible I/O including effects loop and wet-only option. Super-long battery life
Concerns Multiple cables required to connect full system. Tap tempo and modulation require AMAZEO controller to function.
Contact Analog.Man, (203) 778-6658;


Price $299 street
Factory Presets Linear, Analogue, Multihead 1, Multihead 2, Tape, Space, Loop 1, Loop 2
Controls Effect type, Time, Feedback, Saturation, Level (delay mix)
I/O 1/4" audio in, audio out right, audio out left (mono),
Max Delay 3,000 ms delay, 7,200 ms looping
Extras Massive delay time, presets for numerous delay types, two types of looping, tube saturation circuit
Dimensions 6.3” (W) x 4.7" (D) x 3.2" (H)
Power supply 22VDC (included)
Kudos Wide range of delay types. Looping function. Stereo output.
Concerns None.
Contact Blackstar Amplification, (631) 390-6500;

Plush Replay Jr. Tube Delay

Price $449 street
Controls Delay [time], Fidelity, Repeats, Wow, Flutter, Echo Level
I/O 1/4" audio input and output
Max Delay 1,000 ms
Extras Tap tempo. Tube output circuit stays active when delay is off. Modulation controls for tape-delay simulation. Output can be switched internally to wet only for use with effects loops. True bypass
Dimensions 7" (W) x 4" (D) x 1.5" (H)
Power supply 9VDC (included)
Kudos Warm sounding tube tone. Good tape simulation via effective modulation controls.
Concerns Fidelity control is subtle.
Contact Fuchs Audio Technology, (973) 772-4420;

AD999 Pro

Price $399 street
Controls Delay Time, Feedback, Delay Level
I/O 1/4" audio input, output, dry output
Max DELAY Delay 900 ms
Extras Multi-head mode, dry output
Dimensions 4.7" (W) x 5.9" (D) x 2.4" (H)
Power supply 9VDC (included)
Kudos Silky smooth analog delay tone. Flexible output scheme
Concerns No tap tempo.
Contact Maxon, dist. by Godlyke, 866-2-GODLYKE;

Chrono Delay DL-4

Price $449 street
Controls Mix, Echo Hardness, Feedback, Time, Beat Split
I/O 1/4" audio input, output, external tap tempo
Max Delay 2,700 ms
Extras LED display in milliseconds or BPM. Beat Split for easily setting beat-based delay times. A/B feature. Ext. Tap input allows for tap tempo and A/B simultaneously
Dimensions 4.8" (W) x 3.9" (D) x 2.3" (H)
Power supply 12VDC (included)
Kudos Excellent sounding. Lots of useful features.
Concerns No provision for use in parallel effects loops.
Contact Providence, dist. by Godlyke, 866-2-GODLYKE;

Reptile 2

Price $279 street
Controls Echo, Repeat, Level, Time, Input Level, Tone, Speed, Width
I/O 1/4" audio input, output
Max Delay 1,000 ms
Extras Tap tempo. Flutter (modulation) controls. Input level control.
Dimensions 4.7" (W) x 3.9" (D) x 2.2" (H)
Power supply 9VDC (not included) or 9V battery
Kudos Excellent value. Good analog emulation. Tap tempo.
Concerns No provision for use in parallel effects loops.
Contact T-Rex Engineering +45 7572 7181;

Mike Levine is a guitarist and composer in the New York area, and is the former editor of Electronic Musician.

More from this Roundup:

Analog.Man ARDX20 with AMAZE0 Controller
Blackstar Amplification HT-Delay
Fuchs Audio Technology Plush Replay Jr. Tube Delay
Maxon AD999 Pro
Providence Chrono Delay DLY-4
T-Rex Engineering Reptile 2
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