I Prefer Digital Over Analogue Delay

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  1. mtm105

    mtm105 Well-Known Member

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    any thoughts?

    Bucket brigade just runs on. I have TC Electronic X 4. Prefer BOSS DD-3.

    I like crisp end of sound.
     
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    to each his own. I have and use both.
     
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    For delay I definitely consider digital most practical. For chorus I think analog often sounds better. YMMV...
     
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    I have the TC electronics flashback II, I love it.
     
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    I'm in the same camp as ricksconnected, and I use all three types of delays - digital, BB analog and tape delays. Different types for different applications and different instruments. I like tape and BB analog on voices and guitars sometimes. I like digital on drum mixes and clean keyboards ...sometimes. Depends on what I'm doing
     
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    Same.

    I love and use digital delay 99% of the time.
    But I have heard some GREAT analog delays too.

    Run what you brung!
     
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    see im one of those guys that thinks that reverb and delay are WAY over used.
    just enough of either to moisten the tone is enough.
    a pinch of reverb or a dash of delay to flavor the tone is what works on my board
    and to my ears.
     
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    Man....some bands lay it on so heavy it sounds amateurish and embarrassing. Lots of em use effects to cover poor performances.

    I do love hearing delays and echo used in extreme and creative ways - under the right circumstances -

    I've been experimenting with using delays to get gentle reverb effects...it can sound very 3D and beautiful.
     
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    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member

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    I also like digital analog type delay and then some. I have to agree though, simple and minimize is best.
     
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    Its what ever is good to your ears , i have tried many digital and Analog , and have settled for Analog , currently using a Analog Man Delay , very warm sound. Even gone all Analog for chorus and Overdrive......
     
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    not all digital is the same quality...
     
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    I use both as well, I love the sound of Analog & currently have an EH Memory Boy & Donner Yellow Falls on my board but my main lead delays come from digital rack units, I feel you can do a lot more with digital, I've never seen an analog delay with multi tap & pitch shifting repeats for instance, it really depends on what you want them for.
    If I had to choose I'd say digital as well as the fact that the DD-2 is one of my fave pedals ever.
     
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    Same.

    This trend lately of super ambient modulated delays is getting annoying.

    Like you, I use just a dash to give some depth to the notes,
    because I can't play loud enough to earn cabinet resonance.

    While I never agree with the statements like...
    "piles of gain or effects to cover up bad playing"

    I'm sure there are situations where that is the truth.

    I just see it as using tools to achieve an end result.
     
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    ^ This. Salt and pepper. Season to taste.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    Did someone say tape chorus?



    And for me, I like digital pedals. Because it's gotten to the point where I feel digital can properly emulate tape and analog circuits almost to a T.
    Unless you're a fan of crazy oscillation sounds. I think only a handful of delay pedals can do that. Not even the Axe FX II can do delays that oscillate.
     
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    I'm using an Ibanez DML-10 (digital) I bought new in 1987. It also has chorus, flanger and some other weird ass effect built into it that I've yet to find a use for (yet). I've tried others including analog (such as the MXR Carbon Copy), didn't like them and keep going back to the Ibanez.
    The "tape delay" sim on my Zoom G3X is pretty nice as well - this is my preference when gigging or rehearsing as the DML-10 doesn't leave the house.
     
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    No you mean tons and tons of gain
     
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    No.
    That's not what I meant. We were talking about delay. If I had meant gain I would've used the word "gain".

    But sometimes guitarists do over-use gain to cover up bad chops
     
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    You want your delay like your H2O, high quality.


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  20. iron broadsword

    iron broadsword Well-Known Member

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    Usually I'm analogue all the way, but have to agree with mtm on this one. I use a tc triple flashback and it is the shit. Literally nothing you can't do with it, and the software is on point. I miss being in a band that called for using it to its full potential.
     

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