Reverb / Delay Pedals

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About Reverb / Delay Pedals

Reverb pedals constitute a large part of the market. This is an important effect and guitarists can be extremely demanding regarding what they need in their perfect reverb. Traditionally made via a large spring or metal plate, simulations of these and more are now available via small, compact pedals. There are reverb algorithms for rooms, halls, caves and even cathedrals!

Delay pedals are just as meticulous. You can choose from retro tape and analog-style delays with a short delay time, pristine digital delays with tap tempo, modulation & seconds of delay time on tap, multiple delays for extravagant special effects...there is such a wide and excellent range of delay pedals available now, you'll be able to select the exact delay sounds you need for your songs.

Thankfully, at guitarguitar we fully understand the reverb and delay requirements of guitarists of all styles. We have a comprehensive array of devices to suit all ambient needs, all ready to try in any of our UK guitarguitar stores. For guitar pedals and FX, come to guitarguitar.

Frequently Asked Questions about Reverb / Delay Pedals

Have you tried using two delay signals? That is what you are going to need to achieve this! Actually, some pedals today have this as a setting (The Eventide Time Factor is one and the TC Flashback X4 has a switch for the dotted 1/8 note but you'll need to twin it with another delay) but most still don't, meaning two standard delay pedals will be what you need. Basically, you need one delay sound to be set to a 1/4 of the track's tempo and the other to a dotted 1/8 note. If you have a tap tempo function on your delays, it makes things a lot simpler! The combination of one delay feeding into the next should give you that distinctive sound, used also by Pink Floyd and others.
You do, yes. If you use a stereo delay, for example, (otherwise known as a 'ping pong' delay) and you only have one amplifier connected, you'll only hear half of the repetitions. Stereo effects tend to split the effect and send half to one side of the stereo spectrum and the other half to the other side.
Tap tempo is a handy function for getting time-based effects such as delay to synchronize with your playing. After selecting tap tempo mode on your pedal, you normally tap the foot switch with your foot three or four times along with the song you're playing to tell the pedal the tempo. It then sets the delay repetitions to the tapped-in speed so that your delay repetitions are in time with the song.
Whilst lots of creative sounds can be had via experimentation with pedal order, we feel that the best 'regular' way to connect these pedals is to have them at the end of your chain. Having them at the end makes logical sense since they are designed to mimic real life reverberation and echo which typically takes place after a sound occurs, not in the middle of it!
Whilst both are 'ambient' effects and are related, they do have different sounds. A delay pedal makes specific echo repetitions of whatever you've played. You can determine the space of time in between these repetitions, how many repetitions you want to hear and also how loud they should be in comparison to your original note. Delay can be used very effectively for adding ambient space to your guitar without it being drowned out by sound...it keeps its sonic edge. A great example of a guitar being played with a delay effect would be 'Where the Streets Have No Name' by U2. You can hear that the repetitions of the original note actually help the riffs gain their texture and rhythmic momentum. Reverb, on the other hand, aims to emulate the sound of an acoustic space such as a hall or an arena by adding ambient sound to your notes. These reverberations are similar to delay in theory but are more like a 'tail' of sound that creates sonic space around your notes. Think of Hank Marvin and Surf guitar styles for examples of guitars drenched in reverb. Lots of post-rock music and other modern genres utilize large amounts of reverb to create 'wall of sound' type situations. My Bloody Valentine would be the textbook choice of band to investigate for these otherworldly reverb effects.