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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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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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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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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    Speak Your Mind


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

  2. Lewis Deakin says:

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

  3. Regan Hines says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. Guilherme Araujo says:

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

  6. 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…

  7. 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!

  8. Paul Johnston says:

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

  12. They’re all great delays.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. I hear wonders about the Line 6 DL4.

  16. 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?

  17. Jaktip Poonyathalung says:

    Love your review

  18. Jonah Anderson says:

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

  19. Ken Epstein says:

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. Richard Cantle says:

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

  23. 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…

  24. T Mallory says:

    Flight Time is seriously incredible. love it.

  25. Cool delays, cool giveaway.

  26. Lorenzo says:

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

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

  28. Pierre Desaulniers says:

    Very informative! Now give me these pedals!!

  29. 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

  30. 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!

  31. Ian Nadin says:

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

  32. 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!

  33. Thermae!

  34. Steffan says:

    But that Old Blood Noise Mondegreen tho…

  35. FABIO RAMOS says:

    I would love to win those pedals!

  36. Would love to try the Tonal Recall

  37. Gabriel O'Connell says:

    Gimme some sweet delay bb!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. John Mountford says:

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

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

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

  45. Sean Marshall says:

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

  46. Don hutchko says:

    good delay reviews

  47. elmer lamberson says:

    Joel Korte is a genius.

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

  49. CJ Johnson says:

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

  50. Jono Blackburn says:

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

  51. 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!

  52. 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!

  53. 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…

  54. Andrè Z aval says:

    I desperately want to try some of the Chase Bliss delays

  55. Clark Brown says:

    GASsing for a Flight Time

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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!

  60. Brian Wagner says:

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

  61. Anthony Laing says:

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

  62. 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. :)

  63. 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.

  64. The Eventide one sounds really interesting

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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!!

  68. Kitty Lang says:

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

  69. Philip Ellis says:

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

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

  71. 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?

  72. Miguel Pereira says:


  73. Lee Moffat says:

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

  74. Michael Kocheran says:

    So many nice delays on the market. Yeeeeah.

  75. Stereo or bust!

  76. Stereo or bust!

  77. 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!

  78. Love:
    Red Panda
    Chase Bliss Audio Thermae

    Really Love!!:
    Tonal Recall

    Cross my fingers!

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

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. Geoff Houze says:

    Love my DOD 440 (2014)

  83. Amy Kline says:

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

  84. Great Scott, what a cool giveaway!

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

  86. So many delays, who can choose?

  87. 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!

  88. Felipe Cea says:

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

    Say hello from Australia! ✌

  89. Kevin L. Gibbs says:

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

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

  91. Rémi Sève says:

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

  92. Marshall Conn says:

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

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

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

  95. 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?

  96. 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.

  97. Rami Wohl says:

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

  98. Stefan Nerandzic says:

    Some great pedals in this review!

  99. 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.

  100. 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

  101. 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 !

  102. 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)

  103. Caleb Martin says:

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

  104. 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…

  105. Mel Jones says:

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

  106. Nicholas duba says:

    Feed my need for delay!

  107. 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!

  108. 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.

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

  110. I need that PolyMoon

  111. Norman Strong says:

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

  112. 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.

  113. Mattias M says:

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

  114. A+ to the EHX Canyon for value!

  115. No day is complete without delay!

  116. Aleksandar Markovic says:

    The time kine, man…

  117. 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!

  119. 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.

  120. Melanie says:

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

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

  122. Michael Woods says:

    I would like the Strymon TimeLine

  123. Simon Stadter says:

    I wanna win <3
    Love you.

  124. 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 !

  125. Sonny Saipale says:

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

  126. I want to winnnnnnn!

  127. 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.

  128. 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:-)

  129. 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

  130. 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.

  131. Chris Kidd says:


  132. Steven head says:

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

  133. I want a Polymoon so much

  134. Dustin Cole says:

    Chase Bliss pedals are just unreal!

  135. Drake Reynolds says:

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

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

  137. Anton Nota says:

    I need them all!! :)))

  138. stefano says:

    Chase Bliss and Empress great value

  139. stefano says:

    Chase Bliss and Empress great

  140. Jonathan Aran says:

    I have the Echosystem…but I need more delays!

  141. 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!

  142. emilio alberto quel arquillos says:

    Strymon DIG

  143. Anastasia says:

    Super!! I want them!!

  144. 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.

  145. Jase Ginkel says:

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

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

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

  148. Ben Burr says:

    The Belle Epoch is rad!! Great article.

  149. David Ramírez says:

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

  150. Ryndan Riley says:

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

  151. 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.

  152. Leighanna Rose says:

    Yrreah I love DELAY echo echo echo post punk solos yeeeahhh

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

  154. 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

  155. 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!

  156. 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.

  157. 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.

  158. 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……

  159. Hiram Suarez says:

    I need theeeeeeeeeem!

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

  161. 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.

  162. 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.

  163. I’ll take any of ’em!

  164. Andy Simmons says:

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

  165. Ismael Quintanilla says:

    I want them all!

  166. Christopher Trocano says:

    Love my flashback

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

  168. Adam Salazar says:

    Please, Please Me!

  169. Raul Navarro says:

    The Eventide H9 is my favourite

  170. 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!

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

  172. Thomas Teverbaugh says:

    Awesome article

  173. 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.

  174. Wowww these monsters look amazing !!

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

  176. 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 :)

  177. 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.

  178. 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…

  180. Joe Bradley says:

    Great choices!

  181. Sean Clements says:

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

  182. Morten Nielsen says:

    Great article!!

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

  183. 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!

  184. 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!

  185. 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.

  186. 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

  187. Laurent de C says:

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

  188. Terorrist says:

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

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

  190. 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.

  191. 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.

  192. Mark darrow says:

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

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

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

  195. Free the tone flight time looks great!

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

  197. 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!


  198. 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.

  199. Thanks for your very thorough reviews.

  200. 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.

  201. 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.

  202. 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!

  203. 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!

  204. Jan Bautista says:

    Oh man. What a comprehensive article. Great one!

  205. Derek Sasaki says:

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

  206. Bo Chandler says:

    Some righteous pedals here

  207. Ji Hwan says:

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

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

  209. All killer pedals!

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

  211. kevin ryan says:

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

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

  213. Alan Aguilar says:

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

  214. Christofer Swahn says:

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

  215. 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

  216. All great pedals

  217. Byron D. says:

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

  218. Richard Knight says:

    Eqd Avalanche run and tonal recall are sick.

  219. 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!

  220. 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.

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

  222. 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!

  223. 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.

  224. 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.

  225. Ben Solofo says:

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

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

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

  228. Andrew Cauley says:

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

  229. Javier Olmedo says:

    Avalanche Run V2 for sure!

  230. 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.

  231. 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).

  232. Phillip Jacobson says:

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

  233. Polymoon or chase bliss rkm

  234. John Elder says:

    Chyeeeaaahhh Booiiiiiiiiiyyeeeee

  235. Mark Blunt says:

    Some sweet delays there.

  236. 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!

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

  238. 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!

  239. 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.

  240. 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!!!

  241. 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

  242. 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.

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

  244. Jim Pfaltzgraff says:

    I’d really like to try the Polymoon

  245. 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

  246. Argin Benavides says:

    Strymon Timeline best all around

  247. 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

  248. Nathanaël Lekeu says:

    Can’t wait to try the Tonal Recall one day

  249. All killer effects

  250. 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 .

  251. 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..

  252. Chris Ritchie says:

    All lovely are these Delays.

  253. 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.

  254. 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

  255. Pedro Arizmendi says:

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

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

  257. Really wanted to try that sexy Polymoon

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

  259. José Espino Moreno says:

    I want it all!!!!

  260. 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.

  261. 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!

  262. 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!

  263. Nicosonic says:

    Source Audio Nemesis is my favorite !

  264. Hamin Park says:

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

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

  266. Simon chaloux says:

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

  267. 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.

  268. 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.

  269. Tyler Brady says:

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

  270. Nathan G Mumford says:

    Flashback X4

  271. 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

  272. BILL SIEPIERSKI says:

    Pick me.

  273. Bill Tomson says:

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

  274. 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..

  275. 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.

  276. 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.

  277. 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.

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

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

  280. Bill Crown says:

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

  281. 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!

  282. Jonathan Armstrong says:


  283. 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. :)

  284. 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.

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

  286. Helmut Schmidt says:

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

  287. 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..

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

  289. 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!

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

  291. Justin L says:

    I really want the Meris Polymoon

  292. Harold Carl says:

    Very helpful descriptions. There are just so many pedals its hard to keep up with the latest.

  293. 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.

  294. What? No Behringer Vintage Time Machine? haha..

    Man I’m due for a nice delay.

  295. Very intersted in trying the Meris Polymoon. Sounds like it’s a kickass pedal. So many good delays being released.

  296. Wow! The Polymoon by Meris looks amazing! I gotta try one of these..!

  297. 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.

  298. Great article. Is the ability to provide “tails” always a matter of the pedal having a buffer vs. being “true bypass?”

  299. 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!

  300. 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!

  301. Joaquin Mecklenburg says:

    This is a great list, really amazing delays in here, im in love with the particle

  302. I‘m really interested in the thermae. seems like you could do really awesome stuff with it.

  303. Tape delays all the way.

  304. 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.

  305. Nikita Gedgaudas says:

    Things you can do with these..

  306. 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.

  307. John Pioli says:

    This is the best and most comprehensive list of delay pedals I have ever seen !

  308. Antoine Marcoux says:

    If I ever get the Tonal Recall, I’ll use it without delay!

  309. 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 :)

  310. Chris Robbins says:

    Great list of delay pedals! There’s something there for anyone who has some type of delay needs

  311. I’ve been thinking about updating my board lately and delays are definitely the first thing on my mind

  312. 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!

  313. 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.

  314. I always wanted to try a Tonal Recall RK but couldn’t justify the price tag. Good luck to me!

  315. 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. ;)

  316. mmmmpolymoon!

  317. 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

  318. Polymoon seems like the most fun!

  319. 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.

  320. Zach Zook says:

    I really want to try the Spec Tempest. I could bathe in a Thermae. Great List on here!

  321. YOO

  322. hooooo boy, would I like a Tonal Recall!

  323. Mark Mendoza says:


  324. 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.”

  325. Nicholas Merz says:

    I would gladly play any one of these, but in fact I have the Particle and I love it.

  326. 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.

  327. 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.

  328. 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

  329. 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.

  330. 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.

  331. Man, I would have a really hard time choosing one of those. Surprise me!

  332. 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!

  333. Free the Tone, the analog readout is classic!

  334. J. Berens says:

    Hard to choose a favorite, but I’m into the EQD Avalanche Run right now.

  335. 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…

  336. 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!

  337. 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.

  338. David Ramirez says:

    The CBA Tonal Recall really called my attention, tons of options to choose from and create your own nice dealt sound

  339. Nicolás padrós says:

    Lovely review! It made me want to buy all of them. Im really looking forward for el Capistan and the DOD

  340. So many amazing options we have these days. Each delay that I’ve had inspires me in different ways.

  341. Peter Lund says:

    Excellent list of pedals! No doubt, the Echosystem is my favourite! :D

  342. I want the Bliss!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  343. This article is INSANE. This is where I first witnessed the Specular Tempus, a personal favorite, and everything listed here is amazing. Good writeup!

  344. 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.

  345. I have watched a number of videos online about the Free the Tone delay. The thing sounds amazing.

  346. Kristopher Mott says:

    The Thermae and Polymoon together would be a super interesting combo. Let’s bathe on the moon!

  347. Nicholas Rous says:

    I was getting worried I wouldn’t see the Rubberneck as I was scrolling through! Glad it made the list

  348. Jean LLerena says:


  349. 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…

  350. Ewing Jesus Falla Arevalo says:

    The best: Strymon El Capistan :)

  351. Grant herbert says:

    Love my dd20 but can’t pass up on a nice analog delay

  352. I ❤️ BGE. All 3 pedals are unbelievable. Can’t imagine owning one!

  353. Jesse Comstock says:

    Great article!

  354. Daniel Horne says:

    Wow amazing delay pedals. Would love to win one. Polymoon looks amazing.

  355. Angel Tejon Garzon says:

    Polymoon sounds quite exactly the sound I like!

  356. 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.

  357. El Capistan is just gigantic. Though I admit it’s the only one I had the chance to try

  358. Still dreamin about that tonal recall

  359. I love the versatility and compact size of the Source Audio Nemesis. Would love to see how the Polymoon compares though…

  360. 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

  361. The Polymoon is incredible, much more than a delay.

  362. Dying to try out the Belle Epoch Deluxe

  363. 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.

  364. 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!

  365. Mauro Juan Belarde says:

    Polymoon! with the Mercury 7 ;)

  366. Rob Evans says:

    So many choices choices choices choi…

  367. The Polymoon looks absolutely amazing, but it’s also incredible how well the El Cap and Timeline are holding up to the newer offerings.

  368. 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!

  369. Desmond Reddick says:

    I’d love the Tonal Recall. Looks like a dial-turner’s dream.

  370. Josh Wambeke says:

    Amazing delays!!!!

  371. John Splitt says:

    I’d love a Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe. I miss my old Echoplex.

  372. 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!! ✌

  373. Need that Tonal Recall!!!!

  374. Justin TenCate says:

    I love that my two favorites are one. Both the Specular Tempus and Rubberneck are absolute must-play delays.

  375. I would like to own them all! “You can never have too many delay pedals” is my mantra.

  376. 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.

  377. 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!

  378. 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;)

  379. Polymoon sound very interesting …

  380. My TIME to shine!

  381. 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…

  382. 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

  383. Recall, Recall, Recall! Tonal Recall rules!!!

  384. Jake Hawrylak says:

    The Thermae is one of the more inspiring delays I’ve seen in a very long time.

    Sign me up!

  385. 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.

  386. 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.

  387. John C. Williams, III says:

    Would love to play around with the Meris Polymoon!

  388. 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!

  389. darko kolesar says:

    don’t delay the inevitable! ;)

  390. Magnus Thor Asgeirsson says:

    Yes please

  391. It’s hard to pick one!!
    These are: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! (digital delay)

  392. Cesar Pinilla says:

    can I have them all???

  393. It’s hard to pick!!
    These are: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! (digital delay)

  394. Silas Garrett says:

    I’m a huge fan of delay, though I have some different pedals than the ones featured here.

  395. Boy, pedals have come a long way since my Ibanez Analog Delay from 40 years ago – that was reverb/delay for many years. I still compare other delays to that one as the standard for me.

  396. John McHugh says:

    You just gotta love the Source Audio Nemesis Delay!

  397. While i love my El Cap, and H9 … I still haven’t found THE ONE.

    El Cap is on a lot but it does feel like a one trick pony every now and again.

    The Free the Tone pedal looks amazing!

  398. Douglas Ives says:

    THESE ARE AWESOME, wish I had a delay pedal. Alas, student life does not allow for luxuries.

  399. Jason Fishburn says:

    Used the Strymon Timeline for many years, and added the Tonal Recall about a year ago, both really great sounding and made by solid companies who stand behind their work. Always love a good delay pedal!!

  400. Juan Carlos Russo says:

    Chase Bliss is really pushing the envelope lately. Really wicked stuff. But once you go down the “add options” path, it really becomes an issue for working players. That’s why I love the Flashback simplicity. Out of this bunch I’m curious about the electroman mk II… it should be a fun one to play

  401. Really could use any great delay right now!

  402. For keyboard and synths i prefer to have all in one since its rare that you have pedalboard in setup.
    Evolution of TC Electronic Flashback x4 with a MASH and some reverb algorithms like GFI could be the sweetest one. If there is something close to GFI reverbs with Strymon delays in one box. Good review and nice list of great stuff.

  403. I still love my Timeline. Dying to try some Chase Bliss. But at the end of the day, I could find a home for any of these on my board!

  404. Brian Burleson says:


    I used to have a delay pedal, I miss it.

  405. Frank Slattery says:

    There is so much “want’ on this page right now. Dying for a delay upgrade right now.

  406. Daniel Healy says:

    I used to have a blue-knob tonal recall! I sold it to pay for life in graduate school :(

    I miss that darn thing so much. If anyone know’s vibrato (seriously, pushing the rate up in modulation with a lower depth floored me), it’s Joel Korte.

  407. Love my Tonal Recall! Would also love to try out the Polymoon for that delicious textural playing!

  408. Very thorough article about delays. Any of these 3 wild boxes would certainly be more than fun to use on your pedal board

  409. David Sutherland says:

    I would love to try out any (or all) of these pedals!

  410. Strymon timeline is like learning an entire new instrument. every time i explore i find another new facet to play with :)
    id like to see how the tonal recall plays!

  411. All impressive, of the lot most interested in getting the Polymoon !! hope the contest favors me! I’d add the Semour Duncan Andromeda which sounds excellent w many features

  412. James Dorward says:

    Thermae and Polymoon together would be really something

  413. EQD, Empress, CBA… Awesome stuff

  414. RICHARD HEMSLEY says:

    any one of these pedals would be awesome to own

  415. Gabriel D says:

    I’m fiending hard after the Meris Polymoon – I love stereo pedals and running delays for daze. Been listening to Robin Guthrie’s ‘Imperial’ and am feeling the GAS hard for another brilliant delay pedal. Cheers.

  416. Being “Old School” my favorite is still tape echo. That being said, it would be nice to have a pristine, modern unit to learn with. Never too old to learn, right?

  417. These all look amazing. My current delay is a tried and true Boss DD-5, but I haven’t had the opportunity to play many different ones. I would love the chance to win any of these!

  418. Henry Robertson says:

    So many great pedals here. I’m definitely partial to Chase Bliss or the Empress. So many tonal options and accessible.

  419. I appreciate the opportunity! Love delays and that Polymoon….

  420. gabriel pleska says:

    My favourite? My DD-500. Mighty Boss.

  421. Dirk A Florence says:

    Several people I play with use the Strymon Timeline and they love it. I can’t afford that quite yet so I use a cheap ‘copy’ that has one tube type delay that is what I almost always use. It does have tap and that makes it very useful.

  422. Current favorite is the Timeline, but I haven’t had the chance to play many of these. So many great options out there!

  423. Andreas says:

    i would like to own each off them, because you can’t have enough delays! nice article!

  424. Christopher McKendrick says:

    My favourite is the Empress Effects Echosystem

  425. My only experience to date is the original Boss Digital Delay. I would love to expand on creativity with one of these amazing new delay pedals!

  426. FT-2Y is blowing my mind. Flight Time’s ability to move the timing of the entire delay line would lead to some trippy feels. But Joel Korte’s RKM Tonal Recall is my #1 pick.

  427. Todd Larsen says:

    My favorite is definitely the Source Audio Nemesis.

  428. All the Meris stuff look very interesting, and the Polymoon is no exception.
    Nice Selection, overall.


  429. Stuart Anderson says:

    Great article! My favourite delay was a hulking big metal thing my dad once built me from plans he found in (I want to say a Maplins magazine) It was glorious and scary and one of a kind until some scumbag stole it after a gig one night. Winning one of these would be a dream come true!

  430. Tamir Hativa says:

    i have the empress echo system and it is mind blowing, great article by the way…

  431. Brubane says:

    The following is a comment I am making in order to win the random drawing.

    In the interest of accuracy, the words “The following” are part of the comment.

  432. Manfred Ganswindt says:

    Thanks for the detailed article. I had no idea what is the best for me. It´s a long way to the idal pedalboard.

  433. That Meris Polymoon is something else. I’d plug into two amps at the practice space, sit in between, and just ping pong delay back and forth all day. My bandmates would love it.

  434. Katherine says:

    Thanks for the reviews of so many delay pedals. I’m definitely in the market for a new pedal, and the Rainger FX Echo-X piqued my curiosity.

  435. Such an awesome list, so many options, would love to try any of the top few. The giveaways are top notch too.

  436. Ron Kwasman says:

    I want all of them!

  437. Carl Martin says:

    Great article and reviews

  438. Tulio Andrade says:

    Great deal

  439. Patrick McLean says:


  440. I like to pair Tonal Recall with Montreal Assembly Count to 5 AND the DD7. Overkill? I even dream of inviting DECO to the party.

  441. Jeremy Wilson says:

    I got rid of my Memory Man years ago, during a tough stretch, but that pedal was one of my favs. Like to try the Earthquaker Avalanch one day.

  442. Remi Quenin says:

    The Thaermae is absolutly Fantastic !!! I didn’t try the Tonal recall but it look very cool too ! Sincerly the 3 padals of the giveway are apparently awesone, but I would love to try the Polymoon :)

  443. Damn this is a great review ! I would love to have my first delay pedal from you!

  444. Grayson says:

    ohhhh I want a tonal recall red knob and free the tone

  445. The Strymon Timeline is my favorite delay pedal of all time. With that said, I always run at least two or three different delay pedals on my board. I find that the interplay between the pedals can yield really interesting results.

  446. Ryan Jacob says:

    I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Canyon for a while.

  447. Michael Berndt says:

    I have owned or currently own all but 2 of these delays – there are so many options out there right now, it can be daunting, but oh, what a delay time that we live in!

  448. Casey Scott says:

    I”m all in on the NEMESIS! It’s literally the only delay on my (admittedly) over-sized and over-indulgent pedal board. Best bang-for-buck and power-to-weight ratio out there, in the same pedal. I don’t ever see a need to replace it, until I just wear out this incredible pedal through use!

  449. Great list! Echosystem is my favorite.

  450. Oleksandr says:

    I use Flashback X4 and M9’s delays… but realy think/dream about one or couple more)))

  451. William Scott Thompson says:


  452. The TC Electronic Flashback 2 Delay looks super sweet! but they all look pretty tasty!

  453. Delay pedals have gotten insanely good recently. The market has opened up so much that they just seem to get better across the board on a regular basis.

  454. I love delay! My current favorite is my Boss RE-20, BUT I find pretty much all of them useful and am always looking for more. I’ve also never tried a “super delay” like in this giveaway, and would be stocked to do so.

  455. I am on the fence between the Canyon, and the Tonal Recall. But if I win the Tonal Recall, that would make my decision so much easier :)

  456. Christian Olsson says:

    I have only owned one delay pedal, the tc electronic nova repeater, which I’m rally satisfied with.
    It has tap tempo, a really nice digital delay in addition to some other useful emulations of analog and tape delay. I also really like the versatility of the delay time knob, because there is a button for switching between 3 different time ranges to operate with the knob, which makes it very easy to toggle in the right delay time on the fly, when you don’t have the added benefit of saving presets.
    But even though I have been satisfied using that pedal for close to 4 years I wouldn’t mind trying something else! I’m a little jealous of people with delays that have preset functionality. But I really dig the Chase Bliss tonal recall, both soundwise and the look of it. And the fact that it’s a delay pedal with tap tempo in such a small enclosure!

  457. Love the Echosystem! But would love a Tonal Recall RKM to go with, what a combo! I’ve used an avalanche run, a belle epoch, and a dispatch master in the lead up to the echosystem- all were great!

  458. I recently picked up a timeline and while it sounds pretty great, I think I’m on the hunt for a more basic great sounding non multi effect delay. Chase bliss looks like a nice option.

  459. TC Flash back is the best. Not only cheap, but also full of options for any delay need.

  460. Jonathan says:

    Own or have owned the Tonal Recall (I recommended springing for the RKM), Echo System (currently on my board and amazing), Flashback 2, and H9. Would love to try the others!

  461. Steven L says:

    Chase Bliss is taking the art of effects pedals to a new level and raising a bar for everyone else. I would be eternally grateful for the chance to add a Tonal Recall to my board!

  462. All of these are great. Love the Avalanche Run and Nemesis, would love to try other ones soon !

  463. Jose Rios says:

    The Canyon is a great pedal.

  464. The DOD has to be my favorite, it’s simple to use yet powerful. Can’t beat the bang for the buck!

  465. yes please

  466. Ingrid R says:

    3 great delay pedals

  467. Adam Jeffers says:

    I love all of these, but I would really love to win the polymoon or the tonal recall!

  468. Glad to see Avalanche Run V2 made the list – even without stereo reverb, the V1 is my second favorite delay, right behind the Ibanez DE-7.

  469. Carlos Loor says:

    i would love to have the Chase Bliss RKM!

  470. Raymond Seto says:

    I would have to go with Electroharminix’s Canyon because it also has a looper :)

  471. Mark Walker says:

    Excellent list. I am a delay nut and own or have owned most of the pedals. One on the list I have not tried and really want to is the DOD Rubberneck, especially with Harman putting the awesome Digitech/DOD team out to pasture. Hoping for a win in this contest and would really love to win the Free the Tine pedal, although winning any would be cool. Thanks for the great blog.

  472. Tommaso says:

    The Polymoon seems amazing!! I only used the Strymon El Capistan and i really loved it but reading the whole article I’d love to try every single pedal and especially the Polymoon for all the possibilities and the midi control!

  473. Ron Podovich says:

    Delay is one of my favorite effects. I have been using a DIG and Timeline together for some crazy spaciness.

  474. Dennis Gaines says:

    I really want multiple of these pedals. It’s going to be hard to choose.

  475. My first delay pedal was a DOD stompbox that I rented, which started an obsession. I went on to get a Memory Man and later two Akai Headrush pedals, both of which I still play. I haven’t met a delay that wasn’t righteous so far and wish I had more.

  476. Gabriel Hasser says:

    Currently playing around with the Moog MF Delay. Just a simple, great sounding analog delay. Really digging it!

  477. Leonardo Junior says:

    Tonal Recall for me!

  478. GStrand says:

    Good list! Nemesis is a favorite of mine. Also like the Mr Black Tapex2

  479. Javier D. says:

    Delays are great. I usually use alone for long repeats and an analog for ambience. Cheers!

  480. Beau C Osland says:

    I’ve been loving the DOD Rubberneck Delay lately!

  481. Lawrence Matos says:

    The best delay is one that completely immerses you in a trace, like most of these.

  482. Ryouta Usami says:

    Happy Anniv pedalheads!

    I love my 2 delay pedals. Flashback from TC Electronic, and Relaxing Walrus Delay from Ninevolts Pedal
    Nine Volt Pedals are the house brand from Nine Volt Pedals in Japan, one of the largest effect pedal distributors in Japan. Cheap but quality pedals.

  483. John Mccormick says:

    I want all of them, but especially the empress.

  484. Jay J Lawrence says:

    I’ll take any of these they want to give me.

  485. marc-antoine pelletier says:

    tonal recall is maybe the best pedal ever !

  486. Chase Bliss makes some of the best pedal out there. I have a good friend of mine who has 2 of the Tonal Recalls on his board and the are nothing short of amazing. Worth every penny.

  487. Tyler L says:

    Having a hard time picking which pedal to go with, Delay pedal is my next purchase for sure though!

  488. Edward Fulton says:

    I would go with the TC Electronic delay pedals. I own a Hall of Fame Reverb and an Alter Ego Version 2 pedal. I really like the toneprint feature on these pedals. This allows the ability to use artists settings and tweak them to your own settings. By using my phone to load a toneprint I can have multiple toneprints on hand and rapidly load one to work with.

  489. Dylan Treadwell says:

    The Thermae looks incredible.

  490. Claudio Gonzalez says:

    Lots of great Delays, My choice is for sure Time Flight by Free the Tone, is an amazing tool, great retro look, and awesome delay!!

  491. Luis Soler says:

    Of these, I’ve only had experience with the Particle and the Flashback. Both great pieces of kit. the Particle V2 looks like may be adding some preset functionality, that always seems to me necessary for these kinds of units!

  492. Mark Nason says:

    My favorite delay that I OWN would be the Boss DM-2w but I’d really love to try the slapack of the Strymon Deco!

  493. Mo Gottschall says:

    Great info, but some of these look so cool I don’t even care what they sound like!

  494. Gareth Mogg says:

    Despite this being one of THE essential pedals to have on your pedalboard, I still don’t have a delay! All of the above look particularly sexy though. Personal faves are the tape delays, though a good digital/analogue can always do the trick!

    Thanks for the great write up!

  495. Elijah Davenport says:

    I would love anything on this list, but the Chase Bliss is my favorite due to the footprint and features.

  496. I use the source audio nemesis delay and I love it. I have been wanting to try the chase bliss tonal recall ever since it came out though.

  497. Ken Flood says:

    Surprised not to see Pigtronix Echolution 2 on the list. I love mine.

  498. Felipe Devicaro says:

    These are incredible delay machines!

  499. JakeAaron says:

    The strymon timeline has always been a solid choice for me, but I’m very curious to try out the tone recall when I get the chance!

  500. Jesse Bond says:

    I use the h9 and love it but I’d love to try out the Chase bliss and solid gold!

  501. pI wan to have the first outboard effect for my Esq-1

  502. ed lefebre says:

    Soooo many features gonna make it hard to choose!

  503. Mike Freed says:

    I’ve only tried the Flashback and the Canyons, but There are several on this list I’ve been jonesing to try. Especially the Catalinbread.

  504. James Leitner says:

    The design philosophy at Meris seems impressive. I look forward to trying their pedals someday!

  505. Martin Krauser says:

    I’m really dependent on footprint size, because as a busker I have to get the best out of a compact board. Even though nothing bad ever happened, it also helps if the pedals are priced at something I don’t mind casually taking out of the house.

    So the best delay pedal for me is the Zoom MS-70CDR, as it also provides for a lot of other needs, is far more flexible in how you set up the signal processing than most top-shelf pedals are, and has the nifty stuff like stereo or tap tempo, too, but most importantly, sounds good and is the size of a Boss pedal.

  506. giuliano says:

    FT-2Y seems amazing

  507. David Gulyás says:

    Polymoon is my favourite

  508. Diego Crego says:

    Nice roundup!!! But for live set up I always go to simple trusty Analog old Ibanez Ad-9.

  509. Richard Keel says:

    The Rubberneck looks awesome – I like my delays simple and dirty, and of all of them, this one seems to fit the bill the best.

  510. I’m really attracted by chase bliss products!

  511. I recently bought the Polymoon and it is indeed very cool / inspiring. I also have the Pigtronix Echolution Ultra Pro and it is very unique and can do some crazy modulation. Now if I just had some time to set up the MIDI presets to work these two delays together…!

  512. So many awesome choices out there these days. We’re lucky to be alive at a time when there are so many gear possibilities available to musicians.

  513. Sebastien says:

    Great article to awaken my gear acquisition syndrome… A lot of great pedals that would enhance any pedal board and trigger creativity and musicianship. Good luck to all for the giveaway.

  514. Tom Poynton says:

    I honestly think I could have a pedalboard made up solely of delay pedals!

  515. Meris Polymoon would be a great addition to my board! it seems sick! :)

  516. Matthew Kettmann says:

    Love the Flashback II!

  517. I studied this page when I was looking Forward r a delay and fuzz

  518. Renner Gutierre says:

    Eventide H9 is my choice! For all it has to offer in a single unit.

  519. Really helpful article! Love the look of the FT-2Y. Back To The Future indeed.

  520. John Niespodzianski says:

    These all are awesome!

  521. I’d have to say Source Audio nemesis is 1st and the el cap from strymon a close 2nd. Then again I’d be absolutely okay with owning every last one on this list!

  522. great and interesting article.
    I live the Tonal recal!

  523. I never thought I’d see the day where I might be looking at a delay besides my Timeline. What a great list of killer pedals!

  524. Boss DD-3 for 20+ yrs, has seen a gig or two & still going!!
    Paired with a H9 – Keep it digital people!!
    Would love another H9 (Core)

  525. David López says:

    I need two of each…

  526. geerhoar says:

    While I’m excited to see builders add modulation options and more digital control, I’d like to see more pedals with buit-in effects loops that can be modulated by the delays, themselves, as with the DOD Rubberneck. As these boxes become increasingly complicated, the ease of use becomes important, as do the number of presets.

    • Liz in DC says:

      It would be great if more pedals had regular MIDI in and out/thru inputs, rather than requiring an adapter. Folks are going to want to build MIDI presets and use MIDI control for the advanced features.

  527. Oh man, those are some sweet sweet delay pedals.

  528. Fournier Jean-Luc says:

    I just need a Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall RKM !!! i would like to win one !

  529. The Polymoon is SOOOOOOOOOO appealing.
    If only there was a way to win it through a giveaway

  530. Tyler Santinelli says:

    My Avalanche Run is my #1 pedal, but I’m thinking of putting the polymoon before it and setting up a stereo rig. Huge ambient guitar sound here I come.

  531. Delay pedals are super, I use Bayger digital delay, but want more delays:)

  532. Great article!

  533. Skip Benicky says:

    Eventide multi effects it’s track record it’s Eventide!
    But I like the concept of multi effect taking less real estate on the pedal board. The sheer quality of the tone of the effect IMO

  534. Francisco says:

    Some feedback? Ok then:
    I would like to win … to win … to wi… to wi… to w … to … t …

  535. I’d happy have all of these. Sold a DD20 and went for the budget minded Sinvertek Fluidtime II. It’s pretty good, tap tempo analog delay and the same size as the Tonal Recall. Size matters!

  536. Currently the delays in my collection are: Lines6 DL4, TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay, Strymon El Capistan, EHX Deluxe Memory Man XO, and a Digitech Obscura. All of which I love!
    I would also love to try the Polymoon, Flight Time, and Tonal Recall though…;)

  537. Great list! I’ve been itching to try out that Polymoon. Best of luck to everyone.

  538. I have the Flashback Mini and I love it. I have the looper as well. It would be great to have the delay and looper in one.

  539. Maximiliano Gomez says:

    Thanks for the repeated surprise article to article! ;-)

  540. Agree entirely about the Empress Echosystem. Love the flexibility and tones out of this thing, and the fact it’s still being updated with new algorithms, a looper, etc.


  541. Lou Diaz says:

    I’m currently using an old MIJ Boss DD3. I would love to get a flexible analog delay on my board for a more organic sound. All the demos of the tonal recall have me salivating… It’s perfect for my sound… but money is tight.

  542. Hamish Walker says:

    I cannot fathom how awesome it would be to plug Polymoon/Tonal Recall and the FT-2Y together!!!!!

  543. Awesome article and thanks for the opportunity to try one of these babies out !

  544. Zebulun Jungeberg says:

    Currently own a carbon copy and love it. I would like to Strymon pedals (Timeline). Thank you

  545. Shahin Nomani says:

    TC Electronic Nova Delay. Does EVERYTHING I need, and then some!

  546. I still love the Memory Man. But I would love to try something new!

  547. Salvatore Samperi says:

    All great stuff!! Hoping to try one of them!

  548. B Johnson says:

    I love that there is so much variety in the delay world, while it seems like such a rudimentary effect, there is really a whole spectrum of variations. So cool.

  549. I never had a delay but a lot of my favorite albums have tape delays on them so I’ll go with that

  550. Viktor Malych says:

    I’ve been using a Digitech Digidelay for two years now and it’s a surprisingly good delay.

  551. Stanton says:

    I love the H9! What an incredible tool. I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of what it can do after a year of play. Love running it in stereo.
    I want the Tonal Recall RK to complement the H9 with some true analog texture.

  552. George Berry says:

    This is a wicked article! I have a TimeLine and I love it.

  553. Allen McBride says:

    I think the Wampler Ethereal would be a great delay pedal. I don’t have one, but I want one.

  554. Probably can’t go wrong with any of these, but it’s always nice to be able to save a few presets.

  555. Alexandre G says:

    Too many good ones…

  556. Ennio Milano says:

    The timeline is really great, but I like them all

  557. quentin says:

    Where’s the Carbon Copy Deluxe?

  558. MMMmmmm echosystem. MMMMMMmmmmm Polymoon

  559. let´s see if i have any luck!

  560. Hilda Hazel Wright says:

    Boss Tera Echo was mind blowing when I tried it out with my saxophone! But when we first got that and disappeared into the music room didn’t come out for 3 days! Fantastic!

  561. Wow, that’s a pretty epic giveaway! I’ve tried a few on the list in my never ending search for the perfect delay. Currently using the Boss DD500 and an old RE20 which work nicely together. There’s no such thing as too much delay though right?!

  562. Darren Schenkel says:

    I would love any one of these delays net to my DD-3!

  563. Sean Demey says:

    Rubberduck!! i think the timeline is overused in the ambient genre

  564. Slab Riffjaw says:

    Soooooo much trippy drippy goodness!

  565. The more analog the better.
    Too much programming kills the creativity.

  566. Dude, I’m chasin that Bliss

  567. Many guitarists I like are using the Strymon TimeLine.
    That is therefore the pedal I want to try one time.

  568. Igor Golachev says:

    Meris Polymoon is super-brain-teasing. Hope to get my hands on it :) Besides Strymon El Capistan have been my devoted friend since it was born.

  569. Would love to try the Empress Effects Echosystem

  570. Dave Brookes says:

    Massive fan of the Strymon Pedals!

  571. Simen Andersen says:

    Can you ever get enough delay pedals?

  572. I love the Neunaber expanse series. So many possibilities and great sounds

  573. Mark Williamson says:

    All of these sound like great pedals. I’m currently using a TC Electronics Triple Delay which I love due to it’s flexibility and the weird effects you can create when running the 3 delays in series, but always looking for something new to add to my pedal armoury!

  574. José Araújo says:

    test for echo

  575. Peter Semple says:

    They all sound like amazing options

  576. Teotihuacary says:

    Electroman by SolidGoldFX. I don’t know why, but that’s the best I’ve heard.

  577. Wim de Wild says:

    I think the Meris polymoon is great in stereo setup, if you like a lot of modulation on your delayed signal. Wpuld love to win this. I also like the DIG , especially in the golden ratio mode. When it comes to analog delay, I prefer my Deluxe memory man, but I also love the DOD. For tape delay sounds, it would be El Capistan for me.

  578. Edoardo Del Principe says:

    Actually I have two delay pedals on board: one is the Ibanez De7 and the other the Dispatch Master by EQD but I’m thinking to buy a modulated delay pedal. I really enjoy space echo sounds and verb-delay soundscapes, super psychedelic! Chase Bliss in my opinion has done the best “delay kind of pedal” so far in this 2018 with the Thermae but also the Tonal Recall is very interesting.

  579. Lorenzo Assogna says:

    I absolutely love delay effects with their infinite possibilities. I have a Carbon Copy that sound great but I really need a tap tempo and I would like to experiment with some different tape echo style machine!

    Cheers from Italy!

  580. Tonal Recall!

  581. James White says:

    am I winrar

  582. There are so many great delays.. I have tried & owned a lot of different units and regard them as being like ingredients on a spice rack in the kitchen.. they all have their uses and our taste in the moment helps define our needs..

  583. Matthias says:

    For my money, the flashback triple delay is the best delay pedal on the market it can nail any delay tones you need and with the option to switch between series and parallel on the 3 separate delay engines you can experiment endlessly with your delay tone.

  584. Jason pich says:

    Excellent list here but I think the polymoon has that little something extra in the way it incorporates modulation. It just sounds amazing. I also like the way that the controls are laid out, it just seems intuitive to me. There may be more “feature rich” delays on this list but to me the polymoon is king. The nemesis and either chase bliss pedals being close contenders.

  585. Michael Brunetto says:

    The Polymoon is super impressive. A really cool take on a delay pedal that I haven’t really seen before.

  586. Most of these pedals are out of reach financially for me, but the one I’d love to have the most is the TC Electronic Flashback delay 2. I’m a big fan of its little brother HOF.

  587. Aaron Allen says:

    Jeez! That’s a lot of delay. I have to go with two; one very simple analog in one setting simply to add space. The the tonal recap for the big stuff.

  588. Matthew Taylor says:

    The Boss DD500 deserves to be on here. No it’s not flashy, no it’s not sexy, it’s a stormtrooper-style workhorse that actually hits the spot and gets the job done. Love mine.

  589. Guillaume QUINETTE says:

    Chase Bliss win this competition IMO. Crazy sounding delay, and that modulation ! Would be honored to win one thanks to you guys :)

  590. Chris York says:

    Nice !!! They are all pretty cool.
    Great prize – Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Good luck everyone.

  591. Absolutely adore everything Chase Bliss lays their Midas-like fingers on. It’s a shame that they’re so freaking expensive though (even if their prices are completely justified). Would be beyond stoked to win one through you guys

  592. Stephen Bier says:

    I must say, I’d love to try a polymoon at some point.

  593. You can NEVER possibly have too many delay pedals. I love to stack them or put one in the fx Loop of the other. amazing sounds very easy.
    Strange enough, i find it kinda boring, that every Company makes 6 or 8 drive pedals, but it never bores me if they do make 3 or 4 delay pedals. :-)

  594. Eibert Draisma says:

    Haven’t tried delay on my bass, but shure would like to try

  595. Nigel E. says:

    Delay is a must to have, I have a tape delay and a digital delay and I’m using them parallel, the more delay the merrier

  596. Razvan Lazea-Postelnicu says:

    Those Tonal Recalls though.

  597. Always wanted to try Tonal Recall. Have seen it in some reviews and was very impressed.

  598. Old EHX DMM best analog delay ever as well as the Polymoon – digital.
    Excited about this giveaway!!)

  599. ILIAS PANTOLEON says:

    The jam pedals delay Llama has got to be one of the best sounding delays out there. You guys should get your hands on one.

  600. Morten Sigurd Westgaard Brua says:

    Nice roundup! I have the GFI, sounds great but it’s only capable of relatively short delay times, so I need a secons delay. Reverbs are fantastic!

  601. Eduardo Ferreira González says:

    Wich one is the best reverse?

  602. I think the FT-2Y is what a lot of people have been waiting: a 2290 in-a-box. I own a Nova Delay and it’s fine, but the FT-2Y has some features that are really handy IMHO.
    Also the Deluxe Belle Epoch seems really interesting…with the FT I’d say…the perfect couple!!

  603. I have never tried a Pigtronix delay but from what I have seen, they sound very unique.

  604. JB Salé says:

    I’ve got the El Capistan, which is an amazing pedal. It keeps surprising me every time I start tweaking it ! The Free The Tone does look like it’s straight “outatime” ;-)

  605. Christopher Martin says:

    Excited about the chance to win any of those.

  606. I have 2 fav delays. The Timeline and the SDD-3000

  607. I use H9 and it’s a real beast. I would love to add another H9 or a Timeline to be able to do more experimental stuff. I also use Titan – a triple analog delay from Red Witch. You can combine 3 delays in parallel or in series. I would love to have a delay like this in a digital version with presets. Chase Bliss and their Tonal Recall is so attractive and Echosystem from Empress seems like the ultimate delay machine but the absence of MIDI and display is a deal-breaker for me. It seems like there are already too many delay pedals on the market but… one player never seems to have enough delay pedal so… I’m super glad for all of them :)

  608. Thomas Moa says:

    Ooh baby. Would love to try that meris polymoon and the tonal recall. Wouldn’t mind getting my hands on a thermae either.

  609. Dan Hall says:

    The Polymoon is something else. All of the Meris stuff sounds awesome. Sound wise I think they’ve got a slight upper hand on all of the others. I’ve had the Avalanche Run and it’s such an inspirational tool. I sat playing just through that for hours on end!

  610. This is an incredibly useful list of delay units.

  611. Niklas Wiegand says:

    I’ve owned the Nemesis Delay for over a year now and I am super happy with it!! :)

  612. William Burk (@eighteyedspy23) says:

    Sniffy. Well-regarded and kool stuff. I am waiting with baited breath and beating heart. Oh Lord, pleeeez…

  613. Gwenael GAUDIN says:

    Fantastic giveaway!!

  614. DELAY!?

    feeling like The Edge in fromer days of U2, having multiple sounds at one time, what a great thing :-)
    theese above are surely one of the best to get!


  615. Reginald Manning says:

    One of each please.Ooops I have the Meris Polymoon ,but wait .TWO WOULD BE FREAKING AEWSOME!!!

  616. Sandy Munns says:

    So many choices….
    I’d have to try the Strymon Dig first, but the Chase Bliss pedals sound cool!

  617. Eskil Seter says:

    Love me some analog delay. Using the Flashback 2 at the moment, but that Tonal Recall is high on my wishlist :)

  618. M. E. Kendirci says:

    All the updates to Red Panda Particle you mentioned that you wanted to see is actually coming with a new version! I hope they won’t make us wait long. I’m sure it’ll make it to the next years list!

  619. Great review and some amazing pedals. :)

  620. All excellent delay pedals. Thanks for the article!

  621. They’re all great pedals. It’s great what you do guys, thanks!

  622. I really like the Rubberneck! Great sounding pedal that’s super fun to use.

  623. I’m not saying I’d murder someone for a Tonal Recall, but I’d probably be willing to commit some form of misdemeanor vandalism for one.

  624. I’ve had my eye on the tonal recall for some time now. Ever since I started following Joel Korte’s (and his company’s) work, I’ve been enamored.

  625. Marton Kovacs says:

    Nyerni akarok

  626. Meris Polymoon!

  627. All these delays pedals look great & sound great . I’d be happy to any of them. Thanks in advance

  628. Dimitris Korontzis says:

    i have the EHX CANYON and i like it very much,i would like too win the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall RKM,i think together they will sound great.

  629. if i had a delay pedal i could pretend there were other people in the room who wanted to play music with me! sign me up

  630. Giuseppe Divella says:

    Currently i’m using TC Electronics Flashback x4… it has a very wide range of possibilities and good quality.. anyway i’d try a memory man or some Strymon!!!

  631. The Meris polymoon is definitely something that pushes the evelope of creative expression.

    Would absolutely love to have it! Good luck to all!

  632. So many promising delays to try! It would help to get one for free once in a while!

  633. So many good looking pedals! Love the polymoon!

  634. The polymoon looks fantastic!

  635. Chris Parry says:

    The Free The Tone Flight Time FT-2Y, is the stuff that dreams are made of! A true “WishList” pedal!

  636. Of course you need delay pedals! At least one. Love my Moog Minifooger Delay and Ibanez AD 9. Would love to have a Chase Bliss though!

  637. For what I have heard so for, Free the tone Flight Time is my personal favorite!

  638. steve archer says:

    It’s between the Thermae and the GFI for me, heard very impressive sounds coming from these boxes lately. I’m very much in need of a sweet digital delay to go alongside my big box panther.

  639. All amazing pedals. I love what delay can do to your sound and how much it can add!

  640. I have wanted a Chase bliss analog delay for AGESS! It is an amazing pedal! I am in love with analog pedals and sound. I find that it trumps digital for sure. I love what Chase Bliss is doing with the tonal recal. Unfortunately, I struggle for funds and haven’t been able to buy one since I first saw it. Oh well.. one day. It’ll be mine.

  641. Poko Janssen says:

    Excited about the chance to win any of those. Let alone three of them ;)

  642. Matteohijo says:

    El Capistan es bueno

  643. Patrick Karkabi says:

    We live in a golden age for pedals! So many choices and all are great options. Polymoon, Belle Epoch Deluxe, Chase Bliss Thermae, Free the tone FT-2Y… so many great options !!!
    Non even sure how to chose if I had to!

  644. Chris Faricy says:

    I have DREAMED OF Owning the FREE THE TONE Flight Time FY-2Y. I am quite a fan of Modulation with Delay and would be EVER SO GRATEFUL to be the PROUD Owner of my Very own Flight Time delay. A Great delay is the Only Main pedal Missing from my board right now, so, I could really utilize a pristine delay pedal from Best Guitar Effects. THANKS, Good Luck Everyone ;-)

  645. Stephen Ruggiero says:

    What a gnarly list! The EQD Avalanche Run v2 is one of my favorite pedals. Glad to see it’s getting so much love. Gotta get my hands on an El Capistan too! Good luck ya’ll!

  646. Victor Crisen says:

    Za Tonal Recall is awesome. The old DD 5 was good for versatility back in the day.

  647. All are great, heavy hitters. I’m always wanting a delay that can do everything, then end up only using 20% of it -specifically the echosystem is this case. But Chase Bliss, you have my attention.

  648. frederic deheuvels says:

    Justgreat pedals !! 2018 is a good millesime

  649. Braden Clarke says:

    Some really crazy delays here, I’ve only ever owned one delay pedal, the mxr carbon copy. It’s an amazing pedal but I would love to try using some others to go for some different sounds. Great article guys!

  650. All great but Chase Bliss works for me!

  651. All these pedals look to be a step up from my entry-level Boss DD-7, although I do like it. Those pedals you are giving away look sick, especially that Free the Tone masterpiece. And I’ve heard great things about the Chase Bliss… Kind of overwhelming in a good way.

  652. Tim Danes says:

    Chase Bliss pedals look amazing!

    Can’t wait to try one

  653. Adrian Loh says:

    Excellent selection!
    But its still the Strymon Timeline for me. :)
    Good luck everyone!!

  654. Ignacio Gamper says:

    They all look interesting
    Good luck to me!

  655. John Inge Melve Ellingsaeter says:

    I think I’d go for the Chase Bliss, both because of it’s vast functionality and also the small footprint. The FreeTheTone is also high up on my wishlist for delays.

  656. I Rally love Strymon DIG

    I enjoyed very much the article, I learned si much, thanks

  657. Wow!

  658. all that pedals are great, but Chase Bliss and Polymoon are very intresting stompboxes. I think, it can be very useful. So, good luck to me – I hope I’ll win one

  659. Bruno Afonso says:

    All great pedals ! Man the amount of options we have today is insane

  660. Markus Sundén says:

    Strymon Timeline is the choice since a few years back but the Polymoon and Meris products overall looks really integrering.

  661. Morten Leerhøy says:

    I need more delay ay ay ay ay ay y…

  662. Would love to add one of these big timers to the run!

  663. Surprised not to see the versatile Boss DD-500 or the Caroline Kilobyte on here!

    Been itching to try out the Meris Polymoon though (along with everyone else in the world it seems). People seem to either love it or hate it and I can’t quite figure out why.

  664. Thiago rosa says:

    Nemesis user here. Very underrated pedal with spectacular tonal options.

  665. I’ve been using the H9 (Max) for years now and it’s provided me with everything I need in terms of delay (plus reverb, mod, etc.) although I’ve always wanted to try out the new ones like Bell Epoch Deluxe, Tonal recall and Free the Tone.

    All in all, You can’t go wrong with that list.

  666. Yves Feisel says:

    Delay is just the most interesting and versatile fx out there. I can’t get enough of it!

  667. James Dress says:

    Wow, lots of great pedals here! Would love to have one of these to dial in some perfect delay tones. I’m currently using a Digitech Obscura, which I like, but the versatility of the first few pedals listed intrigue me :)

  668. Yeah, this is good. More of this.

  669. George Coller says:

    So many good choices. Kind of mind boggling

  670. Keith Sawka says:

    Carolyne Kilobyte delay is one of my favorites, but I would love to try all of these!

  671. Alexander Love says:

    Haven’t even got a delay and I’m feeling the loss

  672. adam altman elefant says:

    The chase Bliss (both) and Meris sound amazing but I still prefer analog delays

  673. Meris Polymoon for me. Clearly the best new effect out there. Would love to win!

  674. Eric de Jong says:

    Delay is the best effect for a guitar IMO. And I always multiple delays. Cool review list here.

  675. Does anyone know builders that sell pedals based on cassette player?

  676. Peter Bennett says:

    It would be an honour to own any of the three great pedals you are giving away. If i had to choose it would be Chase Bliss

  677. marcelo barbero says:

    hell yeah! good luck eveyrone!!!! reverse delayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  678. There is so much incredible talent in this line up of pedals!! I’m an owner of the Nemesis and I love it, but would be happy to try many of the others on this list!

  679. My favourite delay at the moment is definitely the Strymon DIG. I love how I can make complex, chaotic delay atmospheres that never clip or get out of hand like they would with analog delays. Extremely fun to use.

  680. Steven Dupler says:

    Great article. Very informative. I’ve been looking for a new delay unit to change things up on my board.

  681. Jeremy Bernstein says:

    Love the analog warmth of Tonal Recall! Great reviews !

  682. DiscoDamon says:

    Whoa, FTT Flightime, I’ve gotta try it!

  683. Bill D. says:

    I’d like to compare the Belle Epoch Deluxe to my old Belle Epoch.

  684. Meris is killing it!

  685. Ian Swanberg says:

    Here’s the plan. Get your ass to Mars.

  686. Stefan Vos says:

    I’ve always wanted to check out that Free the Tone, I’m glad it made the list. The Belle Epoch also has me drooling.

  687. Charles Boylin says:

    the FTY is awesome!!,…

  688. Meris is doing great work. Looking forward to seeing what they put out next.

  689. Jordan Dedo says:

    Congrats on 5 awesome years!
    I would love to check out the RKM and a few others on this list. I’ve been hearing great things about the Particle as well.

    For years my delay needs have been covered by a Carbon Copy/DIG combo. I can cover a lot with these two pedals but there’s always room for more on my next board!

  690. I’m a delay fanatic. Love all of these!

  691. Jeffrey says:

    I think delay is 1 of the best effects out there. A must have for any pedalboard. From slap back to long trails repeats, it has so many applications.

  692. Would love to get my hands on the Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe, the best tape echo repro going.

  693. Edward San Martin says:

    Love the DIG by Strymon. Would like a cool reverse delay however.

  694. Seth Okrend says:

    These are great!!!!!!

  695. First off, let me say Congrats on 5 years! And Best Wishes for many more! I would love the Chase Bliss Tonal Recall, but you’ve put together such an impressive list that I think a case can be made for any one of those listed. This page is an excellent reference for any guitarist looking for guidance on an excellent delay pedal. So thanks for that!

  696. David Martin says:

    Dream makers each and everyone.

  697. Kevin Swartout says:

    Wow, some of these I don’t even have!!

  698. Erle Townsend says:

    Holy crap, my head is spinning. If I was up against it, I’d probably have to go with the Avalanche Run. There are others here that are more amazing, but at least EQD has kept their price reachable, for me anyway.

  699. Robert Koch says:

    I like this hope I win

  700. Sean O’Donnell says:

    All great picks! Love the page!!

  701. Gary Plaus says:

    I don’t have a favorite. I’d love to try any of these.

  702. Jeffrey goldberg says:

    Love delays i will take a Strymon Dig

  703. Blake Kibby says:

    I want that Tonal Recall!! Great name? Check. Great design? Check. Tons of options? DOUBLE check. Based in Minneapolis? Check. Joel Korte is an awesome human being? CHECK. I NEEEED it.

  704. Mark Taylor says:

    The Canyon is popping up all over, and it makes sense. You can’t beat it at that price point, amazing piece of gear.

  705. Christian says:

    I currently use a boss dd7.
    But i’m Looking for something else.

  706. Lexifer says:

    Great selection! Any one of these would be fun to play with. The The Empress Effects Echosystem looks particularly cool.
    If I win the draw, I’ll take the Meris Polymoon, please.

  707. Maybe I should get the Belle Epoch Deluxe, I’m a real fan of Catalinbread, but I have both a real EP-2 and EP-3. I do have their Talisman (plate reverb) and Adineko (Binson) and love them both. However….I’d love to win any of these pedals!

  708. 2018 was a good year for delay pedal lovers

  709. I was thinking that it was like one or two really good delay effects this post totally change my mind, thank you.

  710. Been dying for a Polymoon and Tonal Recall. Sold a lot of my pedals and switched to a helix but regretting that now. Pedals are just more fun and inspiring.

  711. Sean Edwards says:

    I honestly am blown away by the quality and shear sonic beauty of the kind of delays that are coming out these days. The possibilities are so far beyond what I even imaged even 5 years ago! Wow! I mean chase bliss… Polymoon… It’s just out of this world!

  712. The Thermae has really caught my eye. Even in this impressive field

  713. Brian Hammond says:

    I love my Avalanche Run and really want a Tonal Recall or any Meris pedal.

  714. Kevin Gerber says:

    dream pedal if there ever was one.

  715. Erick Chicas says:

    tonal recall RKM is the best delay ever made!!

  716. Ben Shaw says:

    Polymoon is very cool, didn’t suit me as well as I thought though. Echosystem has changed my life though and the Quiet Theory Prelude is just so simple but incredible sounding!

  717. Awesome!

  718. Christopher W says:

    Gotta have delay! Im still happy with my old Boss DD-20!

  719. Tino Villalovas says:

    I’m in a serious need of a good delay!! So Please!!!

  720. And to think I was satisfied with just an MXR Carbon Copy on my board! Thanks for a great list. Just need to find the funds to purchase a few!

  721. And to think I was satisfied with just an MXR Carbon Copy on my board!

  722. Francisco says:

    If there is inspiration or we have a lifeless tone, adding a bit of compression and a really good and properly set delay pedal and that can sound like being in heaven.

  723. Michael Gaita says:

    A lot of great choices. The Meris seems particularly awesome.

  724. I like to comment on stuff

  725. John Nebus says:

    What an incredible article. Well researched and extremely clear in detail. I myself being a huge David Gilmour fan have to side with the FTT flight time but the Source Audio Nemesis sounds pretty awesome too.

  726. I’ve only had the opportunity to play one of these! Dang I feel deprived- Well I would, except it was the avalanche run. Dang that’s a fun one. I hope I get an opportunity to play through another, wink wink

  727. Daniel Jackson says:


  728. Calum Gunn says:

    Woah, oddly enough the DOD pedal is the one that stands out the most to me, it looks really great!
    Also the Rainger looks like it would be tonnes of fun!
    Will have to head down to my local shop to try some of these out when they get them in.

  729. I want, err, correction, I need a Tonal Recall. That pedal has been sitting on my wish list for a while now.

  730. Derek Sasaki says:

    My guitar rig set-up will love you if I win for these awesome pedal that will immediately go on my pedal board ! Thank-you for this excellent contest/giveaway !

  731. Wow! If you can’t find your ideal delay amongst those three, you might just be lost to time!

  732. Ignacio says:

    I’m currently using the Flashback 2 on my board but i’d love to win the Polymoon. It’s such a fantastic sounding delay!

  733. Evgenii K. says:

    I play guitar and my friend keys. We wish to get some serious delay pedal for our ambience project.

  734. Jan-Paul Campeau says:

    The belle epoch deluxe has to be one of my favourites followed by the tonal recall. The particle certainly is unique and does things others delays can’t thiugh. I just love all of them, delay is the best!

  735. George Lambadis says:

    Such variety! this list is awesome

  736. Claire Tucker says:

    So many enticing options on this list! My current digital delay is having issues and I’m reeeeally hoping I get lucky with this giveaway!

  737. Recently learned about Red Panda and happy to see they made the list! Delay pedals are the best!

  738. Max biscoe says:

    Favorite delays are line 6 dl4. Also for its looping. Electro Harmonix memory man deluxe and the arm copy cat echo! Kinda old school.

  739. I need to add something psycho to by bass PB!

  740. Been eyeing a Tonal Recall for the longest time! SO SO GOOD.

  741. Karl Flinter says:

    Never tried any. Hoping to.

  742. Bruce Johnson says:

    So many cool delays. Love the EXH memory Man. Long time DL4

  743. Sean McCarthy says:

    Delay, IMO, is the most nebulous of all rig decisions. With so many different features and so many different types, it is a daunting task to find the right one. So, thank you for this feature. This is awesome.

  744. Jake Schoonmaker says:

    Every time I turn on my delay a whale cries tears of joy and I feel like a much better musician.

  745. Timothy Poitras says:

    Chase Bliss Tonal Recall is best, hands down!

  746. Well thought out, this list is! Fingers crossed for the giveaway too.

  747. I’ve been using the line 6 dl4 for awhile now, would like something fresh. The polymoon from what I have heard is rift up my ally, especially as I use synth more than guitar…

  748. Francois BRINGUIER says:

    As delay is my favorite effect, this selection is pure gearporn To me. Many thanks !

  749. Jordan Gale says:

    I think that the Meris Polymoon is the most innovative of the delays on this list, as far as thinking outside the typical delay box. The flanger and phaser are really something special.

  750. Great picks, but you forgot the Caroline Guitar Effects Kilobyte. A great “lo-fi” delay!

  751. I own and love my El Capistan, but I desperately want to try some of the Chase Bliss delays…

  752. Andrew D says:

    I love my belle epoch deluxe, but I can’t stop loving all kinds of delays. It’s also fully worth it for the alternative modes, as they are also great. I like the tc pedals as well, since TonePrint keeps you in all manner of new toys for a long time. I tried the eventide, but it was super complicated and impossible to manage without an iPad at your side. Also you somehow you end up needing 2 of them to chain delay/verb or mod. That puts you in for 2 >$500 pedals. Sound cool if you dial them well though. I felt like it was more convincing going wild and esoteric than subtle fwiw.

  753. Really great list. Great picks all around

  754. Hamish Michael says:

    The Echosystem is my favourite for versatility. But I really want a Polymoon. Very excited by the Red Panda Particle V2 and intrigued by the Red Shift Mirage…

  755. Strymon El Capistan

  756. I’d love to win one of these delay pedals.

  757. That El Capistan is a gem! Would love to spend some time with the rest of this list too. Thanks BGE for giving us just a little more room to dream!

  758. Tyson Peisley says:

    Just bought the Timeline the other day but I love the sound of the Tonal Recall. Both brilliant pedals.

  759. I absolutely love my RKM Tonal Recall, but I’ve really been wanting to try out a Polymoon as well

  760. so many amazing delay pedals out there. my favorite right now is the belle epoch deluxe by catalinbread.

  761. Calvin Phua says:

    RIP Digitech :(

  762. Jonathan M says:

    What a fantastic list! I’d be happy to own any one of these!

  763. The Meris Polymoon is tempting me with those additional controls that blur the line between delay and reverb. That and the stereo out. I wish that they had used the industry standard term like diffusion and taps, though. I find this one to be the most inspiring option

  764. Julian Perezchica says:

    I put the wrong email :( this one has the right one :)

  765. Chuck Hanning says:

    I have a time line and it’s great but the chase bliss or meridian sound interesting.

  766. Julian Perezchica says:

    I love the Chase Bliss Audio pedals and wanted them sooo bad!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!! :)

  767. It would be a dream come true to own all those delay pedals!

  768. The Thermae sounds great, but I feel like it’s usefulness would actually be pretty limited outside of regular analog delay sounds. I feel like I’m the only one thinking this because everyone seems to be in love with it. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Polymoon and will be adding one to my board shortly. The Echosystem is also amazing.

  769. Oliver Books says:

    All those delays are magnificent. Dat Avalanche Run tho

  770. Dean Datre says:

    The timeline is my favorite delay but a secret weapon of mine is the Walrus ARP87

  771. Eric Huelsman says:

    Man so many great delays!!! It’s darn near impossible to choose a favorite with so much great competition, but I must tip my hat to Joel and the guys at Chase Bliss on the Tonal Recal. Every time I hear that pedal I am completely dumbfounded by how expressive and inspiring it is! Bravo guys! Maybe one of these days I’ll manage to get it on my board!

  772. Belle epoch is ridiculous

  773. Dale Hanson says:

    Very thorough and educational!

  774. ROy ABraham says:

    I wanna win sooooo bad

  775. Adam Jensen says:

    I would love to give the Timeline a chance for sure! Polymoon, Free the Tone, and Tonal Recall also seem dope. No Pigtronix in this list?

  776. Jason Trinidad says:

    Carbon copy forever!

  777. The Flashback Triple is an ambient dreamscape! Too bad it didn’t make the list. :D

  778. Rafael Balboa says:

    I have vey few delay pedals due trades, so that trio would fit awesome
    All those marvels have a free space ready to be filled in the pedalboard
    Love the delay review, very accurate

  779. Douglas says:

    Just incredible pedals here. I wish I could test everyone.

  780. Andrew Gay says:

    I sure would love that Flight Time, that’s serious piece of gear

  781. I have only recently gotten into effects pedals starting at the beginning of this year and there’s no turning back. It all started with finding out my Korg Monotron can be used to process external audio and that was a game changer. Delays are one of my most favorite effects and I would love to add to my small my ever growing board. Thermae, polymoon, particle, and tonal recall are the pedals that have really caught my attention this year! My good friends over at Welcome to the Space Lounge on instagram recently received a thermae to demo and it’s a beast.

  782. Markus klein says:

    Chase bliss ftw, the tonal recall is wonderful!

  783. Cole Friesen says:

    I’ll take one of each please!

  784. Chris Baran says:

    Love the Rubberneck

  785. Awesome delays. I know they are classics but the disaster transport senior and space echo are beyond fantastic. Really interested in tweaking the tonal recall!!!!

  786. Michael says:

    I dig the canyon

  787. Kevin Gerber says:

    I own echo X and it’s amazing, nobody talks about the killer overdrive it adds to your rig if u set the input volume too hot, great boost, pretty,organic delay.
    Never knew bout the rubberneck, sounds cool. Nice article

  788. Awesome list and review site! I’ve learned a lot here.

  789. Corey Davidson says:

    So much awesomeness! I’m in desperate need need of an analog delay!

  790. Yeung Yeci says:

    I wish I can ever afford one lol

  791. Kngjrck says:

    polymoon I agree.

  792. Rob Flax says:

    So many great options… but only the Thermæ is going on my board. (I already have a Dispatch Master covering a decent chunk of the Avalanche Run’s functionality, though I’m curious about stereo…). Not a bad pedal on this list though!

  793. Still in love with the Echorec and learning it’s ins and outs. I am, however, already jonesin for the Belle Epoch dlx. Wash me in waves of reverb and delay!!!

  794. Shiv Acharya says:

    Awesome pedal choices! Pedals are getting cooler every year!


  796. Sash Kosovic says:

    I have the red panda particle which is wild but also confusing. I wish it had a dedicated volume b/c in a band scenario it can get drowned out. I’ve thought about getting the ehx canyon to go
    Simpler and replace the particle. But the weirdness is radness.
    I also run a boss Waza craft analog delay b/c its classic with a longer delay time. Crunchy analog decay, classic.
    I’ve always been intrigued by the avalanche run but it is expensive and I don’t know if I can dedicate time to learn how to use it properly.

  797. Daniel Marquez says:

    That Avalanche Run though!!!

  798. Matt Courchain says:

    It would be hard to pick just one. Every single one has a feature that makes them standout. All of these pedals have been a game changer in my mind as far as what a pedal should do. Each one sets the bar even higher

  799. Nathan F says:

    I think the Canyon is a great pedal for the price! Lots of great pedals on this list!

  800. Tartheratryx says:

    Would love to win one of these pedals!

  801. So far, Nemesis! But would love to try others!!! So many pedals, so littlemoney in wallet:/ Maybe someday I’ll win one;)

  802. Trevor Jones says:

    El Capistan is out of this world. Wish there were more like this one.

  803. Roger Williams says:

    I love the simplicity and lush-ness of the Dunlop EP103 Echoplex delay.

  804. My favorite is the DIG, but I’m a suckers for any ’80s sounds. I’d love to try out a Free The Tone though.

  805. Greg Piotrowski says:

    Thanks for keeping on top of delays! Great suggestions.

  806. Soooo many amazing Delay pedals – so little time. I have the Strymon and the Particle but have loved the video demos of the Tonal Recall and Polymoon.

  807. I like delay pedals

  808. I REALLY want to get my hands on a Tonal Recall. But all of these delays are incredible. Seriously a great time for delay fans!

  809. What I’ve heard from the thermae sounds really great

    • Kevin Gerber says:

      except the price..rather spend all that cash on a guitar,’s pricey !
      something so experimental and new like THAT?
      I’d buy it for a couple hundred perhaps..

      but for most situations it’s overkill anyway. Too much under the hood, if u write songs especially around the effect, maybe it’s worth it. But u can fill a pedalboard w used, useful effects for the price of that delay. Nice effect,but not an easy decision for this kind of $

  810. Richard says:

    Cool list. He only delay I have is a book dd-3 which worrks for me, never really tried much else but would love to try anything from this list.

  811. Dennis Anderson says:

    The polymoon looks incredible!

  812. That Free The Tone looks awesome, but I’d be excited winning any of these hig end delay pedals.

  813. Damon Palyka says:

    I want that red panda particle so bad!

  814. Jeffrey Branco says:

    Hi guys, how about doing your favorite looper pedal for 2018.

    Thanks: Jeff

  815. I love delay delay delay delay so much much much I worry that it may be time to win another delay delay.
    Great, comprehensive reviews…made me reaquire my Bellwether. I do like the varieties of modulation I hear on different delay pedals. I guess a lot of it comes down to a taste for that Cocteau Twins, Gothy 80s sonic murk I am always going after. So many years without pedals, now I am a full on junkie.

  816. Douglas R. Cobb says:

    What a great article on some of the coolest delay pedals around! It would be great to win any of the three pedals, and I’d get a lot of use out of whatever one I might be lucky enough to win, but I might give the edge to the Chase bliss one.

  817. Alec V. says:

    Echolution 2 lost it’s place? Too bad!

  818. Patrick Gould says:

    I am glad to see that an analog pedal made the top of your list. I have been using Wampler for a while, but you have peeked my interest with the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall. I am going to do my research on this and find one to sample….if all goes well, I will be making changes to my pedal board.

  819. Bill walker says:

    That polymoon is the coolest bonkers delay. Neeed

  820. Braxton F. says:

    Great pedal lineup. My personal favs are the nemesis and tonal reverb. Modulation for days!!

  821. Dookiekid says:

    My favorite: Catalinbread Montavillian

    Simply beautiful tape-style delay. The cut knob… mmmmmmm. I can dial in anything with it. I love to put in on a send from the DAW and play with the repeats and cut knob until i’m standing on the verge of gettin on with a feedback freak out!

  822. Adam Ritchie says:

    I’ve actually been using the Strymon Magneto the most lately. It’s eurorack though. Man it sounds incredible. One of the best delays in eurorack and will give most tape emulated delays a run for their money. Killer!

    Some great pedals in this list too.

  823. Sebastian d Hartsfield says:

    Very cool

  824. Zachary MacDonald says:

    My favorite delay of all time has to be the Binson Echorec, but I suppose the Skreddy offering is nearly as good. The FX loop is super cool. More pedals need that IMO.

  825. Davey Hilder says:

    Love delay delay delay

  826. Scott M says:

    Great article. Some of my favorites… as well as a couple new ones to check out.

  827. Brent Johnston says:

    That is one great selection of pedals!

  828. Christopher Williams says:

    I already have a DIG, but I am dying to try out a Polymoon!

  829. Don Erhardt says:

    I’ve owned Eventide, Strymon, DLS, Line6, Boss, and a few I can’t remember and I’ve settled on the Strymon El Capistan. The warm repeats are just what I’m after. The others either could get dark enough or lost their character with the tone rolled down. Never tried the Chass Bliss stuff but the company seems to be foraging hard foothold in the market. The Belle Epoch sounds interesting and the old Binson units too probably because it caught my ear many years ago with the sonic tales David Gilmour wove with them. Cheers, Don

  830. Thomas DiSanto says:

    Belle Epoch, hands down!

  831. Kane Janowsky says:

    Always great site for info on pedals, good descriptions with plenty of details
    Luv the ole delay pedal

  832. Joshua Newman says:


  833. Timeline is where it’s at. Had one since they were first released after I gave up on my DL4 not having dotted 8th.

  834. Brad Richardson says:

    I have a Boss DD500, which has a huge amount of depth but the Thermae has some very cool options, here in Australia they are $700 + though.

  835. I love the Belle Epoch however the ones you have listed are all mind blowing! Thanks and happy 5th anniversary!!!

  836. Love the chase bliss! What a good year for pedals it’s been

  837. Sam Novak says:

    I personally would have liked to own a diamond memory lane 2, but they stopped making them. But I do really like my time line :)

  838. Jon Layton says:

    You forgot the Boonar!

  839. Lukas Guyader says:

    Epic indeed!

  840. Bryan S says:

    Gotta be Thermae. It’s an innovation inside an innovation wrapped in an innovation tortilla.

  841. Gotta say, that Polymoon is something unique.

  842. Ryan Fiegl says:

    TimeLine user since the day they released. But I almost always need a delay (or two) in front of it. I guess I’ve never met a delay pedal I didn’t like, love, or need.

  843. Quincy Steely says:

    I feel like delay is an almost essential aspect of any guitar rig. Some genres can get away with just some reverb, but a nice delay really makes a good tone go from good to great. Building on that, it’s great to see this article because I have been searching for an upgrade from my built in amp delay and this gives great descriptions of what delays I should choose from.

  844. tani P. says:

    I need that Polymoon!

  845. I’m so in love with the Avalanche Run. It’s the first pedal I really feel like is really usable with my expression pedal.

  846. Matt Buglio says:

    Polymoon and Thermae get my vote!

  847. Marcus Malarkus says:

    Tonal Recall … nal recall… al recall… ecall… ecall… ecall… call… allllll

  848. Garett R says:

    What a great list, I must admit I am rather partial to the Nemesis, but I would the opportunity to try out one of the giveaway pedals, delay is my jam as a keys/synth player.

  849. wish I could have cash to buy some of these!

  850. Jesse Turvey says:

    Joel at Chase Bliss is a genius! I would absolutely LOVE to own one of their pedals! Such an incredible, innovative company!

  851. Noah Parrish says:

    Have to second the canyon. It’s my secret weapon, not just for delay.

  852. That Tonal Recall RKN is incredible!

  853. Michael says:

    Free the tone looks badass!

  854. Clay Malone says:

    Chase Bliss is making great pedals!

  855. One of the most beautiful delays I’ve played was the deluxe memory boy. While the tap division options don’t do a lot for the pedal considering how dark the repeats are, the grainy dark cavernous repeats that pedal created opened a huge potential for creating modulated-washed sweeping goodness that was just way too pleasing to the ears. Love that sucker.

  856. Jordan wagner says:

    I need all 3.

  857. Dave F. says:

    BEST GUITAR EFFECTS is The PLACE To Know Everything YOU Need To Know About ALL Pedals !!!! and They Have AWESOME Giveaways !!!! HAPPY 5 Year Anniversary !!!

  858. Michael Burleson says:

    Great list! Some I didn’t know existed till now. Very cool stuff!

  859. delay is the desert island pedal

  860. Brennon Ramsey says:

    I have never had the pleasure of owning any of these but I have played with the TC electronics flashback and I loved it!

  861. The echosystem is definitely up there as a gamechanger. Great article!

  862. Jang-Woo Park says:

    I really like Empress Echosystem and Free The Tone Flight-Tiime.

  863. jo lockman says:

    so many pedals, so little time!

  864. Ben Rathman says:

    One of each, please.

  865. Mike Byrne says:

    I’m super stoked on the EHX Canyon, especially the AWOL modded version. Happy 5th pedalversary!!!

  866. Nick Baileh says:

    That Meris Polymoon is so sick. A buddy of mine had the reverb and it’s seriously studio level sounds.

  867. RKM all the way!

  868. William Gould says:

    I’ve always wanted to try a TC Electronics Flashback. Maybe one day I will have one.

  869. Justin McCormick says:

    Favorite delay I own: Digitech PDS 2000. Favorite delay on the list? Timeline.

  870. Nicholas Meyer says:

    Delay pedals are the best aren’t they?

  871. Catalinbread Echoplex Deluxe into Nemesis by Source Audio, that’s all you need.

  872. Beautiful! Gotta love delay. I have a separate mic with modulated delay just for screams. Magical.

  873. Slawomir says:

    I am a fan of TC electronics Flashback because of the looping function.

  874. Geoff Grauer says:

    The DD-500 blows all of these out of the water, it’s not even close.

  875. Lucas Van Lenten says:

    All delays are good delays.

  876. Chris C. says:

    Don’t know if it’s from 2018, but I love the Gurus Echosex 2 in all the demos I’ve seen recently.

  877. Jeremy Ryser says:

    I really enjoy the keeley caverns. Very satisfying experience that summons your creativity. Suggestions: tap tempo for delay and a plate on the reverb side. Would benefit greatly with a blast button like the Walrus Fathom. Caverns is still a better pedal, and if you added these options, it becomes a $250 pedal. Great pedal as is!

  878. Good list, thnx! It is not easy to find two channel delay with tap, but here I find some interesting products.

  879. I own the TC Electronics Flashback and while it’s certainly a workhouse, I don’t think it specializes in much. It does handle everything I throw at it though. I’ve been eyeing the Tonal Recall for some time as a possible replacement

  880. Bryan Lane says:

    I love stereo Delay, there’s so much more you can do with it. That Polymoon looks pretty sweet, especially with the tap tempo, another must have. Gotta have your repeats on time!

  881. Elliot Nihil says:


  882. Matt Collins says:

    Love these! The SiB Mr. Echo always seems to be missing from these lists…

  883. Jack Feerick says:

    I came up using the classic Boss DM-2 analog delay—three knobs and bypass. Everything by feel. There’s something to be said for that; you can play the instrument, or you can let it play you.

  884. Howie G says:

    Cant delay another day, have a space for one…

  885. Chris B. says:

    Reading this just makes my want-list longer!
    Looks like I need to trade in my Flashback for the new version.
    Also the Eventide H9 starts popping up on many pedalboards for a very good reason:
    its awesome!
    So many great pedals and so little time (and money) …
    Good read!

  886. Chase Bliss Audio. Hands down!

  887. James B says:

    Amazing the range and creative designs of delay pedals these…really mind boggling…but fun.

  888. Paulo Barone says:

    I really thought OBSCURA was on the list, as I bought one after reading the review hear… and the pedal is really awesome.
    Anyway, any of these 3 beauties would really replace it.

  889. Thor soreleg says:

    I love delay and to have a solution, tonal recall or flight time would be some great colors to add to my tone painting. Problem is they ain’t cheap and a contest is about the only way I could even have one. Great article as always.

  890. There is something about Chase Bliss pedals that make me want to own them all! Great article!

  891. Nader Ismail says:

    These surely are some of the best delay tones you can find, it’s really hard to find a compromise between all this goodness but I think we’ll soon find something closer to perfection

  892. Max Feller says:

    My choices are… Catalibread’s Belle Epoch (haven’t tried the Deluxe one though) for classic tape delay. It’s The best virtual echoplex ever. It even recreates echoplex’s famous preamp. For analogue delay, I’ve never tried anything better than Moog’s MF-104M. IMHO, it’s the best analogue delay ever produced. It’s such a shame Moog is not currently producing it. They say they ran out of chips…. However, I’m dying to try Chase Bliss Audio’s Tonal Recall. I own a CBA Gravitas and a Spectre (IMHO, best flanger EVER). Their pedals are simply ASESOME!

  893. Happy 5th anniversary! Thanks for sharing with us some great reviews. I loved the Tc Triple Delay for a while, but always go back to the MXR Carbon Copy. Among the three delays of the giveaway I’d love to try the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall, it seems somehow in the direction of the MXR with more options for different sounds.

  894. Love Empress it can do sooooo much. Want a Thermae. Nice list.

  895. Cory L Jacobs says:

    I’ts the absolute best time to be a guitar player. There are so many options, at so many price points. There are features for everyone, from the set it and forget it types, to the menu diving spaceship board folks. I used to be always searching for that pedal that can give me the sound in my head, but some of these manufacturers are coming up with sounds that I would have never dreamed of. Personal favorites from this list are the polymoon, thermae, and rubberneck. Such a sucker for pitch shifting!

  896. It seems as if the world of delay pedals has become a black hole of excellent possibilities as of late. I think Chase bliss stuff encompasses the most possibilities available in one box, with the nemesis getting an honorable mention as well. Maybe, just maybe I’ll get my hands on a tonal recall one day!

  897. Samuel King says:

    Great list!

  898. I want them all!

  899. i am really itching to try some Meris pedals

  900. Ronald Olszewski says:

    That Tonal Recall is amazing.

  901. Steven Chell says:

    I’ve had my Timeline so long now that I can get pretty much anything I want from it in a few minutes, I still love it. The H9 has some fun options, but the ‘delay’ this inspires me most at the minute is my Montreal Assembley Count To Five. I’m going to try and enter the Meris and Chase Bliss worlds at some point this year!

  902. Matt D. says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary and for bringing us the best pedal reviews out there. I’ve been chasing the Tonal Recall for awhile now, and it would be an amazing addition to any board. I would love to have one!

  903. Harrison Cole says:

    I’d take any of them :)

  904. The exhausted has been so so so amazing but… Polymooooooon. *Drool*

  905. Hayden Greviskis says:

    My personal favorite delay pedal I’ve used is the TC Electronic Triple Delay. The 3 independent delays running at different speeds and subdivisions make for some very spicy results. That being said, the pedal on this list that I would be most interested in buying would have to be the Eventide H9 because of how versatile it is.

  906. Jonno Wilson says:

    I love the DIG and the Timeline, but would LOVE to try the Specular Tempus or the Empress Echosystem!

  907. David Peatfield says:

    Can’t wait to see what Meris and Source Audio do next. I love the way they seem able to do both traditional and non traditional sounds that are useable.

  908. Joel Ecob says:

    Favourite? No idea.
    What mood am I in? Strymon.

  909. Robert Abernathy says:

    Hard to pick a favorite from these!

  910. Eliazar Sanchez says:

    Specular Tempus, Timeline, and H9….and Thermae!!! Among the rest, some very very impressive as well.

  911. I like chorus

  912. I ordered one but the shipping was delayed

  913. Ricardo says:

    It’s trully amazing the quantity and quality of options available nowadays!

  914. I would love the Meris delay! Their reverb is antastic as well. I love the ability to blend two different settings to create new, unique presets.

    I am a delay fiend. One of the most criminally underrated delays is the Malekko 616 delay. Beautiful analog delay with a great modulated sound.

    I use the Boss DD6 for that stuttered hold effect, and the Boss DD3 for the glitchy hold effect, a modded Line 6 Dl4 that lets me switch between tap tempo times/presets with a switch, creating really odd sounds, and I recently sold my Red Panda Raster, but the ability to set my repeats to different semitones was a game changer.

  915. Kyle kelleher says:

    I don’t really usually use pedals but after looking at these, I’m excited to jump into this never ending tunnel. I’m excited to experiment with sounds and different pedals!

  916. Alexander says:

    All pedals are great, but I would like Meris.

  917. Bradley Zoeller says:

    I want them all. Love my dd500 but would love to add the chase bliss

  918. Bradley Zoeller says:

    I want them all

  919. Robbe Embrechts says:

    I think the flashback delay is one of the best delays for beginners, it’s not too diffucult to use, the controls are actually really intuitive. But it does come with enough functionality, difference in sound, and tweakability to explore, and sure, it isn’ t that interesting after years of using, but you can always upgrade to the other “flashbacks”, the flashback x4 and the flashback triple delay(wich I own now) and they use the same kind of controls, the same mindset, but way more expanded. It’s a nice learning curve.

  920. Rysiek Pietrzak says:

    Thought that I’m all set with that simple 3 knob analog delay that I’ve been using last couple years… Well, now that I’ve seen this list I feel like I’ve been completly, utterly wrong

  921. Canadians are killing it! I’d go with the Empress, with the Solid Gold as a fallback plan.
    ‘Course the H9 has stellar attributes beyond delay. Too many great delays here. Stiff competition!

  922. Avalanche run rules!!!

  923. Great list. I recently bought the Avalanche Run v2 and I’m really enjoying it. Would love to get something from Meris next.

  924. Christian Turner says:

    Timeline is out of this world.. but too much for me. Back to a carbon copy I go!

  925. I also absolutely adore the Flight Time though, Free the Tone makes some delicious pedals!

  926. The Polymoon is great – it’s able to create a large variety of sounds from synthy to just regular old delay. The stereo width is a really nice touch.

    I am a sucker for the El Cap though, that thing is inSANE.

  927. Tonal Recall is beautiful!

  928. Mark Walsh says:

    Thinking about adding the Rainger to my mini board. Great article as always.

  929. Chase bliss look like game changers…..

  930. Markus Opel says:

    The empress, because I’m very satisfied with the tape delay, the eventide h9 or the polymoon.

  931. Free the Tone! The Tonal Recall is fantastic, but I just really love my Moog

  932. Love this article! Thanks for sharing!

  933. I am needing to rebuild my guitar effects, rig, guitars, everything. All of these pedals sound so awesome! Talk about a with list…

  934. Meris polymoon and chase bliss thermae for the win!

  935. spencer7593 says:

    Thanks! Really helps summarize the differences, which pedals are best in the studio, and which are more versatile for live performance.

  936. Great list! I would personally go for the Empress Echosystem or maybe the Strymon timeline if I had to pick a couple!

  937. khrisna says:

    meris polymoon…. my favourite new delay..

  938. Mathew malinowski says:

    Fantastic list

  939. Chase Bliss are the best, I own the Gravitas, tried a little of the Tonal Recall, and simply nothing compares, amazing tones!

  940. Chase bliss tone recall and meris polymoon for the win!

  941. Great list of delay pedals, I want them all for my bae

  942. Dave Hart says:

    Tried a few Meris pedals recently and they were *crazy* good. (not a delay but the ottobit bitcrusher is mad!)
    think for delay though, I still like the Tonal Recall. Just love Chase Bliss stuff.

  943. Michael Hannon says:

    Really craving the strymon timeline!

  944. great article! really helpful for choosing my next one!
    Thanks guys!

  945. Some of them have more controls than a plane cabin! XD

    The Flight Time and the Polymoon are simply awesome. I couldn’t believe the rithm correcting automatically when I tried it in the store. I wish I had a delay, I’m starting to play with a band and I’m trying to mimic that ‘gilmour’ lead signature sound :3

  946. Bruno Salheb Moelas Ribeiro says:

    I really dont know How to use a delay.

  947. francesc says:

    I love delays, and would love to have them all!

  948. Jason Andreasen says:

    There’s too many great delays listed to have a favorite. I love that you added the EHX Canyon, most of these delays are way out of my price range.

  949. duane briceno says:

    these are really cool pedals

  950. Seth Cowan says:

    I want a strymon timeline !

  951. Steve Lipe says:

    The delays that these companies are putting out these days look and sound gorgeous. Could really use an upgrade to my busted DL4!

  952. Brian S says:

    Great article. Just getting back into gear; really wanting an El Capistan.

  953. The Specular Tempus sounds great

  954. Lorenzo Paoletti says:

    Awesome article! Really hope to win one of these

  955. Anything Meris makes is super solid. I love the Polymoon.

  956. Jesse Donaldson says:

    Timeline & Tonal Recall RKM are on board!

  957. Luis Flores says:

    Too much awesome for one list.

  958. Excellent selection! Nemesis and Particle are on my board. High five!

  959. James Kearnan says:

    I can’t wait to play the Thermae. Chasebliss blows me away every time.

  960. Wow, these all sound amazing! I’d love to play the Tonal Recall or Polymoon eventually.

  961. Just got the Source Audio Nemesis and love it. Its interface makes it easy to use plug and play, but its neuro app rewards time invested with darn near infinite tweakability. I’ve heard grousing on the forums about its digitizing of the dry signal but I detect no roll off. Love it, would love to try out the chase bliss to compare the analog v digital algorithm sounds.

  962. Stephen Bier says:

    I do love my el capistan, but I’d love to try the dig, polymoon, or any of the chase bliss pedals

  963. Walter Ego says:

    That Meris polymoon seems to be a tempting option for my pedalboard and the EQD avalanche run too, definitely this list have a lot of great pedals.

  964. Stephen Whitehead says:

    Love the Empress Echosystem. Also the El Capistan is perfect if you want more simplified setup.

  965. Rich Smith says:

    Love the Belle Epoch but really there are a lot of great pedals on this list!

  966. Mad Professor Dual Blue delay, definitely.

  967. Daniel Coppess says:

    Always love these mass reviews you guys do. Great when searching for new gear or just wanting to understand what all is out there.

  968. MattSDC says:

    There’s some really interesting pedals on this list. I still love my Timeline and will probably have it remain on my board for a long time to come. For me, MIDI is essential.

  969. Bob Frost says:

    I’ve been playing with the Boss Waza delay lately, I love this little thing. I’ve been dying to take a turn at the Free the Tone but I can’t find it locally!

  970. David Hanraths says:

    Wow you guys have come up with an awesome list again.. It’s really hard to decide wich one’s my favorite, cause there’s so many great, versatile and unique sounding pedals here. I crave the ‘Chase Bliss Audio Thermae’ the most though. Ever since it was released, I was hooked!

  971. Hipermegalonico says:

    Awesome pedals, awesome page!

  972. Vincent Garrett says:

    The polymoon seems to be THE effect I’ll need to expand the sound of my analog synths !

  973. A great delay has always been lacking in my set up ever since my old Boss DD3 died an unfortunate death. There are so many great options you’ve listed here, I want to try them all! Thanks for the great article.

  974. Slawomir says:

    The Avalanche Run and Canyons are great

  975. Alessandro Ciapica says:

    Great report, I found it really usefull. Chease Bliss stuff is really mindblowing, but all of them are great pedals. The incredible DOD that’s on a 1.5 sec delay. Yes I’m really on the analog stuff, but digital if it’s good can be really versatile. Great work!

  976. Jacob Lacayo says:

    Meris pedals are blowing my mind! There’s really endless amounts of options inside each one. Great review on the Polymoon, I’m even more interested in it than I already was. Cheers!

  977. Nick Pandolph says:

    Even though it’s technically less versatile than a strymon delay, the EQD Avalanche Run is my favorite just for how huge it sounds without having to mess with any crazy settings.

  978. S. Demey says:

    EHX and DOD ones are cool

  979. jim flores says:

    cool article

  980. There are so many great delays, but I’m really digging the Dawner Prince Boonar right now. I would love to spend some time with that Chase Bliss Tonal Recall redknob though. A lot of really great delays out right now from a ton of companies. Keep up the great work.

  981. Stephen Porter says:

    I would probably miss the Alter Ego X4 the most. If it had controls for the modulation depth and a deep bank of user-definable presets, it would be close to perfect.

    • Linus Hauner says:

      I had the Flashback x4 and sold it, because of the missing modulation knobs… . It was good, but after time it feels like they stop you from trying out wilder sounds. There is a lot possible with the app, but its not the same.

  982. Andre Mueller says:

    These appear to be a work of art and when played… even better.

  983. albert ceva says:

    The Tonal Recall sounds interesting.

  984. Of all the pedals in the article I would pick the Flashback or Canyon pedals

  985. Jamie Leader says:

    So hard to choose but I would start by narrowing it down to between the Catalinbread, Earthquaker and Strymon before venturing further into other less well trod territories with the other interesting selections displayed here. They need to be heard ‘in the flesh’ to discern for preferential suitability. If only I could find a job reviewing Guitar pedals. Now that would be a way to help feed an impending addiction!

  986. Ron Elesh says: