Top 20 Best Delay Pedals of 2018

Best Guitar Effects is back with a round-up of the 20 Best Delay Pedals available in 2018. The market is filled delays, and we wanted to narrow things down to the pedals that stand out the most. We’ll start with a short guide to delay pedals and the types available before we jump right into our list.


What Is Delay?

Delay is an effect that records audio and plays it back after a period of time. The sound may be played back once or multiple times or played into the recording again to create the sound of repeating, decaying echoes.


Do I Need A Delay Pedal?

Delay is typically used to add more texture to a soundscape by filling in the spaces between your playing with more sound. Delay can be used to create the impression that multiple instruments are playing at the same time or used to add more rhythmic interest to your guitar parts. Being able to create additional layers of instrumentation by delaying your playing offers inspiring new possibilities that go beyond what can be achieved with a dry guitar alone.


Delay Vs Reverb

While a reverb pedal produces ambient reflections of your playing, a delay pedal produces repeats of your playing. These effects are similarly used to manipulate the time and space where your playing occurs, and they’re both often used at the end of the signal chain. Some newer hybrid delay/reverb pedals even combine both effects in one pedal for greater creative flexibility.


Using Delay With Reverb

It’s common to place a delay before a reverb, but sometimes it can be worth experimenting with reversing the order of these effects. Putting a reverb after a delay can create a space for your delayed signal to sit in, but putting a delay after a reverb can make the reverb sound even bigger and longer by adding more texture to a reverb and extending its decay. Experiment to find the best result for your music!


Types of Delay

There are many types of delay and ways to achieve such effects, but these are some of the most common styles of pedal you’ll find in modern guitar pedals.


Tape – Tape delay is an early delay effect used in audio recordings originally achieved by creating tape loops on reel-to-reel recording systems. Commercially available tape delay units included the Echoplex and Roland Space Echo. (The sounds of the Binson Echorec can be argued to fall into this category sonically although it used an analog magnetic drum recorder instead of tape to achieve its echoes.) Some pedal builders have attempted to create tape delay sounds using actual tape, but you’ll most commonly find modern tape delay sounds using DSP to recreate convincingly authentic tape echo sounds.
Best for: vintage tonality, spacious echoes, characterful delays


Analog – Analog delay pedals typically use BBD (Bucket-Brigade Device) chips to achieve delay effects. Such pedals are usually characterized by a warmer, darker, and more “colored” sound. They’re also typically noisier than digital delays; however, some builders have made great strides towards minimizing the noise and other drawbacks inherent in older analog delay pedals. A few classic examples of analog delays are the Boss DM-2 and Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man which originally used Panasonic MN3005 BBD chips.
Best for: warmer tones, classic delay pedal sounds, old-school mojo


Digital – “Digital delay” as a style of delay is typically known for achieving more authentic repeats of your playing, reproducing the sound and nuances of your original audio signal. They’re cleaner, quieter, and brighter sounding than analog delays although many digital delays seek to emulate the sound of analog pedals. While earlier digital delays often simply used digital IC chips (the Princeton PT2399 is still a popular choice in some modern delays), many modern pedals push the limits of DSP to go beyond what “digital” delays were previously known for. The TC Electronic TC 2290 is a famous digital delay rack unit.
Best for: accurate repeats of source material, clean and bright tones


Reverse – Reverse delay simulates the sound of recording audio and playing it backwards. Original reverse tape delay effects can be heard in songs like Are You Experienced? by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Tomorrow Never Knows from The Beatles’ Revolver album. Delay pedals achieve reverse effects by digital means, playing the digitally recorded audio backwards. Use a fully wet (or “Kill Dry”) setting to simulate classic reverse delay sounds.
Best for: mid/late-60’s reverse guitar sounds, experimental textures


Modulated – Most modern delay pedals offer some kind of modulation to apply to your repeats. You’ll see such options on many analog and digital delay pedals, and tape delays often have “wow & flutter” parameters to simulate the warbling of old tape. Essentially, modulation is a separate effect applied to various types of delay, but some guitarists (like The Edge) have made this such an integral part of their sound that it’s worth mentioning as a specific type of delay. It’s typically an optional effect, so you can either reduce “Depth” or deactivate modulation if you prefer a dry delay tone.
Best for: delays with movement and more presence


Other Types of Delay – There are many other less common types of delay. Dynamic Delay ducks the volume of the delayed signal when you play. Pitch-Shifted Delay is becoming more common with many pedals offering various types of pitch effects on the repeats. Multi-Tap Delay (or Pattern Delay) offers multiple delay taps, often with various rhythmic placement and positioning in the stereo field. Some pedals offer a Hold or Stutter Delay functionality where repeats can be generated at length for glitchy, stuttering effects. Granular Delay, while more common in VST software plugins than in pedal form, is a style of delay that chops up your signal into pieces and delays them. Most of these obscure delay effects are found in DSP based digital delay pedals, arguably the most flexible type of delay for a wide variety of uses.


The pedals that made our list aren’t in order from best to worst, but as the author of this article, I thought it would be fun to list the first few pedals that have become recent favorites of mine. Regardless of your personal tastes, there should be a pedal here that’s right for you.

Here are the Top 20 Best Delay Pedals of 2018!


Meris Polymoon

Builder: Meris, Pedal: Polymoon, Delay Type: DSP / Modulated

This year’s list of the best delay pedals is kicking off with the Meris Polymoon. Meris is a relatively new brand on the pedal scene, but with a series of 3 epic pedals released last year, Best Guitar Effects lauded the fledgling 3-person company as the Best New Pedal Builder of 2017. In short, Meris is doing awesome things, and the Polymoon is one of the boldest delay pedal releases in recent years. So what does it do? Well…

The Polymoon’s sounds range from simple digital delays to a whole signal chain of rack-quality effects stacked in series (with parallel signal processing if you use the pedal in stereo). If you turn the bottom 3 knobs of the pedal all the way to the left, you can use the top 3 knobs to dial in a simple delay sound. It’s solid and usable, and thanks to the Tap Tempo with quarter & dotted eighth note options, it’ll handle most basic delay duties with ease. By pushing the Alt button and turning the Feedback knob, you can use the pedal’s Filter to cut the lows for bright “dubby” delays or roll off the high end for darker, analog flavored repeats.

The bottom 3 knobs make things more interesting. Multiply adds in more delay taps in various patterns. You can use it to achieve ping-pong delays in stereo or patterns that bounce across the stereo field. It still sounds killer in mono, but the Polymoon is a must-try in stereo if your rig can accommodate it. The Dimension knob smears the repeats. At higher settings it can turn your delays into a reverb-like wash; small amounts provide a nice subtle diffusion that gives your delays a more ambient character. The Dynamics knob activates a pair of dual-flangers that can either respond dynamically to your playing or move via LFO. (Tip: With the delay Mix turned down, the flangers can still be applied to your dry signal.)

The dual-flangers are just one of the many modulation options the Polymoon has. The button on the lower right will add dual-barberpole phasers to your signal. You can have them locked in time with your tap tempo or churning along at a slow 0.1 Hz speed. The phasers make it sound as if your guitar is traveling through a wormhole in space. The Alt parameters of the two left knobs are Early and Late Modulation options, each being able to be either bypassed or set to 15 different active modulation options. There are options for standard chorus-like modulation, FM modulation, and Pitch modulation. Yes, you can select any of these options in the either Early or Late positions.

You can control every effect parameter of the Polymoon via MIDI. There are even a few surprise MIDI CC controlled parameters like Half Speed & Tempo (in addition to Time). The pedal also has 16 preset slots, but you’ll need to either use MIDI or the Meris Preset Switch (sold separately) to access them. The pedal can accommodate instrument and line levels, useful with synths or in the studio, and are several other global options for configuring the pedal to your needs.

The Polymoon has quickly become my personal most-used delay, and if you’re the kind of musician who can appreciate the myriad sound design possibilities this pedal offers, this forward-thinking instrument from Meris will like find a home in your rig as well.

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Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall (original & RKM)

Builder: Chase Bliss Audio, Pedal: Tonal Recall & RKM, Delay Type: Analog Delay

The Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall and Tonal Recall Red Knob Mod are at the head of the pack when it comes to classic analog delay tones for modern guitarists. Utilizing reissued MN3005 chips, the Tonal Recalls revisit and refine the sounds made legendary by pedals like the Boss DM-2 and Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. While these pedals offer a slew of features, perhaps the most commendable aspect of these pedals is how Chase Bliss Audio engineer, Joel Korte, has been able to achieve an impressively clean, low-noise analog delay signal that can be contoured to taste with their respective Tone knobs. This lets you dial in classic analog delay tones similar to your favored vintage unit but with less noise and grit than the rustic pedals of old.

While the specs of both pedals are similar, the RKM is notable for containing 4 MN3005 chips (this original Tonal Recall has 2). This doubles the possible delay times up from 550ms to 1100ms. The additional circuitry raises the noise floor slightly, but most users won’t mind. The oscillation of the Tonal Recall RKM is also improved to be “smoother” to accommodate the longer delay times with higher Regen (feedback) settings. The RKM can also be slightly brighter than the original Tonal Recall, but both pedals can still be darkened for similarly murky delay sounds.

The modulation section is noteworthy for guitarists who appreciate the subtle movement of certain vintage delays. In addition to Rate & Depth controls, there’s a waveform selection switch that provides Triangle, Sine, and Square options. Crank the modulation knobs and flip this toggle for some weird sounds. Keep ’em low with Triangle or Sine waveforms for classic modulation.

The pedals also feature presets (2 onboard, 122 via MIDI), tap tempo with 6 selectable divisions, True Bypass or Buffered Trails modes, exp/CV control of knob parameters, MIDI control of parameters & other functionality, and much more. The pedals’ “Ramping” options will let you automate the movement of knob parameters for evolving delay sounds and unique performance possibilities.

The Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall and RKM variation are among this builder’s most loved and universally praised releases, and fans of classic analog delay tones will find much to love in either version.

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Free The Tone Flight Time FT-2Y

Builder: Free The Tone, Pedal: FT-2Y, Delay Type: Digital Delay

When it comes to straight up digital delays, Free The Tone’s Flight Time is arguably the new king of mono digital delay pedals. With a knob-less interface that recalls both the TC 2290 and the time travel input panel on the DeLorean from Back To The Future, the Flight Time FT-2Y is at once a tribute to the past and testament of the future.

The Flight Time FT-2Y succeeds the FT-1Y by adding Line/Instrument level options, a convenient Preset Swapping functionality, and a MIDI Out/Thru jack for saving presets externally or connecting other pedals. Perhaps more notable are the internal changes. Free The Tone has refined FT-2Y’s analog circuitry, power supply section, and digital circuits and firmware to dramatically improve the pedal’s sound quality. The FT-1Y already sounded fantastic (with a notable user being David Gilmour who has been known to use two Flight Time units in his rig), but the FT-2Y produces an even more high fidelity sound.

The Flight Time gives you plenty of options for crafting the perfect digital delay sound. You can set Delay level, Feedback, and overall Output level. Delay Time can me manually set in milliseconds or BPM or by using Tap Tempo and selecting from one of 10 subdivision options. You can set Modulation Rate & Depth for classic digital delay modulation effects. There are even dedicated Low Pass and High Pass Filters for creating a perfect delay tone to place in the mix. The unique Offset parameter lets you move the delay placement ahead or behind or a rushed feel or a behind the groove sound; this parameter is a subtle but very special aspect of the Flight Time that can enhance the feel of your delays and help place the repeats in your mix better. You can even flip the phase of the delays if needed.

There are some cool auxiliary features as well including a Trail function and the BPM Analyzer which activates an onboard microphone that will detect ambient rhythm sources and shift the BPM slightly to keep your delays locked in time. When I tested this function by playing along to recorded music and increasing or slowing the speed slightly, I was impressed that the BPM Analyzer actually worked as stated. This could be very useful when playing with a drummer who isn’t playing to a click track.

You can meticulously set the levels of all parameters and store them to 99 presets. You can also take control of most functions via MIDI. A novel Rec & Repeat function allows you to plug in an external foot-switch to gain use of very basic looping style functionality. I’m a big fan of the Hold function; while most of the Flight Time’s sounds are in a more traditional vein, the Hold could be used to trigger stuttering repeats at will. The only real drawback to the whole package is the fact that the Flight Time is mono only, but that’s perfectly fine if you’re running a conventional rig with one amp. And for live use it’s best to set up your presets and levels beforehand as you can’t quickly grab knobs for fine-tuning while on stage. But the precision with which you can craft your digital delays is second to none, and the Flight Time FT-2Y sounds flawless.

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Dr. No Effects Moon Canyon

Builder: Dr. No Effects, Pedal: Moon Canyon, Effect Types: Delay/Reverb/Overdrive

The Moon Canyon from Dr. No Effects was made in collaboration with Sarah Lipstate of Noveller and represents a bold artistic statement that goes beyond its aesthetic presentation. Just look at it – this is one of the most beautiful looking and artfully crafted pedals ever made and was clearly designed to inspire before you even plug in your instrument. Most importantly the Moon Canyon provides some unique sound design possibilities that warrant its inclusion on this list.

The Moon Canyon is actually a multi-effects pedal with delay being the final effect in the pedal’s signal chain. The delay circuit is based around a PT2399 digital delay chip, and the sound has been tuned to have a warm analog style character with a max delay time clocking in at a little over 500mS. The delay controls are simple enough with knobs for Repeats, Time, and Mix. The delays dissipate smoothly as you increase the Repeats, and as you push the knob past noon towards about 2 o’clock, the pedal will begin to oscillate for that runaway trails effect.

The Moon Canyon’s Reverb is placed before the Delay which goes against the convention of using delays before reverbs. But while this signal flow is less common and many guitarists seem to default to the standard “delay before reverb” pedal order, this aspect of the Moon Canyon is what contributes to its most unique sounds. The Reverb itself is a beautifully cavernous long reverb that also has a subtle modulation (which is more noticeable when you crank the Reverb knob and solo the effect). If you activate the Reverb & Delay together, you’ll feed the reverb into the delay, extending its ambience in a rhythmic pulse set by the Delay’s Time knob. In addition to the Delay’s ability to extend the Reverb decay, the Reverb will affect the sound of the Delay by imparting a diffused quality to the repeats which becomes more prominent as you increase the Reverb knob. Since the effects can be individually activated, you have performance flexibility to add Delay to extend the Reverb on a whim or play with a standard Delay before adding in Reverb to change the Delay sound; the foot-switches are also close enough together to quickly switch between both effects with a single stomp.

There are three other noteworthy features the Moon Canyon offers. The far right foot-switch activates a Drive section that brings in a very respectable 3-knob overdrive (with Tone switch) that is based around a JRC4558D chip, a revered IC that’s been used in the TS-808 and other noteworthy overdrive pedals. The Loop foot-switch activates an external effects loop that is placed between the Drive & Reverb, handy for adding in other effects. (I personally like to use the Moon Canyon’s Loop I/O to route the Drive and Reverb/Delay sections to two separate send & return loops on an effects switcher; this allows remote access to both the Drive and a Reverb/Delay combo setting.) The Moon Canyon also boasts two mono outputs for splitting the signal to feed two amps or separate effects chains. The Moon Canyon can satisfy your basic delay needs while adding some creative potential to your pedalboard.

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GFI System Specular Tempus

Builder: GFI System, Pedal: Specular Tempus, Effect Types: DSP Delay & Reverb (Multi)

The Indonesian builder, GFI System, has been impressing guitarists for the past few years with their ultra compact and powerful Clockwork Delay & Specular Reverb, each currently updated to V3 revisions. The Specular Tempus combines all of the algorithms from both of these pedals into one powerful hybrid delay/reverb combo.

The Specular Tempus gives you 13 reverbs, 13 delays, 3 delay & reverb combos, and 3 diffused delay hybrids for a total of 32 unique algorithms. You can save and recall up to 32 presets, configure the pedal for on-board tap tempo, send the pedal’s tempo to other pedals, and even use a 3-button foot-switch to control bank scrolling and tap tempo externally. There’s already a Send/Return loop, and of course, MIDI. The free SpecLab app for Mac & PC lets you access more functionality as well.

A trio of “Classic” delay modes includes Digital, Analog, and Echoes. The “Hybrid” delays take those 3 delay algorithms and diffuse the repeats for a reverberated delay sound.

There are 10 “Esoteric” delay options with many of them offering entirely unique sounds. The Spectral, Filter, and Formant modes provide coloration and texture to your delays; I particularly like the envelope-controlled Filter algorithm. The Spectral mode sounds almost flanger-like while the Formant mode adds a throbbing, vowel-like effect to your repeats. The Transposer & Ambiental modes add pitch-shifting to your repeats. The Transposer lets you choose from intervals including Unison, Sub-Octave, Minor 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, and Octave. The Ambiental mode, possibly my personal favorite delay mode, is a stereo algorithm that lets you use a “Glitter” parameter to gradually color the repeats with either a Perfect 5th or Octave voicing for a shimmer like effect; the first couple repeats will ping-pong across the stereo field before resuming straight through the middle channel. It’s a very unique algorithm. The Dual Stereo, Dual Dotted, and Dual Gold algorithms make further use of the stereo possibilities, and the MultiTap 3 & MultiTap 4 modes each provide 4 multi-tap delay variations to round out the pedal’s delay offerings.

Among the host of Reverb modes you’ll find 3 more “Hybrid” delay options: Reverb+Digital Dly, Reverb+Analog Dly, and Reverb+Echoes. There are many excellent reverb modes available as well with a few standouts being GFI System’s signature Spatium algorithm, their beautiful 70’s Plate mode, and an excellent Shimmer that’s among the best around. The Voices and Swell modes are great Shimmer variations, too, and the Anti-Shimmer in “Doppler” mode produces some interesting vertigo-inducing pitch descension.

The best thing about the GFI System Specular Tempus is the fact that if you’re not sure whether to get a delay or reverb next, this pedal can fill the duties of either very well with some solid options for use delay & reverb together. It’s also a great choice for a positioning between the delay and reverb you already have on your board for expanded ambient possibilities. And if you just want the excellent delays without the reverb, the GFI System Clockwork Delay V3 is also well worth considering.

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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

Builder: Catalinbread, Pedal: Belle Epoch Deluxe, Delay Type: Digital Tape

The Echoplex EP-3 needs no introduction among tape delay connoisseurs. The legendary sounds of this machine’s smooth delay echoes, runaway oscillation, and sought-after pre-amp coloration give the EP-3 a reputation that has long spoken for itself. Catalinbread already found success with their Echoplex inspired Belle Epoch (Eric Johnson is a noteworthy fan and user). But Mr. Howard Gee sought to go further than any other pedal builder before and create the most accurate sonic reproduction of the iconic EP-3 in pedal form. His swan song of Echoplex emulation is the Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe, the final word in attaining true EP-3 tone from a stompbox.

All the expected EP-3 amenities are here, from the juiced up 22-volt power rail and (late spec) JFET preamp to the articulate delay section that emulates the sound and feel of the Echoplex without the tape and associated maintenance. How does it sound? In a word: beautiful.

The Belle Epoch Deluxe’s primary controls for the delay are Echo Delay (delay time), Echo Sustain (feedback/regen), Echo Volume, and Record Level which sets the input signal level for when it hits the record amplifier. This unique control ranges from complete silence all the way up to a hot overdriven sound. It’s great for saturating the sound as it hits the delay; once it starts repeating, the delay signal will smoothly dissipate in a pleasing diminuendo to silence. The Echo Sustain can be set higher (around 1-2 o’clock before it starts oscillating) to really get those nice long decay times. The controls are highly interactive, particularly how the Record Level affects the Echo Level and likewise the decay from the Echo Sustain. As you refine the setting of one parameter, you’ll want to play with the others to get things just right. Luckily, it sounds pretty epic no matter where things are set; it’s just a matter of managing your levels and oscillation. And speaking of oscillation, there’s a dedicated foot-switch to kick on spires of oscillating repeats at will.

The left two knobs warrant some brief explanation. The far left knob selects one of six programs from the Echo Program Matrix. The Depth knob controls the depth of the accompanying unique modulation for each selected program. The Echo Programs include the Classic EP-3 tape voicing, a Dark “analog” voicing inspired by BBD analog delay pedals, a Roto-swirl setting that sounds like an EP-3 running through a Leslie, a Manually Sweeping Resonant Filter voicing that can produce wah-like sounds and other filtered tones, and two Deluxe Memory Man inspired modes, one for chorus and one for vibrato. An expression pedal is a must if you want to make the most of the sweeping filter mode or control the speed of the Roto-swirl’s rotating speaker effect. And a pedal is generally useful for adjusting volume on some settings or controlling the delay time, especially in combination with runaway oscillation.

This isn’t to be misconstrued as a review verdict or to heap more hype onto an already GAS-inducing pedal, but if you love tape delay, you need to try this pedal for yourself. And if you’re an EP-3 fan in any way, you likely need this pedal.

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Empress Effects Echosystem

Builder: Empress Effects, Pedal: Echosystem, Delay Type: DSP (Multi)

The Empress Effects Echosystem is the successor to the Canadian builder’s famed Superdelay pedal. And rather than simply add stereo and a few other improvements to its mono-only predecessor, the Echosystem lets you use one delay or two at once in dual parallel, dual serial, or panned left/right in stereo. Not only that, but the pedal gives you dozens of delay algorithms categorized into various types, and any combination of two (even two of the same) can be used together. Needless to say, this pedal is deep.

Forgoing the deep menu-diving of some other multi-algorithm delay pedals, the Echosystem gives you knobs for the units tweak-able parameters all on the surface. The Thing 1 & Thing 2 knobs control unique parameters that are unique to each algorithm. Other than that you get standard delay controls for Mix, Feedback, Delay Time/Tap Ratio, Tone (which may also vary per algorithm), and an Output control to set your overall volume level.

The Echosystem gives users 35 presets for saving your complex multi-algorithm delay creations. You can assign an expression pedal to control multiple parameters at one. It even lets you use MIDI to take control over nearly every function. Empress Effects recently updated the pedal with a Looper that can be used with the delays, greatly expanding on the Echosystem’s creative potential.

This pedal has so much going on for it that it was crowned the best guitar pedal of 2017. If you prefer to keep things simple the Echosystem may not be for you, but all the options it has and with Empress Effects continually adding new algorithms by user popular vote, for many guitarists this may be the last delay pedal you ever need.

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EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run V2

Builder: EarthQuaker Devices, Pedal: Avalanche Run V2, Delay Type: DSP Delay + Reverb

The idea behind the Avalanche Run V1 delay & reverb was to take the simplicity and sweet sounds of the best-selling Dispatch Master and expand on the options and usability (w/ Tap Tempo, Tap Divisions, etc.) while still maintaining ease of use (no Menus!). The Avalanche Run V1 was a big hit upon its release, quickly becoming what could arguably be considered the pinnacle representation of an EarthQuaker Devices pedal. The Avalanche Run V2 Stereo Reverb & Delay refines their flagship pedal with several notable improvements.

While the V1 had similar delay & reverb sounds, the Avalanche Run V2 now features a true stereo reverb which creates a bigger expanse of sound when running the pedal in stereo. The V2 also features EQD’s new “Flexi-Switch” functionality on the Activate foot-switch; this lets you press and hold the foot-switch for momentary operation so that you can use the delay/reverb on very short segments of your playing. Try this with the Tails Mode to apply repeats to certain notes that will then cascade over your dry playing. As with the V1, you choose between True Bypass mode and 5 different Tails Mode options.

An interesting V2 update change has been the increase of enclosure width to be slightly wider than the V1. While some pedalboard space obsessed guitarists might initially glare at this, I think it’s a refreshing contrast to pedals that squeeze foot-switches so close together and so close to the edge of pedals. If you’re not using a MIDI effects switcher and actually plan to step on the foot-switches of your pedals during live performance, you need a reasonable amount of space between foot-switches to be able to activate effects without accidentally stepping on others. (This enclosure width with additional foot-switch spacing has also been implemented on the new EarthQuaker Devices Pyramids pedal, so expect this to be the norm on EQD’s dual foot-switch DSP effects pedals.)

But aside from the Avalanche Run V1 vs V2 changes, what really makes this pedal such an inspiration machine are its killer delay modes with the optional reverb for incredibly lush ambience. The pedal gives you Normal, Reverse, & Swell modes. The Normal is a standard hi-fi digital delay; you can use the Tone to roll off the high-end if you want a darker, more “analog” sound. The Reverse is a killer backwards delay; it’s a must-try with expression control for switching between normal and reverse delays at will. The Swell is a great ambient digital delay that swells in your repeats while you play; shoegaze fans will dig this one. My favorite mode is the Reverse, particularly for using like a standard delay but with the different textural sound of the backwards echoes. It’s killer with the reverb for floating, cloud-like ambience. The reverb itself is like a large room or hall for a nice, full sound, and you can use the reverb’s Decay & Mix to dial in something subtle or massive.

The Avalanche Run V2 is one of EarthQuaker Devices’ best pedals and still one of the best delay pedals available.

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Strymon TimeLine

Builder: Strymon, Pedal: TimeLine, Delay Type: DSP (Multi)

While many builders have encroached on Strymon’s commanding lead in the area of multi-algorithm delay pedals, make no mistake, the Strymon TimeLine is still the boss when it comes to immaculate delays in a single self-contained pedal.

The Strymon TimeLine felt like a second coming in the world of digital delay and DSP processing. With a hulking colossus of a processor and an engineering team who knows how to make the most of it, Strymon dropped a bomb on the pedal world when they released the TimeLine. With 12 of the best delay machines the world has ever heard (and an excellent 30-second Looper) there is a breadth of delay sounds on tap that few pedals can even hope to contend with. The TimeLine is also a standout delay pedal in terms of MIDI implementation; it allows you to control any parameter or function (including all Looper functions) from any MIDI-compatible controller, pedal switcher, or sequencer/DAW such as Ableton Live. Whether you just want to drop it on your pedalboard and play or integrate it into your mad scientist MIDI guitar rig, the Strymon TimeLine covers all grounds with ease and efficiency and still holds its own in a sea of formidable competitors.

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Chase Bliss Audio Thermae

Builder: Chase Bliss Audio, Pedal: Thermae, Delay Type: Analog / Pitch-Shifting

Chase Bliss Audio already pushed analog delay farther than any other builder with the universally acclaimed Tonal Recall and Tonal Recall RKM, and they’ve somehow managed to do it again. The Chase Bliss Audio Thermae is an analog delay and pitch shifter that utilizes 4 MN3005 chips to achieve some unbelievably amazing delay sounds unlike any that have been heard before.

The Thermae is a complex pedal that may initially seem overwhelming not only for delay pedal novices but even those already familiar with Chase Bliss Audio’s other master-crafted pedal designs. But after you wrap your head around the basics, you’ll be in for some of the most original and beautiful sounds you’ll ever hear from a delay pedal… even if you still don’t quite understand exactly how you’re achieving the sounds you’re hearing.

Here’s brief explanation of what the Thermae does and how it works…

With the Int 1 & Int 2 knobs pointed up at noon, you’ll essentially have a standard analog style delay. Instead of setting tempo with a “Delay Time” knob, you tap in your tempo with the left foot-switch. Standard stuff, but it sounds killer. You can use the resonant LPF to sweep the tone all the way down to silence, and pressing and holding the left foot-switch induces self oscillation.

Flipping the Modulation dip-switch on the top of the pedal allows access to the killer mod section. You get controls for mod Speed & Depth, a flip-switch for selecting triangle, sine, and square shapes, and a middle toggle control at adds glitchy warbling anomalies to the modulation for some extra bubbly textures. This is a unique difference from Tonal Recall and Chase Bliss Audio pedals that feature “ModuShape”, and it’s a really fitting addition to the weird sounds Thermae can make.

With the Modulation dip-switch in its normal “Off” position, the Int 1 & Int 2 knobs and their adjacent toggle-switches offer some wild sound design possibilities. The two knobs control a pair of pitch-shifting intervals that range from -2 to +2 octaves. The row of 3 flip-switches will set the tap-division of the delay and 2 sequenced pitch-shifting intervals. The sequence repeats at the tempo set by the Tap Tempo foot-switch (or MIDI Clock/MIDI Taps). The real complexity is in trying to wrap your head around intentionally creating sounds you think you want to hear, but I’d recommend not thinking about it too much and just enjoying the endless happy accidents you’ve stumble into. Just remember to save those discoveries as presets!

The Thermae is without a doubt the most original and innovative release from Chase Bliss Audio and definitely one of the most inspiring pedals to consider if you’re looking for something different than your run-of-the-mill delay pedal.

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DOD Rubberneck

Builder: DOD, Pedal: Rubberneck, Delay Type: Analog Delay

DOD is a beloved classic pedal brand that has been on a big upswing in the past few years thanks to the efforts of Tom Cram and a team of talented individuals. DOD pretty much rose from the dead with its moniker appearing on several solid pedals in recent years, the greatest of which is arguably the DOD Rubberneck Analog Delay. Not only is it the best pedal in the DOD renaissance lineup, but it’s arguably the best analog delay pedal in the $200-300 price range.

The Rubberneck is loaded to the brim with features including some you won’t find in any other pedal. The most unique aspect of the pedal is its namesake “Rubberneck” feature that lets you stretch and compress the delay time to shift the pitch of your delayed signal up or down an octave, fitting for a pedal from a sister brand of DigiTech, the brand responsible for the Whammy.

The 3 large knobs provide controls for Time, Repeats, and Level. The smaller dual-concentric knobs give you control over modulation Rate & Depth and Tone & Gain, the latter parameters being particular useful for coaxing the best delay tonality and saturation out of this pedal. There’s also a tap division flip-switch and another switch that lets you activate delay spillover Tails and mute the dry signal. Pressing and holding the Tempo/Regen foot-switch activates oscillation, and a small mini-knob next to the foot-switch sets the onset for the regeneration. The Rubberneck effect is initiated as a momentary function of the Effect On foot-switch with the Rubberneck Rate mini-knob adjusted whether delay time is stretched or compressed and how quickly it happens.

Aside from all that surface control, there’s a Send/Return jack on the back that allows you to use a TRS cable to insert other effects in the delay chain. Another jack allows connection of the DigiTech FS3X Footswitch to remotely control Rubbernecking, Modulation on/off, and Tap Tempo/Regen.

The DOD Rubberneck is one of the most feature-packed and versatile performance analog delay pedals ever seen and an exceptional product that showcases the dedicated passion of Tom and the talented team who spared no attention to every detail when bringing this pedal to life.

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Electro Harmonix Canyon

Builder: Electro Harmonix, Pedal: Canyon, Delay Type: DSP (Multi)

The Electro Harmonix Canyon Delay & Looper is an incredibly versatile and value-packed multi-algorithm delay pedal. It gives you 10 excellent delay modes and a capable Looper. It also gives you tap tempo with selectable sub-divisions.

While the pedal has many modes, it’s the quality (not the quantity) of them that makes the EHX Canyon a standout value. It has modes that emulate the venerable EHX Deluxe Memory Man, a great Tape setting, Echo for a straight digital delay, Mod for rack-style modulated digital delay, Multi for multi tap delay effects, a solid Reverse delay that intelligently detects your playing to generate its repeats, a Delay + “Verb” mode that applies a plate reverb to your repeats, a killer Pitch Fork inspired Octave delay mode, a Shimmer mode that also draws on EHX’s killer pitch algorithms, and a great Sample and Hold mode that can achieve some awesome stuttering delay effects. Add to that a 62 second (!) Looper, and you’ve got a sure-fire hit pedal.

The Tap In jack that allows users to tap in a tempo via an external foot-switch may be the selling point that tips the scale in favor of this pedal over other single-stomp delay pedals. As great as the Canyon’s modes are, it begs us to wonder what a flagship EHX multi-algorithm delay with presets, MIDI, and a cooler name with less cringe-inducing artwork would be like. (Please, EHX, don’t call it the “Grand” Canyon. Ugh.) But the Canyon shows that EHX is more than capable of creating plenty of world-class delay algorithms. The Canyon has one of the best pedal releases of 2017 and is easily among the best affordable delay pedals you’ll find in 2018.

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Source Audio Nemesis

Builder: Source Audio, Pedal: Nemesis, Delay Type: DSP (Multi)

The Source Audio Nemesis Delay is a pedal I’ve been looking forward to for quite a long time (…since Winter NAMM 2015, Summer NAMM 2015, & Winter NAMM 2016). It’s a powerhouse digital delay pedal in a reasonably compact format that features 24 delay engines (12 onboard, 12 accessed via Neuro app). That’s a pretty big deal already. Then there’s Stereo I/O, Tap Tempo, Hold a.k.a “Freeze” control, and complete MIDI functionality with up to 128 presets recallable via MIDI. And that’s just scratching the surface really.

The Neuro Mobile app offers incredibly deep control and preset management along with access to the 12 additional delay engines. Any of those delay engines can be downloaded and “burned” to any slot on the rotary encoder knob. The extra delay engines are definitely worth exploring as you’ll find a dark and warbly Oil Can delay, a Complex Rhythmic delay that offers more multi-tap variations, a high-passed Dub delay, and much more.

The real genius of the Nemesis Delay is in the sheer amount power it offers from its simple-to-use surface knob layout. No menu diving needed. Couple that with world-class delay sounds, and the Nemesis Delay is a winner if flexibility, impeccable sound quality, and ease of use are paramount to you. And should you want to explore everything this pedal has to offer, the MIDI functionality and Neuro Mobile app possibilities are a huge bonus when you want to get adventurous and want to dig deeper.

Be sure to explore the Intensity knob with each delay type as it functions differently in each mode. For example, in Analog Delay mode, the Intensity will act as a tone style control, giving you range of Dark, Warm, & Bright sounds. In the Shifter Delay the knob will select from pitch shift options including -1 Octave, +Minor 3rd, +Major 3rd, +4th, +5th, & +1 Octave. This gives you deeper control from the surface of the pedal without the need for menus.

Source Audio have been doing great things for about a decade now, but the Nemesis Delay will no doubt be the pedal that takes this ambitious builder to new levels of success. It was a long time coming, but the Nemesis Delay was well worth the wait.

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Eventide H9 Harmonizer

Builder: Eventide, Pedal: H9, Delay Type: DSP (Multi-Effects)

Yes, the Eventide H9 Harmonizer is much more than a delay pedal. It’s the ultimate multi-effects stompbox. But if you were to use the H9 on your pedalboard for just its delay sounds alone, it’s still an exceptional value and may replace any other delay pedal you currently use.
A standard H9 comes preloaded with the Vintage Delay and Tape Echo delays. Additional delays can be purchased from the H9 Control app. An H9 Max comes loaded will all algorithms gives you all 9 acclaimed delays from the Eventide TimeFactor… and then some. The H9 exclusive Ultratap algorithm is a one-of-a-kind multi-tap delay that’s inspiring to behold. Then there’s also the recently released SpaceTime algorithm with fuses the TimeFactor’s Vintage Delay with a huge plate reverb and some modulation for good measure to create an outstanding all-in-one algorithm that’s an excellent last effect in your signal chain.

And let’s talk about the Eventide TimeFactor. I still remember when the pedal was first announced. Yes, I joined the many guitarists whose jaws collectively hit the floor when first hearing that Eventide would be bringing their acclaimed studio effects expertise to stompbox pedals. The TimeFactor was one of their first guitar pedals and is still going strong today. The biggest draw of this pedal is its use of twin delay lines across all 9 of its cutting edge delay algorithms, allowing rhythmically complex and tonally diverse delays that no other pedal can match (except the H9, of course). Its brilliant knob layout makes dialing in syncopated twin delays a synch, too. There’s also a dedicated (and recently refined) Looper, and I personally like “hacking” the pedal for series operation by cascading one delay into the other and using it in my amp’s effects loop. But if you don’t need the looper and want the amazing algorithms of the TimeFactor plus a whole lot more, the Eventide H9 Harmonizer might be the way to go.

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Strymon DIG

Builder: Strymon, Pedal: DIG, Delay Type: Dual Digital Delay

Simply put, the Strymon DIG is an immaculate sounding digital delay pedal. It’s one of the easiest to use twin delay pedals out there and has plenty of options for creating complex or subtle rhythmic delays. It has 3 modes – adm, 24/96, 12 bit – that each offer a difference in character, adapting this pedal to different styles of playing. Tap tempo, expression control, and stereo outputs (and optional stereo ins via TRS cable) add extra utility. Be sure to try the secondary functions as you can further tweak the tone, change the delays from series to parallel, and even activate a ping pong delay mode when using it in stereo among a few other things. The DIG is Strymon’s magnum opus in the realm of 80’s rack delay emulation.

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SolidGoldFX Electroman MKII

Builder: SolidGoldFX, Pedal: Electroman MKII, Delay Type: Modulated Digital Delay

The SolidGoldFX Electroman MKII is a modulated digital delay that has a unique sound and character quite unlike any other digital or analog delay. Using a pair of PT2399 digital delay chips the Electroman MKII utilizes these chips in tandem with a unique modulation section and “Color” control to produce a refreshing flavor of delay is hard to classify yet is incredibly musical and pleasing to hear. This pedal may be the best use of the PT2399 chips from a perspective of rating the tonality of the delays produced.

The Electroman MKII excels by giving you plenty of control over dialing in your delay voicing. In addition to the typical Repeats (feedback), Time, and Level controls, the aforementioned Color knob gives you a wide range of control over the voicing of your delay and seems to be highly interactive with the Flutter knob which dials in the depth of a beautiful modulation that falls somewhere between the sounds of a classic analog delay pedal and a warbly tape echo.

The flip-switches bring even more options. The Mode switch selects between a standard delay and a Dual Mode with a 2nd delay at half speed to affect the rhythmic feel of your repeats. The Warp switch adjusts the onset intensity of the Warp function (activated via momentary foot-switch). Speed gives you 3 choices of modulation speed. The Tails switch gives you optional delay spillover.

The Warp function is a big draw, having its own dedicated foot-switch for kicking in the self-oscillation at will for as long as you hold the foot-switch. This gives you great musical control over the effect. If you still want more varied delay sounds, use the TRS Send & Return jack to add other effects into the wet signal path for unlimited tonal possibilities. Until SolidGoldFX strikes again with an MKIII, the Electroman MKII will like remain one of the best and more original PT2399 delay pedals.

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Strymon El Capistan

Builder: Strymon, Pedal: El Capistan, Delay Type: Tape (DSP)

There are lots of delay pedals that try to emulate the sounds of a classic tape echo, many of which do a pretty solid job, but the Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo is without a doubt the final word in authentic sounding tape echo delay in a compact pedal. With 3 different tape machines, each with 3 different modes of operation, there’s a huge foundation available for building the ultimate tape echo sound. While the 5 surface knobs make it easy to dial in your tone, there are 5 more “hidden” knob functions (including reverb!) for 10 total adjustable parameters. And while it certainly sounds amazing, it’s the tap tempo that really pushes this pedal over the top for me. Once you’ve dialed in the ultimate tape echo sound, you’ll always be able to sync it right along to the music via tap tempo without fiddling with sliding heads or tape speed. The El Capistan is a marvel of modern technology and the ultimate tribute to the tape echo machines of old.

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Rainger FX Echo-X

Builder: Rainger FX, Pedal: Echo-X, Delay Type: Digital

What happens when the mad genius behind the Dr. Freakenstein fuzz pedal decides to make a delay? Apparently, you get the Rainger FX Echo-X Digital Delay. This little monster is one of the more original and adventurous interpretations of a digital delay pedal I’ve come across. The Echo-X is an ambient digital delay that smears your repeats into long cascading trails of atmospheric bliss. You can use the included Igor foot controller to modulate the Rate or Feedback or even use it in Send mode to have only certain portions of your playing feed into the delay effect. Very fun. You can also adjust the input signal going into the pedal and overall output volume in addition to the standard 3-knob delay controls of Rate, Feedback, & Level. It’s also worth noting that the Echo-X’s compact form-factor has top-mounted jacks for super convenient placement on any tightly packed pedalboard. A killer design from one of the true punk outliers in the pedal game. Rainger FX nailed it.

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Red Panda Particle

Builder: Red Panda, Pedal: Particle, Delay Type: Granular Delay

The Red Panda Particle is the ultimate wildcard on our list. With so many delay pedals remaining grounded in the past, this pedal blasts forward into uncharted territory. Using granular synthesis, the Particle chops your playing into tiny samples and warps your signal, often beyond recognition, in wondrously magical ways. This pedal is for those truly adventurous guitarists who want radical new ways to manipulate their sound. The Particle packs all kinds of otherworldly, ambient delay effects, wild machine-like glitch delay sounds, a great reverse mode, and plenty of sounds that cross pitch-shifting with delay for a playground of twisted delay phantasmagoria. It’s been around for a few years, and while we’d love to see an update with tap tempo, presets, and MIDI functionality, the Particle remains one of the more original and inspiring delay pedals around.

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TC Electronic Flashback 2 Delay

Builder: TC Electronic, Pedal: Flashback 2, Delay Type: DSP (Multi)

TC Electronic has been at the forefront of delay innovation for decades. From the legendary TC 2290 to pedals like the Flashback X4 Delay & Looper, Flashback Mini Delay, and Flashback Triple Delay, this builder’s delay algorithms have long been held in high regard.

The Flashback 2 Delay takes their standard-sized stereo delay & looper pedal to some interesting new places that warrant a closer look even if you’re already familiar with TC Electronic’s previous delay releases.

Let’s start with the delay modes available on the surface of the pedal. The lower right knob starts with the classic 2290 mode, recreating the sound of one of the most renowned digital delays ever made. The ANA mode delivers a pretty convincing analog delay sound complete with some subtle modulation. The TAPE mode is another classic delay variation with subtle modulation movement for a sound similar to the wow and flutter of aged tape. DYN is a dynamic delay that ducks the repeats while you play; as you play more softly or rest, the delays swell up in loudness. The MOD mode adds modulation to the classic 2290 sound; select the ¼ note + dotted 8th subdivision and you’ll have a convincing setting for The Edge’s Where the Streets have No Name sound. The CRYS setting features the excellent octave sounds from the Sub’n’Up, resulting in one of the best shimmering octave delays I’ve heard. RVS achieves an excellent reverse delay sound; use a Reverse TonePrint with “Kill Dry” On for classic psychedelic solos. The LOOP setting turns the pedal into a Ditto Looper style looping device. The last 3 options have default TonePrints already stored, but you have easily save and recall artist TonePrints or use the TC Electronic TonePrint Editor to make your own sounds.

The TonePrint Editor is huge draw here, and I applaud TC Electronic’s decision to make space on the surface selector knob to store 3 TonePrints. The app gives you immense control over tweaking the sound of your delays, even offering multiple modulation options, various stereo options with some templates, the ability to overwrite and set up to 3 parameters to be control from the pedal’s knobs, and more. There are over 50 delay templates to choose from with some recalling the sounds of other classic delays. Templates including BinsonEchorec, Echoplex, MemoryMan, RE101, CapstanDelay, and many, many others provide great starting points for tweaking your own sounds. I recommend the many “Dual” and “PingPong” variations if you’re into stereo delays.

Perhaps the coolest new selling point of the Flashback 2 is TC Electronic’s new MASH functionality which lets you press down on the foot-switch to activate real-time expression control over various parameters. The various onboard modes and TonePrints already have some default MASH options to give you a taste, and you use the TonePrint Editor to assign up to 3 parameters to be controlled by MASH. It’s a killer performance function that is not to be overlooked or underestimated. Try creating your own “Space Echo” inspired TonePrint and use MASH to crank the Feedback and Delay Time to send your delays out of orbit.

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  1. Empress is the best.

  2. Peter Darling says:

    Great article! Giving me good insight into some pedals I might not have ever looked at.

  3. Chris Waller says:

    I’m of the thought that this category is the one with the greatest selection of really great pedals. Which makes it that much harder to choose just one! It’s like asking which super-car would you like to drive?

  4. Christopher Williams says:

    Great stuff.

    The delay I’d like to have most is the Strymon Dig or the TC Electronic Triple.

  5. Dustin Scott says:

    The Strymon Timeline is a godsend. I use it on everything. Not just guitar but any track that needs a beautiful delay gets sent through the Timeline. I have even used it as my main delay aux track and even on the mixbuss. It can do it all.

  6. damn that’s a lot to think about haha

  7. I have never tried one. I think I will soon though

  8. It is Christmas time and us guitar player do love our toys!!!

  9. Lot of great pedals here, love the Strymon products, TC Electronics, Earthquaker Devices.. You almost can’t go wrong nowadays!

  10. Any delay pedal that allows me to easily tap tempo, and the more tweaking the better!

  11. Ray McNamara says:

    Dat memoryman chorus sound tho…

  12. ekrem berker says:

    I really like this article, this is very helpful thanks.

  13. Christian McBride says:

    Currently rocking the Strymon Timeline! Just came off of a Boss DD-500, however. Both of these pedals are beautiful delays, open to deep customization, and professional sounding effects pedals. The TC Nova Delay was one of my first delays and it is a wonderful unit with onboard tap tempo that I recommend as well. Can’t wait to see what my board looks like this time next year…or month!

  14. I love guitar pedals so much they are the main thing I take to studios when recording. Everything goes through them, drums, keys, vocals occasionally guitars… The only problem is that there are so many I never know where to start. Keep up the good work guys this is super helpful!

  15. Howard Steeley says:

    I love delay pedals of any type. I run everything possible into them and usually use two chains of pedals to run multiple instruments at once.i like most everything I’ve used by Earthquake but the TC Flashback is more affordable and does everything I need. I don’t need an all in one so a pedal that does delay and does it well but doesn’t cost as much as a laptop is ideal for. TC Flashback is the one for me.

  16. The flashback looks great! Definitely my favourite!

  17. It’d be the Chase Bliss Thermae for me, if I could ever justify the expense. It just sounds like it gives you another dimension to work with.

    As an interim I might need to get a second-hand Memory Boy Deluxe – the effects loop on it could well let you emulate the Thermae’s pitch shifting features.

  18. Jacob Reda says:

    I honestly don’t think I could pick a favorite, it’s been a great couple years for delay. Polymoon, Rubberneck, FB2, Nemesis….

  19. Brian Janjanin says:

    Best delay I have used was on a Zoom.9030…first got it for guitar fx then started using it years later as an outboard fx box for my live vocals. I know there are tons of better units out there but being a working class guitarist/vocalist…sometimes you have to make the best of what you have and can afford

  20. I love them all thanks for giving me a chance

  21. Adrian-Stefan says:

    Great list! Flight Time seems pretty amazing, so do all the others though.

  22. I am new to using guitar pedals and finally getting a grasp on the importance of tone. This was very informative, thanks!

  23. Really been wanting to try that Canyon and now the Grand Canyon from EHX.

  24. Mouthwatering pedals.

    Sincere condolences for the loved ones you have lost.

  25. James Hagood says:

    I’ve been playing an old TC NOVA and a Trex replay box forever … am interested in new delays though …

  26. That tonal recall looks like so much fun.

  27. Aidan Crawford says:

    Oh how I do love pedals

  28. Nicholas Burkill says:

    Meris tho.

  29. Red Panda Particle FTW

  30. Thermae for sure.

  31. Thermae is definitely my favorite new delay by far. The Chase Bliss crew is amazing, and I love everything they’ve put out, but this pedal is truly incredible.

  32. Ali Chisholm says:

    So loving the Tonal Recall, poly moon and el Capistan. Psychedelic ambience is finally front and centre with modulation getting the space it deserves. It’s an amazing time to be alive if you love pedals (and hoppy IPAs). My big box deluxe memory man MN3005 has never been so at risk. Winning the giveaway would help save me from a pedal swap out! I can only hold out so long from these stunning pedals!

  33. Alex Walker says:


  34. Tonal Recall hands down, Chase Bliss is a modern master in design and the implementation of usable modulation, keeping the playability of more subtle aspects with room for experimentation and exploration.

  35. Love these! So excited and the tonal recall seems to be an amazing creation. Love Chase Bliss!

  36. Caleb England says:

    Is there really a huge difference in expensive pedals? I’ve never owned one but I’m definitely in the market now. I’ve got about $5000 for the whole band but I need a solid pedal board. HELP!!

  37. Cody Gardner says:

    El cap, flight time are tied in my eyes, but that dod pedal is a great value.

  38. The best delay/reverb i’ve heard is the Avalanche Run, and the V2 have a stereo image, it’s just a great sounding pedal.

  39. Need more new reel tape delay

  40. Free the tone!!!

  41. If you’re looking for best all around delay with presets from 2018 it’s probably the GFI System Specular Tempus. Big sound in a small box.

  42. Sean Koran says:

    The best delay I’ve ever had is a Diamond Memory Lane 2 I slaved to get. Slaving hard to get a tonal recall, but the money could go to a new guitar instead! Great article guys!

  43. The best pedals are the ones that sound the best….TO YOU!

  44. Me, I love that Earthquaker Hummingbird, and I GOTS to get my hands on that new Aqueduct. Weird baby, weird!!

  45. Oh yeah! The best delay is one that has a lofi modulated sound with a smooth blending of the repeats

  46. Steven Brenner says:

    I have a Source Audio Nemesis but the PolyMoon pedal sounds awesome.

  47. Eliazar Sanchez says:

    Winner to be announced when again? Chase bliss btw!!

  48. Mmmm…I’ll say my 2 favorite delay are still my nemesis DElay and the avalanche run, but I love my fernweh JPTRFX too. And I have to try the Moon Canyon who seems awesome!

  49. Jeff Mathisen says:

    I have the Canyon and love it, but would love to try out the Moon Canyon.

  50. Christopher Jacques says:

    What sort of surprises me most about this list is that it overwhelming favors DSP/digital delays over analog ones. DSP has come a long way (the only pedals on this list I own are the H9 and the Echosystem, which both have excellent analog algorithms–I especially love the DMM on the Echosystem that leds me blend in chorus and vibrato–, and they don’t make me pine for noisy BBDs), but it seems like it was only yesterday that the market was overrun with a revival of the analog delay.

    Of course, I’ve never gotten the impression that BestGuitarEffects is courting the “set it and forget it” crowd, and DSP offers a lot more options for tweaking. :)

  51. Daniel Healy says:

    Thank you for all of your hard work guys. These reviews are amazing.

  52. I totally agree with the points made about the El Capistan. Its the one pedal I am totally sure I will never part with. This pedal works on anything I throw at it, from spoken interviews to distorted vocals, drum buses even whole mixdowns. It has so much freedom when you start experimenting with keeping the time at 0 and the mix at 90 – 100%. It can be a tape filter, tape saturation, tape delay, reverb. Take the repeats all the way down and tap the tempo of your track and boom, you have a glitchy tape delay that you have total control over with the “hold tap” function.

    Right now the Meris Polymoon and the Red Panda Particle is really grabbing my attention. While the Capistan is really colourful and creates beautiful sounds, it is not really experimental. You can get the signal to feed, use the loop function for some funky stuff, but you can’t really create that many soundscapes with it. And these two pedals seems like they can be an instrument of their own.

  53. Neville Scott says:

    Oooh, Nearly missed out on this. All of your reviewed pedals are great and I’d be happy to have any of them on my board

  54. Big fan of modulated delay, I’m fond of the meris and chase bliss stuff but world be glad To give the Free the Tone a try. From all the pedal geeks out there tanks guys for this giveaway.

  55. Dan Putnam says:

    I’m a fan of the tc electronic flashback x4! always wanted the green Line 6, but went with the TC for the different delay styles per loop channel

  56. My boy says that Tonal Recall RKM from Chase Bliss Audio is all he wants so I’m trying to be a good Dad to a great son and win win win one here here here… wee weeee weeeeee!

  57. the digitech obscura is surprisingly deep, and the dual function foot switch for tap tempo is genius!

  58. Michael Hilliker says:

    Been super intrigued by the look of a couple of these delays for a long time. Thanks for the awesome breakdown.

  59. Ryan Neville says:

    I know it’s about a million years old, but surprised that there’s no mention of the Boss DD-7 – it does a pretty good impersonation of a DM-2, and the way the digital delay sound cuts through the mix is awesome. Some amazing pedals on this list though, that Tonal Recall is absolutely incredible…

  60. Interesting stuff.

  61. Paul Gibson says:

    Everyone needs a good delay and there’s some great ones on this list

  62. These are some awesome delays! Yeah, technically, the H9 isn’t a dedicated delay…. but it’s whatever you need it to be, which is really cool. I want to ditch my Space and my existing delays and just go with 2 or 3 H9s.

  63. Adam Lamprell says:

    I use a TC Flashback X3 and a Melos tape echo, and would love to use my old Pearl AD33, but for it’s high level of hiss. A delay that combines the best sounds of these and adds programmability would be PERFECT!

  64. Peter Grey says:

    About time I tried out some new delay pedals and your list is a great starting point!

  65. David Cragin says:

    Thanks for this exhaustive review! Great place to start my quest for de lay lay lay lay))))))))))

  66. And what’s about cassette delay?)

  67. My bandmates keep telling me I’ve got the best guitar but the crappiest pedals. So I have to upgrade and there’s no better lift off than Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall RKM! It would be my main squeeze and I could finally contribute some excellence to my band. So cheers for the giveaway… hip hip hooray, hip hip hooooray ;)

  68. Great reviews, I’m in need of a new Delay pedal

  69. John Lawrie says:

    I’ve been wanting to try out a Rubberneck but they seem so hard to find in Australia? Has anyone else been able to get their hands on one down under? Looks like a good replacement for my Way Huge Supa Puss I think!

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  71. nice pedal giveaway, would love to own any of the 3 for my board.

  72. ★ Tonal Recall RKM ★ would be a perfect companion to my analog synths and other vintage flavored gear which I’m using for various electro-industrial music goodies.. it has been on my wishlist since it came out but my husband just doesn’t let me be a proper gearslut.. was just daydreaming about it being in my home studio and ohh, what fun did we have.. please let me love and cherish it..

    Joel Korte from Chase Bliss Audio rocks.. you can just sense that all his pedals are driven by passion! (◣_◢)_\m/

  73. These all look awesome. Need to go check some out!

  74. Christopher Williams says:

    The Strymon DIG is my favorite delay pedal of all time, but I really think the Polymoon might knock it out of that position. Just gotta get my hands on one somehow…

  75. Neal Pilger says:

    Have not too much experience with different delay pedals. I have used all the BOSS lineup, and still like the original DM-2, however, now use the TC Electronic Flashback. While not as ‘organic’ as some of the higher end boutique pedals, I do like the tone print option for ‘fine-tuning’ the effects.

  76. Neal Pilger says:

    Have not too much experience with different delay pedals. I have used all the BOSS lineup, and still like the original DM-2, however, now use the TC Electronic Flashback. While not as ‘organic’ as some of the higher end boutique pedals, I do like the tone print option for ‘fine-tuning’ the effects.

  77. Kevin Henderson says:

    Would love any of those on my board

  78. Tulio Andrade says:


  79. Raul Navarro says:

    Great post. Thank you

  80. Raul Navarro says:

    Great post. Thank you

  81. A friend made a cassette-delay for me, it sounds strange and hissy… still my favourite

  82. I’m not usually a great fan of delay, but I wouldn’t mind adding that GFI System Specular Tempus to my collection :)

  83. I’m still happy with Avalanche Run v.1 but that new edition makes me hungry. Same with Flashback – the problem is that i like delays/reverbs :).

  84. I got an EHX Canyon some months back, super rad pedal with lots of great delay modes, pretty much covers all the bases + the looper is a nice addition. Def killer!

  85. I honestly think the belle epoch is the best. Nothing beats that classic ep tone in my mind

  86. Kizza Johnson says:

    The guys at GFI are really bringing out some great sounding pedals and the Specular Tempus doesn’t disappoint, simple yet versatile with a small footprint covering multiple sounds… what’s not to like!

  87. No doubt, all are great echo/delay pedals. I have a tc electronics alter ego, and its the bomb! Would like to have one of these puppies to spice things up.

  88. Dwayne Fontenot says:

    I use a Source Audio Nemesis, which is an amazingly versatile pedal, but there are many great pedals to experiment with.

  89. At the risk of repeating myself (pause for delay) they are all such ridiculously great pedals. But if I had to choose just one, it would have to be the Dr No Effects Moon Canyon pedal. Lets face it, who cares what it can do, it is just the ultimate in cool, times ten.

  90. Jesse Goulet says:

    The Empress Effects Ecosystem is a beast, it even has two additional knobs that can’t be named.

  91. Luke Jackman says:

    I’m still all about the Strymon pedals but there are a few more that look really cool and I bet sound out of this world like the The Moon Canyon from Dr. No Effects. There are so many here how could you own just one?

  92. Rafael Lázaro says:

    Im my mind the nemesis os the best!

  93. JB Citerin says:

    So many delays out there, really hard to make up one’s mind, but still want to try them all ahah!

  94. Yes Please, so many delay pedals, too little time.

  95. For me the Timeline hasn’t ceased to be a wonderful source of inspiration. I like to put all kinds of effects in the loop.
    If space is an issue, I’ll use my Brigadier or, on an even smaller board, the TC Flashback. But for most gigs I like to have a dedicated tap tempo button.
    For character I’m really loving the Way Huge Supa Puss (those chirps), Catalinbread Adineko and Dawner Prince Boonar – especially the last two can be wonderfully reverby.
    That said, there are plenty machines still on my list – The Particle for more whacky effects, the Rubberneck for it’s dirtyness, the Belle Epoch Deluxe for the preamp and oldschool vibe, The Empress and Polymoon for experiments in the digital realm as an alternative to the Timeline and the Chase Bliss because I just overall really love Joels output – every pedal a winner.

  96. David LEwington says:

    I remember purchasing my first Delay in the mid ( or so) 80’s. Was a BOSS DD3 when they first came out. Ended up having an injury and couldn’t play for over 20 yrs. Picked up my old Strat in the beginning of the year. Was frustrating as hell, used to be a pretty good player and now like many other things have to learn again. Although it’s coming fairly quick. Muscle memory started kicking in on my left hand, remembering songs i’d totally forgot about. Picking hand is where the issues are, nut practising a couple hours a day and not giving up.

    Can’t believe the numner of pedal brands around now, it’s great.. sooo many choices. Since my ex wife sold all my pedals many years back and all I have is a J Rocket Ikon OD… I’d take any of the three in this givaway. If I had to pick it would be Tonal Recall or the PolyMoon.

    Great Review !!

  97. Steven Chell says:

    So easy to get lost in the rabbit hole, the meris is exciting though from the perspective of someone who is used to having too much choice in the H9. Sometimes it’s best to stay simple o encourage creativity. This is a good little website for letting new pedals on the radar. Would love to see an article on classic and under-rated delays.

  98. I love the Tonal Recall TBH. I like its interface.

  99. Edward Loo says:

    Free the tone delay is the next thing on my mind after the Strymon timeline. Love both!

  100. Sherman W Loper says:

    Oh man great article. Chase Bliss Audio has some great stuff, would love one of them. I’ll have to go try a DOD too, good to see them back in the game

  101. If O = Optimal number of pedals
    And C = My current number of pedals
    Then O = C + Chase Bliss Tonal Recall RKM


  102. As an analog freak, all I have are two vintage Boss ce-2b chorus pedals for stereo use and one newish Diamond Halo chorus/phaser. All I’m really missing is a flexible analog delay and Chase Bliss Tonal Recall RKM is my Holy Grail I can not afford… so what else can I do but keep rubbing my lucky charms! :))

    Hope this is not reserved for US only and can take a flight to the heart of Europe… :)))

    p.s. I like how @droppingacidpedaletching transformed it visually… droolworthy!

  103. I want to try a tone recall, I’ve heard is great.

    Dr. No effects moon canyon has the best look of all though

  104. I want a Tonal Recall so I can make a Boards of Canada cover band.

  105. I’m unable to tey many of them but i really wonder the chase bliss pedal. I wan’t it. Send it to me :)

  106. Tonal recall is definitely the kill machine.

  107. hey guys do not delay in sending me one these beuts

  108. Fun of TC electronic! Nice article!

  109. After reading these reviews, I really need one :D

  110. Fred Schweig says:

    I am not a frequent user of my BOSS DM-3 delay, but after reading the pedal reviews here, I might have to mess around with it more often. I recently bought an excellent Tremolo pedal from Empress Effects, so I might have to try with their delays too.

  111. Polymoon!

  112. Strymon is hands down the best delay outside of a real tape delay unit.

  113. What, no Caroline Guitar Co.’s Kilobyte Delay?!

    How can you omit such a musical, lush and somnobulistic pedal?

    Not only is it very pedalboard-friendly, its sounds certainly induce happy and hypnotic states (at least for me). And, you can power it with a regular supply (like a One-Spot, or with a 9v battery, so you’ll not lose power if it becomes disconnected for some bizarre reason!

  114. Haven’t had the chance to check ’em all out, but the Nemesis sounds great, the Strymon delays are top notch and I really like the Earthquake delays! :)

  115. Graden Steinbrenner says:

    I have the Tonal Recall and Particle to go along with my panther delay. No JHS love on the top 20 ? However can always use another delay.

  116. At the risk of repeating myself (pause for delay) they are all such ridiculously great pedals and l’ve said this before but if l had to choose just one it would have to be the Dr No Effects Moon Canyon pedal upon reflection. Let’s face it who cares what it can do, it is just the ultinate in cool, times ten.

  117. Miguel Pereira says:

    Great list, I have the Tonal Recall, can’t beat so many features and quality in such a small footprint!

  118. David M. Butler says:

    My current delay is the Danelectro Dan-Echo pedal…tasty tones, from “Sun Sessions” slapback to Hendrix trippy echoes, right up to Edge-like ripples…analog delay rules!

  119. Carlos Gandarillas says:

    Why isn’t the Arp-87 on the list. it deserves an honorable mention.

  120. Just cant get enough delay. Love both analog and digital, though digital needs warmth.

  121. Kirill Prusov says:

    Flight time!

  122. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals. One can never have too many delay pedals…

  123. Love the Tonal Recall – Chase Bliss staff is fantastic

  124. I’ve only tried 2 of the pedals in this review, the Strymon Timeline and the TC Electronic Flashback. Most of the pedals rated as the best are in somewhat larger enclosures, and can take up a fair amount of real estate on a pedalboard. I own the Timeline, and reviews, including this one, continue to rate it at or near the top of the heap. If I want a smaller box, the TC Electronic Flashback (I have version 1, not version 2 which is reviewed) serves the purpose, though I have a few others (Catalinbread’s Belle Epoch and Echorec, TC Electronics Alter Ego 2, etc.) all of which do a good job for what I need.

  125. I only have one, Donner Yellow Fall Analog Delay mini pedal. Super simple, small footprint, and just a nice simulated analog delay at a really cheap price! I’d recommend it to anyone looking to add a delay pedal for low cost. I would like to acquire a Carbon Copy or a reverb/delay combo pedal, since my new amp doesn’t have reverb built in. Of course any of the giveaways would be great too!

  126. My favorite delay currently is the Industrialectric Echo Degrader. The tape modulation can be controlled by your playing dynamics. Like if you set the input sensitivity high and hit the strings hard, the delay time speeds up at least a semitone or two, and slows down the same amount once whenever it stops recieving input.

    P.S. Does anyone remember the Way Huge Supa Puss? I just realized how similar CBA’s Thermae is to it, although they have a different control layout. Both Analog Delays, with sequence modulated delay times to create pitch shifting intervals. They’re both amazing.

  127. That Tonal Recall is beautiful

  128. WOW

  129. Only ever had a dl4 and had little need for much else. That said some of these look amazing.

  130. Nick O'Neill says:

    What a time to be alive with so many innovative new pedals coming out daily.

  131. Kevin Holbrook says:

    So many great delays…I’ll take one of each!

  132. Joshua Bails says:

    Too many great pedals to pick just one. I’ll take them all, thank you.

  133. nemesis is so sweet

  134. Delays are not to be taken for granted; they can enhance your sounds in so many ways.

  135. Tonal recall, flight time and plymoon are top based on the reviews.

  136. Favorite delays: Red Panda Particle. Chase Bliss. Strymon Blue Sky. EarthQuaker Space Spiral… too many to list!

  137. Source Audio Nemesis is awesome!

  138. The Strymon El Cap works the best for me. I’ve tried the timeline, DLS, boss, line 6, eventide and although I enjoyed the myriad of delays in some of those pedals I always gravitated to the tape delay. The El Cap gives me darker repeats and a tap tempo. It’s size was a better fit for my board as well. I’m still interested in exploration though.

  139. I’m a huge fan of the CBA pedals in general so because of that my favourite of the above pedals would have to be the Tonal Recall, all though I wouldn’t complain about having any of them

  140. Jan Philipp Bohl says:

    I really love the versatility of the polymoon.

  141. Rob Cerasuolo says:

    My favorite delay/reverb sounds are modulated, and what I like to call a “slapback reverb,” which is basically a very short but fairly prominent reverb that sounds off in similar short time frames as slapback delay, and which I tend to hear inside of empty cargo trailers and other similar environments.

  142. Joseph Brian Earl says:

    I like the Boss Waza Delay

  143. I’m a big fan of the EHX Canyon!

  144. Gareth Mogg says:

    Still missing a delay on my rig setup! I used to just use the delay on my old DFX Marshall but that has long since passed away. My new Orange Amp doesn’t have any of the gizmos installed on it so I have been slowly amassing my pedals again and while its essential for what I want, I haven’t gotten around to getting a delay yet. Always been a tape fan but would literally settle for anything and all of the ones above would tick the box! I’ve been drooling over the echo system for a while, but may have to wait a bit longer for that beauty to make it to my board!

  145. Steven Le says:

    I’m a huge fan of Chase Bliss Audio & Free the Tone’s lineups of pedals. Always top-tier quality, and great for a tweaker like me.

  146. Drew Burson says:

    Timeline is still the king for my needs at least.

  147. Alberto Almansa Rueda says:

    Want to try Someone. I have a Boss DD3 and it’s OK

  148. Strymon always delivers, though I like the easy-to-customize sound of the Flashback and the nearly indestructible DD’s Boss produces as well.

    If I were to pick my-top-notch-delay though: the EQD Avalanche Run reverb/delay: versatile and beautiful (both in sound and design).

  149. Great reviews, so many options! Belle Epoch Deluxe is sounding like a great choice to me at a decent price. I think I may have to pick one up soon!

  150. Brent Wilson says:

    That meris polymoon sounds amazing!! All of a sudden I feel inadequate with my DD3

  151. Martin Smith says:

    Love the El Capistan

  152. I love Chase Bliss!

  153. Jan Marchal says:

    What an amazing list of amazing pedals! For me, the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall is the winner, as it has so many functionalities in such a small package. To own one would be wonderful.

  154. Brian Goldberg says:

    My Favorite delay is the Analogman ARDX20 with the AMAZE1 Tap Tempo and Modulation Controller pedal

  155. Still loving my nemesis delay by source audio, it covers all the basis I need. Plus having midi implementation has become a necessity in my rig.

  156. Felipe Devicaro says:

    I’m loving my El Capistan, but this giveaway would cover all grounds anyone could imagine! These are the most incredible pedals!

  157. Kas Nelson says:

    Im partial to the Strymon Time line.

  158. Peter Tas says:

    For 6 months now using the Specular Tempus from GFI. Still finding new delay/reverb effects as 32 unique algorithms is a lot to tweak and discover. Indeed the best delay/reverb in one pedal around. Pity you cannot store all on the hardware, and have to switch to MIDI.

  159. Eric Lussier says:

    I love the look of the chasebliss pedals

  160. David Krauss says:

    Right now I’m using the TC Electronic Alter Ego but would love to win of the pedals in the giveaway.

  161. I desperately need more delay on my board, and all the choices here are top notch!

  162. Aditya Bhatt says:

    need more delay! its never enough lol!
    I use a DD20 and a Carbon copy! but i still want more! I want to stack a delay between every other effect on my bouard.

  163. Free the tone flight time ft-2y, Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall rkm, Meris Polymoon
    And as far as that Dr. No FX & Troy? Using stem cells to make pedals! Having it make sound? as to lead me out of my Raised gates. Lol ( no, these are cool )

    Like those underground or at least use to be, occult ground – Tales of Alienation Tale of Advent reads

    No serious? all are awesome! But I’m always looking for that new sound! Ha ha ha. Party ON…

  164. Jim Cornick says:

    I use delay more than most other things. I love my Capistan, amongst others, but often also find myself going back to my old Boss DD5 too, which I have used for about 15 years, but which I still love so much!

  165. Dear Jebus,

    Please send me a delay pedal.

  166. Dustin Rotbart says:

    I love the poly moon and the moon canyon. My wife’s name is Moon!

  167. Michael Beckham says:

    I would love to try these pedals out. Problem is that most pedals can’t be denied anymore before they are bought. Most music shops don’t have pedals that are displayed to use. Winning any of these would be great! Thanks guys!

  168. If only the electroman had tap-tempo… :(

  169. I just got a canyon which I think is a totally amazing pedal. I don’t miss the innumerable presets from the nemesis, it’s just easy to use great sounds.

  170. gabriel pleska says:

    Loved my Boss DD-20. Love my Boss DD-500.

  171. Takahiro Hayashida says:

    Fairfield Circuitry Meet Maude is my best delay pedal.

  172. Peter Homoki says:

    I use TC M-Two and Line6 M5 both

  173. Shahin Nomani says:

    I have a TC Electronic Nova Delay and I love it. Does everything I need.

  174. Would

    Xo from Holland

    – Ard

  175. Derek Sasaki says:

    So many pedals and so little time ! I love Delay pedals !

  176. Encarna111 says:

    TC Electronic Alter Ego X4 the sound quality seems fantastic to me, the different types of delays give what they promise, and the edition via toneprint is very useful, both to create and to load the presets that they offer you.
    It’s those pedals that make you touch new things, that helps you to be creative.

  177. darko kolesar says:

    source audio nemesis
    1. great delay sounds
    2. stereo
    3. midi

  178. cobrabubble says:

    love the sound of my Line6 DL4, but it has one downside – it is very big

  179. Gregory C Allain says:

    I love Chase Bliss and Empress Effects for delay pedals

  180. Sean Gosse says:

    Right now, the delay pedals i’ve Been using are the Earthquaker Avalanche Run and the OBNE Mondegreen. The Avalanche Run is cool on so many levels, but the Mondgreen has got this “weird” factor that is a lot of fun and adds some cool (subtle or not so subtle) elements to the sound. I’d really like to try the Chase Bliss stuff out as the demos look and sound awesome. I feel like I’d get lost for days in one of theirs.

  181. Răzvan Grigorescu says:

    Following these reviews, I purchased an Ehx Canyon delay pedal, which I found very good quality, a little bit hard to control but I got extremely pleasant tones out of it. I just would love to have a Polymmoon though (or the FTT)

  182. Delays are sexy! And that Tonal Recall is the sexiest! :)

  183. Im all about that Polymoon ! Pleease send me one :-) It would bring the love to New Zealand !

  184. Bob Johnson says:

    I really love the Eventide H9 – it takes quite a bit of work to get anywhere near to mastering it, but
    if you put in the necessary study/work it will repay you.

  185. Want… them… all…

  186. Angus Keay says:

    Best hard worker? EHX Canyon.. readily available and plays great!

  187. Giorgio Cimoli says:

    While the MOOG MF-104Z is my favourite of all times, its dimensions made me look somewhere else, the original Tonal Recall was the end of the quest, until the RKM came out – the absolute all around best of analog delay.

  188. Mike McQuain says:

    I actually like the Alter Ego version of the Flashback better than the original

  189. Caleb Martin says:

    Tonal recall is my favourite, but I need to get a red knob in my life

  190. Will Craver says:

    That tonal recal is soooo dirty!!!

  191. Blake Kibby says:

    I need that Tonal Recall. NEED IT.

  192. Edward Fulton says:

    I’ve had a number of delay pedals and thus far my favorite is the TC Electronic Alter Ego II. It has a number of built in tweakable delays and the ability to download a toneprint to one position. I can change that toneprint at any time by using my cell phone to transmit a saved toneprint to the pedal by opening up the toneprint app on my phone and picking the toneprint I want to use. Then I simply hold the phone up to my guitar’s pickup and push beam to pedal on the phone. The phone then transmits the toneprint by communicating to the pedal by an audible burst of sound. There are more versatile pedals out there but this one meets my needs and has a rather small footprint on my pedal board as compared to the much bigger size of most delay pedals for sale today.

  193. Tim Danes says:

    Where’s the Boss DD500 on this list??!! I’d love to try the PolyMoon…

  194. My go to is a TC Electronics Nova Repeater and a Cusack Tap-A-Delay. The Free The Tone looks like hours of fun!

  195. Noah R Hackbarth says:

    Great picks for best delays. Though I thought the Walrus Audio Arp 87 might have the list as it does some mightily weird modulated delays.

  196. Just amazing what’s available now with pedals generally, but especially delays. Only about 10 years ago people were scrambling to pay $500B-$600 for what would now be considered a pretty half-arsed pedal. Now, no one’s creativity is limited by gear choice.

  197. David Sutherland says:

    that barenaked ladies song comes to min…. “if i had a million dollars”… i would buy all these pedals!

  198. Will Scott says:

    I haven’t purchased a new pedal in forever but I have been fiending for a Tonal Recall or El Capistan for years to replace my DD-3 and Echo Plus combo… Though the Polymoon may have just taken their place. Following those I’m enamored with the Thermae, Echosystem, and Avalanche Run. All of these new delays just seem amazing at creating the worlds of sounds I hear in my head with a little patience and imagination.

  199. Lexicon PCM 42

  200. Awesome!

  201. I personally use an Empress Echosystem, an Eventide H9, and a small Boss DM2-W that I want to replace by a Tonal Recall: this delay is fantastic and so creative. It’s not only a delay it’s a real “sound machine” that creates amazing electronic-like sounds. It’s not so easy to use at the beginning but the possibilities are so infinite, that when you start to understand how it works, then the only limit to your creativity will be yourself!

  202. Brad Richardson says:

    I have a Boss DD500 which is really awesome when you delve deeply into the editing. Though I think the Thermae is something I’d love to try. It does things that no other pedal can do.

  203. Angel Tejon Garzon says:

    Flashback 2 Delay/Looper !!. Sounds great!

  204. Brian Desautels says:

    Would love the Tonal Recall as this is a tone machine ( and I don’t have a delay pedal yet!!). Lol

  205. Rowan Das says:

    Love everything that Chase Bliss make! Also GFI are an awesome company. I would like to put a special mention to the Alexander Quadrant!!!

  206. Tried TC Electronic Flashback delay, well, its really cool, a must for your pedal train!

  207. Richard Carrier says:

    I have TC Electronic Flashback and I love it.

  208. Doug Child says:

    Thanks for the info! Every bit helps in deciphering the overwhelming number of choices!

  209. John Niespodzianski says:


    please. :)

  210. Chris Petit says:

    MXR Carbon Copy is my choice…for now!

  211. Big up on the Particle.

  212. Greg Piotrowski says:

    great pedal choices. I could definitely add a few to the board. thanks

  213. Paul Stewart says:

    My favorite delay that I own is hands down the smallsound/bigsound No Memory. It is so fun to play live and it just sits so well in the mix as either a wonky quick echo or a full max time delay for leads. No matter what board I’m building for what project big or small, that pedal is on there.

  214. Lervin John Obando says:

    Love that Polymoon and Tonal Recall!!!!!

  215. I have a MXR Carbon Copy. Really the only delay pedal I’ve ever owned but it’s a ton of fun and pretty versatile. Easy to use and I can dial in almost any delay I want. I would Hihly recommend it!

  216. Miguel H. says:

    These pedals are sick. You can never have too many delays.

  217. Matt Collins says:

    You can’t have enough delays! I have a Memory Toy, a Boss Pitch Shifter/Delay (the Slowdive special), a SiB Mr. Echo + and a Guyatone box from the 70s… All essential. And still not enough!

  218. The Belle Epoch Deluxe is my current fave, but having just gotten a Chase Bliss Spectre, I’d sure love to give the Tonal Recall a spin.

  219. Angel roca says:

    Man I sure do love delay, I haven’t messed around with too many of them just strymon dig and Seymour Duncan vapor trail, as well a the multi effect Dr scientist bitquest. I love how is the smaller companies that are making the better products, had my eye on the free the tone and Chase Bliss for a while, definitely next Tier delays for sure

  220. Justin S. says:


  221. Adam D'Zurilla says:

    Toss up between the Meris Polymoon and the Chase Bliss Thermae!

  222. Polymoon please… :?)

  223. That meris tho…

  224. Francisco says:

    Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall RKM
    Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall
    Chase Bliss Audio Tonal
    Chase Bliss Audio
    Chase Bliss

  225. Craig Robichaud says:

    I only have the delay included with my Moss me-80 it works well, but I have nothing to compare it to

  226. Greg Moore says:

    I have a boss DD7 which I like real well but it does not have all the capabilities of these delays. I would love to win one of these delay pedals and upgrade my board!

  227. Seth Oyer says:

    you guys never cease to amaze, I loved and had never seen the Dr. No but they are all pretty awesome!

  228. Erik Aagard says:

    The tonal recall is an amazing pedal. Joel Corte is a remarkable
    Designer. His pedals are amazingly well thought out.

  229. Pete Hamrick says:

    As mentioned before, your list is impressive. I currently own the Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe. Playing/owning any of the Chase Bliss pedals would be incredible. The SolidGoldFX Electroman has recently caught my interest thanks to its review on 60 Cycle Hum.

    Overall a great list that covers all budgets!

  230. Eduardo Gutierrez says:

    Always a great read! As mentioned before, Avalanche Run is a lot of fun, but you can’t top the Tonal Recall, in my opinion.

  231. Great list.

    My absolute favorite is the Nemesis from Source Audio. Previously I looked after the Avalanche run but in the end it the Nemesis was the better choice.

    I think that delay pedals are one of the most creative pedals I’ve used. At least for the melodic parts. And the rest of the band loves it.

  232. So many pedals, so little time

  233. Justin Bradford says:

    Great list!

    My favourite delay that I own is probably the Ibanez DE7, the only downside to it is the lack of tap tempo or trails, it sounds incredible though! I have a Boss DD7 with the functionability but I can’t get those great sounds out of it. Tonal Recall is probably everything and more anybody would ever need in a delay. That functionability!

  234. John Rice says:

    Tough to decide between the Avalanche Run and the old Ibanez DE7 – I’ll probably never sell either of them!

  235. Calum Gunn says:

    After feeling like I’ve pretty much gotten the most I can out of my combo of DD-7 running into a DD-3, I think it might be time to try something new, and this has certainly provided some great inspiration and direction!

  236. For me, the Meris is the most inspiring. And that’s gotta be worth something.

  237. The Timeline is starting to show its age. Still a decent unit but other pedals are offering more

  238. The Free The Tone looks pretty cool.

  239. Francis Gori says:

    So far, besides the sheer flexibility of my Source Audio Nemesis. My favorite delay is the Boonar Binson Echorec style pedal. Great tones, and simple operation!


  240. The CB Tonal Recall would have to be the nicest delay I’ve heard. I love everything those guys do.

  241. Digital granular reversed glitch delays for the win!
    (Obligated comment for pedal giveaway ;)

  242. Cool reviews as always. Seem to always find the most interesting pedals here. Looking forward to more articles!

  243. Antoine Franqueville-Roy says:

    Thanks for all these infos. You’re the best !

  244. Nelson Salgado says:

    I’m owner of a Strymon El Capistan. True proffesional sound. Favourite pedal in my studio.
    Looking to try the Polymoon

  245. That Tonal Recall is so cool sounding

  246. The only one I’ve tried out of these, is the Flashback. Great pedal. And I’m really curious about the rest!

  247. Bill Silva-Breen says:

    Love that Free The Tone.

  248. Tc for the price is the best of all.

  249. john j pioli says:

    I have delayed my purchase of a delay pedal too long. I am still researching, but some of these look amazing.

  250. Brendan Tynan says:

    I really want to see what the Meris sounds like. I’ve tried the Tonal Recall, and an early version of the Free the Tone Delay. Free the tone was super clean digital, and the Chase Bliss pedal had a ton of analog goodness in it.

  251. Alexandre Gendreau says:

    Want them all!

  252. luis horacio velez de la pava says:

    excellent all,

  253. FABIO RAMOS says:

    The strymon and the eventide h9 are my favorites out of this list

  254. How come there are no Boss pedals here? I have always loved Boss delays (maybe it’s because I grew up on them) but even in the multi-effects like the ME-50 and the MS-3 have great delays. Never tried a Wazacraft delay nor the DD-500 but the DD-7s are also really good.

    Otherwise, it’s a solid list. I started out loving delays but found that I really don’t use them that often anymore, which is why I went to a multi-effects unit for it. The Boss delays are so reliable, I’ll use them over boutique pedals.

  255. James Knowles says:

    Another great effect rundown. Sooooooo many options these days and that is a great thing, so thanks for giving a little insight to some of these pedals.

  256. Travis Bingaman says:

    Deeelllaaayyy ffforrr ddaayyss

  257. I’d love Thermae for some bubblin’ goodness, I have Timeline and El Capistan and they’re great but Thermae seems to bring something entirely different to the table. Although I just love the Moon Canyon aesthetic. Simply too many pedals to GAS for…

  258. Kelven Hughes says:

    I’m slowly building out my first pedal board…..
    overdrive – tick
    fuzz – tick
    novelty pedal – tick
    delay – ….. …… (looks at empty space on board!)

    Good round-up and helping me home in on a few i hadn’t come across before (so more YouTube and article reviews to distract me from my practicing!). The simplicity of the older pedals like the Deluxe Memory Man have appeal, but then the capabilities of the Specular Tempus and Thermae are incredible.

  259. Mick Dann says:

    I have the H9, but there’s always room for another delay, just in case the H9 is busy on other duties :-)

  260. 3 fantastic pedals!

  261. Love the old Echoplex but now use TC Electronics Flashback
    It has great setting and clarity

  262. David Gortych says:

    The Echosystem is super good! Honestly endless tones in there and I’m sure years from now I’ll still be finding new stuff.

  263. The Chase Bliss, Polymoon, and Moon Canyone all look like fun pedals to experiments with.

  264. Elijah Davenport says:

    I agree that all of the pedals listed are awesome, and I would love the Tonal Recall.
    However, as has been mentioned in other comments, I can’t believe there’s no Boss pedals on this list.
    They are iconic and so ubiquitous. You even use them as a reference in some of the delay type descriptions at the beginning of the article.
    I currently own a DD20 and a MS3 for my Boss delay needs.

  265. Eventide H9 best of best definitely my favorite

  266. Right now, my go to delay is the Line 6 Echo Park. I keep going back to this pedal. I also use a Cusack Tap A Delay Deluxe .

  267. I have the Boss DM-2w Waza Delay, which I really like, but I am a huge fan of all things Chase Bliss

  268. Thermae is such a mindblowing pedal

  269. Wonder how one of these would work with a Volto

  270. Eric Raven says:

    Neunaber Imerse: favorite delay pedal. Its like the Wet Reverb, but better!

  271. ……..Eyes without a faaace, got no hoooooman graaaaace…….. your eyes without a faaaace.


  272. I have no experience with these pedals myself, but many guitarists I like use the Strymon TimeLine

  273. Derek Doss says:

    I love the Tonal Recall. Would love to check out the Polymoon or Particle someday.

  274. John Inge Melve Ellingsaeter says:

    I’d go for the Chase Bliss Tonal recall. Mostly because of the footprint vs features ratio.

  275. Robert Abernathy says:

    I really like the Caitlinbread Bicycle Delay too!

  276. Manfred Ganswindt says:

    I love the Strymon TimeLine. Best sounding and with all options I need.

  277. Polymoon!! *hearteyes*

  278. I’ve been using an M9 for years now and it still holds up when it comes to capability balancing with interface. I essentially use it as a DL4, but it has a screen, 3 independent delays, dozens of presets and tap synched subdivisions. Having the verbzilla settings on there too is a huge bonus.
    I’ve heard great things about a lot of these delays, mainly the tonal recall, and I’d love to see the awesomely weird CT5 on this list.

  279. So, currently I’m mixing a guitar trio album and my client uses the RKM Chase Bliss all over the place. On my own board I have the TimeLine, but this is something else… It’s alive! Hope to lay my hands on one in the future! Said the bass player. :D

  280. I just got a Boss DD-20 and even though it doesn’t offer to adjust many different parameters, every sound you get out of it is really usable. However, you can never have enough delay pedals.

  281. I love the Warble Swell Echo by Mattoverse. It’s warm and beautiful; and the modulation adds the perfect amount of coloration to my guitar tone. Perfect for slap-back or cascading long repeats, it’s a really versatile pedal that sounds fantastic.

  282. Avalanche and Polymoon looking most interesting to me! currently using Chandler digital echo, among others.

  283. Avalanche and Polymoon looking most interesting to me! currently using Chandler digital echo, among others.

  284. Jeff Gottlieb says:

    I’m a big fan of all types of delay. Right now I’m using a JHS Panther Cub and really like it. But I’d LOVE to win one of these!!!!!

  285. Love my SD Andromeda.. but VERY VERY interested in the Polymoon!

  286. Mark Leahey says:

    The Polymoon is simply amazing. I have seen it used in a stereo synth setup and it blows my mind every time.

  287. So many great delays to choose from but I think for my taste the GFI System Specular Tempus and the Free The Tone Flight Time are just awesome pedals!

  288. Derek Kimball says:

    Wow… lots of great petals. Of the delays that I’ve seen, the TimeLine and TonalRecall are probably my favorites, though all of the featured petals have their own benefits. I only own a single DOD delay (not shown on this page). Would love to have a couple more.

  289. Thermae is the best. Just need a Polymoon now.

  290. In the future i’d love more coverage on companies like Ezhi & Aka, Montreal Assembly, Drolofx & Pladask Elektrisk, all of whom are making significantly unique and versatile pedals at extremely buyer friendly prices

  291. Oscar Cardel says:

    I think my next delay will be the Polymoon. So many possibilities.

  292. I’ll take 5.

  293. Please me! – Delay’s for days days days days days days………

  294. That Thermae sounds amaaaaazing

  295. John Grosz says:

    I would love something new besides my old reliable DD-6 or my Eventide H9!!

  296. Meris’s Polymoon and Chase Bliss Thermae are definitely top of my list for cool new creative tools. The empress echosystem though has amazing functionality and seems like a great box for touring when you need a lot of different delays and times to be programmed and ready to use. Everything on this list does look incredibly tasty though! If only I could have them all!!

  297. Matthew Lage says:

    My favorite of these is the Source Audio Nemesis, but that is only because it’s the only one in this list that I’ve played. I’d really love to try the Chase Bliss thermae, and the Tonal Recall, as well as a lot of the others mentioned.

  298. William Otto says:

    Awesome stuff!

  299. Chris Kidd says:

    The Chase Bliss Audio sounds really nice.

  300. Hi,
    I honestly don’t know much about delay pedals, but my boyfriend has stated that he wants one. This article was super helpful to me! So I really appreciate how in depth you went with everything and also how you made it simple enough for someone like me (someone who knows absolutely nothing about any of this) to understand!!

  301. Javier Olmedo says:

    Boss DD-20!

  302. I would love to hear the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall with my Strat run through my Blues Jr. I am currently using an old Boss PS-2 that can be very noisy, plus it’s digital.

  303. Samuel Martinez says:

    Llove to test the tonal Recall

  304. Adam Salazar says:

    Oh mah gawd, please, please me!!!!

  305. Eric Thibaut says:

    All of these pedals are great, but I think the Echolution 2 from Pigtronix is critically underrated.

  306. Tom Adams says:

    I’ve got a TC Electronic Hall of Fame and love it but am looking for a really crazy delay pedal. Can anyone recommend something? Thanks. Tom

  307. Simon Chaloux says:

    Chase bliss rkm ! Amazing !

  308. I love the Nemesis! Great article.

  309. I am in love with the polymoon and the tonal recall demos. I currently have the Red Panda Particle and Timeline. No such thing as too many delays right?

  310. Oleksandr Pechenenko says:

    TC Electronic Flashback 2 Delay!!!

  311. Austin Twomey says:

    The only delay that I’m using is in my POD HD500X. It works well for me because I can pre-program sounds and set song tempos. Would be awesome to expand my pedal collection with any one of these delay pedals. If I could build a dream board, it would probably have two delays, one would be the timeline for it’s programmability/presets/tap tempo and the other would be a great analog set it and forget it type of delay pedal.

  312. Rich Smith says:

    Can you have too many delay pedals? I would happily add one of these to help find out!

  313. Brad Dreis says:

    Belle Epoch Deluxe and Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay are my favourites

  314. Ian Swanberg says:

    I’d want the Tonal Recall. For 1 because it’s the 1I know the most about. 2 it’s analog. 3 it’s got the smaller footprint of the 3 delays.

  315. Dan Jackson says:

    love characterful delays. Especially tape, real or emulated!

  316. EPIC! gotta have one. The Tonal Recall is certainly my favourite.

  317. apeekaboo says:

    I have the Strymon Timeline but I still long for a Strymon El Capistan…

  318. Been looking for a digital delay to add to my analog, it’s tough to find one with tap in a regular hammond size box. Currently leaving towards the JHS lucky cat

  319. steuart liebig says:



  320. any one of these delay pedals is excellent. I would like to win Strymon El Capistan or Solidgoldfx Electroman MKII, or Eventide H9 Harmonizer Demo

  321. The Thermae is my favorite out of this list. So many great sounds!

  322. I love my Tonal Recall, but the sounds of the Meris are sweet!

  323. Love delay! Big fan of the meris polymoon and keen for the empress echosystem

  324. Matthew Hoffman says:

    My favorite delay I’ve tried this year is the Thermae. It’s seriously got the most beautiful sound.

  325. Great, now I need 20 more delay pedals. Thanks :) Wasn’t aware of the Polymoon. Seems really interesting

  326. Looking to try the Polymoon

  327. Christopher W Bloomer says:

    Love the old Deluxe Memory Man. Using an El Capistan now.

  328. I really love my El Capistan. So much tapey, analog goodness.

  329. Lawrence Edward Matos says:

    Delay really is an amazing effect, no matter what you put it on. However, there is a certain sweetness with the tone of a guitar with delay. It’s the only effect I exclusively use on guitars in my songs.

  330. I have a Boss DD2 from the original era. It’s awesome but wouldn’t mind getting an update!

  331. Chris Waller says:

    For my money, the Earthquaker devices rank up near the top. The site provides meaningful sound bites and a useful, user-friendly site. I can’t help but like the fun they have with the descriptions and the over-all look, as well.

  332. Gregory Lauer says:

    Currently own a thermae, but man I miss the RKM so much. Excited to try a polymoon at some point!

  333. My favorite delay is strymon timeline . I am looking for a second delay to install on my pedalboard. Meris Polymoon looks really cool and it’s one of potential candidates.

  334. The demos for the DIG are incredible. I think it’s my favorite sounding delay pedal – I am waiting for strymon to release the big box DIG alongside the Timeline. I still think bang for buck, the Timeline is the best stompbox delay pedal money can buy before you go of into rack-land. The smear, stereo spread and customization vs ergonomic ease of use is still unbeatable.

  335. I so want a polymoon

  336. Michael Barber says:

    I have the Avalanche Run and love everything about it. Adding a CV expression pedal is a must for this pedal; opens up so much more.

  337. What a great time to step in to pedalboards and the fascinataion around again!

  338. Helmut Schmidt says:

    My favourite delay, apart from the ones I already have, is the Meris Polymoon, because of the interesting modulation effects.

  339. The H9 is hard to beat but I wouldn’t turn my nose up at any of these.

  340. I never tough that the flasback could be stay in this list

  341. Marshal Tofte says:

    The Nemesis and Timeline are both fantastic.

  342. 2018, the year of the delay!

  343. James Dress says:

    So many great delays out there! Currently, I am enjoying the Keeley Caverns delay/reverb for atmospheric parts and a Digitech Obscura for more traditional/warped sounds, but would really love to try a Strymon at some point.

  344. i’m a great fun of the red panda particle but i’d really like to dig into the tonal recall. watched some demos, it sounds amazing!!

  345. Dan Schop says:

    I currently use the Keeley Mag Echo. It has been on my board for about a year and it sounds fantastic. With the blend of modulation into the delay signal, you can make it sound like a saturated tube delay or a vintage tape delay. That being said, without a tap tempo, it is limited.

    The delay I wish I currently had would be a toss up between the meris polymoon (solely based on the great review you have here) and the strymon timeline. Both increase versatility and provide me what I need in the tap tempo.

  346. Mark Anderson says:

    That Polymoon looks so sick. Along with the other Meris offerings.

  347. Ethan Boyle says:

    The delay effect is the audio equivalent to smoking salvia.

  348. Jeff Tybur says:

    So many toys…. I would definitely recommend the avalanche run. Favorite pedal I’ve ever had.

  349. John Reid says:

    The Catalinbread Belle Epoch and the actual EP-3 sound nearly identical to my ears. But when the EP-3 feeds back, it gets that bizarre swirling/crackly distortion oscillation. I haven’t heard any other pedals get that oscillation sound, although the Belle Epoch gets close because its preamp distorts during oscillation.

  350. What a great year this has been for delay. For raw functionality, I like the Empress Echosystem. For unbridled weirdness, my sonic possibilities have been reshaped by adding an EXP pedal to the Fairfield Meet Maude. From low, rumbling hills made from soggy Grape Nuts(tm) to atonal, warbles akin to 1950s Sci-Fi castoffs like Space Typhoid II or It Came From San Berandino.

  351. Michael Tomlinson says:

    Even when I am not using a delay as an active effect, I almost always have a low effect/high repeats setting on my Carbon Copy to add that good, good washy-wash.

  352. frederic deheuvels says:

    Love delays

  353. Need the Polymoon for Pink Floydish sounds

  354. Ryan Jacob says:

    I just got the Canyon recently and can attest to its mindblowingly large number of possibilities.

  355. Marc-Antoine Pelletier says:

    So many good choices

  356. Mark Miller says:

    I have an empress echosystem and I love it. I love everything empress does actually.

    I’ve heard good things of the polymoon from friends so I’d be really stoked to win one!!!

  357. Bought an Echosystem earlier this year. Absolutely stellar piece of gear.

    Not *nearly* as hard to use as the Timeline and others of that ilk. No menu diving, which is one major reason I chose it. The other is the true dual-engine design. One or two delays of any kind in series or parallel?


  358. If you compare specific delays side by side (digital vs the original), digital effects have still a long way to go but at a live situation it does not matter really.
    I like the TC Flashback 2 for its ability to tweak your own sound. …but I‘m an individualist I guess ;) In the studio nothing compares to the real thing if you are into tape delays etc.

  359. They all are great, especially if they were on my pedalboard…

  360. Charles Mayer says:

    I’ve had the pleasure to play with many of these delay pedals (not all) at various times while jamming with friends. This is a very well put together list, I especially enjoy how you describe the differences between analogue/digital for the beginners, and all of these pedals are worthy of being on anyone’s pedalboard (it would be nice if they could be on mine, as I’m currently building a board), but my luck in giveaways is not great. I hope whoever wins these truly enjoys them for what they can do to expand your sonic soundscape!

  361. Siempre me gustaron los delays , por la cantidad de efectos sonoros que se pueden obtener especialmente con los digitales. Saludos desde Ecuador.

  362. Casey J Scott says:

    Source Audio Nemesis, all the way. It’s the best “do it all delay” that exists, but also is compact and easy to use.

  363. Matthew Ashmore says:

    Torn between pulling the trigger on the empress or moon canyon! Both look amazing

  364. Martin Byrne says:

    I’d love a Strymon TimeLine, it’s a very versatile delay pedal

  365. Grigoris S. says:

    A.R. !!!

  366. Mike Freed says:

    The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

  367. Beau Osland says:

    I love many delays! Lately, I’ve been loving the JHS Pink Panther

  368. I want a Moon Canyon like yesterday. Also a Meris!

  369. Brian Wagner says:

    i could use any one of these on my empty pedalboard

  370. Julius Berchbommel says:

    A pedalboard without a delay isn’t One.

  371. sean K moore says:

    I love love love delays. I love the Tonal Recall and the Boss Dd500. I think the versatility of a delay pedal is what sells me. If it does one thing really good that’s awesome but if it can be manipulated into doing more than that one thing well I’m all in. Delay for days!!!!

  372. Scott W Thompson says:

    old blood deserves some love on this list!

  373. JP Campeau says:

    Great list of pedals! Delay is my favourite so always into reading about it!

  374. Kerrin Sharpley says:

    I am chasing bliss every day! Great site and resource. Thanks.

  375. Jeremy Baker says:

    Don’t delay on getting one of these. Time is of the essence. Look guys… I just want to win something.

  376. Michael Gaita says:

    Great list. You can never have enough delays.

  377. Kevin L. Gibbs says:

    Canyon Delay kicks ass! I would love one those! :D

  378. Jackson P. says:

    Definitely wouldn’t say no to one of those RKM Tonal Recalls!

  379. Jake Russell says:

    I use two delays simultaneously on my board. I’m constantly twerking them… short into long, long into short, short into shorter, etc. So fun.

  380. Chase bliss are the best IMO!!!

  381. Damon Palyka says:

    I pretty much only use delay pedals anymore

  382. Tim Crain says:

    I wish I could have one of every delay pedal. So many fantastic options.

  383. Bill Grego says:

    I believe all the delay pedals have a place on someone’s board. To say any one is the ” best ” is way too subjective to justify.

  384. Jim wylde says:

    Would love a new delay. Been rocking the line 6 dl4 for ages

  385. Peter Cattaneo says:

    Empress Echosystem is continually impressive.

  386. I like using delay as reverb by setting Time super short and Feedback almost to self oscillation. Sounds great on delays with modulation or warble.

  387. I seem to save up for ever to get the dream delay pedal I have set my mind on and by the time I get the money there are another ten to choose from !!!!
    Perhaps I’ll win one and can spend the money on something else . . . . lol

  388. Delay is one of my top favorite effects.

  389. Nitsan Gur says:

    Chase bliss audio delay is from a whole different planet!

  390. Stereo, mod and expression control? I need to find a Polymoon.

  391. Love them all!

  392. My dream delay would be The Empress EchoSystem with some extra vintage delays like what’s in the TC Alter Ego

  393. Ludvig Paulsrud says:

    I really like the DOD Rubberneck’

  394. Max Kimmich says:

    Id like to win something lol

  395. RICHARD HEMSLEY says:

    analog delay…..the only way hope i win this tonal recall pedal

  396. Eliazar Sanchez says:

    Free tbe tone is IMPRESSIVE

  397. Constantinos Kalampokis says:

    I have used El Capistan and the Earthquaker Devices and they are nice pedals.

    Moon Canyon though has incredible design

  398. For the price, the canyon can’t be beat.

  399. Joseph Bugg says:

    A man can dream!!!

  400. I’m a sucker for anything Chase Bliss. But I love my Flashback mkI, though. I said that right, mkI. That’s all I’m gonna say.

  401. Gary Plaus says:

    Nice! Gotta Love that Tonal Recall.

  402. Nice stuffs!!! :D

  403. i want that tonal recall.. just because it’ll fit perfectly on the board

  404. I can never have too many delays, I currently have 4 on my board! I need ALL the delays!

  405. Ricardo Santos says:

    Shane Theriot uses a Flight Time from Free the Tone. I am in love with this pedal since I saw the video. Hope I win one in this giveaway !

  406. Love the vintage sounds I get from the Strymon El Capistan

  407. Ryan Worthley says:

    The TR blue and red knobs are incredible! The blue knob almost never turns off. I need that Polymoon in my life though!!

  408. Wanna try the Tonal Recall

  409. Bryce Pulver says:

    Polymoon all the way! My buddy has one and that thing inspires new worlds of sound!

  410. Nick Steinkamp says:

    I need all of them!!! Muwahhahaha

  411. Great site and a sincere thanks for the thorough reviews. I’ve enjoyed many of the pedals you have featured and the list provides a wonderful guide of future things to try. Currently have the Nemesis, Loved the El Cap. The Digg was solid (whish I spend more time with it), and the H9 was uber powerful.

  412. Oh god do I want one of these

  413. I currently use a Mod duo which gives me a huge choice of delay setups.
    There,are two pedals that I will be purchasing because of the unique sounds you can get.
    These would be the Meris Pollymoon and Red Panda’s Particle

  414. Silas Garrett says:

    I saw the Free The Tone pedal in action in a video, and was impressed

  415. Benoit Fauchere says:

    I would very much like to try the Polymoon. I’ve had the Rainger Echo-X on my board for a while, it is a really fun little machine !

  416. Martin Larsen says:

    I’m very happy with my TC electronic Flashback, but I would love to try the Polymoon.

  417. Jeremy Costello says:

    Dispatch Master! Also, Boss DD-5 mode 9 with an external tap tempo. My 2 ‘most used’ delays.

  418. Too many fine pedals to choose from

  419. I just joined the giveaway! I think it’s a great idea to keep the interest up in a very crowded market, well done team!!!

  420. Fabian Torres says:

    ship this to me with no delay!

  421. Kelly Bruce says:

    My current favorite delay is the Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master, simple to use and great sounding repeats, though there are so many more I need to try out.

  422. John Paul Thompson says:

    I have the TC Triple Delay, which is great for performing with three preset delays stacked up on top of each other. Not the best for tweaking and real time parameter changes though.

  423. Carlos Angulo says:

    I would’ve add Carbon Copy to the list

  424. Matt Hoffer says:

    I love my strymon El Capistan, but any of the Chase Bliss pedals would be amazing to have in the collection as well.

  425. Just got a Boss DD-500 and it’s amazing! I’d love to add a more accessible, ambient beast like the Polymoon though.

  426. paul torbert says:

    i wish i has a nice delay….. a long time ago, i had the Ross Stereo Delay…..

  427. I like the compressies pedals. So many options.

  428. Angus McToon says:

    So many delays…so little time. And feedback. And tempos. Etc.

    My faves: Timeline, Nemesis, Analogman AARD.

  429. Creighton J Tamerius says:

    Love this! My all-time favorite is the Strymon El Cap. It just does things I haven’t been able to get any other tape delay to do. So good!

  430. Daniel Hunt says:

    Wow. This list is staggering. Thank you. I’d suffer any schizoid embolism for a Tonal Recall; retire any skin job for Polymoon.

  431. My favorite delay will always be the Cornish TES… I wish I still had it. I can’t decide whether or not it’s my favorite because I no longer have it though. I just remember the thump it had… it was phenomenal. I can’t decide if I want to get the polymoon, or the echostation? I need a good digital delay been awhile since I’ve had one.
    awesome article. Love these giveaways.

  432. Ronald Olszewski says:

    Some of these pedals look astounding!

  433. The design of the Dr. No Effects Moon Canyon is gorgeous! The delay/reverb/overdrive combo sounds like it would be super fun to play around with. I’m also a big fan of EQD’s Avalanche Run, they really know how to combine a reverb and delay beautifully.

    Also I wanted to say, thanks BGE, for continuing to put out such quality content that is so comprehensive and thorough. You’re doing great work to make this scene more accessible to every type of person, no matter their background or the setbacks they may face. Cheers!

  434. Maher Zaidi says:

    Thermae or rubberneck, or one of my favs the minifooger

  435. I do love me some tape delay. The Chase Bliss and Merris pedals sounds amazing, but Strymon pedals are quite lush. So many amazing pedals on the market.

  436. Eibert Draisma says:

    I like the Electro Harmonix Canyonm because it’s got a looper too :-)

  437. Tonesome!

  438. Bill Pinson says:

    The Chase Bliss Tonal Recall looks like it would be a great addition to any pedal board, especially mine.

  439. Kieran Berntsen says:

    Amazing article as always

  440. Mark McKeever says:

    Solid write up.

  441. No love for the Caroline Kilobyte? That’s ok, there are so many great delay pedals out there and you highlighted a bunch of them. I personally dig the Free The Tone, but I would kill to have any of them listed.


  442. Red knob seems fantastic !

  443. Still hoping I might win one of those three beauties..

  444. Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe is the one that I can’t put down… Amazing. Gorgeous tape delay, and a very faithful recreation of the Echoplex, in my opinion. Many folks are miffed about the lack of a tap tempo feature, but I don’t see that as a deal breaker; especially when you get an expression pedal connected to this box.

  445. Eugene Kim says:

    Anything from Meris is solid.

  446. Andy Simmons says:

    Loved the Timeline, more than a delay pedal though. Would love to try the polymoon!

  447. Strymon Timeline has been on my board for a number of years now and I plan on keeping it there for a long time to come.

  448. I love me a good analog delay!

  449. Edward San Martin says:

    My favorite is the Strymon Dig. Simple to use, sounds wonderful and clear. Not as many bells and whistles, but easy to use multi delay!

  450. Joaquin Mecklenburg says:

    Nice top list, i have a DD3 wich is perfect but i would love having one of these

  451. I would love any Meris pedal. They all sound amazing.

  452. LOVE the Avalanche Run. Amazing to be able to choose what the expression pedal controls

  453. The Nemesis is one of the best and is capable of so much, but I have to say that pedals that are really good at just a couple of things feed my creative side more.

  454. Have the Mercury and Ottobit Jr from Meris, would love to check out that Polymoon!

  455. ADRIAN Nava says:

    I go for the Strymon Dig with fav switch…I really only use two delay settings and that pedal does what I need.

  456. I want them all!

  457. Love me some modulated delay! My only delay right now is the Ibanez DE-7, so I guess that’s my fave!

  458. Thiago Rosa says:

    Red Knob is the ticket!

  459. Logan Amon says:

    We’re in the golden age of pedals, especially delay pedals. I still love playing through my El Capistan but I’d like to try the Rubberneck, Tonal Recall, or Thermae. They all seem like great analog delays. I’d also like to try out the Polymoon, Meris are doing some really cool things.

  460. Big fan of delays; analog, digital – all types. These delays 2018 look & sound great!

  461. The most interesting delay pedal of 2018 is definitely Thermae!

  462. Awesome list!

  463. Douglas Roberto Murtha Braz da Costa says:

    All are great pedals. I have a Flashback Delay which is great but does not have tap tempo.

  464. Rich Bencivengo says:

    I have had the same delay pedal for 30 years now believe it or not. I am always amazed and overwhelmed by what Chase Bliss puts out. I also have a soft spot for my neighbors to the south at EQD!

  465. Casey Gore says:

    My current favorite is the JHS Pink Panther. But there are so many great options right now!

  466. Daniel Marquez says:

    That Polymoon is absolute fire!

  467. Cesar Pinilla says:

    I really want to try that Polymoon

  468. Syd M Bishop says:

    The delay I use the most frequently is either one of my Akai Headrush pedals or my Eventide Pitchfactor, which is a truly bizarre amalgam of things. There are a few on this list that I need though. That Chase Bliss pedal! That Red Panda Particle! Dang!

  469. Jordan Gale says:

    I got to demo a bunch of these, and I gotta say that the Polymoon was my favorite. The built in flanger and phaser, the variety of control options, it all makes for something really special in the delay pedal market. Nothing else exists that is quite like it.

  470. Kyle Bingham says:

    Mannnnn All these pedals are incredible in their own way.

  471. Geoff Boyd says:

    Great choices !!
    Great article!

  472. henry whitmer says:

    Oh man, I need one

  473. It’s gonna be the Electronic Audio Experiments sending for best delay. Even if it isn’t out yet!!! Also…pick me

  474. Rocky Krueger says:

    As someone who plays in a band, I find that I play better with my group when I have a simpler board. Delay is one those effects that I have to have though. Without delay or reverb, I just can’t feel the music that I play. It’s uninspiring without those effects.

  475. Gianfranco Campolongo says:

    Man, that Belle Epoch Deluxe!

  476. Michael Krukowski says:

    Tonal Recall may be the best , but I would live to try more to compare!

  477. Gavin Wright says:

    Wowee I’ve never even heard of most of these pedals – what a selection! Thanks for the heads-up!

  478. TJ Nugent says:

    I really like the TC Electronic Flashback Delay because of its simplicity and flexibility. i don’t like to fool with a million knobs to get my sound. Grab and go is more my style. I think Joe Walsh is also like that. Ordinary Average Guy.

  479. Good article, the features on the recently released delays are crazy!
    Any of the 3 delays of the giveaway would send me for a hell of a knob-twitching ride

  480. I’m not a menus and presets guy, so I really like the Avalanche Run because it has a lot of cool sounds in a small package, and it’s pretty intuitive. The only other pedal I’ve tried on this list is the Nemesis, which is great too, but I’d really love to experiment with some of the more “out there” options. Great list!

  481. El Cap is the best delay I’ve owned. The only problem is that I need a couple more settings, so I’ve gone with the Timeline. Not quite the same, but still awesome.

    Also have a lot of love for the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe.

  482. Nathan Schneider says:

    Thermae! Just a wonderfully beautiful pedal. The filter and glide parameters really take it to synthy territory, but you can dial in a classic analog delay as well (and a gorgeous one at that). Truly baffling how that much is crammed into such a small box!

  483. Dimitris Korontzis says:

    I have the canyon delay,it’s very good,nice sounds and very easy to use also in real time with acoustic and electric guitar,very nice shimmer delay,also the octave delay and the tape and memory man,I will keep it for long time,I can make a live show only with this pedal.

  484. Brian Phillips says:


  485. So many killer delays here! I’m obsessed with the Tonal Recall RKN, and definitely want to try out the Moon Canyon!

  486. great pedals!

  487. I’d love to try the Red Panda Particle!

  488. Moog MF104-SD

  489. Leon Goodenough says:

    Any of the three would be completely amazing. Meris Polymoon has some really beautiful and unique sounds; the Flight Time has such a vintage NASA, industrial, functional interface. Nothing has more options than the Tonal Recall. What a contest!

  490. I own the Particle and would LOVE to add the Thermae. So much gooey lofi goodness

  491. I want a Thermae. Real bad.
    I’d also quite like a dwarfcraft minivan echo. Just for fun.

  492. Shaun Smitt says:

    Great Article!

  493. Jesse Finnell says:

    These delays are great. As a Flashback and Tineline user I can vouch for the quality of these pedals, but the Polymoon is intriguing is worth further investigation.

  494. Josh Lawson says:

    Love the look of the Polymoon!

  495. Victor O’Connor says:

    Favorite delay right now – Chase Bliss Thermae! I’m not sure any pedal can beat the sonic possibilities that the Thermae gives.

  496. Amazing new delays! Too many great ones.

  497. David Fazio says:

    Great For Entering Me in This Delay Giveaway ,,, I have been using a friends VOX Delaylab while recording multi-tracks .. would the chance to WIN my own delay to complete my original songs that im recording using the Tascam DP-24 ,,,, THANK YOU BEST GUITAR EFFECTS !!! You Really Do Go into Detail On ALL Your Reviews !!! VERY HELPFUL !!! Sincerely from David F. in the USA

  498. Gotta love delays. I actually have the RKM, and it really is just the best analog sound I’ve ever heard (though I’d love to try a Thermae.)

  499. So many of these pedals are great! I’ve owned quite a few of them but the TimeLine is the one that’s stayed on my board since it released. Would love to get a Poly Moon and/or an Echosystem. Particle was swapped out for a Tensor, but very curious to see what V2 is like…?

  500. I use effects with didgeridoo, not guitar, so yes I’m a different kind of animal here
    Currently using the Strymon Timeline..nice results from the digital variations there, experimentally combining them with various reverbs, phasers, and flangers. It’s all good but for my purposes the accurate delayed signal rendition of digital delays is best… kinda wanting to try out the Strymon Dig to see what it might offer that’s different than the Timeline!

  501. Tim Britton says:

    Great overview! Always had trouble picking faves… I’ll give the nod to Fulltone TTE just to throw a vote to old school magic…

  502. David S DeMaria says:

    Im Currently using the Nova delay but I can really benefit from one of these higher end Epic delay units

  503. Stacks upon stacks of delay. Never too much!

  504. John Elder says:

    Nice! The Dr. No pedal looks especially weird and cool

  505. Ryan McRae says:

    Currently using a Mooer Re-Echo and a Boss DD6, but guitarist in my band has got a timeline, nemesis and an altered delay so could really do with one of the above pedals to compete… compete….compete..

  506. Lots of great delay pedals on this list, my top 4:
    – Eventide H9 (best long-term investment, so much more than just a delay),
    – Strymon Timeline (probably my favorite in terms of sound; deep but user friendly),
    – Source Audio Nemesis (rivals the Timeline for sound quality and features, but in a more compact and affordable package),
    – EHX Canyon (best bang-for-buck… how did they fit such great sound and functionality in such a small, inexpensive pedal!?!?)

  507. MXR Carbon Copy – simple and very effective! But what a great article!

  508. Ron Grande says:

    maybe more simpler reverbs too, but maybe not . . i’d like to try some of these out though.

  509. Brad Warning says:

    DELAY…delay…delay…is the way…the way…the way…to go…go…go…go…go…go!!!!!!!!!

  510. Bret Alexander says:

    Thermae by far. No other delay like it.

  511. The RKM is great, but Thermae is definitely unique. This is the one for me!

  512. Getting back in to pedals and currently have a Boss DD-7.

    The Chase Bliss Thermae is the most interesting to me for 2018.

  513. Echosystem is the best! After that 80tape in limbo compact iii, pladask electrisk taken, and if you count granular then FORM2.

  514. Tom Urwin says:

    Been using the Boss DD-500 and I love it for the MIDI integration, but it’s a pain to dial in precision tones. I’ve been using a couple of other Chase Bliss Audio pedals for a while (Gravitas tremolo and Warped Vinyl HiFi chorus/vibrato) and they’re absolutely top of their class, I have both the Tonal Recall and Thermae on my wish list…

  515. Russell Tanenbaum says:

    Well… now I have a new list of pedals I would love to own!

  516. These are all great pedals and a fantastic article/review!!!

  517. I want them all! Haha.

  518. I want them all! Haha.

  519. Damian Le Sar says:

    well i’ve had the privilege to play with the Ibanez echo/delay and an Electro Harmonics memory man. Definitely preferred the latter, the whole analog sound gets me everytime. Both the Tonal Recall and Polymoon pedals look and sound absolutely awesome though and would make space for both on my pedal board to be honest. Trip to Venus and back anyone?

  520. Jonathan Marchan says:

    I always go back to my trusty Deluxe Memory Man, but I’d love to own the delay from Free The Tone.

  521. Matthew Capdevila says:

    I’m a delay pedal freak. One can never have too many. I blame Jimmy Page and that dang elusive echoplex! I’d count myself lucky to win any thing! Bring it on home !!!!

  522. Dull Fantastique says:

    Many cool pedals. Do like Wamplers Faux Tape Echo, Visual Sound’s Dual Tap Delay, Blackstar’s HT Delay and HEY whatever happened to the absolutely wonderful Moogerfooger 104M? Should be on any top-whatever list IMHO.

  523. They are all cool. I’d like to own any of them. Time to get my echoes on!

  524. The TC electronic flashback x 4, Eventide Timefactor, Earthquakerdevices Dtransport , Reds : Panda , Witch although all are really cool!
    Would plug any of these into the guitar and have Some FUN

  525. I love the sound of an old echoplex, nothing like it around anymore

  526. I personally use the ARP-87 Delay from Walrus Audio and love it, but have been absolutely obsessed with Chase Bliss and the Tonal Recall pedal since I first heard of it. Hope to win the giveaway, thank you very much!!!

  527. Really want to try out a timeline

  528. Billy Felt says:

    Boss DD-500 all day. There are some tasty treats listed here and honestly, I would love one of each-especially the Avalance Run, but my DD-500 paired with a Wampler Ethereal gets the job done quite nicely, I must say.

  529. Zachary Peel says:

    I would love this offer

  530. I Use the Boss DD-500 Delay and it is amazing! Delay is my favourite effect to use when playing the guitar. I love how The Edge from U2 utilizes delay to produce some of the most memorable lines in music history!

  531. Gene Brady says:

    Haven’t tried any 2018 pedals! Favorite delay pedal is my unpainted Mr. Black ‘Ambience’ prototype mostly because I can glitch it out into bitcrushed oscillation territory! As a regular delay it works well and the verb is lush as well.

  532. Thinking about selling my car. I could buy at least two polymoons then. Worth it.

  533. Rick Watts says:

    I love……………………………delay!

  534. Kurt Mesford-Lesmeister says:

    I always figure it’s less about which specific pedal you have, and more about how you go about utilizing it.

  535. Alessandro Rigo says:

    My actual and favourite delay is the Crazy Tube Circuits “Time Gold”.
    An analog delay for all events, perfect in the body of the sound and amanzingly powerful in the repetitions.
    The tap/oscillator is like a pleasure trigger on your foot during a solo and the two (digital and analog) paths combine perfectly together, giving a glorious tone.
    Also extremely useful the switch for the echo that allows you to choose between quarters, dotted eights and triplets.
    Last but not least the solidity in the construction and the beautiful artwork: a case built for glory.

  536. Frank Conway says:

    Boss -DD7 & DD3 in my rack. Would like to try an expensive boutique pedal for shins and grins

  537. Noises are important!

  538. It is so hard to just pick one. I would really like to try the Belle Epoch Deluxe.

  539. Katie Riley says:

    Would love to try all of these, would be the most amazing sound

  540. That Polymoon seems aaaaaammmmmaaaaaaaazing, all these pedals are killer for sure!

  541. Chase Bliss makes great pedals, and Tonal Recall is wicked cool! — gotta get me one!

  542. R.I.P
    To my wallet

  543. Never owned a delay pedal. Be interesting to see how I could integrate them (should I win).

  544. That Source Audio Nemesis is winking at me…

  545. my favorite delay pedal is ‘red panda particle” coz of it s mesmerizing sound! Hearing it feels like i m in another dimension of universe, rotating through space.

  546. Hope to have some of them, one way or another.

  547. I am literally stuck in endless trails of echoing options of delay pedals. I want one but I see at least 5 that I need.

  548. No Echotopia by Crazy Tube Circuits? I’m a bit disappointed :)

  549. I want all of them as well, favorite I want right now is the tonal recall.

  550. This is a really helpful list. Looking for a delay for bass, I’ll be trying the canyon first up.

  551. Great article! Wish I had an endless bag of money. Thanks!

  552. Ahh I want all of them! I might need a second board just for delays.

  553. Harrison Reed says:

    I love a good multi-effects pedal, and the Eventide H9 speaks to my soul.

  554. Montgomery Mitchell says:

    Truly this is the golden age of effects pedals. When even a mediocre, at best, player such as myself can utilize tools like these to create interesting and beautiful pieces of music. I can easily see a polymoon in my future. Thanks for these reviews.

  555. Does “guitar” in this web also stand for bass guitars?

  556. The DIG might be my hands down favorite delay ever. Of course, I’d love to compare it to any of the others…for science!

  557. Lucas Vertrees says:

    If only I had all the $ for these pedals! Currently looking at getting a Boss DD-7 or a EHX Canyon for a delay pedal.

  558. As usual, an impressive set of pedals (and accompanying reviews). Keep up the content BestGuitarEffects!
    Hoping to win the pedal giveaway!

  559. Darin Parish says:

    Lay it on me!

  560. Awesome, gotta have ‘m all!

  561. Phil Newton says:

    An awesome list! So much ambient variety. I’m really looking forward to trying the EQD Avalanche Run. There’s just something about those shimmering falls of icy goodness. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm…

  562. Tom Coates says:

    Love the articles, number 1 spot for all things pedals, love the looks of the tonal recall and avalanche run! Fingers crossed for the comp!

  563. Andy Spence says:

    I am a fan of the Empress Echosystem. So many delays and I like the fact that all the controls are easy to get to. Don’t have the money for it yet, but it will likely be the next multi-delay I get.

  564. dying to win lol

  565. Totally love most of the pedals you list above. If I could have one it would be the avalanche run or the tonal recall… The first one has all the “stardust” you’ll ever need for some shoegazing and the later has to be one of the best sounding and easy to use delays ever. The only drawback, their prices seem to be somewhat high (judging from my banking account :P )

  566. Personally I absolutely love mySource audio Nemesis! It does everything I want a super delay to do (except run 2 algos independently at the same time!) if I were to pick up one of these seats I would want to try the Meris. The poly moon looks awesome, sounds great, and can get into some pretty crazy territory. I use delay all the time and ever since I removed my vapor trail from my board, I kinda miss delay stacking! Having a little something else to add into the mix could be great! Until that moment comes and the right pedal pops into view, I’ll stick with my nemesis!

  567. Stephen Douglas says:

    It’s a Toss-up for me. I haven’t heard all of them, but, the online videos of the Source Audio Nemesis are incredible. I get the feeling that the Free The Tone may be the most accurate and flexible.

  568. Eric Fogelberg says:

    There’s not a dud on this list. That said I LOVE my Nemesis!
    Bang for the buck algorithm wise-tone wise-presets and expandability eise it’s a value and punches above it’s weight and price. That said, I’d be happy with everything here, especially the Chase Bliss and Empress delays. Another sleeper that’s on my board and will never leave is the Malekko 616 Analog Delay. It sounds amazing and for its size and price is a steal. Even with delay turned down the circuit just adds some DMM type sonic magic and feeding the Nemesis (along with the Dunlop Echoplex Pre) helps to shape tone in intangible, beautiful ways. Highlt recommend it and the Nemesis.

  569. Chris Pinheiro says:

    These pedals look out of this world!

  570. Chad Richey says:

    Good to see the Rubberneck getting some love. Those newer DOD and Digitech pedals are pretty rad.

  571. Gabe Tonestoy says:

    You you, it’s funny because although I’d love to win any of these brilliant delay pedals, my personal tastes have started to turn away from the all-in-one delay boxes like Strymon and Empress to something simpler. I’ve come to the realization that I mostly just use a few patches in those big boxes, and even though there’s many other impressive features, I just don’t use them that much. Or I did use them for a period of time when I first got the units, but now they seem gimicky and aren’t capturing my imagination quite the same way as before.

    I believe that I will be downsizing with my next delay pedal! Or maybe I’ll get two smaller units and stack them….

    That said, I’d still love to have a Meris Polymoon to mess around with and twist my brain in knots.

  572. Peter Urso says:

    I’m excited to try out some of these! I’d love to get my foot on a nice Echorec pedal!

  573. David Mares says:

    Other delays might be more versatile, but nothing beats the sound of the Strymon El Capsitan. It’s the one delay I can’t live without. The key parameter is the tape “crinkle”, which isn’t even in the Timeline. Cranking up the crinkle almost half way with the tape age at noon and a splash of wow and flutter is the perfect delay sound, which I haven’t found on any other delay pedal.

  574. Marcel Costoya says:

    From this list, I’m very interested in the Free The Tone Flight Time and the Tonal Recall, seems to be very very very good delay pedals. Delay effect is a “must have” for me, there’s something about that sensation of depth and ambience that really integrates with your playing and inspire you more and more every time you play with Delay pedals. My first delay pedal was the MXR Carbon Copy and still have it in my possession. Very simple and very good sounding delay indeed!

  575. re-housed modded ibanez de-7


    By far the hardest decision among pedals… because of the many many quality offerings out there

    But thinking about it the other way, and how far technology have taken us since the 80’s, you cant go wrong with either, just less right…


    PS: I want the tonal recall ;)

  577. Very torn between a Timeline and Eventide’s Timefactor. The Timefactor got a great review from you but isn’t on this list. What gives?

  578. Definitely want to try the Flight Time.

  579. Drawjunkw says:

    Good review

  580. I am a relative novice in the world of pedals. Play mainly acoustic. However, I hope to learn more from your site and other sources. It’s a bit daunting…so many pedals, and significant learning curve – and potentially wasted money if I buy a bunch of stuff on spec that I don’t do what I envisoined. I have an electric guitar: a 1980s Hamer phantom which I changed the pick-ups to try and achieve a more Stat-like sound (I could not afford to buy a Stat). I also was inspired recently seeing some buskers using delay and looper pedals with both acoustic and electric. I have the following pedals:
    Boss chorus – loved this pedal
    Cry baby – a classic, but can’t say I have skill with this
    Recently purchased:
    Electro Harmonix 720 Looper & Memory Boy analog delay. Both seem ok, but again I need to learn how to use properly and get a good tone in combination with the amp I am using (that’s another story).

  581. That Polymoon sounds awesome. So many delays so little cash :)

  582. Boss RE-20 Roland Space Echo is also as cool as…

  583. Albert S. says:

    Best delay ever = The Empress Echosystem!!!!

  584. Soren Hellyer says:

    I love the look of the tonal recall.

  585. I dream of one day owning a binson echorec to play all the classic floyd tunes :)

  586. Man, I really love the Rubberneck, and the H9 is so deep, but I’d love to win (or even try) any of these!

  587. Lewis Deakin says:

    I use a dl4 but i really think i need to switch to something different/better

  588. Regan Hines says:

    It’s pretty amazing how consistently the timeline and the h9 have stayed at the top of these lists for years..

  589. Trevor G says:

    I love the sound of DigiTech pedals, they make some good stuff. My current go to is the Walrus Descent. It’s recently become very noisy, but with a little gate, it’s amazing!

  590. Guilherme Araujo says:

    I could use 5 of those… or at least 3, let’s wait til August 31st to find out.

  591. Currently, my favourite delays that I use are the Obscura by Digitech and the El Capistrano by Strymon. I’ve always wanted to try out the Chase Bliss…

  592. Matt sanford says:

    The avalanche run is still one of my new favorites. I really feel like it can cover all of my usual delay needs, from clean crisp digital to super washed out reverby reverse soup. Although in terms of weird stuff, my particle and count to five really take the cake and will never ever leave my board. Shout out to the always underrated echorec too!

  593. Paul Johnston says:

    still love my TC electronic flashback mini for it’s small form factor on my board

  594. Every one of these articles make me jealous and want more pedals. I’d sure love the Nemesis, I love me lots of options on my pedals

  595. Stephen Prentiss says:

    For me it’s the Source Audio Nemesis. I love how in depth I can get with it through the app and how simple it is if I just want to use the pedal. Being able to load presets in from my phone is also a huge bonus when things change last minute.

  596. Oh, what the hey. Might as well try my hand, right? I would love me a PolyMoon, that’s for darn sure!

  597. They’re all great delays.

  598. Jason Palmatier says:

    I have several delays, including the Nemesis. My favorite is probably my Carbon Copy; it simply sounds best to my ears and is the most musically organic, again, to my ears. That said, my overall most useful and utterly creative delay is the Korg SDD-3000 (pedal version). Between the preamp and the amazingly warm sounds, I cannot understand why, other than size and inherent quirkiness, this pedal did not grab hold of more folks. So sad, but now I have a delay not many people can get and I like that, too. Another out-of-production pedal I just love is the Line 6 Echo Park. Yes, I said Line 6. Forgive me.

  599. Christine McAdow says:

    I need one of these pedals to impress a boy i like. Hes a huge pedal nerd and i need one so i can have him teach me about it and then i can also have a reason to watch him play. Also i dont own any pedals and my first one should be a super cool one like these right

  600. I hear wonders about the Line 6 DL4.

  601. Daniel Cress says:

    I really like the Nemesis and Timeline for a higher budget! The Flashback 2 and the Canyon are great budget pedals. I also really like the Diamond Memory Lane and Memory Lane jr that are not mentioned here. Maybe they are too old now?

  602. Jaktip Poonyathalung says:

    Love your review

  603. Jonah Anderson says:

    I would love to try some of these out! Excited for whoever wins the giveaway :)

  604. Ken Epstein says:

    I love the H9… wish I had 2 though cause I want to use multiple patches at once.

  605. Ryan Bossert says:

    I’d say that my favorite delay ( and reverb as well)pedal that I have used personally is the gfi specular tempus and my friends meris polymoon , that I long for desperately.

    The specular does some crazy things like the eventide space does but has a more organic quality to it and the dynamic delay + reverb just is more musical without needless menu diving. Everything I ever wanted and more tbh.

    The polymoon is a beast when through synths and drum machines for some awesome fills . With an expression pedal, this pedal is in a clas of its own at a great price and covers sonic ground that others don’t touch on as often.

  606. Jack Hooley says:

    I love my DL4 but I’m blown away by the more boutique delays. Polymoon is pulling me closer for sure, that thing could make some more space on my board and give so much more at the same time. The Chase Bliss stuff looks phenomenal as always, gonna have to have a go with one of their pedals soon before the gas gets too unbearable

  607. Richard Cantle says:

    Love using a little delay, currently happy with my Flashback but would love to experiment with these

  608. Ben Thies says:

    Honestly, each of these pedals has so much to offer that I could justify buying each and every one of these delays…

  609. T Mallory says:

    Flight Time is seriously incredible. love it.

  610. Cool delays, cool giveaway.

  611. Lorenzo says:

    Really complete article! I whis i could try some of those one day

  612. Big fan of the Particle, can’t wait for the v2

  613. Pierre Desaulniers says:

    Very informative! Now give me these pedals!!

  614. Jay Reinhardt says:

    Thank you guys for this nice overflight in delay pedals. After using a strimeline,
    a carbon copy black and bright, a wampler faux tape echo, I am in love with my
    actual boarddelays which I can recommend for trying in compare to your other

    The Eartquaker Devices Dispatch Master, small analog warm sound nearly like
    his expensive brother the avalanche run V1.

    Mad Professor Dual Blue delay, 2 awesome delayparts in one box. This Mad Prof
    knows absolutely what we need, simple but very very useful. I love it!

    Providence Delay DLY-4, the one and only analog warm delay that has written history
    now, a lot of other have copied some of these functions.
    Try and tell us what do you think. Greets Jay

  615. David James king says:

    I love delay. So much. I’m currently using an mxr carbon copy although I have recently become interested in overlaying delays to create more ambient swells. I’d love one of these pedals!

  616. Ian Nadin says:

    Thank you, more pedals to add to the must try list

  617. Oh man, I would love to try the Flight Time Delay! That ability to obsessively fine tune and then store presets always makes me happy! Great reviews!

  618. Thermae!

  619. Steffan says:

    But that Old Blood Noise Mondegreen tho…

  620. FABIO RAMOS says:

    I would love to win those pedals!

  621. Would love to try the Tonal Recall

  622. Gabriel O'Connell says:

    Gimme some sweet delay bb!

  623. Stephen P says:

    I have the Source Audio Nemesis and I love it. It’s really easy to dial in a great sound on the fly and you have the option of getting really in depth by using the Neuro app. Plus it’s not a really large footprint on your board.

  624. Stephen P says:

    I have the Source Audio Nemesis and I love it. It’s an outstanding pedal for the price. Plus it’s really easy to dial in a great sound without having to go through a bunch of submenus and such. But you can get super in depth with it through the Neuro app if you want. Really well designed, in my opinion.

  625. Rooz Izadi says:

    From what I’ve heard so far, both Polymoon and Tonal Recall are incredible delay pedals and I’m sure they can enrich my tone both on stage and in studio. Finger crossed!

  626. The Specular Tempus has my current interest but they’ve been sold out for a while now. Some great pedals in that list overall though.

  627. John Mountford says:

    Great reviews Gabriel, I’d be happy with any of those

  628. Rack/studio technology and sound quality in most of these pedals is stunning.The Free the Tone Flight Time looks so cool.

  629. The twin flanger/phaser modulation on the Meris Polymoon sounds amazing on a small footprint pedal with such a simple control array.

  630. Sean Marshall says:

    I really like the Strymon Timeline as it give an excellent rockabilly tone when used with my Gretsch G5420T.

  631. Don hutchko says:

    good delay reviews

  632. elmer lamberson says:

    Joel Korte is a genius.

  633. I’d be happy to have any of those on my pedalboard

  634. CJ Johnson says:

    Currently drooling. The Strymon’s would make my acoustic rig bangin.

  635. Jono Blackburn says:

    A well rounded article. I’d have like to see more budget friendly options but aside from that, great job!

  636. Well, I recently sold my Nemesis and BigSky to buy the amazing Ventris. And now, after deciding I need some delay again, well its going to be a Polymoon. It’s a delay with great stereo character, and a whole lot more. I can’t wait!

  637. I always had a soft spot for references in pedal’s names: Tonal Recall, a picture of Mars….my face looks now like Arnold’s when suffering from uncontrolled decompression!

  638. bertram says:

    this is an impressive article, thank you for it! I now favour delay + reverb pedals, and there are not enough of them to choose properly…

  639. Andrè Z aval says:

    I desperately want to try some of the Chase Bliss delays

  640. Clark Brown says:

    GASsing for a Flight Time

  641. Chris Keledjian says:

    I like my Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail delay. But I’ve also got an H9 Max. Curious to try the Meris, Chase Bliss, and the Free the Tone. So many possibilities!

  642. Evgeniy says:

    Why I need to by digital pedals if I can use laptop or ipad with VST plugins instead??)) I think pedals should be 100% analog signal processing.

  643. I love the blend of complicated, tweak-sound-for-days-in-my-room-pedals with the “set it and forget it” crowd. I have used both types. Right now just rocking with my good ol modded DL4… jonesing for a pink panther though… something about that modulated tone.

  644. Jared Bosgra says:

    Loving what Chase Bliss had been able to do with analog delay by pushing the boundaries of what most people think possible with an analog delay. The Meris Polymoon brings a whole new level of sound possibilities in such a small enclosure, pushing it’s tonal realm into other worlds! This is such a great list of the best delays in the world right now, maybe one day I’ll have the cash to drop on one of these bad boys!

  645. Brian Wagner says:

    delay pedal is mandatory on my pedalboard, would love to have any listed here

  646. Anthony Laing says:

    More incredible reviews sir. Narrows down my choices for my next pedal

  647. Jason Sanders says:

    Mmm I love some delay. I’ve owned half of these at some point and the others I would love to try. :)

  648. I have a few favorites in delay pedals.
    I use the Mod Duo for all my delays that are based on presets. There are 27 unique delay modules that you can use in an internal pedalboard. (only limit is CPU power). You can have multiple styles of delay in all sorts of serial and parallel configurations.
    The new Polymoon sounds very interesting.
    I plan to get Earthquacker Devices Avalanche Run & Afterneath because of the unique effects you can create by turning knobs.
    The Red Panda Particle is another that I will buy..
    I also really like the variations you can get with the Chase Bliss Audio Thermae.

  649. The Eventide one sounds really interesting

  650. Dang where is the vapor trail? I need to upgrade

  651. Manuel Cordero Rodriguez says:

    I’ve got a handmade pedal in Spain, with a botton to simulate a tape. But I Think the best is Strymon El Capistan or Eventide H9 Harmonizer. There are a lot of pedals very complicated to me.

  652. I really like the Echo Park delay, it’s stereo, and the tape has a nice decay deterioration on the echos. THere are many fine delay pedals, and the more options the better!!

  653. Kitty Lang says:

    As ever, a bunch of tasty pedals and some inciteful reviews

  654. Philip Ellis says:

    Favourite delay on my board is the minifooger. If I had the cash to splash probably the Chase Bliss Tonal Recall.

  655. I have a lot of delay shit going on on my board, but I’d love to add the Polymoon to my collection!

  656. Jennifer Turpin says:

    I love delay and usually have a couple on my board. If I had to pick one it would be the Empress Echosystem. Being able to stack 2 delays, tap tempo, expression, buffered bypass and stereo out, what more could you ask for?

  657. Miguel Pereira says:


  658. Lee Moffat says:

    Please do me Please do me delaaaaaay!!!!!!!

  659. Michael Kocheran says:

    So many nice delays on the market. Yeeeeah.

  660. Stereo or bust!

  661. Stereo or bust!

  662. bozobreak says:

    My favorite at the moment is the H9, but I would like to try out the Tonal Recall, I miss some good analog delay!

  663. Love:
    Red Panda
    Chase Bliss Audio Thermae

    Really Love!!:
    Tonal Recall

    Cross my fingers!

  664. Love my 2 H9’s and Nemesis. Best “feeling” delay I’ve played is still the El Capistan. Syrupy and incredibly musical.

  665. What an amazing line up of truly stellar pedals. I’ve got and have had a few classic delay pedals. The innovation on display with this selection is mind boggling. I’d love any of the Strymon pedals. The Eventide H9 is still top of my pedal want list, but if I had to pick the one here, it would be the Chase Bliss Audio Thermae, just because it’s a bit different in concept.

  666. Jonathan says:

    Analysis paralysis. So many amazing pedals out right now. The El Cap has been covering delay duties well for a while but starting to crave another complimentary sound. Might pull the trigger on the TR RKM next.

  667. Geoff Houze says:

    Love my DOD 440 (2014)

  668. Amy Kline says:

    This is amazing, all are great!!! Can now only wait and pray!!! Neeed!!!

  669. Great Scott, what a cool giveaway!

  670. We truly live in the golden age of effects pedals!

  671. So many delays, who can choose?

  672. Justin Wilson says:

    Man, with all the amazing options out there, it’s hard to choose just one delay! These each have something unique they bring to the table. That Tonal Recall and Echosystem are calling my name!

  673. Felipe Cea says:

    Particle delay looks interesting, I find some interesting pedals on this page.

    Say hello from Australia! ✌

  674. Kevin L. Gibbs says:

    Really want an EH Canyon…canyon…canyon…..

  675. My old Boss delay pedal wasn’t that great but, it got me by. Now it’s worn out.

  676. Rémi Sève says:

    My favorite delay is the Free The Tone ! What an awesome pure analogic sound, it’s incredible…

  677. Marshall Conn says:

    My favorite delay is the good ol’ Carbon Copy, though I’d love to give some of these a spin!

  678. I guess any of the above is a time consuming thing.

  679. I have a DD-20 and mxr cc but somehow I still want the Canyon…

  680. Simone D says:

    I guess the canyon is what gives me more hype. It’s a delay AND a looper: what do you want more?

  681. Johnny B says:

    A great list for sure. Glad to see the pedals of yesteryear are included even though they weren’t released in 2018 – several of them are still among the best delay money can buy.

  682. Rami Wohl says:

    Give me all that sweet Meris hardware :):):):):)

  683. Stefan Nerandzic says:

    Some great pedals in this review!

  684. Deke Roberts says:

    Well, the Flight Time looks fascinating, but we’ve just dropped the number it would be ideal for out of the set so… besides it’s digital and I’m an analogue man. And being analogue means I’m down to a choice of three, and two of those are by Chase Bliss, which means that stupid prejudice rules out the Dod, it actually reads like a good pedal, but I have this thing that tells me that Chase make some of the best pedals ever and if you get the chance you get one.

    So which one? If there’s something I don’t like about CB it’s the amount of twiddling available on them, it’s almost inevitable that I’ll find more than one great setting on there, so then I’ll need another, and another… So on account of it has the best name and the slightly lower likelihood of forcing me into multiple purchases, my imaginary purchase of the day is the Tonal Recall.

    I’ll take one of each just to be on the safe side, please.

    Yes, I am made of money.

  685. Joshua Gordon says:

    DELAY Lay Lay ay ay y y…………

    If we all hallucinate the same way, we create known reality……….

    Best tone effects is best

  686. Derek Sasaki says:

    I never win nothin ! But I will give it a shot ! Can not win if I do not enter ! Thanks for the shot ! Love guitar pedals no matter which one I choose !

  687. This is a great list! I own and use the Rubberneck, the Particle, and the TC Alter Ego x4, which is a tape delay emulating flashback x4 (and is on sale from some places at a price point equal to the flashback 2!). I have 2 deep in the rabbit recommendations as well:
    1. Ezhi & Aka Fernweh delay: semi modular delay with customizable patching interface for combining modulation. Russian
    2. Serendipity Analog Delay: this is a versatile British analog delay with LFO, filter, and modulation to round out the best sounding analog delay I’ve ever heard.
    (Edited comment to follow contest rules)

  688. Caleb Martin says:

    Tonal Recall is better than anything else I’ve heard. Love mine. Would really love a red knob.

  689. Been wanting a Tonal Recall since they came out, but I settled with an EQD Space Spiral for my second delay pedal. I also have a Timeline on the board – hard to beat for versatility. Great list! I’d love to try out the FTT…

  690. Mel Jones says:

    I have the Electro Harmonix Canyon Delay & Looper, but your review has me wanting to try a few others…..

  691. Nicholas duba says:

    Feed my need for delay!

  692. Mohammed Ashraf says:

    So many awesome pedals on this list but I can’t look away from the Meris Polymoon, my band mate just got it and it has exceeded every expectation we had of it, sounds gorgeous and most importantly seems like a pedal that can almost write songs on its own.

    That said, the Tonal Recall RKM sounds like analogue warbly gorgeousness, too many choices!

  693. Miles Cookman says:

    The Strymon El Capistan has been on my wish list since it first came out. Every rig rundown and interview I see with people who use it just makes me want it more. Fingers crossed for the competition.

  694. Great choices! The warmth of chase bliss with the
    Tonal Recall, and now Thermae – there’s nothing better
    Would be amazing to scoop one!

  695. I need that PolyMoon

  696. Norman Strong says:

    Delay is my most used and most versatile FX. Would love any of these pedals

  697. Hugo J. Reis says:

    Seriously, it’s amazing how many delay pedals are out there that are just really special. Been thinking of trying the Flashback, since I really liked the Mini version of it. But the H9 Harmonizer and especially the Nemesis seem to be absolutely what I need to stay in my pedalboard forever. Great stuff.

  698. Mattias M says:

    I would say the polymoon, If it would be a pick from 2018s new delays. Otherwise the el capistan!

  699. A+ to the EHX Canyon for value!

  700. No day is complete without delay!

  701. Aleksandar Markovic says:

    The time kine, man…

  702. All of these seem great but the chase bliss audio ones take the cake for me. I just wish I had one of my own. I don’t even care what color the knobs are. They both sound amazing!
    Meris is a company that I think I need to give way more attention to though. That Polymoon seems like something special!


    Those are some great delay pedals, for sure! Polymoon!

  704. David S says:

    man, so many great analog entries. that being said I’d still love to get my hands on the Empress, who could say no to a “whiskey” setting.

  705. Melanie says:

    I love delay!!! The Tonal recall seems so nice! I want it!!!

  706. I would love to try the tonal recall. I hate my addiction…

  707. Michael Woods says:

    I would like the Strymon TimeLine

  708. Simon Stadter says:

    I wanna win <3
    Love you.

  709. Im hooked on my Echorec pedal, but would love to try the three youre giving away. Im a guitar teacher in New Zealand, and play gigs regularly. So keen to try them !

  710. Sonny Saipale says:

    The Polymoon and Tonal Reacall are at the top of the list of expensive stuff to buy when I’m ballin.

  711. I want to winnnnnnn!

  712. I’ve been so intrigued by the Flight Time for such a long while! All FTT pedals are so beautiful, I just wish I could find one in a store to try out.

  713. Currently using TC Electronics Flashback Delay, super versatile, nice sound and due to TonePrint good for beginners. and yes, I’d take any on the list:-)

  714. Daniel Thompson says:

    I’ve used a carbon copy for years. Do I lust after others? Sure! Tried most of them. Theyre all grat picks. Very jnterested in Rainger, and EH Canyon

  715. It’s hard to wade through the expansive amount of pedals available these days so reviews are helpful but having it in your hands to try is the best method to see how it shapes your sound.

  716. Chris Kidd says:


  717. Steven head says:

    Currently have polymoon envy, but I’d take any on the list.

  718. I want a Polymoon so much

  719. Dustin Cole says:

    Chase Bliss pedals are just unreal!

  720. Drake Reynolds says:

    I truly wish that there was more on the web about the Joyo D-Seed. Twin channel delay is fantastic.

  721. All I can say is it’s a GREAT time to be a gear-head!

  722. Anton Nota says:

    I need them all!! :)))

  723. stefano says:

    Chase Bliss and Empress great value

  724. stefano says:

    Chase Bliss and Empress great

  725. Jonathan Aran says:

    I have the Echosystem…but I need more delays!

  726. What a comprehensive look at delay pedals! Thanks for all of the work that went into this article. I’m a big fan of your reviews, too. Keep up the great work!

  727. emilio alberto quel arquillos says:

    Strymon DIG

  728. Anastasia says:

    Super!! I want them!!

  729. Mikkel B. says:

    Not sure if this comment is coming in late, or if I’m repeating what’s been said before, but the EHX Canyon made me sell my TC Flashback. I never utilised the Toneprint that much, and found it much more useful to have a small set of tweakable parameters on hand instead of through a separate software. It sounds good too.

  730. Jase Ginkel says:

    All the Chase Bliss gear is great, Joel is a monster!

  731. I’d like to pick Rubber neck for the win Alex!
    What is : A real game-changer, especially for the price.

  732. My favorites could sang em The Earthquaker Avalanche Analog.. and the Free The Tone Midi Switchable

  733. Ben Burr says:

    The Belle Epoch is rad!! Great article.

  734. David Ramírez says:

    A single delay is never enough. But I’m in love with the Echosystem

  735. Ryndan Riley says:

    Nailed it. There are some others I love, but I couldnt say any of them are as good as these.

  736. Straight up the Line 6 Echo Park. The weird tonecore model that’s based on it’s big green brother. It just has the right to be for me out of the dozen or so I’ve tried. Every time I come back to it I find something happy with, that fits in the mix, and is dialed very quickly. Hate the stomp, love the tone.

  737. Leighanna Rose says:

    Yrreah I love DELAY echo echo echo post punk solos yeeeahhh

  738. I have the EHX Canyon and I’m happy with it. Tons of variations

  739. Sebastien Betley says:

    I’m one of those weirdos that really prefers delay after reverb! Always works better for me when doing the wall-of-sound type of atmospheric thing… and works just fine with a tight room reverb and a delay with 1-3 repeats! Always need that tempo sync tho :P

  740. Seth O. says:

    you guys never fail to overachieve, so cool. I like whatever delay you think would be great for bass, never used one with it before. Thanks!

  741. I really want to try the Polymoon. I have the Mercury and it blows my mind. Another delay I’m really excited about is the Red Panda Particle V2. It seems to add the things I wanted on the original.

    Currently on my board I have a Diamond Memory Lane 2 and Montreal’s assembly Count you Five. That covers a lot of my delay needs, but I’m an addict. I also love the original Pigtronix Echolution Phi for weird stuff.

  742. Patrick Redford says:

    Not sure there is a best. So many pedals now are of such high quality. Big fab of the moog mf104m, but the rubberneck gets some of that vibe. The new chase bliss looks mega and the old FT was as good a digital as you can get.

  743. I’ve always been a dedicated Analogue pedal user,relying on Tokai and Boss delays as go to effects. But now I’ve tried a digital delay with reverse delay, modulation and tap tempo, I understand the appeal of digital. These delays are far more advanced and sophisticated than mine, but just reading the article, it’s obviously a good thing to be entering the age of the machine! The Strymon Timeline remains a monolithic altar of worship. And now a new Tonal recall RKM edition……

  744. Hiram Suarez says:

    I need theeeeeeeeeem!

  745. I want to make the sound of crystals shattering in space in the Tonal Recall.

  746. Daniel West says:

    It’s awesome the Echo X managed to snag a spot on the top 20 list. Rainger have been making awesome pedals for ages now, representing the UK big time.

  747. Peter Teipe says:

    The Empress Effects EchoSystem looks and sounds like an absolutely killer full featured delay. I also really like the Free The Tone Flight time for it’s nod to the TC 2290. The clarity of the flight time is incredible and the fact that it has a bit of modulation you can dial in makes it really sound awesome.

    For simple and small boss sized delay pedals for smaller pedalboards I am a big fan of the TC Electronics Flashback 2. The addition of tap tempo and mash real time expression really addresses the shortcomings of the original TC Flashback delay. The Toneprint thing is really cool and I like being able to get artist presets on my pedal. Their echoplex tone print is probably my favorite and sounds incredible with my baritone guitar.

  748. I’ll take any of ’em!

  749. Andy Simmons says:

    Such an insanely strong list of pedals. I’d love to try the Meris Polymoon.

  750. Ismael Quintanilla says:

    I want them all!

  751. Christopher Trocano says:

    Love my flashback

  752. Beyond how they all sound, these are some really beautiful looking pedals. I hope I can build something so pretty one day.

  753. Adam Salazar says:

    Please, Please Me!

  754. Raul Navarro says:

    The Eventide H9 is my favourite

  755. Marco Gallerin says:

    I would like a programmable tempo delay, so for me out of the three I’d have to wanna try the Flight-Time!

  756. pretty much everything Free the Tone is now on my watchlist, thanks for giving me something to spend more money on! ;P

  757. Thomas Teverbaugh says:

    Awesome article

  758. Uriel Muñoz says:

    I really love delay pedals. I’m currently using 2 of them on my board. First one is a EHX Canyon. That one is my main delay and I mostly use the mod setting and the Shimmer one. My second delay is a Way Huge Echo Puss. I really wanted an analog delay, I tried to get a Memory Man 550-tt but it was way over my budget, so I caught a deal on this one and I was really surprised. I love how you can change the tone of the repeats on this pedal. In the future, I’m planning to get either the Memory Man 550-tt or a Tonal Recall.

  759. Wowww these monsters look amazing !!

  760. I’d love to try the Tonal Recall RKM, such a beautiful sound and many possibilites !

  761. Nikolay Koprinkov says:

    Anything among those 20 delays would no doubt be better than the lacklustre in-built delay of my Grandmeister 36. Source Audio Nemesis, EX Canyon and Chase Bliss Audio RKM seem most intriguing to me. May I be blessed with a Bliss :)

  762. Tjark Rudolph says:

    I don’t have a delay pedal yet, but I really want to get one in the next time. Thought about the MXR Carbon Copy or Boss RE20, but I gotta check out some pedals from this list first since they are probably a better choice.

  763. Joseph Bertucci says:

    I believe the Eventide H9 Harmonizer to be the most versatile because it can do more than just the delays and you have so much control esp with the App.


    So many delays…I wish I could string em all together and create a monster warbling drone delay and play on the top of a mountain for evaaaaaaa spiraling into space!!!

    Infinite delay!!!

    Would love to hear what the dod rubbernecks all about…

  765. Joe Bradley says:

    Great choices!

  766. Sean Clements says:

    Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall RKM!!! If I could have only one pedal this would be it! Fingers crossed I win!

  767. Morten Nielsen says:

    Great article!!

    I’ve got the Particle….. funny thing :)

  768. HUGE fan of the Red Knob Mod by Chase Bliss. It’s strange how all of their pedals use that iconic delay as a base and then get modulated into something unique and interesting from the others. I may be wrong, but both the RKM and the Thermae seem like proof of my theory.

    Best Guitar Effects – keep up the good work!

  769. I recently bought a DOD Rubberneck and I feel incredibly inspired by this pedal. I spent over a decade using digital delays live to try and emulate analog sounds and I was never fully happy, but felt I had to use them simply because of the extra functionality. When I first saw the Rubberneck I was amazed by its versatility and after a few weeks of using it, I truly love it. It sounds beautiful and has the analog magic, the “rubberneck” and feedback switches are one of the most musical special fx I’ve used, you can spend ages twiddling the fine adjustment knobs if you want or you can just set and forget – the 3 large main knobs remind you what this pedal is about and are very satisfying to use. Oh, also the delay time is huge for an analog pedal and can be pushed to create surreal science fiction with the clock noise. Big vote of mine to this pedal!

  770. So many great delay options at the moment. I have a Flashback X4 that sounds very good but is a bit too big for my pedalboard.

  771. The flashback delay is great. It ma ynot have all the features of some other pedals, but it has what you need at a great price

  772. Laurent de C says:

    Strymon Timeline or Nemesis delay are really what id ig the most in this article…
    Great article, by the way !!

  773. Terorrist says:

    I use Line6 DL-4 and it sounds great. But want to try the Chase Bliss pedals. Maybe I will win one

  774. Still love my Dig and my DD-2, but that Polymoon, oh my…

  775. I have used a variety of delays over the years. From the Carbon Copy, Boss DD5, to offerings from boutique builders. Currently I am using the TC Electronics Flashback X4. Delay is always a staple on my board. I don’t use it all the time but I wouldn’t be caught without one. I prefer analog and multiple settings for easy stomp access. Simple is better but some flexibility is necessary. I love to try new pedals and never shy away from a challenge. Bring it on.

  776. Michael Best says:

    Strymon Timeline has done basically anything I needed up to now but have had my eye on the chase bliss stuff for some more strange and interesting options especially with synths.

  777. Mark darrow says:

    I have a DD20, but wouldn’t mind something more analog to switch it up.

  778. I love my Carbon Copy but really want something that can do otherworldly sounds like the Meris Polymoon!

  779. The Polymoon just made my short list. Thanks for the reviews!

  780. Free the tone flight time looks great!

  781. Wish I could have all those pedals to play around with and really decide by experience which one suits me best

  782. Aaron Smyth says:

    My favourite Delay of All-Time is the EHX Deluxe Memory Man!

    P.s I bought an EQD Bit Commander & a Strymon Big Sky after I watched your videos demoing them

    Keep up the great work!


  783. Marc Brule says:

    It’s hard to imagine a guitar life without delay. More. I need more! The Polymoon sound quite intriguing. Would love to get my hands on one.

  784. Thanks for your very thorough reviews.

  785. Steven Ray Conrady says:

    Flight time is the best delay. Anything that Yuki makes is always top knotch quality. His products are easy to use.

  786. Emil Visti says:

    I’ve been using a Walrus Arp-87 for the longest time and I think it’s beautiful, but sometimes I wonder what I would be able to get out of a big box delay. I love a nice lo-fi degraded signal and a lot of the bigger boxes seem a little too clean, but I would love to be proven wrong.

  787. Linus Hauner says:

    The most of them are awesome. There are so many options, that its hardly to stop checking them out. Too often you find a great one and then the price appears… But except one or two of these pedals you can’t go wrong.
    Great content by the way!

  788. Tristan Marshall-Regan says:

    So first off, HUGE thank you to BGE. You guys have helped me on my (very early) journey into the wonderfully world of guitar pedals and the sonic landscapes that they create.

    Of the delay pedals listed above, the Meris Polymoon is so unique; really stands apart from other delays that I have heard. I haven’t got a chance to play one personally but boy have I watched every video I could get my hands on. I’ve also heard it’s great with drum machines!

    Thanks for all your work!

  789. Jan Bautista says:

    Oh man. What a comprehensive article. Great one!

  790. Derek Sasaki says:

    Awesome pedals ! Thank-you for this excellent contest and awesome pedals prizes !

  791. Bo Chandler says:

    Some righteous pedals here

  792. Ji Hwan says:

    Any of these pedals I would be grateful to have. All expensive for a music college student though!

  793. Would love to get a hold of the Polymoon or the Thermae, they seem really unique.

  794. All killer pedals!

  795. Gimme, gimme, gimme!!!
    Delay after Midnight ^^

  796. kevin ryan says:

    the el capistan what an incredible delay pedal. absolutely amazing sounds from this delay.

  797. The Strymon Timeline is my favourite until something comes along and blows it out of the water. Very versatile.

  798. Alan Aguilar says:

    I use the Red witch Titán triple delay. It’s a weird and beatiful beast.

  799. Christofer Swahn says:

    So many great ones so its impossible to just choose one…

  800. aBukreev says:

    Delay pedals are very useful, but only if there is tap-tempo in it. Otherwise it is too difficult for me as bassguitarist to obligate my sound into the groove

  801. All great pedals

  802. Byron D. says:

    Hoping whichever one I win will be my favorite. Still searching!

  803. Richard Knight says:

    Eqd Avalanche run and tonal recall are sick.

  804. Nickolas B Castillo says:

    I’d like to upgrade my low quality donner atomic falls delay with the tonal recall, but damn that thing is expensive!

  805. Love the Canyon, so much delay and versatility for cheap! My absolute favorite delay still is my Caroline Kilobyte. I keep thinking I want more from a delay pedal and I keep coming back to the Kilobyte.

  806. I hardly ever use FX, but the Nova System delay parameters are my fave ♠️

  807. Josh Apples says:

    I’m relatively new to pedals, since i’m a pianist. But lately been getting my hands on a few pedals to give my keyboards a few more colors, like the MXR Carbon Copy. I really hope to get one of the ones from the article to learn more!

  808. Cameron Breithaupt says:

    Used the polymoon on a record recently as it was in house at the studio I tracked at. Made some instant waves of ethereal magic to float around the vocals.

    As far as the strymon stuff, my resident delay is the Brigadier! Honestly holds up next to *any* analog delay. no lie.

  809. The Thermae is the coolest thing I have ever heard on a demo. When I heard it I couldn’t help but keep a smile on my face! 2nd to that would probably be the Tonal Recall the feedback just sounds so right.

  810. Ben Solofo says:

    The polymoon is definitely on my list of fream delay, possibilities seeem endless !

  811. I love my Eventide H9 Harmonizer. So many sounds, so little time…

  812. The Tonal Recall is by far the coolest delay pedal I have ever heard. Congrats on the anniversary.

  813. Andrew Cauley says:

    I commented before but now I don’t see it. Long story short, Meris.

  814. Javier Olmedo says:

    Avalanche Run V2 for sure!

  815. Martin Hoffert says:

    Echosystem is hard to beat- and also Tonal Recal RKM is nice that they made it a little brighter, was having a hard time hearing the delay on the standard Tonal.

  816. Those Strymon pedals are amazing. El Capistan is on my wishlist. I’ve heard really great things about Total Recall too. I just got an EQD Dispatch Master, which is not on the list but is great for blending delay & reverb on a budget (hello, 2 for 1).

  817. Phillip Jacobson says:

    Thermae is my favorite at the moment. Have wanted a Polymoon for a long time, for sure!

  818. Polymoon or chase bliss rkm

  819. John Elder says:

    Chyeeeaaahhh Booiiiiiiiiiyyeeeee

  820. Mark Blunt says:

    Some sweet delays there.

  821. Erik Aagard says:

    The avalanche run is an amazing pedal, pristine washes of ambient tone.

    The tonal recall is the king of echo. Amazing flexibility and tone. More repeats than your grandpa telling stories at sunday dinner!

  822. Im surprised that no boss pedal is included. Anyway, Polymoon and Specular Tempus is awesome!

  823. Will Craver says:

    Dying to checkout the thermae and the Meris, love my diamond memory lane 2, but real eager to get a little weirder!

  824. I tried one Chase Bliss pedal through and was so overwhelmed by the options. I’d love own one so I could take the time to really dive in, but the price is pretty steep.

  825. Eduardo Gutierrez says:

    All amazing delay pedals, great reviews guys! The Tonal Recall RKM seems like a lot of fun though. SEE YOU AT THE PARTY, RICHTER!!!

  826. Favorites would have to be the Meris polymoon or the chase bliss Thermae – love a good delay that does more than just repeat your sound

  827. John Lawrie says:

    Happy to see Red Panda getting some love! I’ve been using their Context as my go-to reverb for the past few years and they definitely deserve all the love in the world.

  828. The Empress Echosystem still bowsmy mind! And I hope I get to try out a Thermae some day soon

  829. Jim Pfaltzgraff says:

    I’d really like to try the Polymoon

  830. Oliver Grossenbacher says:

    I use the strymon timeline and it is my favourite delay, because it is so easy to use.
    but i honestly would love to try the chasebliss tonal recall

  831. Argin Benavides says:

    Strymon Timeline best all around

  832. I’ve got a source audio nemesis and I LOVE it. It’s small, sounds amazing, and fairly affordable. The tape engines in it are so good

  833. Nathanaël Lekeu says:

    Can’t wait to try the Tonal Recall one day

  834. All killer effects

  835. I love the Strymon timeline because it links to my interfaces beat clock and send midi tempo changes which is great for recording . It’s all the delay I’ll ever need and then some , plus they thought out every possible way to make this the perfect studio grade pedal for guitar that is worth every penny . I also really like the trex replica because it is a really clean digital delay that has an inspiring sound also .

  836. My favorite Delay is the DOD/digitech Pds8000 echo plus. , 8 second delay/ sampler
    and you can Pitch that sample… i really wish i could try out this school of pedals..

  837. Chris Ritchie says:

    All lovely are these Delays.

  838. nic. b. says:

    The free the tone looks amazing, but an drawn to to the polymoon. Their reverb looks great too. I love delays. So actually all three and most of this list would be killer to try. The memory man has always been my favorite.

  839. Bruce Rainier says:

    I have the first version of TC electronic’s flashback delay and love it’s sound quality, but have been liking the specular tempest pedal from i have heard some beautiful sounds to be had. it gets 3 thumbs up from me

  840. Pedro Arizmendi says:

    I would add the Maxon AD 9 Pro, it has the clearest analog delay ever.

  841. I really love the Polymoon but I’m curious about the Tonal Recall and the Thermae…

  842. Really wanted to try that sexy Polymoon

  843. I’d love the tonal recall!! Chasebliss must be amazing!!!!
    Delays are my fav pedals by far! My first one was the classic DD3

  844. José Espino Moreno says:

    I want it all!!!!

  845. I still feel the Timeline is the king of delays. I had a Tonal Recall, thought is was very average for a close to $700 pedal, had a Echosystem and it has a very poor UI and no native midi, not great for live use. Timeline does everything right and is somehow cheaper.

  846. Brendan Collins says:

    Delays are definitely my most used pedals in my rig! I’ve heard some great things about a lot of these pedals and would love to have my hands on one!

  847. Jo cowell says:

    I had the blue knob tonal recall and loved it but needed slightly longer delay time. I was over the moon when Rkm was released but have skipped to the thermae. Would really like to see if the RKM tone and thermae are similar or different animals! Brilliant shortlist (long list!) of delays here. The past 18 months has been good to us for delay pedals!

  848. Nicosonic says:

    Source Audio Nemesis is my favorite !

  849. Hamin Park says:

    It’d be really nice to experience with the delays!

  850. That Free the Tone Delay looks interesting. Love my Tonal Recall.

  851. Simon chaloux says:

    I want want want the tonal recall !!!
    Great site !

  852. Mariano Gentile says:

    Soo many delays.. so little time. It’s really hard to choose just one. Currently i’m using mdt/Maquina del tiempo, by Dedalo, an argentinean effects builder.

  853. John Seetoo says:

    Delay pedals have become incredibly sophisticated in the last decade. However, if only a small amount of functions are needed for the bulk of one’s playing, the Way Huge Supa Puss delay has that analog warmth while still retaining tap tempo capability.

  854. Tyler Brady says:

    Solid list! I’d love to get my hands on some of those pedals. Maybe I will…

  855. Nathan G Mumford says:

    Flashback X4

  856. James Knowles says:

    Great job once again. If you were looking to dive deeper into what is out there in the delay world, look no further! haha

  857. BILL SIEPIERSKI says:

    Pick me.

  858. Bill Tomson says:

    Would love to give the Free the Tone delay a test drive.

  859. I love my TC Electronic Alter Ego X4! I just wish it had a smaller footprint, more parameter controls, more midi functions and the new mash technology..

  860. Alex Salazar says:

    I love my TC Electronic Alter Ego X4! I just wish it had a smaller footprint, more parameter controls, more midi functions and the new mash technology.

  861. Luke Jackman says:

    I’ve always loved my Strymon and EHX Delay pedals but that Free The Tone Flight Time sounds awesome with really cool features I’m very interested. Also I really like cv controls on my pedals so I’d love to try out that Tonal Recall sometime.

  862. Kolten Zenner says:

    I honestly didn’t think I could like a timeline. I then got one. And was amazed both and functionality and tonailty.

  863. Is it possible to have too many delays? Right, I didn’t think so.

  864. Polymoon and Thermae are next level. Really inspiring pieces of gear

  865. Bill Crown says:

    Wow. Probably free the tone followed by Red Panda and Empress

  866. Echo system and Avalanche Run are the big winners for me off this list. There’s so much great gear out there right now that it’s hard to choose!

  867. Jonathan Armstrong says:


  868. Hans Latuperissa says:

    I always rate delay and reverb pedal with higher value than other type of pedals. I have been referring to best guitar effects for my compressor selection and ended up with keeley compressor pro.

    This top list of delay pedals excites me. :)

  869. David Outten says:

    I have to say the DOD Rubberneck is wonderful. So glad t made this list and it’s well deserved. Full on classic tones and wild modulation and relevant new features that make it a great choice now and for years to come.

  870. Chase bliss audio are the ones guilty of my beautiful tone. just love’em

  871. Helmut Schmidt says:

    Great selection!
    Despite having the Strymon Timeline, the Meris Polymoon is one of the most exciting delay pedals IMHO.

  872. Joshua Parlanti says:

    I’m very curious about the Meris options- currently using an Avalance run for ambient stuff and loving it. Would LOVE to get my hands on both the verb and dly options from Empress..

  873. Would love to win the trio of amazing pedals and this article was amazing

  874. This is an amazing article! I’m most interested in the Red Knob Tonal Recall. With so many different tweakable options it’s almost like an instrument itself. So inspiring!

  875. I’d love to own that tonal recall!

  876. Justin L says:

    I really want the Meris Polymoon

  877. Harold Carl says:

    Very helpful descriptions. There are just so many pedals its hard to keep up with the latest.

  878. Chase Bliss Audio is killing it! Everything they’ve put out is fantastic. I love how all of their pedals have a signature warmth to them. Also, I want to give a shoutout to Deadbeat Sounds DelayLay pedal. It’s a great analog delay. It has a wide range – from slapback to a lush echo; it’s super compact; is already boxed with two patch cables and power supply; and it’s incredibly affordable.

  879. What? No Behringer Vintage Time Machine? haha..

    Man I’m due for a nice delay.

  880. Very intersted in trying the Meris Polymoon. Sounds like it’s a kickass pedal. So many good delays being released.

  881. Wow! The Polymoon by Meris looks amazing! I gotta try one of these..!

  882. Søren Made says:

    At this point in time my favorite is probably the Polymoon, it’s an instrument in itself. I would absolutely love to have the Tonal Recall as a very nice different option. Awesome list, by the way.

  883. Great article. Is the ability to provide “tails” always a matter of the pedal having a buffer vs. being “true bypass?”

  884. currently using the red panda particle delay, but have it set to function almost as a flanger, and i use an expression pedal to control the lfo speed. very diverse pedal!

  885. I already have the Tonal Recall RKM and it’s fantastic! So warm, full bodied repeats, from normal analog to crazy sea sick warble. I’d really like to have the Polymoon as a delay partner for the TR. That would be awesome!

  886. Joaquin Mecklenburg says:

    This is a great list, really amazing delays in here, im in love with the particle

  887. I‘m really interested in the thermae. seems like you could do really awesome stuff with it.

  888. Tape delays all the way.

  889. Jesse F says:

    I’ve been using the X4 for a few years now and I’m dying to upgrade. Not that it was a bad pedal but the Nemesis looks and sounds so great. But if I happen to win any of the giveaway pedals I couldn’t complain about the major improvement in my sound.

  890. Nikita Gedgaudas says:

    Things you can do with these..

  891. Very difficult to decide.. right now I have 3 delays in my board: JHS Panther cub v1.5, Strymon Dig and crazy Death by Audio Echodream 2. I have had a lot of them, but the only one that I had twice was Boss dd-6. It was my very first delay and very first pedal in my long-long way. I don’t know, I still feel kinda attached to it, even though I tried so many boutique pedals.. I feel like you just cannot go wrong with it: it has a lot of very nice sounds in it.. especially wrap function. I still think that one day I will buy it again.

  892. John Pioli says:

    This is the best and most comprehensive list of delay pedals I have ever seen !

  893. Antoine Marcoux says:

    If I ever get the Tonal Recall, I’ll use it without delay!

  894. I would love to try the Empress Echosystem soon and am most familiar with that pedal. The Polymoon looks gorgeous and definitely has peaked my interest :)

  895. Chris Robbins says:

    Great list of delay pedals! There’s something there for anyone who has some type of delay needs

  896. I’ve been thinking about updating my board lately and delays are definitely the first thing on my mind

  897. Delay really should be apart of every guitar players arsenal. you’d be surprised how the subtlest use of delay can really turn your signal in to a much more massive sound!

  898. Toby Plewak says:

    I’ve been using the TC Electronic’s EchoBrain for a while now and really dig it. Killer glitch sounds are my favorite feature of any delay, and Echobrain delivers!! For the price, its hard to find a better analog delay.

  899. I always wanted to try a Tonal Recall RK but couldn’t justify the price tag. Good luck to me!

  900. Kyle N. Loskamp says:

    My first delay was the DD7, which opened my eyes to the sonic possibilities of delay-lay-lay-layy. Now I have my eyes set on any Chase Bliss product. These guys rock and I would be honored to rep them on my pedal board. ;)

  901. mmmmpolymoon!

  902. Trey Klemczewski says:

    I’ve always wanted to try those 2 Chase Bliss pedals but my local stores don’t carry them yet :( I’ve got an Old blood Noise Black Fountain and that thing is a simple but nice delay

  903. Polymoon seems like the most fun!

  904. I’m big fan of an original Roland Space Echo unit. I wish I could own the original…. dream :) Ok, I would be happy if some company will creates really good copy of it with all modern features.

  905. Zach Zook says:

    I really want to try the Spec Tempest. I could bathe in a Thermae. Great List on here!

  906. YOO

  907. hooooo boy, would I like a Tonal Recall!

  908. Mark Mendoza says:


  909. Trenton Adams says:

    Reverse audio is my favorite thing to do when messing around on the guitar. I love the psychedelic vibe it gives off. Any of these pedals would be a great addition to my “board.”

  910. Nicholas Merz says:

    I would gladly play any one of these, but in fact I have the Particle and I love it.

  911. David Ribe says:

    I have been through a good few delay pedals over the last couple of years, and have settled on the magic combo of the Way Huge Echo Puss and Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe.
    …For now :-) After reading this, I’m intrigued by the PolyMoon and the Solid Gold Electroman, and Chase Bliss pedals are always a brilliant source of creative ideas.

  912. Brett Taylor says:

    I use a digital delay (DD-20), and honestly I find any delay without a bpm/ms display and presets to be a waste of pedalboard space.

    I just don’t know why more analog pedals don’t use digital timers. Let me digitally control the analog pedal’s tap tempo. Or maybe that’s a thing and I just don’t know about it.

  913. Evan Kostalek says:

    So many amazing delays. I need the Tonal Recall RKM in my life. Beautiful analog sounds with digital brains, killer enclosure and just an all around rad name

  914. I really like my Avalanche Run. It can do a lot of cool sounds without any fussing with menus, presets, etc. That said, I’d love to dig into some of the multi-algorithm pedals on this list.

  915. Charles Tran says:

    The current state of delay pedals is fantastic… so many choices for every kind of musical need. And digital modeling for analog/tape delays has never been better.

  916. Man, I would have a really hard time choosing one of those. Surprise me!

  917. Jeff Rester says:

    I love delays, they have helped shape all of our modern effects!! What’s the magic number of delay pedals??? ….. just one more!

  918. Free the Tone, the analog readout is classic!

  919. J. Berens says:

    Hard to choose a favorite, but I’m into the EQD Avalanche Run right now.

  920. David Rhoderick says:

    What a great list! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of the Free the Tone! Those Chase Bliss pedals are the bomb! I was just looking up the GFI as well…

  921. Samuel Gómez says:

    Favorite delay ever is Deluxe Memory Man big box… having said that, Tonal Recall are so awesome! I mean, you can have the best of DMM, the best of DM2 in a single pedal and with all of the characters. I mean, strymon and so are really good, but tonal reacall nailed it!

  922. Mike Hogan says:

    Oh man the Free The Tone Flight Time would be hard to beat. Of course the Polymoon is in a class all by itself, but I guess you can say that about several pedals on the list. I love my little Flashback 2 with MXR Tap that I have on my mini board, but am always looking to expand my ambient palette. Pretty sure I could get wonderful textures from any pedal on this list. So very many colors we have to choose from these days.

  923. David Ramirez says:

    The CBA Tonal Recall really called my attention, tons of options to choose from and create your own nice dealt sound

  924. Nicolás padrós says:

    Lovely review! It made me want to buy all of them. Im really looking forward for el Capistan and the DOD

  925. So many amazing options we have these days. Each delay that I’ve had inspires me in different ways.

  926. Peter Lund says:

    Excellent list of pedals! No doubt, the Echosystem is my favourite! :D

  927. I want the Bliss!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  928. This article is INSANE. This is where I first witnessed the Specular Tempus, a personal favorite, and everything listed here is amazing. Good writeup!

  929. Ryan Stewart says:

    Great list! The El Cap is the one that never leaves my board, but I have a bunch of other favorites. Digitech PDS 20/20 and Boss PS-3 being a few.

  930. I have watched a number of videos online about the Free the Tone delay. The thing sounds amazing.

  931. Kristopher Mott says:

    The Thermae and Polymoon together would be a super interesting combo. Let’s bathe on the moon!

  932. Nicholas Rous says:

    I was getting worried I wouldn’t see the Rubberneck as I was scrolling through! Glad it made the list

  933. Jean LLerena says:


  934. Walt lockhart says:

    Okay, Canyon may not be the BEST of 2018, but it might be my fave.
    The shimmer with delay? So friggin good…

  935. Ewing Jesus Falla Arevalo says:

    The best: Strymon El Capistan :)

  936. Grant herbert says:

    Love my dd20 but can’t pass up on a nice analog delay

  937. I ❤️ BGE. All 3 pedals are unbelievable. Can’t imagine owning one!

  938. Jesse Comstock says:

    Great article!

  939. Daniel Horne says:

    Wow amazing delay pedals. Would love to win one. Polymoon looks amazing.

  940. Angel Tejon Garzon says:

    Polymoon sounds quite exactly the sound I like!

  941. Nathanial Mendenhall says:

    I would really love to try out the polymoon. It seems like it can do so much. The only delay i have ever owned is a carbon copy and I really don’t think it can compare to what the polymoon is cableor. I hope I win and get a chance to play on this awesome pedal.

  942. El Capistan is just gigantic. Though I admit it’s the only one I had the chance to try

  943. Still dreamin about that tonal recall

  944. I love the versatility and compact size of the Source Audio Nemesis. Would love to see how the Polymoon compares though…

  945. Dimitrios Vlachos says:

    For me, the Particle is the most useful digital delay. Granular, reverse, and pitch shifting delays. are the only ones that can’t be done in an anlog way hence the only ones that have to be digital. Of course the thermae, is game breaking, but it hasn’t reached the point where the intervals are accurate.
    I see all those great delays above, and it saddens that only few of them have a built-in fx loop. That’s also the only shortcoming foe the tonal recall. Someone needs to come up with a mod for that and start selling these babes. BOOM! that plus the particle, and the delay game is over

    • Dimitrios Vlachos says:

      Also, it bumps me that the walrus audio bellwether is discontinued. And red witch needs to come up with a Titan mkii. And for the love of god someone must finally make a demo of the EAR AD4096 mk2, it’s packed with a lot more features than the previous one, and i have to see it in action. got it out of my system

  946. The Polymoon is incredible, much more than a delay.

  947. Dying to try out the Belle Epoch Deluxe

  948. After selling a big synth, I pulled the trigger on the Moog MF-104M. No regrets! It’s definitely the best-sounding analog delay I’ve ever used. For digital, the Flight Time delay looks really cool! Dialing in a precise BPM would be really useful.

  949. I didn’t realize Meris was only 3 people! That might impress me more than anything although obviously it would’nt matter if their pedals weren’t so good / innovative. Despite the bells and whistles of many of the pedals on this list CB Thermae is still the one that’s the most tempting despite the price point. And I’d probably need an H9 as well. No, definitely. Thanks for the reviews!

  950. Mauro Juan Belarde says:

    Polymoon! with the Mercury 7 ;)

  951. Rob Evans says:

    So many choices choices choices choi…

  952. The Polymoon looks absolutely amazing, but it’s also incredible how well the El Cap and Timeline are holding up to the newer offerings.

  953. Kevin S. says:

    Have always been interested in the RKM, but recently have been craving a Polymoon. This article opened my G.A.S. to even more!!! Thanks BGE!

  954. Desmond Reddick says:

    I’d love the Tonal Recall. Looks like a dial-turner’s dream.

  955. Josh Wambeke says:

    Amazing delays!!!!

  956. John Splitt says:

    I’d love a Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe. I miss my old Echoplex.

  957. Omar Silva says:

    I’m a delay fan! There’s so much to it than just repeats!! Would love to get this three little guys!! ✌

  958. Need that Tonal Recall!!!!

  959. Justin TenCate says:

    I love that my two favorites are one. Both the Specular Tempus and Rubberneck are absolute must-play delays.

  960. I would like to own them all! “You can never have too many delay pedals” is my mantra.

  961. Aaron H. says:

    I’ve been using a Boss DD-7 for awhile now because I got a stupid deal on it, but would love a Tonal Recall.

  962. I think the coolest feature out of all of these delay pedals is the Flight Time’s ability to sync to the band’s tempo. For people who play in bands with drummers that don’t want to play to a click, that is insanely helpful. Otherwise you are tapping to match up with them constantly. Tonal Recall RKM and Thermae are the most inspiring and song idea creation pedals I’ve come across yet. Can’t really go wrong with any option on this list!

  963. Polymoon for the win this year, but you still can’t beat a nice analog delay.

    Entered an followed on everything. Insta is Brass Antlers. Fyi;)

  964. Polymoon sound very interesting …

  965. My TIME to shine!

  966. I have loved using a Timeline for delay as well as reverb, chorus, swells, tremolo, etc. It’s so versatile. But I think Meris has been calling my name…

  967. Kerry Harris says:

    Delay is one of those things that is so tricky. Unfortunately, usually the originals sound best, rather than the emulations. It’s like they’re sprinkled with a little pixy dust. That said the Tonal Recall does look appealing and the DIG has also caught my attention

  968. Recall, Recall, Recall! Tonal Recall rules!!!

  969. Jake Hawrylak says:

    The Thermae is one of the more inspiring delays I’ve seen in a very long time.

    Sign me up!

  970. Love delays! Especially with the Boss ES-8 its so easy to use these programmable units. Unique delay for every song. One can never have enough toys to play with.

  971. Mark Winegarden says:

    I have always been a fan of the EH memory Man, but their new Canyon pedal has some unique options. The Tonal Recall is also pretty sweet.

  972. John C. Williams, III says:

    Would love to play around with the Meris Polymoon!

  973. Dante André-Kahan says:

    While I have to say I think the Empress Echosystem takes the number one spot in terms of best delay of 2018, what Joel has done for effects is truly special. His approach to delay in particular is such a brilliant mix of genius use of software engineering way beyond my grasp, but also a really personal warmth that connects musician to maker in a way that has never really been done before, and is helping to push the boundaries of contemporary music. I think the Tonal Recall RKM is going to continue to be hugely important in music of the next few years, even though it already has! Thanks for being you Joel!

    • Dante André-Kahan says:

      I also mostly give the Echosystem #1 for its versatility, but both delays kind of share the top spot in my book!

  974. darko kolesar says:

    don’t delay the inevitable! ;)

  975. Magnus Thor Asgeirsson says:

    Yes please

  976. It’s hard to pick one!!
    These are: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! (digital delay)

  977. Cesar Pinilla says:

    can I have them all???

  978. It’s hard to pick!!
    These are: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! (digital delay)

  979. Silas Garrett