How to Use the Delay Pedal


This article is based on personal understanding and summarizing of the delay pedal used over the years to share with you. There are so many things to say, but only have limited time to seek your understanding. We do hope that you can find useful information regarding to the delay pedal after the following article.

The Basics of Delay Pedal

As a matter of face, the Delay pedal is a combination of effects pedals include circuitry is housed in a box used to create sound effects for guitar signal. Therefore, it plays an important role in guitar playing process of every person.

The Basic Usage of Delay Pedal

1. Distortion and Overdrive are the most important and popular delay pedal in the sound of the guitar.

2. Echo, Delay, Reverb … this is indispensable its delay pedal generate repeat negative effects master and make it sound more soft and deep space.

3. Modulation which includes Flanger, Chorus, Phase, Wah, etc. can change frequency sound waves to create certain effects depending on the delay pedal.

4. Tone shape including delay pedal types like Equalizer, Compressor, Audio Boost controller input or a polished sound without changing the sound.

These Problems Need to Know About Delay Pedal

  • Bypass

True can understand a simple way when the pedal off the audio signal goes through delay pedal = 100% means that is separate line audio line input and the output. Why we need the true bypass? When you use your 1 Bypass delay pedal not lose 5%, 5 delay pedal too much you lose 22.6% tone.

  • Buffer

Buffer is an effective circuit impedance change the high impedance into the low impedance of the audio signal without affecting the sound, it works to minimize signal loss in the wire and through the first exposure of Jack.

Why should we use the buffer? If you do not use the first buffer each and every meter wires, you will lose a certain % especially when using multiple delay pedal and cable length used. Diagram to have a pedal board most standards are as follows:

Input -> Buffer-ins -> True-bypass -> True-bypass -> True-bypass … etc. …–> Buffer-out

Particularly bypass and buffer issues have been a big deal to the table

  • Power supply

Power to the main Electric delay pedal is 9V, 12V or 18V. You should read carefully the notes of electric delay pedals mA and how much loss. The more loss, the better source. If using multiple delay pedal should use good quality 2A and power to avoid interference. In the case you find the source 9v electronic transformers like the source of the laptop you are using the best lightweight small but has the tremendous line up to 3.5A.

Fundamentals Pairing of Delay Pedal

As mentioned above, a pedal board consists of delay pedal true bypass standards with Buffer set Buffer-in and-out. The delay pedal reassembling way:

1. Mounting directly (serial)

2. Mounting parallel (multiple channels through looper)

3. Combine both ways on

If it’s best to transplant parallel connection via looper so you can easily control but will spend most of the board area and high cost. In my opinion, it combines both direct and parallel access will facilitate both controls and do not need too much looper.

Pairing combines both directly and in parallel, there are 3 parallel line Overdrive, Distortion, and Clean through 3 Loop. Pictures after the parallel paired entirely through Looper 10-foot switch that you see below.

The order follows the previous delay pedal is set out some basic principles:

1. Modulation

2. Compressor

3. Overdrive / Distortion

4. Equalizer, Booster

5. Delay, Reverb

Also can change depending on the user’s subjective but there are some very important principles are as follows:

Foot Volume Delay always book (Reverb) why? If after you set the volume pedal down it will cut off the delay and reverb tail, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking this because always put the final volume prior to Amp.

Compressor always reserved over to control the input signal to avoid overload.

Delay, Reverb is always set to create delay pedal ultimate parody (copy) of the signal after it has been completed by the previous delay pedal.

Boost, EQ, Modulation may be placed before the next place you like best to test prior to installation on board to choose from as you like each one.

Avoid some common mistake. When replacing the new strings for guitar, absolutely not use scissors to cut it because the former can make you vulnerable. Just “warm spring” is the tree that needs forums to know “over the wire”. Up guitar based on hearing, I wish you successful string up.

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