Top 23 Best Delay Pedals for 2019

Best Guitar Effects is back with a round-up of the 23 Best Delay Pedals available in 2019. The market is filled with delays, and we wanted to narrow things down to the pedals that really stand out. We’ll start with a short guide to delay pedals and the types available and then showcase our definite list of the very pedal delays out there.

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 start with a few of the newer 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 23 Best Delay Pedals of 2019!

Strymon Volante

Builder: Strymon, Pedal: Volante, Delay Types: Tape/Drum Echo

The Strymon Volante may be the final word when it comes to DSP emulation of classic Echorec & tape style delay sounds in pedal form. Yes, that is a colossal statement to make, but when you take into consideration the great effort Strymon put in to create a pedal that mirrors the broad range of the sounds that are widely considered among the greatest delay tones of all time, this boast may seem more like reality than fiction.

The greatness of the Volante doesn’t rest only in its own accomplishments – the pedal is a continuation of a strong pedigree and the culmination of everything Strymon has achieved previously in the realm of tape & drum inspired delay effects. The tape delay seeds were planted in Strymon’s El Capistan and the TimeLine’s dTape machine. Then the BigSky, Strymon’s flagship reverb pedal, teased the drum inspired Magneto algorithm. The Deco came later, capturing the early delay effects of studio tape machines. Then Strymon brought the Magneto moniker front and center for their debut multi-head delay Eurorack module. And of course, now there’s the Volante, a further refinement to all of Strymon’s efforts in classic delay inspired effects, setting the bar even higher above everything else that came before in many ways.

The Volante offers 3 delay Types: Drum, Tape, & Studio. Drum is the magnetic echo delay, inspired largely by the legendary Binson Echorec. Tape conjures up classic tape delay sounds; think about the Roland Space Echo RE-201 & RE-501 units. And Studio produces studio style echo akin to reel-to-reel tape machines. While the base Type options do have their own subtle and distinct tonal characteristics, each of these delay modes can be used with the full suite of options onboard Volante. Want a hybrid studio echo with 4 playback heads? You’ve got it.

A plethora of surface control knobs give users open access to a wealth of useful parameters that negate the need for menu-diving. A few highlights are the Rec Level which controls the input feeding into an analog preamp section before it hits the digital processor. The analog/DSP magic happening here helps give the Volante some characteristic saturation and grit as you push the Rec Level up. The Spacing knob (along with the 4 playback heads) lets you dial in an incredibly wide range of repeat spacing variations which is especially unique when set in the areas between the Even, Triplet, Golden, & Silver settings. The Low Cut is great for maintaining low end clarity, and Wear reduces the fidelity of the playback medium to darken up the tonality of your delays. The Mechanics knob dials in a variety of mechanical defects, adding movement and lo-fi irregularities to your sound. And that Spring knob adds a very respectful spring reverb into the mix for some classic ambience that compliments the delays very well.

All the most essential parameters are accessible via the surface, so you likely won’t have to consult the user manual over and over again to access unlabeled hidden parameters needed for general functionality. The result is a tactile, interactive interface that allows intuitive exploration of sounds. (But there are some extra bells and whistles below the surface including the useful Spring Reverb Decay, a particularly helpful “Live Edit Function” for getting your reverb sounding just right, and it’s easily accessed by pressing and holding Feedback buttons 1 & 4 while turning the Spring knob–you’re welcome.)

While the features and controllability seem to set the Volante up to be a very capable and solid delay pedal at the very least, what makes it really shine is how great it sounds. Once you’ve set up a nice rhythmic delay and start playing into it, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by the journey this pedal takes you on. Push up the Repeats, and just listen to how the pedal oscillates and morphs the texture of your echoes. The way the Volante responds to the sound of your guitar’s various pickup settings is just awe inspiring; it’s interactive and lush, simply a joy to play in every way. Volante can be subtle and complementary or a deep instrument unto itself that you could use as the basis for your entire sound particularly when you start exploring Volante’s (mono) Sound On Sound capabilities.

And there are tons more features that add to Volante’s arsenal of possibilities. Having 8 onboard presets is nice with the Favorite foot-switch giving you quick access to your go-to favorite. 300 total presets are available via MIDI recall. In fact, Volante’s MIDI implementation is incredibly deep with nearly every conceivable aspect of the pedal able to be controlled remotely via standard 5-pin MIDI or USB. There’s also a multi-function EXP jack which can be used for several interesting things, a couple noteworthy options being parameter expression pedal control or connecting Volante to Strymon’s MultiSwitch Plus for extended performance functionality.

The Volante is a versatile and inspiring pedal and is arguably the new pinnacle of vintage inspired delay pedals.

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Free The Tone Future Factory

Builder: Free The Tone, Pedal: FF-1Y, Delay Type: Dual Digital Delay

Free The Tone have garnered a remarkable reputation for building reliable effects of supreme build quality that are thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of demanding professional musicians. The Flight Time was Free The Tone’s previous digital delay masterpiece, a bold high-fidelity digital delay with a unique retro future aesthetic. (The Flight Time FT-2Y is still in production and appears later in this article.) But Free The Tone are always seeking new sounds and new ways to improve their designs, and the Future Factory RF Phase Modulation Delay is the builder’s latest offering and a very bold foray into uncharted new territory.

The Future Factory offers two independent delay lines that can be stacked in series in mono or run in parallel in stereo. This gives the pedal two distinct ways to approach using the pedal depending on your particular setup, and each of these integration options comes with a compelling set of advantages worth considering.

If you’re running a standard mono rig like probably 90%+ of guitarists, then you’ll enjoy having two independent digital delay lines that cascade into each other in series. Both delay lines can be dialed in together or individually with most parameters being shared between both delays. You can set individual delay times and tap divisions for each delay or just use one delay or the other as needed, placing either in Standby with a dedicated button. The Soft Clipping function applies to one of the delays (and thus is ideal for mono use) and can saturate your delayed signal in a pleasing way with a hint of overdriven grit. Even at extreme settings, you’ll notice a dynamic drive response and can control the breakup with your pick attack. And in mono the Pan controls actually add a tremolo effect to one of the delay lines, giving you some extra moment that you can also combine with the pedal’s majestic modulation.

Stereo guitarists will find an entirely separate digital delay experience that really shines thanks to Free The Tone’s impeccable attention to sonic detail. Having two delays with different divisions/delay times panned hard left and right already creates a big stereo sound. Add in some modulation and things get more lush. Then activate the “RF Phase Modulation”, and your playing dynamics will trigger changes in the stereo modulation movement for more ear-catching interest. This already sounds very expansive, but there’s more. The stereo panning option gives the delays an even more stratospheric quality, creating big spacious movement that will liven up the sound even if you’re using the same delay time and tap division on both the left and right delays. I was a bit skeptical about the necessity of all these features, but the sheer beauty of the sounds coming from this pedal validates all of the effort Free The Tone put into it. It’s very much worth exploring.

Tone obsessed guitars will appreciate the immaculate quality of the Future Factory, comparable in caliber to Free The Tone’s venerable Flight Time pedals. And if you want deeper control of your delay tone, both delays have dedicated 3-band EQs with a few options on each band for setting the Frequency focus point. And the delay lines have general Tone controls as well. This gives guitarists a huge tool-kit for dialing in perfect delay tones that will sit nicely in a mix during performance and in the studio.

There are plenty of other useful features–128 presets (4 recallable via the Tap foot-switch), phase inversion, trails, deep MIDI control, and more. But arguably the single biggest selling point is that the Future Factory sounds phenomenal, and is definitely in that top handful of the most inspiring digital delay pedals around.

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Seymour Duncan Dark Sun

Builder: Seymour Duncan, Pedal: Dark Sun, Delay Types: Digital Delay + Reverb

The Seymour Duncan Dark Sun is one of the most surprising delay pedals I’ve played in 2019. I can’t say enough that it really caught me off guard. It was designed in collaboration with Mark Holcomb of the band Periphery to be a song-writing companion, the kind of pedal that you can plug into and immediately get inspiring ambient sounds to propel your creative endeavors. And how the Dark Sun succeeds in its mission is what makes it so compelling.

The Dark Sun is a hybrid “Digital Delay + Reverb” pedal. The combo of delay and reverb in one pedal already puts the Dark Sun ahead of most delay pedals that only offer delay and no reverb. But it wouldn’t matter if the sound quality wasn’t on point, and fortunately, the Dark Sun shines in this area.

The Reverb is hall style ‘verb with two controls for Mix & Size to determine how much reverb you’re adding to your signal and how big it sounds. The Reverb can be used with the delays or independently, and it’s flexible enough to offer a short room-like ambience or huge, cavernous reflections. Time was put in here to create the perfect companion piece for the Dark Sun’s myriad delay sounds. And that’s where things get really interesting…

The Dark Sun has an 8-position Delay Mode knob that gives users quick starting points for getting their delays moving. The first four settings are for standard divisional settings including quarter notes, dotted eighths, eighth notes, and triplets. The Pattern setting combines quarter notes and dotted eighths for a classic style of syncopated delay repeats (a sound that’s especially lush with modulation). Then there’s a the Reverse setting, and I want to do a full stop here and say that the Dark Sun contains some of my personal all-time favorite reverse delay sounds. I’ll explain why in a moment. Rounding out the Delay Modes are a Ping Pong delay and a Reverse Ping Pong, both of which sound solid in stereo.

In addition to an expected delay parameter assortment, there are several unique functions available from 6 parameters linked to the Tweak knob. You can apply modulation with Rate & Depth controls and even set the Blend of modulation applied to both the Delay & Reverb. (Tip: crank the Blend to put the modulation only on the reverb and enjoy some epic, haunting modulated hall reverb.) The HPF & LPF are incredibly useful for shaping the tone of both your delay & reverb, rolling off the lows and highs, respectively. I can’t overstate how powerful the filters, particularly the HPF which I find critical for maintaining a tight low-end on both reverb and delay sounds. And finally, the Saturation adds an overdriven element to your wet signal to make things sound a bit dirtier and more lo-fi.

The Dynamic Expression function is a remarkably useful function, ducking and blending in the delay & reverb in response to your playing dynamics. This is the Dark Sun’s secret weapon and the key to unlocking some very unique sounds. The Dynamic Expression is what makes the Reverse Delay so compelling to me. You can set the Reverse to 100% wet for that classic backwards guitar sound, then dial in the Dynamic expression just right to have your picking dynamics heard and have your guitar notes morph backwards. Very cool. And while the Reverb seems to be missing a dedicated pre-delay control, the Dynamic Expression can duck the reverb away from your pick attack to give your guitar room to breathe. These are just two of the many uses you’ll find for this function.

Compared to other hybrid delay/reverb pedals at its price point, the Dark Sun stands competitively in contrast to the rest with its deep feature set, remarkable ease of use, and incredible sounds. And I didn’t even mention the 128 presets, MIDI I/O, optional Trails spillover per preset, and routing functionality (the delay/reverb ordering options being particularly useful).

Yes, the Dark Sun is awesome, perhaps Seymour Duncan’s best pedal offering to date, and it’s easily one of the best delay pedals of the year.

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Red Panda Particle V2

Builder: Red Panda, Pedal: RPL101 V2, Delay Type: Granular Delay

The original Red Panda Particle has been a modern classic for years now, a wildcard delay pedal that offered musicians something weird and different from the typical delay pedals that many builders seem content on hashing out. But many fans of the original Particle (myself included) have long been asking for certain small improvements. Well, Red Panda was listening, and they’ve released what is arguably the ideal version of the Particle concept in the new Particle V2.

The Particle V2 sought to retain all of the functionality and sound design aspects of the original while improving upon its predecessor in just about every possible way. Among the most noteworthy improvements to the Particle is the inclusion of presets, with 4 slots available from the surface of the pedal. The Particle V2 has an incredibly wide range of sounds in its arsenal, and now you can easily save and recall your creations. That alone will be worth the price of admission or upgrade for many.

The Tap/Freeze foot-switch is another huge draw, letting you easily sync your delay tempo (and other parameters) and activate the Freeze function. It’s great to finally have the Freeze on a foot-switch, so you can extend the pulsing choppiness of certain sections and then release the Freeze to let the trails drift away normally. And of course the MIDI functionality is a big deal for many musicians, letting you recall 127 presets and take full control of the Particle V2’s surface parameters and extra functionality (like combining multiple modes together for new sounds). There’s also stereo I/O via TRS jacks, so if you want to place the Particle V2 in between your other stereo pedals, you can.

While the Particle V2 does capture the sounds and modes of the original Particle, there are subtle sonic differences, particularly a more hi-fi quality. The really glitchy sounds seem sharper and tighter, and the pitch shifting is smoother. There’s actually a more organic quality to some of the sounds, in a cybernetic bio-machine kind of way. The Particle V2 is just a far more refined version of Red Panda’s granular delay experience. Also, as Red Panda has done so far with the Tensor, expect to see firmware updates from time to time, some that could add compelling new functionality to the Particle V2.

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Line 6 HX Stomp

Builder: Line 6, Pedal: HX Stomp, Effects Types: Multi-Effects

The Line 6 HX Stomp makes yet another appearance on one of our best pedal round-ups, and it’s here where the pedal arguably deserves the most recognition for how well it excels at a particular type of effect. The HX Stomp comes armed with the full arsenal of classic delay algorithms from the Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler (which is still in production). And the pedal also boasts a staggering amount of modern and updated delay algorithms to cover any of the more common delay needs of modern guitarists. And each of the HX Stomp’s detailed delay algorithms has an assortment of tweakable parameters that ensure you’ll be able to dial in stellar delay sounds, whatever the situation calls for.

The 20 new Helix grade delays and legacy DL4 models give you plenty of sounds to draw upon, but the HX Stomp allows you to run up to 6 effects blocks at a time. So you could run multiple delays in series or parallel, and even combine them with reverb or modulation effects, among other things. While it’s obviously a “multi-effects” pedal, if you approach the HX Stomp specifically with a delay focused mindset, you’ll see that the possibilities of this pedal in that area alone eclipse nearly anything else out there. The HX Stomp is one of the definitive modern guitar pedals currently available, and it’s also one of the best delay pedals as well.

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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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Meris Polymoon

Builder: Meris, Pedal: Polymoon, Delay Type: Digital 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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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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Eventide H9 Harmonizer

Builder: Eventide, Pedal: H9, Effects Types: 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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GFI System Specular Tempus

Builder: GFI System, Pedal: Specular Tempus, Effect Types: Digital Delay & Reverb

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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Eventide Rose

Builder: Eventide, Pedal: Rose, Delay Type: Modulated Digital

The Eventide Rose is a deceptively simple looking pedal that has a surprisingly wide range of sound design possibilities lurking within its tidy interface. It’s a departure from Eventide’s previous DSP based pedals, built around various digital and analog aspects to create a whole that this something altogether new.

At its most bare with all thorns plucked off, the Rose can function as a simple digital delay line. This is a rock solid delay that holds up to Eventide’s long-running expertise making some of the world’s most sought after rack equipment. From this basic sound you can use the analog Low-Pass Filter knob to roll off the high-end and warm up your delay sound. This gives the pedal a more analog sounding vibe and widens the tonal palette nicely. From there, adding in some standard Sine wave modulation gives you a nice range of classic modulated delay sounds. And if you push the “Phi” button, you get instant reverse delay.

That’s a lot sounds without really going too deep, but there are indeed many more sounds waiting to be cultivated. If you cut the delay range you can dial in some nice chorus sounds and a pretty solid flanger effect. You can even get a faux-Leslie thing going. The Delay Multiplier lets you cut the resolution of the processor to get lo-fi delay tones as well as make the pitch and delay speed increase and decrease.

The Rose has some convenient options for interactive control as well. The HotSwitch can be used to toggle between “A/B” settings for each of the pedal’s 5 presets opening up quick access to extra sounds. With an expression pedal you can even gradually morph between the two settings. Also, the HotSwitch can be used for Tap Tempo or other neat functions such as triggering Infinite Repeat, toggling between Multipliers, or pausing/resetting the Modulation among other things. The Rose also has some deep MIDI implementation that can be used via ¼” MIDI or USB, giving you even deeper control over all of the pedal’s functions should you wish to venture even further into the rosy briar patch.

The Rose is a striking pedal in many ways other than its bold appearance, and it’s perhaps the most unique pedal offering from Eventide so far and one that offers musicians an original approach to crafting delay sounds that can be quite unlike anything else out there.

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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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Alexander Pedals Radical Delay DX

Builder: Alexander Pedals, Pedal: Radical Delay DX, Delay Type: Lo-Fi

The Radical Delay DX from Alexander Pedals is the new wildcard in this roundup. It’s essentially a lo-fi delay inspired by obsolete technology, old school video games, and all things radical, wicked, gnarly, and bodacious. It also has 6 delay modes, all of which can be pushed into making crazy weird sounds that may make you think the pedal is broken or malfunctioning… but that’s all part of its charm.

The coolest part of the whole pedal is the Clock parameter which reduces the resolution of the processor which in turn reduces the quality of everything the pedal is doing. It’s a lot of fun, like a unique take on a bit crusher style of destruction effect. It’s very rewarding to find ways to destroy your sound from time to time, like a system crash that blows up your guitar rig and then suddenly returns everything back to normal. Make your audience think something went horribly wrong, and show them how it’s oh-so-right.

The 6 modes start with one conventional-ish delay, and then things get nuts. The Mod mode is a simple digital delay with modulation, albeit with a slightly more lo-fi sound than your typical digital delay. It’s nice and can go from mild to extreme. Clock it down and things go off the rails. The Dual delay stacks a couple delays in series for pattern delays. Reverse is a gnarly take of that type of delay with the Tweak knob letting you achieve faux tape stops like a broken Walkman. The Bend delay lets you shift the pitch of the delays with various intervals spanning -1 to +1 octave. The Arp mode applies some auto arpeggiation to the delays with 8 selectable patterns available. Madness will quickly ensue if you spend too much time with this one. And the Dynamic Delay is a kooky little algo that can dynamically change the delay time to bend the delay pitch and create all kinds of bizarre video game sounds and lazer bird noises.

The Radical Delay DX also gives you 16 presets, Tap Tempo, MIDI control, and more connectivity possibilities via its MultiJack. While the pedal does pack in a ton of features in such a small enclosure, I’d say that with all the bizarre and crazy sounds this pedal can make, it’s just simply one of the most fun unorthodox delay pedals out there for those you like things more than just a little bit weird.

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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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Dr. No Effects Moon Canyon

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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That concludes our Top 23 Best Delay Pedals for 2019. Thanks for reading!

Tell us your favorite delay pedal in the comments!

Gabriel Tanaka


  1. ExpatZ

    December 30, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I picked up Free the Tone’s FT-2Y and FF-1Y (and the Ta-1H as well but that is a different kind of pedal) and have been using them for a few weeks now, amazing is the word I want to use.

    I have been using them direct into my DAW interface and out into a Headrush FRFR-112 and they sound fantastic.

    And silent too, like super studio quiet.

    Not a noise into the DAW no mattter how hard I push it to see what it does.

    Just awesome, perfect studio quality delay that used to take up 4 rack spaces and weight about 10 kilo.

    I’m sold, FTT wins it for me.

    I have the H9 as well for about the same time, it’s delays and other effects are crazy good but it sits more as a Swiss Army knife for me while I use the FTT delays for the core sound and the H9 for the effect dripping stuff.

  2. josh

    December 11, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Very good page for a beginer

  3. rakim

    November 7, 2019 at 6:50 am

    i would love to get your dr no effects moon pedal. it looks amazing!

  4. Aidan

    October 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Polymoon for the win!! I’ve never used one but it sounds awesome

  5. Aidan

    October 19, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Polymoon for the win!!

  6. Jem Lewis

    October 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Epress effects echosystem is legit

  7. Mark Anthony Abogadie

    September 8, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    The ‘dreaminess’ of the Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall has a kind of personal effect one.

    Probably because there’s a woman I like, whose name is Bliss.

  8. Jake Supovitz

    September 5, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I’m in love with the Strymon Volante it’s such a versatile pedal!

  9. jordan lucas

    September 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    the tonal recall is a dream pedal for me

  10. Simon Weeks

    August 31, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Still the Strymon timeline!!

  11. Izel A

    August 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I love programmable delays

  12. Taylor Evans

    August 30, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I don’t have any delays and the only one I’ve ever used is a multi effect pedal that I borrowed from a friend and i liked it just don’t remember the name I know it was digitech

  13. Thomas

    August 28, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Huge fan of EarthQuaker Devices Pedals. The Avalanche Run is definitely a favourite!

  14. Howard Steeley

    August 22, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Electro Harmonix Cathedral. So beautiful.

  15. Jim

    August 12, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Electro harmonics canyon

  16. Glenn

    August 8, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I would love to own the Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe and any Chase Bliss delay pedal.

  17. Zeb

    August 1, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Dispatch Master in duo with the Carbon Copy for the win!

  18. Stranger Stan

    July 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    My favourite type of delay is the reverse!!

  19. Sophia DeGregorio

    July 30, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I would have to say the H9. I’ve seen a really good friend/guitarist using one in his rig and it was amazing to listen to.

  20. Ethan Akdamar

    July 25, 2019 at 9:46 am

    H9 eventide would be cool for the delay and other effects.

  21. Brad

    July 20, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Source Audio Nemesis Delay Pedal. Great sound and PRESETS!

  22. George Pycik

    July 19, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I’d love to try these. I never had a true analog pedal

  23. Donald

    July 13, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    They all look great, I unfortunately don’t have experience with any of those delays. Thanks for the review

  24. Dinesh

    July 13, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Volante hands down. The SOS function has been extremely inspiring, and my favourite vintage delay sounds (echorec and echoplex) in a single pedal with the Strymon level of detail that goes into the sound engineering and its my delay of the year.

  25. Nathan Sorg

    July 3, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I can never have enough delay on my board! I love the MXR Carbon Copy for simple slapback delays, I run the JHS Lucky Cat for more dialed in staccato delays, and I just added the Chase Bliss MOOD for spacier delays!

    • Paul Bretschneider

      September 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      Oh, how can you not love the Carbon Copy…it’s wonderful! I just bought the mini to save some room on my pedalboard.

  26. Christopher

    June 23, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    I love the Space Echo

    • Octavio Ramirez Garcia

      June 28, 2019 at 6:05 am

      My fave is TC but gladly would give a try to many if the above mentioned. Specially ehx grandcanyon

      • Octavio

        June 28, 2019 at 6:08 am

        I meant tc skysurfer

  27. Jason

    June 21, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Ehx Canyon

  28. Andrew

    June 21, 2019 at 5:18 am

    The Empress Echosystem has rocked my entire world as a delay pedal. It’s been so amazing!

  29. Alex

    June 18, 2019 at 6:25 am

    My bf joined a metalcore band lately and I know he needs to buy a new delay pedal. I remember MXR Carbon Copy was recommended to him but I’d like to win him one from you for his birthday 😉

  30. Evan O’Day

    June 3, 2019 at 10:28 am

    I like Free The Tone and Electro Harmonix Canyon. I would love to grab just the Canyon at this time. They both seem very versatile. They are both nice to look at, too.

  31. Riley

    May 5, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Super interested in the Free the Tone!

  32. william b

    May 1, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Rubberneck is pretty sweet and affordable to boot!

  33. Nickolay

    April 28, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Bad wiring is the best delay

  34. Joseph Ensor

    April 26, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Id always say delay is the most powerful effect to lift the sound a rig has. Favourites I like the look of would be the tempus for quality delay, and then the H9 for a completely different element in wet effected delay aswell!

  35. Miguel Baptista

    April 24, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Regardless of features, all these are amazing instruments in themselves.

    But as for sound quality, Empress is a really beautiful sounding delay.

  36. Joseph Joestar

    April 22, 2019 at 7:42 am

    What about Stone Deaf Syncopy?

  37. George Fritz

    April 8, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    ‘The Strymon Volante may be the final word when it comes to DSP emulation of classic Echorec & tape style delay sounds in pedal form.’

    The forthcoming, tube-driven Boonar Deluxe: Hold my beer.

  38. Timothy Gholston

    April 7, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I’d have to say the moon canyon is pretty sweet! Having a simplistic layout and 4 button switch set is nice so I don’t have to remember double taps or what-have-you. I play Metal so a little overdrive combined with delay is a superb combo for solos, fills or atmospheric control!

  39. Ray McNamara

    February 12, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Empress is the best.

    • Miguel Baptista

      April 24, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      After trying out the Superdelay once in a store ( and unfortunately listening to the Tube Tape Echo at the same moment which made it hard for the Empress ) it is indeed the best non-tape delay sound I have ever heard. I believe the echosystem should make anyone pretty much set on delay.

    • OmegaWave

      July 25, 2019 at 4:53 am

      No MIDI except through an external box that you can’t buy anymore, and stereo only as a separate delay type, not applicable to all types.

      Great sounding, basically useless (to me) 🙂

      • Amazing Mumford

        October 5, 2019 at 7:23 pm

        The Midibox2 is still available from certain retailers, and both the Chase Bliss (really small!) and Disaster Area Midiboxes work with Empress (and Meris) effects, so that’s not an issue. Having an external midi adapter means the Echosystem itself can take less board space, and the MIDI can be run under the board. Plus, it can be connected to the Chase Midibox with just a conventional TS cable, so it’s super easy to wire up. As for stereo only as a separate delay type, I have no idea what that means, but all types of delays on the Echosystem work in both stereo and wet/dry (right and left channels, respectively) as global settings. The two delay engines can be run in series, parallel, or left/right (or just one at a time). NFI in Empress, Chase, DA, or Meris.

  40. Peter Darling

    January 27, 2019 at 5:05 pm

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

  41. Chris Waller

    January 26, 2019 at 4:54 pm

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

  42. Christopher Williams

    January 25, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Great stuff.

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

  43. Dustin Scott

    January 25, 2019 at 9:59 am

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

  44. Will

    January 17, 2019 at 11:55 am

    damn that’s a lot to think about haha

  45. Scott

    January 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm

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

  46. Randall

    December 23, 2018 at 10:35 am

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

  47. Jason

    December 16, 2018 at 11:22 am

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

  48. Thad W

    December 12, 2018 at 6:47 am

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

  49. Ray McNamara

    December 11, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Dat memoryman chorus sound tho…

  50. ekrem berker

    December 10, 2018 at 11:54 pm

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

  51. Christian McBride

    December 9, 2018 at 11:05 am

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

  52. Chris

    December 7, 2018 at 3:31 am

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

  53. Howard Steeley

    December 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm

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

  54. George Elliott

    December 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    The flashback looks great! Definitely my favourite!

  55. Ben

    November 30, 2018 at 8:56 am

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

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

  56. Jacob Reda

    November 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm

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

  57. Brian Janjanin

    November 18, 2018 at 7:45 am

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

  58. alex86

    November 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I love them all thanks for giving me a chance

  59. Adrian-Stefan

    November 8, 2018 at 4:41 am

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

  60. Lisa Taylor

    November 7, 2018 at 11:24 am

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

  61. Mike H

    October 29, 2018 at 11:41 am

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

  62. Andre

    October 26, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Mouthwatering pedals.

    Sincere condolences for the loved ones you have lost.

  63. James Hagood

    October 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm

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

  64. Joe

    October 22, 2018 at 8:05 am

    That tonal recall looks like so much fun.

  65. Aidan Crawford

    October 15, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Oh how I do love pedals

  66. Nicholas Burkill

    October 8, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Meris tho.

  67. thommy

    October 7, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Red Panda Particle FTW

  68. Tyler

    October 3, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Thermae for sure.

  69. Jeremy

    October 1, 2018 at 11:28 pm

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

  70. Ali Chisholm

    September 29, 2018 at 12:13 am

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

  71. Alex Walker

    September 28, 2018 at 11:30 am


  72. Connor

    September 28, 2018 at 8:15 am

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

  73. Robbie

    September 27, 2018 at 6:07 am

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

  74. Caleb England

    September 26, 2018 at 6:53 am

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

    • Spacebarbus

      July 26, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Not really..Just clever marketing..

  75. Cody Gardner

    September 25, 2018 at 5:44 am

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

  76. Mat

    September 21, 2018 at 12:21 pm

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

  77. Rando Afrpeggiator

    September 16, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Need more new reel tape delay

  78. sam

    September 10, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Free the tone!!!

  79. Ryan

    September 9, 2018 at 2:25 am

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

  80. Sean Koran

    September 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

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

  81. Gram

    September 6, 2018 at 6:55 am

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

  82. Ian Hundt

    September 4, 2018 at 10:05 pm

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

  83. Nic

    September 4, 2018 at 2:22 am

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

  84. Steven Brenner

    September 3, 2018 at 1:36 am

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

  85. Eliazar Sanchez

    September 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

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

  86. Raphrez

    September 2, 2018 at 1:26 pm

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

  87. Jeff Mathisen

    September 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

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

  88. Christopher Jacques

    August 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

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

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

  89. Daniel Healy

    August 31, 2018 at 4:39 pm

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

  90. Christoffer Andreassen

    August 31, 2018 at 10:58 am

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

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

  91. Neville Scott

    August 31, 2018 at 1:14 am

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

  92. Arnold

    August 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

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

  93. Dan Putnam

    August 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

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

  94. Vlado

    August 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm

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

  95. sarah

    August 30, 2018 at 10:47 am

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

  96. Michael Hilliker

    August 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

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

  97. Ryan Neville

    August 30, 2018 at 9:41 am

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

  98. Jon

    August 30, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Interesting stuff.

  99. Paul Gibson

    August 29, 2018 at 1:33 pm

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

  100. bgray

    August 29, 2018 at 9:02 am

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

  101. Adam Lamprell

    August 29, 2018 at 6:10 am

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

  102. Peter Grey

    August 29, 2018 at 4:03 am

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

  103. David Cragin

    August 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm

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

  104. Dmitry

    August 28, 2018 at 9:35 am

    And what’s about cassette delay?)

  105. Mirjana

    August 28, 2018 at 7:45 am

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

  106. Colin B

    August 28, 2018 at 5:23 am

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

  107. John Lawrie

    August 27, 2018 at 10:48 pm

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

  108. Jim

    August 27, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    My comment will show up shortly…

  109. Lobo13

    August 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm

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

  110. Leila

    August 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm

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

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

  111. Joe

    August 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm

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

  112. Christopher Williams

    August 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm

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

  113. Neal Pilger

    August 27, 2018 at 8:34 am

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

  114. Neal Pilger

    August 27, 2018 at 8:33 am

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

  115. Kevin Henderson

    August 27, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Would love any of those on my board

  116. Tulio Andrade

    August 27, 2018 at 7:27 am


  117. Raul Navarro

    August 27, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Great post. Thank you

  118. Raul Navarro

    August 27, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Great post. Thank you

  119. Stian

    August 27, 2018 at 3:11 am

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

  120. AnFer

    August 27, 2018 at 2:19 am

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

  121. Michal

    August 27, 2018 at 2:07 am

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

  122. John V

    August 26, 2018 at 11:52 pm

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

  123. Alec

    August 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm

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

  124. Kizza Johnson

    August 26, 2018 at 6:33 pm

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

  125. Rolo

    August 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm

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

  126. Dwayne Fontenot

    August 26, 2018 at 4:22 pm

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

  127. Tony A

    August 26, 2018 at 3:15 pm

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

    • Rolo

      August 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Esthetics are phenomenal on that pedal. Wish I could get my hands on one.

  128. Jesse Goulet

    August 26, 2018 at 8:14 am

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

  129. Luke Jackman

    August 26, 2018 at 7:50 am

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

  130. Rafael Lázaro

    August 26, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Im my mind the nemesis os the best!

  131. JB Citerin

    August 26, 2018 at 5:31 am

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

  132. Rob

    August 26, 2018 at 5:07 am

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

  133. Enrico Antico

    August 26, 2018 at 4:30 am

    For me the Timeline hasn’t ceased to be a wonderful source of inspiration. I like to put all kinds of effects in the loop.

    If space is an issue, I’ll use my Brigadier or, on an even smaller board, the TC Flashback. But for most gigs I like to have a dedicated tap tempo button.

    For character I’m really loving the Way Huge Supa Puss (those chirps), Catalinbread Adineko and Dawner Prince Boonar – especially the last two can be wonderfully reverby.

    That said, there are plenty machines still on my list – The Particle for more whacky effects, the Rubberneck for it’s dirtyness, the Belle Epoch Deluxe for the preamp and oldschool vibe, The Empress and Polymoon for experiments in the digital realm as an alternative to the Timeline and the Chase Bliss because I just overall really love Joels output – every pedal a winner.

  134. David LEwington

    August 26, 2018 at 3:25 am

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

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

    Great Review !!

  135. Steven Chell

    August 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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

  136. Justin

    August 25, 2018 at 7:33 pm

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

  137. Edward Loo

    August 25, 2018 at 5:17 pm

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

  138. Sherman W Loper

    August 25, 2018 at 4:37 pm

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

  139. Bojan

    August 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    If O = Optimal number of pedals

    And C = My current number of pedals

    Then O = C + Chase Bliss Tonal Recall RKM


  140. Bojan

    August 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

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

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

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

  141. Jose Roa

    August 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm

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

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

  142. Sean

    August 25, 2018 at 1:12 pm

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

  143. Gokhan

    August 25, 2018 at 7:26 am

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

  144. aizat

    August 25, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Tonal recall is definitely the kill machine.

  145. ray

    August 25, 2018 at 3:00 am

    hey guys do not delay in sending me one these beuts

  146. JN

    August 25, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Fun of TC electronic! Nice article!

  147. Dries

    August 25, 2018 at 12:35 am

    After reading these reviews, I really need one 😀

  148. Fred Schweig

    August 24, 2018 at 11:45 pm

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

  149. Jorge

    August 24, 2018 at 11:04 pm


  150. Bill

    August 24, 2018 at 6:10 pm

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

  151. Justin

    August 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm

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

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

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

  152. Rudi

    August 24, 2018 at 3:44 pm

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

  153. Graden Steinbrenner

    August 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm

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

  154. Tony A

    August 24, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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

  155. Miguel Pereira

    August 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm

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

  156. David M. Butler

    August 24, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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

  157. Carlos Gandarillas

    August 24, 2018 at 2:11 pm

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

  158. Javier

    August 24, 2018 at 2:02 pm

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

  159. Kirill Prusov

    August 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Flight time!

  160. Robin

    August 24, 2018 at 1:54 pm

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

  161. Jesse Ainslie

    August 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Love the Tonal Recall – Chase Bliss staff is fantastic

  162. Kevin

    August 24, 2018 at 1:18 pm

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

  163. Lloyd

    August 24, 2018 at 1:13 pm

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

  164. Isiah

    August 24, 2018 at 12:18 pm

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

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

  165. Jesse Ainslie

    August 24, 2018 at 11:41 am

    That Tonal Recall is beautiful

  166. Joao

    August 24, 2018 at 10:12 am


  167. Luke

    August 24, 2018 at 10:12 am

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

  168. Nick O’Neill

    August 24, 2018 at 9:40 am

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

  169. Kevin Holbrook

    August 24, 2018 at 9:30 am

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

  170. Joshua Bails

    August 24, 2018 at 9:29 am

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

  171. Gregory

    August 24, 2018 at 9:06 am

    nemesis is so sweet

  172. Gregb

    August 24, 2018 at 9:05 am

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

  173. Cris

    August 24, 2018 at 8:50 am

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

  174. Matt

    August 24, 2018 at 8:49 am

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

  175. Scott

    August 24, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Source Audio Nemesis is awesome!

  176. Don

    August 24, 2018 at 8:11 am

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

  177. Iain

    August 24, 2018 at 8:05 am

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

  178. Jan Philipp Bohl

    August 24, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I really love the versatility of the polymoon.

  179. Rob Cerasuolo

    August 24, 2018 at 7:52 am

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

  180. Joseph Brian Earl

    August 24, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I like the Boss Waza Delay

  181. Joseph Brian Earl

    August 24, 2018 at 7:47 am

    I’m a big fan of the EHX Canyon!

  182. Gareth Mogg

    August 24, 2018 at 7:45 am

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

  183. Steven Le

    August 24, 2018 at 7:32 am

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

  184. Drew Burson

    August 24, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Timeline is still the king for my needs at least.

  185. Alberto Almansa Rueda

    August 24, 2018 at 7:15 am

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

  186. Jeremy

    August 24, 2018 at 7:14 am

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

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

  187. Ian

    August 24, 2018 at 7:09 am

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

  188. Brent Wilson

    August 24, 2018 at 6:50 am

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

  189. Martin Smith

    August 24, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Love the El Capistan

  190. Josh

    August 24, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I love Chase Bliss!

  191. Jan Marchal

    August 24, 2018 at 6:35 am

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

  192. Brian Goldberg

    August 24, 2018 at 6:24 am

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

  193. Sean Kebely

    August 24, 2018 at 5:51 am

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

  194. Felipe Devicaro

    August 24, 2018 at 5:50 am

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

  195. Kas Nelson

    August 24, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Im partial to the Strymon Time line.

  196. Peter Tas

    August 24, 2018 at 5:29 am

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

  197. Eric Lussier

    August 24, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I love the look of the chasebliss pedals

  198. David Krauss

    August 24, 2018 at 4:44 am

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

  199. Justin

    August 24, 2018 at 4:43 am

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

  200. Aditya Bhatt

    August 24, 2018 at 4:18 am

    need more delay! its never enough lol!

    I use a DD20 and a Carbon copy! but i still want more! I want to stack a delay between every other effect on my bouard.

  201. Ferg

    August 24, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Free the tone flight time ft-2y, Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall rkm, Meris Polymoon

    And as far as that Dr. No FX & Troy? Using stem cells to make pedals! Having it make sound? as to lead me out of my Raised gates. Lol ( no, these are cool )

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

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

  202. Jim Cornick

    August 24, 2018 at 3:55 am

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

  203. Torstein

    August 24, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Dear Jebus,

    Please send me a delay pedal.

  204. Dustin Rotbart

    August 24, 2018 at 3:45 am

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

  205. Michael Beckham

    August 24, 2018 at 3:43 am

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

  206. Sigi Schneider

    August 24, 2018 at 3:00 am

    If only the electroman had tap-tempo… 🙁

  207. James

    August 24, 2018 at 2:25 am

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

  208. gabriel pleska

    August 24, 2018 at 2:21 am

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

  209. Takahiro Hayashida

    August 24, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Fairfield Circuitry Meet Maude is my best delay pedal.

    • Neill MacColl

      July 15, 2019 at 7:02 am

      Totally agree. Meet Maude is the most inspirational pedal ever.

  210. Peter Homoki

    August 24, 2018 at 1:12 am

    I use TC M-Two and Line6 M5 both

  211. Shahin Nomani

    August 24, 2018 at 12:59 am

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

  212. Ard Kok

    August 24, 2018 at 12:52 am














    Xo from Holland

    – Ard

  213. Derek Sasaki

    August 24, 2018 at 12:41 am

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

  214. Encarna111

    August 24, 2018 at 12:30 am

    TC Electronic Alter Ego X4 the sound quality seems fantastic to me, the different types of delays give what they promise, and the edition via toneprint is very useful, both to create and to load the presets that they offer you.

    It’s those pedals that make you touch new things, that helps you to be creative.

  215. darko kolesar

    August 24, 2018 at 12:13 am

    source audio nemesis

    1. great delay sounds

    2. stereo

    3. midi

  216. cobrabubble

    August 24, 2018 at 12:08 am

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

  217. Gregory C Allain

    August 23, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I love Chase Bliss and Empress Effects for delay pedals

  218. Sean Gosse

    August 23, 2018 at 11:22 pm

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

  219. Răzvan Grigorescu

    August 23, 2018 at 11:20 pm

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

  220. TomiM

    August 23, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Delays are sexy! And that Tonal Recall is the sexiest! 🙂

  221. Jason Wilcox

    August 23, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Im all about that Polymoon ! Pleease send me one 🙂 It would bring the love to New Zealand !

  222. Bob Johnson

    August 23, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I really love the Eventide H9 – it takes quite a bit of work to get anywhere near to mastering it, but

    if you put in the necessary study/work it will repay you.

  223. Ryan

    August 23, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Want… them… all…

  224. Angus Keay

    August 23, 2018 at 10:45 pm

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

  225. Giorgio Cimoli

    August 23, 2018 at 10:03 pm

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

  226. Mike McQuain

    August 23, 2018 at 9:50 pm

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

  227. Caleb Martin

    August 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm

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

  228. Will Craver

    August 23, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    That tonal recal is soooo dirty!!!

  229. Blake Kibby

    August 23, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I need that Tonal Recall. NEED IT.

  230. Edward Fulton

    August 23, 2018 at 8:28 pm

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

  231. Tim Danes

    August 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm

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

  232. Frank

    August 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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

  233. Noah R Hackbarth

    August 23, 2018 at 7:45 pm

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

  234. JamesB

    August 23, 2018 at 7:37 pm

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

  235. David Sutherland

    August 23, 2018 at 7:35 pm

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

  236. Will Scott

    August 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm

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

  237. Will

    August 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Lexicon PCM 42

  238. C

    August 23, 2018 at 7:16 pm


  239. Pierre BIBAULT

    August 23, 2018 at 7:14 pm

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

  240. Brad Richardson

    August 23, 2018 at 7:11 pm

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

  241. Angel Tejon Garzon

    August 23, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Flashback 2 Delay/Looper !!. Sounds great!

  242. Brian Desautels

    August 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm

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

  243. Rowan Das

    August 23, 2018 at 6:58 pm

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

  244. algene

    August 23, 2018 at 6:56 pm

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

  245. Richard Carrier

    August 23, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I have TC Electronic Flashback and I love it.

  246. Doug Child

    August 23, 2018 at 6:18 pm

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

  247. John Niespodzianski

    August 23, 2018 at 6:17 pm


    please. 🙂

  248. Chris Petit

    August 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    MXR Carbon Copy is my choice…for now!

  249. Jack

    August 23, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Big up on the Particle.

  250. Greg Piotrowski

    August 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm

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

  251. Paul Stewart

    August 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm

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

  252. Lervin John Obando

    August 23, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Love that Polymoon and Tonal Recall!!!!!

  253. Billy

    August 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm

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

    • Billy

      August 23, 2018 at 5:59 pm


      My bad!

  254. Miguel H.

    August 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm

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

  255. Matt Collins

    August 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm

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

  256. Buddy

    August 23, 2018 at 5:53 pm

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

  257. Angel roca

    August 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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

  258. Justin S.

    August 23, 2018 at 5:21 pm


  259. Adam D’Zurilla

    August 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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

  260. Araz

    August 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Polymoon please… :?)

  261. Steffan

    August 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    That meris tho…

  262. Francisco

    August 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall RKM

    Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall

    Chase Bliss Audio Tonal

    Chase Bliss Audio

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  263. Craig Robichaud

    August 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm

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

  264. Greg Moore

    August 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm

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

  265. Seth Oyer

    August 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm

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

  266. Erik Aagard

    August 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    The tonal recall is an amazing pedal. Joel Corte is a remarkable

    Designer. His pedals are amazingly well thought out.

  267. Pete Hamrick

    August 23, 2018 at 4:16 pm

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

    Overall a great list that covers all budgets!

  268. Eduardo Gutierrez

    August 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm

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


  269. Dariusz

    August 23, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Great list.

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

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

  270. Jared

    August 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    So many pedals, so little time

  271. Justin Bradford

    August 23, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Great list!

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

  272. John Rice

    August 23, 2018 at 3:40 pm

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

  273. Calum Gunn

    August 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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

  274. JonDale

    August 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

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

  275. Paul

    August 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm

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

  276. John

    August 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    The Free The Tone looks pretty cool.

  277. Francis Gori

    August 23, 2018 at 3:17 pm

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


  278. Tyson

    August 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

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

  279. Willem

    August 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Digital granular reversed glitch delays for the win!

    (Obligated comment for pedal giveaway 😉

  280. Shiv A.

    August 23, 2018 at 3:04 pm

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

  281. Antoine Franqueville-Roy

    August 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm

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

  282. Nelson Salgado

    August 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I’m owner of a Strymon El Capistan. True proffesional sound. Favourite pedal in my studio.

    Looking to try the Polymoon


  283. Jake B

    August 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    That Tonal Recall is so cool sounding

  284. Mattias

    August 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm

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

  285. Bill Silva-Breen

    August 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Love that Free The Tone.

  286. Frank H

    August 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Tc for the price is the best of all.

  287. john j pioli

    August 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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

  288. Brendan Tynan

    August 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

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

  289. Alexandre Gendreau

    August 23, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Want them all!

  290. luis horacio velez de la pava

    August 23, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    excellent all,


    August 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm

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

  292. Dave

    August 23, 2018 at 2:33 pm

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

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

  293. James Knowles

    August 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm

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

  294. Travis Bingaman

    August 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Deeelllaaayyy ffforrr ddaayyss

  295. Ger

    August 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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

  296. Kelven Hughes

    August 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I’m slowly building out my first pedal board…..

    overdrive – tick

    fuzz – tick

    novelty pedal – tick

    delay – ….. …… (looks at empty space on board!)

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

  297. Mick Dann

    August 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm

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

  298. John

    August 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    3 fantastic pedals!

  299. Greg

    August 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Love the old Echoplex but now use TC Electronics Flashback

    It has great setting and clarity

  300. David Gortych

    August 23, 2018 at 2:26 pm

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

  301. Ed

    August 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm

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

  302. Elijah Davenport

    August 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I agree that all of the pedals listed are awesome, and I would love the Tonal Recall.

    However, as has been mentioned in other comments, I can’t believe there’s no Boss pedals on this list.

    They are iconic and so ubiquitous. You even use them as a reference in some of the delay type descriptions at the beginning of the article.

    I currently own a DD20 and a MS3 for my Boss delay needs.

  303. William

    August 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Eventide H9 best of best definitely my favorite

  304. Matthew

    August 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm

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

  305. Heath

    August 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

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

  306. Matthew

    August 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Thermae is such a mindblowing pedal

  307. Stan

    August 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Wonder how one of these would work with a Volto

  308. Eric Raven

    August 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

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

  309. seabass

    August 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm

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


  310. Arjen

    August 23, 2018 at 2:12 pm

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

  311. Derek Doss

    August 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm

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

  312. John Inge Melve Ellingsaeter

    August 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm

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

  313. Robert Abernathy

    August 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I really like the Caitlinbread Bicycle Delay too!

  314. Manfred Ganswindt

    August 23, 2018 at 2:01 pm

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

  315. Menno

    August 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Polymoon!! *hearteyes*

  316. Jarrod

    August 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve been using an M9 for years now and it still holds up when it comes to capability balancing with interface. I essentially use it as a DL4, but it has a screen, 3 independent delays, dozens of presets and tap synched subdivisions. Having the verbzilla settings on there too is a huge bonus.

    I’ve heard great things about a lot of these delays, mainly the tonal recall, and I’d love to see the awesomely weird CT5 on this list.

  317. David Carlsson

    August 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm

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

  318. Yves

    August 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm

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

  319. Ryan

    August 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm

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

  320. Bob

    August 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm

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

  321. Bob

    August 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm

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

  322. Jeff Gottlieb

    August 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

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

  323. Bob

    August 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

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

  324. Mark Leahey

    August 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

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

  325. Dan Hood

    August 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm

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

  326. Derek Kimball

    August 23, 2018 at 1:41 pm

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

  327. Mark

    August 23, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Thermae is the best. Just need a Polymoon now.

  328. Anthony L. Childs

    August 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm

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

  329. Oscar Cardel

    August 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm

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

  330. Serg

    August 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I’ll take 5.

  331. h.walker

    August 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm

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

  332. Trey

    August 23, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    That Thermae sounds amaaaaazing

  333. John Grosz

    August 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm

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

  334. Zolton

    August 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm

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

  335. Matthew Lage

    August 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

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

  336. William Otto

    August 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Awesome stuff!

  337. Chris Kidd

    August 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    The Chase Bliss Audio sounds really nice.

  338. Meagan K

    August 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm


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

  339. Javier Olmedo

    August 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Boss DD-20!

  340. Daniel Zarcone

    August 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm

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

  341. Samuel Martinez

    August 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Llove to test the tonal Recall

  342. Adam Salazar

    August 23, 2018 at 1:22 pm

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

  343. Eric Thibaut

    August 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm

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

  344. Tom Adams

    August 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm

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

  345. Simon Chaloux

    August 23, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Chase bliss rkm ! Amazing !

  346. Jason

    August 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I love the Nemesis! Great article.

  347. Glenn McMullen

    August 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm

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

  348. Oleksandr Pechenenko

    August 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    TC Electronic Flashback 2 Delay!!!

  349. Austin Twomey

    August 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm

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

  350. Rich Smith

    August 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm

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

  351. Brad Dreis

    August 23, 2018 at 1:08 pm

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

  352. Ian Swanberg

    August 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm

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

  353. Dan Jackson

    August 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    love characterful delays. Especially tape, real or emulated!

  354. arbel

    August 23, 2018 at 1:05 pm

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

  355. apeekaboo

    August 23, 2018 at 1:04 pm

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

  356. Ross

    August 23, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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

  357. steuart liebig

    August 23, 2018 at 12:54 pm



  358. Jurek

    August 23, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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

  359. andrew

    August 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm

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

  360. Mack

    August 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm

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

  361. Ben

    August 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm

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

  362. Matthew Hoffman

    August 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm

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

  363. Gary

    August 23, 2018 at 12:44 pm

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

  364. Dave

    August 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Looking to try the Polymoon

  365. Christopher W Bloomer

    August 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm

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

  366. Josh

    August 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm

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

  367. Lawrence Edward Matos

    August 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm

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

  368. Dolf Muccillo

    August 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm

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

  369. Chris Waller

    August 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm

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

  370. Gregory Lauer

    August 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm

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

  371. Daniel

    August 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm

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

  372. eyal

    August 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

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

  373. Brian

    August 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I so want a polymoon

  374. Michael Barber

    August 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm

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

  375. Rob

    August 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

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

  376. Helmut Schmidt

    August 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

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

  377. Stanton

    August 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

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

  378. Jesus

    August 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

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

  379. Marshal Tofte

    August 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    The Nemesis and Timeline are both fantastic.

  380. Andy M

    August 23, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    2018, the year of the delay!

  381. James Dress

    August 23, 2018 at 12:19 pm

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

  382. Riccardo

    August 23, 2018 at 12:19 pm

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

  383. Dan Schop

    August 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm

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

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

  384. Mark Anderson

    August 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm

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

  385. Ethan Boyle

    August 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    The delay effect is the audio equivalent to smoking salvia.

  386. Jeff Tybur

    August 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm

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

  387. John Reid

    August 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm

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

  388. Ryan Dowd

    August 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

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

  389. Michael Tomlinson

    August 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

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

  390. frederic deheuvels

    August 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Love delays

  391. Martin

    August 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Need the Polymoon for Pink Floydish sounds

  392. Ryan Jacob

    August 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm

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

  393. Marc-Antoine Pelletier

    August 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    So many good choices

  394. Mark Miller

    August 23, 2018 at 12:12 pm

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

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

  395. Brett

    August 23, 2018 at 12:12 pm

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

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


  396. Kiryk Drewinski

    August 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    If you compare specific delays side by side (digital vs the original), digital effects have still a long way to go but at a live situation it does not matter really.

    I like the TC Flashback 2 for its ability to tweak your own sound. …but I‘m an individualist I guess 😉 In the studio nothing compares to the real thing if you are into tape delays etc.

  397. sean

    August 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm

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

  398. Charles Mayer

    August 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm

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

  399. Joaquin

    August 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm

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

  400. Casey J Scott

    August 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

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

  401. Matthew Ashmore

    August 23, 2018 at 12:03 pm

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

  402. Martin Byrne

    August 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

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

  403. Grigoris S.

    August 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    A.R. !!!

  404. Mike Freed

    August 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

  405. Beau Osland

    August 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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

  406. EDDIE Garcia

    August 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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

  407. Brian Wagner

    August 23, 2018 at 11:55 am

    i could use any one of these on my empty pedalboard

  408. Julius Berchbommel

    August 23, 2018 at 11:55 am

    A pedalboard without a delay isn’t One.

  409. sean K moore

    August 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

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

  410. Scott W Thompson

    August 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

    old blood deserves some love on this list!

  411. JP Campeau

    August 23, 2018 at 11:52 am

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

  412. Kerrin Sharpley

    August 23, 2018 at 11:51 am

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

  413. Jeremy Baker

    August 23, 2018 at 11:50 am

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

  414. Michael Gaita

    August 23, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Great list. You can never have enough delays.

  415. Kevin L. Gibbs

    August 23, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Canyon Delay kicks ass! I would love one those! 😀

  416. Jackson P.

    August 23, 2018 at 11:48 am

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

  417. Jake Russell

    August 23, 2018 at 11:47 am

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

  418. FAB

    August 23, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Chase bliss are the best IMO!!!

  419. Damon Palyka

    August 23, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I pretty much only use delay pedals anymore

  420. Tim Crain

    August 23, 2018 at 11:46 am

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

  421. Bill Grego

    August 23, 2018 at 11:46 am

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

  422. Jim wylde

    August 23, 2018 at 11:44 am

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

  423. Peter Cattaneo

    August 23, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Empress Echosystem is continually impressive.

  424. adam

    August 23, 2018 at 11:41 am

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

  425. Paul

    August 23, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I seem to save up for ever to get the dream delay pedal I have set my mind on and by the time I get the money there are another ten to choose from !!!!

    Perhaps I’ll win one and can spend the money on something else . . . . lol

  426. Jason

    August 23, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Delay is one of my top favorite effects.

  427. Nitsan Gur

    August 23, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Chase bliss audio delay is from a whole different planet!

  428. B

    August 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

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

  429. Max

    August 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Love them all!

  430. Peter

    August 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

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

  431. Ludvig Paulsrud

    August 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I really like the DOD Rubberneck’

  432. Max Kimmich

    August 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Id like to win something lol


    August 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

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

  434. Eliazar Sanchez

    August 23, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Free tbe tone is IMPRESSIVE

  435. Constantinos Kalampokis

    August 23, 2018 at 11:36 am

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

    Moon Canyon though has incredible design

  436. T

    August 23, 2018 at 11:36 am

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

  437. Joseph Bugg

    August 23, 2018 at 11:36 am

    A man can dream!!!

  438. Enrique Mancia

    August 23, 2018 at 11:36 am

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

  439. Gary Plaus

    August 23, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Nice! Gotta Love that Tonal Recall.

  440. Giannis

    August 23, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Nice stuffs!!! 😀

  441. jay woah

    August 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

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

  442. Ross

    August 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

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

  443. Ricardo Santos

    August 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

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

  444. Mark

    August 23, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Love the vintage sounds I get from the Strymon El Capistan

  445. Ryan Worthley

    August 23, 2018 at 11:30 am

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

  446. Jan

    August 23, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Wanna try the Tonal Recall

  447. Bryce Pulver

    August 23, 2018 at 11:30 am

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

  448. Nick Steinkamp

    August 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I need all of them!!! Muwahhahaha

  449. Don

    August 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

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

  450. Todd

    August 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Oh god do I want one of these

  451. David Burch

    August 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I currently use a Mod duo which gives me a huge choice of delay setups.

    There,are two pedals that I will be purchasing because of the unique sounds you can get.

    These would be the Meris Pollymoon and Red Panda’s Particle

  452. Silas Garrett

    August 23, 2018 at 11:28 am

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

  453. Benoit Fauchere

    August 23, 2018 at 11:27 am

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

  454. Martin Larsen

    August 23, 2018 at 11:27 am

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

  455. Jeremy Costello

    August 23, 2018 at 11:26 am

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

  456. George

    August 23, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Too many fine pedals to choose from

  457. Rico

    August 23, 2018 at 11:26 am

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

  458. Fabian Torres

    August 23, 2018 at 11:24 am

    ship this to me with no delay!

  459. Kelly Bruce

    August 23, 2018 at 11:24 am

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

  460. John Paul Thompson

    August 23, 2018 at 11:24 am

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

  461. Carlos Angulo

    August 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I would’ve add Carbon Copy to the list

  462. Matt Hoffer

    August 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

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

  463. Cameron

    August 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

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

  464. paul torbert

    August 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

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

  465. Bart

    August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I like the compressies pedals. So many options.

  466. Angus McToon

    August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

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

    My faves: Timeline, Nemesis, Analogman AARD.

  467. Creighton J Tamerius

    August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

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

  468. Daniel Hunt

    August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

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

  469. justin

    August 23, 2018 at 11:20 am

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

    awesome article. Love these giveaways.

  470. Ronald Olszewski

    August 23, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Some of these pedals look astounding!

  471. Steph

    August 23, 2018 at 11:20 am

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

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

  472. Maher Zaidi

    August 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Thermae or rubberneck, or one of my favs the minifooger

  473. Michael Matteo

    August 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

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

  474. Eibert Draisma

    August 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I like the Electro Harmonix Canyonm because it’s got a looper too 🙂

  475. Elijah

    August 23, 2018 at 11:19 am


  476. Bill Pinson

    August 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

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

  477. Kieran Berntsen

    August 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Amazing article as always

  478. Mark McKeever

    August 23, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Solid write up.

  479. Rich

    August 23, 2018 at 11:18 am

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


  480. Ian

    August 23, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Red knob seems fantastic !

  481. Poko J

    August 23, 2018 at 11:18 am

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

  482. SeanR

    August 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

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

  483. Eugene Kim

    August 23, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Anything from Meris is solid.

  484. Andy Simmons

    August 23, 2018 at 11:15 am

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

  485. MattS

    August 23, 2018 at 11:15 am

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

  486. Lydia Gentry

    August 23, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I love me a good analog delay!

  487. Edward San Martin

    August 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

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

  488. Joaquin Mecklenburg

    August 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

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

  489. Brian

    August 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

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

  490. Emily Harris

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

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

  491. Paul Hogue

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

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

  492. Michael Berndt

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

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

  493. ADRIAN Nava

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

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

  494. Kris

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I want them all!

  495. tani P.

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

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

  496. Thiago Rosa

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Red Knob is the ticket!

  497. Logan Amon

    August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

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

  498. Roderick

    August 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

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

  499. Pavel

    August 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

    The most interesting delay pedal of 2018 is definitely Thermae!

  500. Moises

    August 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Awesome list!

  501. Douglas Roberto Murtha Braz da Costa

    August 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

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

  502. Rich Bencivengo

    August 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

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

  503. Casey Gore

    August 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

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

  504. Daniel Marquez

    August 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

    That Polymoon is absolute fire!

  505. Cesar Pinilla

    August 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I really want to try that Polymoon

  506. Syd M Bishop

    August 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

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

  507. Jordan Gale

    August 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

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

  508. Kyle Bingham

    August 23, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Mannnnn All these pedals are incredible in their own way.

  509. Geoff Boyd

    August 23, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Great choices !!

    Great article!

  510. henry whitmer

    August 23, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Oh man, I need one

  511. Shawn

    August 23, 2018 at 11:08 am

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

  512. Rocky Krueger

    August 23, 2018 at 11:07 am

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

  513. Gianfranco Campolongo

    August 23, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Man, that Belle Epoch Deluxe!

  514. Michael Krukowski

    August 23, 2018 at 11:07 am

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

  515. Gavin Wright

    August 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

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

  516. TJ Nugent

    August 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

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

  517. SimSon

    August 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Good article, the features on the recently released delays are crazy!

    Any of the 3 delays of the giveaway would send me for a hell of a knob-twitching ride

  518. Craig

    August 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

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

  519. Kyle

    August 23, 2018 at 11:05 am

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

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

  520. Nathan Schneider

    August 23, 2018 at 11:05 am

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

  521. Dimitris Korontzis

    August 23, 2018 at 11:05 am

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

  522. Brian Phillips

    August 23, 2018 at 11:05 am


  523. Josh

    August 23, 2018 at 11:05 am

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

  524. Seth

    August 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    great pedals!

  525. William

    August 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I’d love to try the Red Panda Particle!

  526. Tobias

    August 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Moog MF104-SD

  527. Leon Goodenough

    August 23, 2018 at 11:02 am

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

  528. TK

    August 23, 2018 at 11:01 am

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

  529. Jon Sim

    August 23, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I want a Thermae. Real bad.

    I’d also quite like a dwarfcraft minivan echo. Just for fun.

  530. Shaun Smitt

    August 23, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Great Article!

  531. Jesse Finnell

    August 23, 2018 at 10:53 am

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

  532. Josh Lawson

    August 23, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Love the look of the Polymoon!

  533. Victor O’Connor

    August 23, 2018 at 10:44 am

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

  534. phil

    August 23, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Amazing new delays! Too many great ones.

  535. David Fazio

    August 23, 2018 at 10:32 am

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

  536. Peter

    August 23, 2018 at 10:12 am

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

    • phil

      August 23, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Loving the Rubberneck, so many great new delays!!

  537. Ryan

    August 23, 2018 at 10:04 am

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

  538. Steve Daniel

    August 23, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I use effects with didgeridoo, not guitar, so yes I’m a different kind of animal here

    Currently using the Strymon Timeline..nice results from the digital variations there, experimentally combining them with various reverbs, phasers, and flangers. It’s all good but for my purposes the accurate delayed signal rendition of digital delays is best… kinda wanting to try out the Strymon Dig to see what it might offer that’s different than the Timeline!

  539. Tim Britton

    August 23, 2018 at 9:56 am

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

  540. David S DeMaria

    August 23, 2018 at 9:54 am

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

  541. Travis

    August 23, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Stacks upon stacks of delay. Never too much!

  542. John Elder

    August 23, 2018 at 9:49 am

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

  543. Ryan McRae

    August 23, 2018 at 9:46 am

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

  544. Jonny Taylor

    August 23, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Lots of great delay pedals on this list, my top 4:

    – Eventide H9 (best long-term investment, so much more than just a delay),

    – Strymon Timeline (probably my favorite in terms of sound; deep but user friendly),

    – Source Audio Nemesis (rivals the Timeline for sound quality and features, but in a more compact and affordable package),

    – EHX Canyon (best bang-for-buck… how did they fit such great sound and functionality in such a small, inexpensive pedal!?!?)

  545. John Saylor

    August 23, 2018 at 9:27 am

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

  546. Ron Grande

    August 23, 2018 at 9:26 am

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

  547. Brad Warning

    August 23, 2018 at 9:26 am

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

  548. Bret Alexander

    August 23, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Thermae by far. No other delay like it.

  549. Thibaut

    August 23, 2018 at 9:11 am

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

  550. Eric

    August 23, 2018 at 9:09 am

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

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

  551. Jeremy

    August 23, 2018 at 9:07 am

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

  552. Tom Urwin

    August 23, 2018 at 9:07 am

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

  553. Russell Tanenbaum

    August 23, 2018 at 9:06 am

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

  554. Vladimir Glavchovski

    August 23, 2018 at 9:05 am

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

  555. Lukas

    August 23, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I want them all! Haha.

  556. Lukas

    August 23, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I want them all! Haha.

  557. Damian Le Sar

    August 22, 2018 at 10:25 am

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

  558. Jonathan Marchan

    August 22, 2018 at 7:56 am

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

  559. Matthew Capdevila

    August 22, 2018 at 6:19 am

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

  560. Dull Fantastique

    August 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm

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

  561. Sytse

    August 21, 2018 at 2:00 am

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

  562. Ferg

    August 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    The TC electronic flashback x 4, Eventide Timefactor, Earthquakerdevices Dtransport , Reds : Panda , Witch although all are really cool!

    Would plug any of these into the guitar and have Some FUN

  563. Andy G

    August 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

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

  564. Ariel de Anda

    August 20, 2018 at 5:02 am

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

  565. Alan

    August 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Really want to try out a timeline

  566. Billy Felt

    August 18, 2018 at 11:48 pm

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

  567. Zachary Peel

    August 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I would love this offer

  568. Noah Crawford

    August 16, 2018 at 11:16 pm

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

  569. Gene Brady

    August 16, 2018 at 9:31 pm

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

  570. Todd

    August 16, 2018 at 9:15 pm

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

  571. Rick Watts

    August 16, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I love……………………………delay!

  572. Kurt Mesford-Lesmeister

    August 15, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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

  573. Alessandro Rigo

    August 15, 2018 at 8:50 am

    My actual and favourite delay is the Crazy Tube Circuits “Time Gold”.

    An analog delay for all events, perfect in the body of the sound and amanzingly powerful in the repetitions.

    The tap/oscillator is like a pleasure trigger on your foot during a solo and the two (digital and analog) paths combine perfectly together, giving a glorious tone.

    Also extremely useful the switch for the echo that allows you to choose between quarters, dotted eights and triplets.

    Last but not least the solidity in the construction and the beautiful artwork: a case built for glory.

  574. Frank Conway

    August 15, 2018 at 7:23 am

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

  575. Riley

    August 14, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Noises are important!

  576. Fred

    August 13, 2018 at 11:51 am

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

  577. Katie Riley

    August 13, 2018 at 11:45 am

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

  578. Nathan

    August 13, 2018 at 7:22 am

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

  579. JAMES

    August 13, 2018 at 1:09 am

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

  580. Robert

    August 12, 2018 at 10:07 pm


    To my wallet

  581. Karl

    August 12, 2018 at 10:38 am

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

  582. Si

    August 12, 2018 at 4:34 am

    That Source Audio Nemesis is winking at me…

  583. hamiz

    August 12, 2018 at 4:24 am

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

  584. Amos

    August 12, 2018 at 3:46 am

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

  585. Husam

    August 12, 2018 at 3:27 am

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

  586. Park

    August 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    No Echotopia by Crazy Tube Circuits? I’m a bit disappointed 🙂

  587. Brian

    August 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm

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

  588. Andrew

    August 10, 2018 at 8:02 pm

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

  589. Ed

    August 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

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

  590. Brian

    August 10, 2018 at 12:59 pm

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

  591. Harrison Reed

    August 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

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

  592. Montgomery Mitchell

    August 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm

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

  593. Mateo

    August 9, 2018 at 2:16 am

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

  594. Charlie

    August 8, 2018 at 1:14 pm

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

  595. Lucas Vertrees

    August 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

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

  596. Kevin

    August 7, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    As usual, an impressive set of pedals (and accompanying reviews). Keep up the content BestGuitarEffects!

    Hoping to win the pedal giveaway!

  597. Darin Parish

    August 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Lay it on me!

  598. Dries

    August 5, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome, gotta have ‘m all!

  599. Phil Newton

    August 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm

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

  600. Tom Coates

    August 2, 2018 at 6:45 pm

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

  601. Andy Spence

    August 2, 2018 at 1:20 pm

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

  602. Dan

    August 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    dying to win lol

  603. Sotiris

    August 1, 2018 at 1:06 am

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

  604. Sean F

    July 30, 2018 at 2:47 pm

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

  605. Stephen Douglas

    July 30, 2018 at 2:26 pm

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

  606. Eric Fogelberg

    July 30, 2018 at 8:54 am

    There’s not a dud on this list. That said I LOVE my Nemesis!

    Bang for the buck algorithm wise-tone wise-presets and expandability eise it’s a value and punches above it’s weight and price. That said, I’d be happy with everything here, especially the Chase Bliss and Empress delays. Another sleeper that’s on my board and will never leave is the Malekko 616 Analog Delay. It sounds amazing and for its size and price is a steal. Even with delay turned down the circuit just adds some DMM type sonic magic and feeding the Nemesis (along with the Dunlop Echoplex Pre) helps to shape tone in intangible, beautiful ways. Highlt recommend it and the Nemesis.

  607. Chris Pinheiro

    July 30, 2018 at 6:42 am

    These pedals look out of this world!

  608. Chad Richey

    July 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

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

  609. Gabe Tonestoy

    July 26, 2018 at 9:07 am

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

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

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

  610. Peter Urso

    July 25, 2018 at 6:53 pm

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

  611. David Mares

    July 24, 2018 at 11:29 pm

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

  612. Marcel Costoya

    July 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

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

  613. nate

    July 24, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    re-housed modded ibanez de-7


    July 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm

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

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


    PS: I want the tonal recall 😉

  615. Alex

    July 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

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

  616. Matt

    July 24, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Definitely want to try the Flight Time.

  617. Drawjunkw

    July 24, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Good review

  618. Jeff

    July 24, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I am a relative novice in the world of pedals. Play mainly acoustic. However, I hope to learn more from your site and other sources. It’s a bit daunting…so many pedals, and significant learning curve – and potentially wasted money if I buy a bunch of stuff on spec that I don’t do what I envisoined. I have an electric guitar: a 1980s Hamer phantom which I changed the pick-ups to try and achieve a more Stat-like sound (I could not afford to buy a Stat). I also was inspired recently seeing some buskers using delay and looper pedals with both acoustic and electric. I have the following pedals:

    Boss chorus – loved this pedal

    Cry baby – a classic, but can’t say I have skill with this

    Recently purchased:

    Electro Harmonix 720 Looper & Memory Boy analog delay. Both seem ok, but again I need to learn how to use properly and get a good tone in combination with the amp I am using (that’s another story).

  619. Graeme

    July 22, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    That Polymoon sounds awesome. So many delays so little cash 🙂

  620. Gareth

    July 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm

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

  621. Albert S.

    July 20, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Best delay ever = The Empress Echosystem!!!!

  622. Soren Hellyer

    July 17, 2018 at 6:43 am

    I love the look of the tonal recall.

  623. Fred

    July 17, 2018 at 1:56 am

    I dream of one day owning a binson echorec to play all the classic floyd tunes 🙂

  624. Chris

    July 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

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

  625. Lewis Deakin

    July 15, 2018 at 11:19 am

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

  626. Regan Hines

    July 15, 2018 at 9:55 am

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

  627. Trevor G

    July 14, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    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!

  628. Guilherme Araujo

    July 14, 2018 at 5:28 am

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

  629. Shannon Penner

    July 14, 2018 at 2:48 am

    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…

    • Shannon Penner

      July 14, 2018 at 2:49 am

      DYAT. That should be El Capistan…

  630. Matt sanford

    July 13, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    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!

  631. Paul Johnston

    July 13, 2018 at 12:59 am

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

  632. Nathan

    July 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    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

  633. Stephen Prentiss

    July 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

    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.

  634. Alec A. Head

    July 12, 2018 at 9:44 am

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

  635. Desi Fournier

    July 12, 2018 at 8:44 am

    They’re all great delays.

  636. Jason Palmatier

    July 12, 2018 at 3:17 am

    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.

  637. Christine McAdow

    July 11, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    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

  638. Jesse

    July 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I hear wonders about the Line 6 DL4.

  639. Daniel Cress

    July 11, 2018 at 10:17 am

    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?

  640. Jaktip Poonyathalung

    July 11, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Love your review

  641. Jonah Anderson

    July 10, 2018 at 9:21 pm

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

  642. Ken Epstein

    July 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

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

  643. Ryan Bossert

    July 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    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.

  644. Jack Hooley

    July 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    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

  645. Richard Cantle

    July 10, 2018 at 10:39 am

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

  646. Ben Thies

    July 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm

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

  647. T Mallory

    July 9, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Flight Time is seriously incredible. love it.

  648. Adrian

    July 9, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Cool delays, cool giveaway.

  649. Lorenzo

    July 9, 2018 at 2:51 am

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

  650. Sam

    July 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm

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

  651. Pierre Desaulniers

    July 8, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Very informative! Now give me these pedals!!

  652. Jay Reinhardt

    July 8, 2018 at 11:10 am

    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

  653. David James king

    July 7, 2018 at 11:16 am

    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!

  654. Ian Nadin

    July 7, 2018 at 5:38 am

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

  655. Jake

    July 6, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    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!

  656. Chris

    July 6, 2018 at 9:15 pm


  657. Steffan

    July 6, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    But that Old Blood Noise Mondegreen tho…


    July 6, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I would love to win those pedals!

  659. John R

    July 6, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Would love to try the Tonal Recall

  660. Gabriel O’Connell

    July 5, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Gimme some sweet delay bb!

  661. Stephen P

    July 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

    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.

  662. Stephen P

    July 5, 2018 at 8:28 am

    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.

  663. Rooz Izadi

    July 4, 2018 at 6:40 am

    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!

  664. Phil

    July 3, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    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.

  665. John Mountford

    July 3, 2018 at 12:05 pm

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

  666. billy

    July 2, 2018 at 11:11 am

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

  667. david

    July 2, 2018 at 10:58 am

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

  668. Sean Marshall

    July 2, 2018 at 8:24 am

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

  669. Don hutchko

    July 2, 2018 at 12:22 am

    good delay reviews

  670. elmer lamberson

    July 1, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Joel Korte is a genius.

  671. Emma W

    July 1, 2018 at 12:10 am

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

  672. CJ Johnson

    June 30, 2018 at 10:27 pm

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

  673. Jono Blackburn

    June 30, 2018 at 4:19 pm

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

  674. Sarmad

    June 30, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    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!

  675. drtube

    June 30, 2018 at 7:27 am

    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!

  676. bertram

    June 30, 2018 at 1:00 am

    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…

  677. Andrè Z aval

    June 29, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I desperately want to try some of the Chase Bliss delays

  678. Clark Brown

    June 29, 2018 at 1:31 am

    GASsing for a Flight Time

  679. Chris Keledjian

    June 28, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    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!

  680. Evgeniy

    June 28, 2018 at 3:21 am

    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.

  681. Travis

    June 27, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    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.

  682. Jared Bosgra

    June 27, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    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!

  683. Brian Wagner

    June 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm

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

  684. Anthony Laing

    June 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

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

  685. Jason Sanders

    June 27, 2018 at 9:23 am

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

  686. David Burch

    June 27, 2018 at 7:56 am

    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.

  687. Xander

    June 27, 2018 at 7:14 am

    The Eventide one sounds really interesting

  688. Mitchell Bartolo

    June 27, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Dang where is the vapor trail? I need to upgrade

  689. Manuel Cordero Rodriguez

    June 27, 2018 at 12:22 am

    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.

  690. Shawn Reese

    June 26, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    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!!

  691. Kitty Lang

    June 26, 2018 at 11:09 am

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

  692. Philip Ellis

    June 26, 2018 at 7:16 am

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

  693. Karyn

    June 26, 2018 at 6:33 am

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

  694. Jennifer Turpin

    June 26, 2018 at 5:31 am

    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?

  695. Miguel Pereira

    June 26, 2018 at 5:08 am


  696. Lee Moffat

    June 26, 2018 at 3:14 am

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

  697. Michael Kocheran

    June 25, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    So many nice delays on the market. Yeeeeah.

  698. Emily

    June 25, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Stereo or bust!

  699. Emily

    June 25, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Stereo or bust!

  700. bozobreak

    June 25, 2018 at 2:35 am

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

  701. Luca

    June 25, 2018 at 2:19 am


    Red Panda

    Chase Bliss Audio Thermae

    Really Love!!:

    Tonal Recall


    Cross my fingers!

  702. Jordan Richter

    June 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

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

  703. Tony A

    June 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    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.

  704. Jonathan

    June 24, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    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.

  705. Geoff Houze

    June 24, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Love my DOD 440 (2014)

  706. Amy Kline

    June 24, 2018 at 11:50 am

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

  707. John

    June 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Great Scott, what a cool giveaway!

  708. Timothe Catlin

    June 24, 2018 at 8:35 am

    We truly live in the golden age of effects pedals!

  709. Mike J

    June 24, 2018 at 6:22 am

    So many delays, who can choose?

  710. Justin Wilson

    June 24, 2018 at 6:13 am

    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!

  711. Felipe Cea

    June 24, 2018 at 3:30 am

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

    Say hello from Australia! ✌

  712. Kevin L. Gibbs

    June 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm

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

  713. Jerald Henry

    June 23, 2018 at 6:32 pm

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

  714. Rémi Sève

    June 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm

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

  715. Marshall Conn

    June 23, 2018 at 11:36 am

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

  716. A J

    June 23, 2018 at 9:17 am

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

  717. Ben

    June 23, 2018 at 5:43 am

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

  718. Simone D

    June 23, 2018 at 4:09 am

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

  719. Johnny B

    June 22, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    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.

  720. Rami Wohl

    June 22, 2018 at 8:16 am

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

  721. Stefan Nerandzic

    June 22, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Some great pedals in this review!

  722. Deke Roberts

    June 22, 2018 at 6:35 am

    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.

  723. Joshua Gordon

    June 22, 2018 at 3:32 am

    DELAY Lay Lay ay ay y y…………

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

    Best tone effects is best

  724. Derek Sasaki

    June 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    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 !

  725. Key Oui

    June 21, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    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 https://youtu.be/VrvidnNgdM8

    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)

  726. Caleb Martin

    June 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm

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

  727. Phil

    June 21, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    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…

  728. Mel Jones

    June 21, 2018 at 2:04 pm

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

  729. Nicholas duba

    June 21, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Feed my need for delay!

  730. Mohammed Ashraf

    June 21, 2018 at 8:23 am

    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!

  731. Miles Cookman

    June 21, 2018 at 5:32 am

    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.

  732. Billy Rogan

    June 21, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Great choices! The warmth of chase bliss with the

    Tonal Recall, and now Thermae – there’s nothing better

    Would be amazing to scoop one!

  733. Luis

    June 21, 2018 at 5:11 am

    I need that PolyMoon

  734. Norman Strong

    June 21, 2018 at 5:09 am

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

  735. Hugo J. Reis

    June 21, 2018 at 4:33 am


    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.

  736. Mattias M

    June 21, 2018 at 2:59 am

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

  737. Evan

    June 21, 2018 at 2:55 am

    A+ to the EHX Canyon for value!

  738. Jim

    June 21, 2018 at 2:11 am

    No day is complete without delay!

  739. Aleksandar Markovic

    June 21, 2018 at 12:19 am

    The time kine, man…

  740. Jesse T

    June 20, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    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!


    June 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm

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

  742. David S

    June 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    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.

  743. Melanie

    June 20, 2018 at 7:07 pm

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

  744. Mike

    June 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm

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

  745. Michael Woods

    June 20, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I would like the Strymon TimeLine

  746. Simon Stadter

    June 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    I wanna win <3

    Love you.

  747. Jason Wilcox

    June 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    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 !

  748. Sonny Saipale

    June 20, 2018 at 2:22 pm

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

  749. D’Wan Ellington

    June 20, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I want to winnnnnnn!

  750. Ashtin Arner

    June 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    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.

  751. taras24

    June 20, 2018 at 10:14 am

    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:-)

  752. Daniel Thompson

    June 20, 2018 at 9:36 am

    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

  753. Robert Lowe

    June 20, 2018 at 8:42 am

    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.

  754. Chris Kidd

    June 20, 2018 at 8:40 am


  755. Steven head

    June 20, 2018 at 7:52 am

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

  756. Andrew

    June 20, 2018 at 7:05 am

    I want a Polymoon so much

  757. Dustin Cole

    June 20, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Chase Bliss pedals are just unreal!

  758. Drake Reynolds

    June 20, 2018 at 5:53 am

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

  759. Ben

    June 20, 2018 at 5:46 am

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

  760. Anton Nota

    June 20, 2018 at 5:41 am

    I need them all!! :)))

  761. stefano

    June 20, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Chase Bliss and Empress great value

  762. stefano

    June 20, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Chase Bliss and Empress great

  763. Jonathan Aran

    June 20, 2018 at 3:51 am

    I have the Echosystem…but I need more delays!

  764. Jeremy

    June 20, 2018 at 3:14 am

    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!

  765. emilio alberto quel arquillos

    June 20, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Strymon DIG

  766. Anastasia

    June 20, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Super!! I want them!!

  767. Mikkel B.

    June 19, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    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.

  768. Jase Ginkel

    June 19, 2018 at 10:43 pm

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

  769. Brian

    June 19, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I’d like to pick Rubber neck for the win Alex!

    What is : A real game-changer, especially for the price.

  770. SteVe LoTt

    June 19, 2018 at 8:50 pm

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

  771. Ben Burr

    June 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    The Belle Epoch is rad!! Great article.

  772. David Ramírez

    June 19, 2018 at 7:13 pm

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

  773. Ryndan Riley

    June 19, 2018 at 6:38 pm

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

  774. Braeden Rangno

    June 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    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.

  775. Leighanna Rose

    June 19, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Yrreah I love DELAY echo echo echo post punk solos yeeeahhh

  776. CDS

    June 19, 2018 at 5:22 pm

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

  777. Sebastien Betley

    June 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    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 😛

  778. Seth O.

    June 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    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!

  779. Jesse Emery

    June 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    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.

  780. Patrick Redford

    June 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    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.

  781. David

    June 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    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……

  782. Hiram Suarez

    June 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I need theeeeeeeeeem!

  783. Nick B

    June 19, 2018 at 12:44 pm

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

  784. Daniel West

    June 19, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    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.

  785. Peter Teipe

    June 19, 2018 at 11:55 am

    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.

  786. Serg

    June 19, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I’ll take any of ’em!

  787. Andy Simmons

    June 19, 2018 at 11:29 am

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

  788. Ismael Quintanilla

    June 19, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I want them all!

  789. Christopher Trocano

    June 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Love my flashback

  790. Ray McNamara

    June 19, 2018 at 11:03 am

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

  791. Adam Salazar

    June 19, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Please, Please Me!

  792. Raul Navarro

    June 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

    The Eventide H9 is my favourite

  793. Marco Gallerin

    June 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

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

  794. shawn

    June 19, 2018 at 9:33 am

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

  795. Thomas Teverbaugh

    June 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Awesome article

  796. Uriel Muñoz

    June 19, 2018 at 9:14 am

    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.

  797. Petyr

    June 19, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Wowww these monsters look amazing !!

  798. Maxime

    June 19, 2018 at 8:49 am

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

  799. Nikolay Koprinkov

    June 19, 2018 at 8:19 am

    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 🙂

  800. Tjark Rudolph

    June 19, 2018 at 8:09 am

    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.

  801. Joseph Bertucci

    June 19, 2018 at 8:06 am

    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.


    June 19, 2018 at 7:54 am

    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…

  803. Joe Bradley

    June 19, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Great choices!

  804. Sean Clements

    June 19, 2018 at 7:38 am

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

  805. Morten Nielsen

    June 19, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Great article!!

    I’ve got the Particle….. funny thing 🙂

  806. Javi Ayala

    June 19, 2018 at 7:18 am

    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!

  807. Luis Santos

    June 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

    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!

  808. Lukas

    June 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

    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.

  809. Daniel DaVinchy

    June 19, 2018 at 6:50 am

    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

  810. Laurent de C

    June 19, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Strymon Timeline or Nemesis delay are really what id ig the most in this article…

    Great article, by the way !!

  811. Terorrist

    June 19, 2018 at 5:34 am

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

  812. Rich B

    June 19, 2018 at 5:25 am

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

  813. Doug Key

    June 19, 2018 at 5:24 am

    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.

  814. Michael Best

    June 19, 2018 at 5:20 am

    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.

  815. Mark darrow

    June 19, 2018 at 5:19 am

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

  816. Eddie Garcia

    June 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

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

  817. Jim

    June 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

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

  818. James

    June 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Free the tone flight time looks great!

  819. Ori

    June 19, 2018 at 4:38 am

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

  820. Aaron Smyth

    June 19, 2018 at 4:22 am

    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!


  821. Marc Brule

    June 19, 2018 at 4:19 am

    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.

  822. Paul

    June 19, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Thanks for your very thorough reviews.

  823. Steven Ray Conrady

    June 19, 2018 at 3:55 am

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

  824. Emil Visti

    June 19, 2018 at 3:21 am

    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.

  825. Linus Hauner

    June 19, 2018 at 2:45 am

    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!

  826. Tristan Marshall-Regan

    June 19, 2018 at 2:43 am

    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!

  827. Jan Bautista

    June 19, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Oh man. What a comprehensive article. Great one!

  828. Derek Sasaki

    June 19, 2018 at 1:21 am

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

  829. Bo Chandler

    June 19, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Some righteous pedals here

  830. Ji Hwan

    June 19, 2018 at 1:10 am

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

  831. Ben

    June 19, 2018 at 12:56 am

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

  832. Desi F

    June 19, 2018 at 12:49 am

    All killer pedals!

  833. Wolfgang S

    June 19, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Gimme, gimme, gimme!!!

    Delay after Midnight

  834. kevin ryan

    June 19, 2018 at 12:28 am

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

  835. Phil

    June 19, 2018 at 12:20 am

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

  836. Alan Aguilar

    June 19, 2018 at 12:08 am

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

  837. Christofer Swahn

    June 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm

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

  838. aBukreev

    June 18, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    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

  839. Paul L

    June 18, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    All great pedals

  840. Byron D.

    June 18, 2018 at 10:30 pm

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

  841. Richard Knight

    June 18, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Eqd Avalanche run and tonal recall are sick.

  842. Nickolas B Castillo

    June 18, 2018 at 10:16 pm

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

  843. Shaun

    June 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    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.

  844. Shaun C

    June 18, 2018 at 10:02 pm

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

  845. Josh Apples

    June 18, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    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!

  846. Cameron Breithaupt

    June 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    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.

  847. Emilio

    June 18, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    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.

  848. Ben Solofo

    June 18, 2018 at 8:39 pm

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

  849. Dan’L

    June 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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

  850. Joe

    June 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm

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

  851. Andrew Cauley

    June 18, 2018 at 7:55 pm

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

  852. Javier Olmedo

    June 18, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Avalanche Run V2 for sure!

  853. Martin Hoffert

    June 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    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.

  854. Raye Hart

    June 18, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    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).

  855. Phillip Jacobson

    June 18, 2018 at 7:32 pm

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

  856. Jeff

    June 18, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Polymoon or chase bliss rkm

    • Jeff

      June 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Axe fx delays are pretty incredible as well

  857. John Elder

    June 18, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Chyeeeaaahhh Booiiiiiiiiiyyeeeee

  858. Mark Blunt

    June 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Some sweet delays there.

  859. Erik Aagard

    June 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    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!

  860. Lervz

    June 18, 2018 at 6:39 pm

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

  861. Will Craver

    June 18, 2018 at 6:18 pm

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

  862. Billy

    June 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    I tried one Chase Bliss pedal through PedalGenie.com 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.

  863. Eduardo Gutierrez

    June 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

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

  864. Adam

    June 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    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

  865. John Lawrie

    June 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    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.

  866. Rob

    June 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

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

  867. Jim Pfaltzgraff

    June 18, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I’d really like to try the Polymoon

  868. Oliver Grossenbacher

    June 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    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

  869. Argin Benavides

    June 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Strymon Timeline best all around

  870. Jensen

    June 18, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    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

  871. Nathanaël Lekeu

    June 18, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Can’t wait to try the Tonal Recall one day

  872. John

    June 18, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    All killer effects

  873. Joshua

    June 18, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    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 .

  874. Christian Blandhoel

    June 18, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    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..

  875. Chris Ritchie

    June 18, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    All lovely are these Delays.

  876. nic. b.

    June 18, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    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.

  877. Bruce Rainier

    June 18, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    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

  878. Pedro Arizmendi

    June 18, 2018 at 4:24 pm

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

  879. Maya

    June 18, 2018 at 4:22 pm

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

  880. Joku

    June 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Really wanted to try that sexy Polymoon

  881. Rafa

    June 18, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I’d love the tonal recall!! Chasebliss must be amazing!!!!

    Delays are my fav pedals by far! My first one was the classic DD3

  882. José Espino Moreno

    June 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I want it all!!!!

  883. PJ

    June 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    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.

  884. Brendan Collins

    June 18, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    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!

  885. Jo cowell

    June 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    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!

  886. Nicosonic

    June 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Source Audio Nemesis is my favorite !

  887. Hamin Park

    June 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm

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

  888. Mack

    June 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm

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

  889. Simon chaloux

    June 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I want want want the tonal recall !!!

    Great site !

  890. Mariano Gentile

    June 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    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.

  891. John Seetoo

    June 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    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.

  892. Tyler Brady

    June 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm

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

  893. Nathan G Mumford

    June 18, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Flashback X4

  894. James Knowles

    June 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm

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


    June 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Pick me.

  896. Bill Tomson

    June 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm

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

  897. Alex

    June 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    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..

  898. Alex Salazar

    June 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    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.

  899. Luke Jackman

    June 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    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.

  900. Kolten Zenner

    June 18, 2018 at 2:36 pm

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

  901. AL

    June 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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

  902. Rob M

    June 18, 2018 at 2:29 pm

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

  903. Bill Crown

    June 18, 2018 at 2:16 pm

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

  904. Seth Keil

    June 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    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!

  905. Jonathan Armstrong

    June 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm


  906. Hans Latuperissa

    June 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    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. 🙂

  907. David Outten

    June 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    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.

  908. Eliseo

    June 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

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

  909. Helmut Schmidt

    June 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Great selection!

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

  910. Joshua Parlanti

    June 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    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..

  911. Jim

    June 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm

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

  912. Jason

    June 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    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!

  913. Ethan

    June 18, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I’d love to own that tonal recall!

  914. Justin L

    June 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I really want the Meris Polymoon

  915. Harold Carl

    June 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

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

  916. Ryan

    June 18, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    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.

  917. Tim

    June 18, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    What? No Behringer Vintage Time Machine? haha..

    Man I’m due for a nice delay.

  918. Sean Walker

    June 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

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

  919. KB

    June 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm

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

  920. Søren Made

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    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.

  921. Juan Hernandez

    June 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm

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

  922. Tom K

    June 18, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    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!

  923. Frank

    June 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    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!

  924. Joaquin Mecklenburg

    June 18, 2018 at 1:14 pm

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

  925. Yves

    June 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm

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

  926. Blaise

    June 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Tape delays all the way.

  927. Jesse F

    June 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    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.

  928. Nikita Gedgaudas

    June 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Things you can do with these..

  929. Luka

    June 18, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    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.

  930. John Pioli

    June 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

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

  931. Antoine Marcoux

    June 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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

  932. Zane Coppard

    June 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    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 🙂

  933. Chris Robbins

    June 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm

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

  934. Keith

    June 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm

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

  935. Mike

    June 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    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!

  936. Toby Plewak

    June 18, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    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.

  937. Sabe H.

    June 18, 2018 at 12:50 pm

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

  938. Kyle N. Loskamp

    June 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    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. 😉

  939. Etienne

    June 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm


  940. Trey Klemczewski

    June 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    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

  941. Donald

    June 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Polymoon seems like the most fun!

  942. Mato Misik

    June 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    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.

  943. Zach Zook

    June 18, 2018 at 12:29 pm

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

  944. Ben

    June 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm


  945. Graham

    June 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    hooooo boy, would I like a Tonal Recall!

  946. Mark Mendoza

    June 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm


  947. Trenton Adams

    June 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    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.”

  948. Nicholas Merz

    June 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm

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

  949. David Ribe

    June 18, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    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.

  950. Brett Taylor

    June 18, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    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.

  951. Evan Kostalek

    June 18, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    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

  952. Craig

    June 18, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    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.

  953. Charles Tran

    June 18, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    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.

  954. Aaron

    June 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

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

  955. Jeff Rester

    June 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I love delays, they have helped shape all of our modern effects!! What’s the magic number of delay pedals??? ….. just one more!

  956. Jason Bimmler

    June 18, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Free the Tone, the analog readout is classic!

  957. J. Berens

    June 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

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

  958. David Rhoderick

    June 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

    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…

  959. Samuel Gómez

    June 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

    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!

  960. Mike Hogan

    June 18, 2018 at 11:41 am

    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.

  961. David Ramirez

    June 18, 2018 at 11:38 am

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

  962. Nicolás padrós

    June 18, 2018 at 11:38 am

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

  963. Chris V

    June 18, 2018 at 11:38 am

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

  964. Peter Lund

    June 18, 2018 at 11:36 am

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

  965. Carlos

    June 18, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I want the Bliss!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  966. an_eternal_hum

    June 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

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

  967. Ryan Stewart

    June 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    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.

  968. Mike

    June 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

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

  969. Kristopher Mott

    June 18, 2018 at 11:28 am

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

  970. Nicholas Rous

    June 18, 2018 at 11:27 am

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

  971. Jean LLerena

    June 18, 2018 at 11:24 am


  972. Walt lockhart

    June 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Okay, Canyon may not be the BEST of 2018, but it might be my fave.

    The shimmer with delay? So friggin good…

  973. Ewing Jesus Falla Arevalo

    June 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

    The best: Strymon El Capistan 🙂

  974. Grant herbert

    June 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

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

  975. M@T8

    June 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

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

  976. Jesse Comstock

    June 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Great article!

  977. Daniel Horne

    June 18, 2018 at 11:17 am

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

  978. Angel Tejon Garzon

    June 18, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Polymoon sounds quite exactly the sound I like!

  979. Nathanial Mendenhall

    June 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

    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.

  980. Pablo

    June 18, 2018 at 11:13 am

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

  981. Torgrim

    June 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Still dreamin about that tonal recall

  982. Jeff Swanson

    June 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

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

  983. Dimitrios Vlachos

    June 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

    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

      June 18, 2018 at 11:17 am

      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

  984. Matt

    June 18, 2018 at 11:09 am

    The Polymoon is incredible, much more than a delay.

  985. Kevin Sutherland

    June 18, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Dying to try out the Belle Epoch Deluxe

  986. Justin

    June 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

    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.

  987. Anthony Childs

    June 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

    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!

  988. Mauro Juan Belarde

    June 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Polymoon! with the Mercury 7 😉

  989. Rob Evans

    June 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

    So many choices choices choices choi…

  990. Aaron

    June 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

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

  991. Kevin S.

    June 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

    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!

  992. Desmond Reddick

    June 18, 2018 at 10:56 am

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

  993. Josh Wambeke

    June 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Amazing delays!!!!

  994. John Splitt

    June 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

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

  995. Omar Silva

    June 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I’m a delay fan! There’s so much to it than just repeats!! Would love to get this three little guys!! ✌

  996. Rico

    June 18, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Need that Tonal Recall!!!!

  997. Justin TenCate

    June 18, 2018 at 10:33 am

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

  998. Tom Thompson

    June 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

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

  999. Aaron H.

    June 18, 2018 at 10:27 am

    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.

  1000. Vince Dingman

    June 18, 2018 at 10:27 am

    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!

  1001. Allan

    June 18, 2018 at 10:24 am

    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;)

  1002. Martin

    June 18, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Polymoon sound very interesting …

  1003. aizat

    June 18, 2018 at 10:19 am

    My TIME to shine!

  1004. Blake

    June 18, 2018 at 10:19 am

    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…

  1005. Kerry Harris

    June 18, 2018 at 10:15 am

    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

  1006. Stanton

    June 18, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Recall, Recall, Recall! Tonal Recall rules!!!

  1007. Jake Hawrylak

    June 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

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

    Sign me up!

  1008. BRETT

    June 18, 2018 at 10:10 am

    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.

  1009. Mark Winegarden

    June 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

    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.

  1010. John C. Williams, III

    June 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Would love to play around with the Meris Polymoon!

  1011. Dante André-Kahan

    June 18, 2018 at 10:02 am

    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

      June 18, 2018 at 10:03 am

      I also mostly give the Echosystem #1 for its versatility, but both delays kind of share the top spot in my book!

  1012. darko kolesar

    June 18, 2018 at 9:56 am

    don’t delay the inevitable! 😉

  1013. Magnus Thor Asgeirsson

    June 18, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Yes please

  1014. Felipe Guezzo

    June 18, 2018 at 9:47 am

    It’s hard to pick one!!

    These are: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! (digital delay)

  1015. Cesar Pinilla

    June 18, 2018 at 9:46 am

    can I have them all???

  1016. Felipe Guezzo

    June 18, 2018 at 9:46 am

    It’s hard to pick!!

    These are: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! (digital delay)

  1017. Silas Garrett

    June 18, 2018 at 9:42 am

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

  1018. Bob

    June 18, 2018 at 9:42 am

    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.

  1019. John McHugh

    June 18, 2018 at 9:41 am

    You just gotta love the Source Audio Nemesis Delay!

  1020. Joel

    June 18, 2018 at 9:40 am

    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!

  1021. Douglas Ives

    June 18, 2018 at 9:39 am

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

  1022. Jason Fishburn

    June 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    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!!

  1023. Juan Carlos Russo

    June 18, 2018 at 9:28 am

    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

  1024. Evan

    June 18, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Really could use any great delay right now!

  1025. Sergej

    June 18, 2018 at 9:18 am

    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.

  1026. Brian

    June 18, 2018 at 9:18 am

    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!

  1027. Brian Burleson

    June 18, 2018 at 9:17 am




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

  1028. Frank Slattery

    June 18, 2018 at 9:11 am

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

  1029. Daniel Healy

    June 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

    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.

  1030. Andrew

    June 18, 2018 at 8:58 am

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

  1031. cris

    June 18, 2018 at 8:58 am

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

  1032. David Sutherland

    June 18, 2018 at 8:57 am

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

  1033. ty

    June 18, 2018 at 8:52 am

    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!

  1034. Bob

    June 18, 2018 at 8:48 am

    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

  1035. James Dorward

    June 18, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Thermae and Polymoon together would be really something

  1036. Neil

    June 18, 2018 at 8:41 am

    EQD, Empress, CBA… Awesome stuff


    June 18, 2018 at 8:40 am

    any one of these pedals would be awesome to own

  1038. Gabriel D

    June 18, 2018 at 8:36 am

    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.

  1039. Kieron McKindle

    June 18, 2018 at 8:35 am

    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?

  1040. Zach

    June 18, 2018 at 8:33 am

    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!

  1041. Henry Robertson

    June 18, 2018 at 8:32 am

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

  1042. Robbie

    June 18, 2018 at 8:31 am

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

  1043. gabriel pleska

    June 18, 2018 at 8:28 am

    My favourite? My DD-500. Mighty Boss.

  1044. Dirk A Florence

    June 18, 2018 at 8:28 am

    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.

  1045. Drew

    June 18, 2018 at 8:19 am

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

  1046. Andreas

    June 18, 2018 at 8:14 am

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

  1047. Christopher McKendrick

    June 18, 2018 at 8:13 am

    My favourite is the Empress Effects Echosystem

  1048. Dennis

    June 18, 2018 at 8:08 am

    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!

  1049. Prabjit S Virdee

    June 18, 2018 at 8:01 am

    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.

  1050. Todd Larsen

    June 18, 2018 at 8:00 am

    My favorite is definitely the Source Audio Nemesis.

  1051. Billy

    June 18, 2018 at 7:58 am

    All the Meris stuff look very interesting, and the Polymoon is no exception.

    Nice Selection, overall.


  1052. Stuart Anderson

    June 18, 2018 at 7:58 am

    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!

  1053. Tamir Hativa

    June 18, 2018 at 7:55 am

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

  1054. Brubane

    June 18, 2018 at 7:55 am

    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.

  1055. Manfred Ganswindt

    June 18, 2018 at 7:54 am

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

  1056. Tym

    June 18, 2018 at 7:43 am

    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.

  1057. Katherine

    June 18, 2018 at 7:41 am

    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.

  1058. Adam J

    June 18, 2018 at 7:38 am

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

  1059. Ron Kwasman

    June 18, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I want all of them!

  1060. Carl Martin

    June 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Great article and reviews

  1061. Tulio Andrade

    June 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Great deal

  1062. Patrick McLean

    June 18, 2018 at 7:35 am


  1063. Sean

    June 18, 2018 at 7:33 am

    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.

  1064. Jeremy Wilson

    June 18, 2018 at 7:32 am

    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.

  1065. Remi Quenin

    June 18, 2018 at 7:30 am

    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 🙂

  1066. Léo

    June 18, 2018 at 7:28 am

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

  1067. Grayson

    June 18, 2018 at 7:24 am

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

  1068. Dave

    June 18, 2018 at 7:21 am

    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.

  1069. Ryan Jacob

    June 18, 2018 at 7:17 am

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

  1070. Michael Berndt

    June 18, 2018 at 7:14 am

    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!

  1071. Casey Scott

    June 18, 2018 at 7:14 am

    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!

  1072. Jeff

    June 18, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Great list! Echosystem is my favorite.

  1073. Oleksandr

    June 18, 2018 at 7:10 am

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

  1074. William Scott Thompson

    June 18, 2018 at 7:09 am


  1075. si

    June 18, 2018 at 7:08 am

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

  1076. Sean

    June 18, 2018 at 7:04 am

    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.

  1077. Andy K

    June 18, 2018 at 7:03 am

    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.

  1078. Jeff Mathisen

    June 18, 2018 at 7:02 am

    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 🙂

  1079. Christian Olsson

    June 18, 2018 at 7:02 am

    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!

  1080. Joe

    June 18, 2018 at 7:00 am

    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!

  1081. Ian

    June 18, 2018 at 6:58 am

    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.

  1082. Frank Herrera

    June 18, 2018 at 6:57 am

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

  1083. Jonathan

    June 18, 2018 at 6:56 am

    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!

  1084. Steven L

    June 18, 2018 at 6:50 am

    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!

  1085. Natan

    June 18, 2018 at 6:49 am

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

  1086. Jose Rios

    June 18, 2018 at 6:47 am

    The Canyon is a great pedal.

  1087. JP

    June 18, 2018 at 6:46 am

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

  1088. Bob

    June 18, 2018 at 6:44 am

    yes please

  1089. Ingrid R

    June 18, 2018 at 6:43 am

    3 great delay pedals

  1090. Adam Jeffers

    June 18, 2018 at 6:41 am

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

  1091. John

    June 18, 2018 at 6:40 am

    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.

  1092. Carlos Loor

    June 18, 2018 at 6:39 am

    i would love to have the Chase Bliss RKM!

  1093. Raymond Seto

    June 18, 2018 at 6:36 am

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

  1094. Mark Walker

    June 18, 2018 at 6:32 am

    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.

  1095. Tommaso

    June 18, 2018 at 6:32 am

    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!

  1096. Ron Podovich

    June 18, 2018 at 6:31 am

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

  1097. Dennis Gaines

    June 18, 2018 at 6:30 am

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

  1098. Syd M Bishop

    June 18, 2018 at 6:28 am

    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.

  1099. Gabriel Hasser

    June 18, 2018 at 6:27 am

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

  1100. Leonardo Junior

    June 18, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Tonal Recall for me!

  1101. GStrand

    June 18, 2018 at 6:22 am

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

  1102. Javier D.

    June 18, 2018 at 6:21 am

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

  1103. Beau C Osland

    June 18, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I’ve been loving the DOD Rubberneck Delay lately!

  1104. Lawrence Matos

    June 18, 2018 at 6:17 am

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

  1105. Ryouta Usami

    June 18, 2018 at 6:16 am

    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.

  1106. John Mccormick

    June 18, 2018 at 6:16 am

    I want all of them, but especially the empress.

  1107. Jay J Lawrence

    June 18, 2018 at 6:12 am

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

  1108. marc-antoine pelletier

    June 18, 2018 at 6:11 am

    tonal recall is maybe the best pedal ever !

  1109. GORDO

    June 18, 2018 at 6:11 am

    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.

  1110. Tyler L

    June 18, 2018 at 6:07 am

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

  1111. Edward Fulton

    June 18, 2018 at 6:03 am

    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.

  1112. Dylan Treadwell

    June 18, 2018 at 5:59 am

    The Thermae looks incredible.

  1113. Claudio Gonzalez

    June 18, 2018 at 5:55 am

    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!!

  1114. Luis Soler

    June 18, 2018 at 5:54 am

    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!

  1115. Mark Nason

    June 18, 2018 at 5:51 am

    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!

  1116. Mo Gottschall

    June 18, 2018 at 5:50 am

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

  1117. Gareth Mogg

    June 18, 2018 at 5:48 am

    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!

  1118. Elijah Davenport

    June 18, 2018 at 5:47 am

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

  1119. Sean Kebely

    June 18, 2018 at 5:46 am

    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.

  1120. Ken Flood

    June 18, 2018 at 5:30 am

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

  1121. Felipe Devicaro

    June 18, 2018 at 5:28 am

    These are incredible delay machines!

  1122. JakeAaron

    June 18, 2018 at 5:17 am

    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!

  1123. Jesse Bond

    June 18, 2018 at 5:08 am

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

  1124. stavros

    June 18, 2018 at 5:07 am

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

    • stavros

      June 18, 2018 at 5:09 am

      People, I want to have the first outboard effect for my Esq-1!!!


      (sorry for the misspelling)

  1125. ed lefebre

    June 18, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Soooo many features gonna make it hard to choose!

  1126. Mike Freed

    June 18, 2018 at 4:53 am

    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.

  1127. James Leitner

    June 18, 2018 at 4:52 am

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

  1128. Martin Krauser

    June 18, 2018 at 4:47 am

    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.

  1129. giuliano

    June 18, 2018 at 4:46 am

    FT-2Y seems amazing

  1130. David Gulyás

    June 18, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Polymoon is my favourite

  1131. Diego Crego

    June 18, 2018 at 4:38 am

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

  1132. Richard Keel

    June 18, 2018 at 4:35 am

    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.

  1133. Amos

    June 18, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I’m really attracted by chase bliss products!

  1134. Paul

    June 18, 2018 at 4:30 am

    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…!

  1135. Joe

    June 18, 2018 at 4:25 am

    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.

  1136. Sebastien

    June 18, 2018 at 4:23 am

    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.

  1137. Tom Poynton

    June 18, 2018 at 4:18 am

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

  1138. Pierre

    June 18, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Meris Polymoon would be a great addition to my board! it seems sick! 🙂

  1139. Matthew Kettmann

    June 18, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Love the Flashback II!

  1140. Tony

    June 18, 2018 at 4:05 am

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

  1141. Renner Gutierre

    June 18, 2018 at 4:01 am

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

  1142. JC

    June 18, 2018 at 4:01 am

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

  1143. John Niespodzianski

    June 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    These all are awesome!

  1144. Gilbert Avila

    June 18, 2018 at 3:47 am

    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!

  1145. Julius Bergmann

    June 18, 2018 at 3:42 am

    great and interesting article.

    I live the Tonal recal!

  1146. Paul F

    June 18, 2018 at 3:40 am

    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!

  1147. Pete

    June 18, 2018 at 3:39 am

    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)

  1148. David López

    June 18, 2018 at 3:39 am

    I need two of each…

  1149. geerhoar

    June 18, 2018 at 3:36 am

    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

      June 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

      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.

  1150. Nic

    June 18, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Oh man, those are some sweet sweet delay pedals.

  1151. Fournier Jean-Luc

    June 18, 2018 at 3:34 am

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

  1152. Fantin

    June 18, 2018 at 3:31 am

    The Polymoon is SOOOOOOOOOO appealing.

    If only there was a way to win it through a giveaway

  1153. Tyler Santinelli

    June 18, 2018 at 3:29 am

    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.

  1154. Filip

    June 18, 2018 at 3:29 am

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

  1155. Joao

    June 18, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Great article!

  1156. Skip Benicky

    June 18, 2018 at 3:25 am

    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

  1157. Francisco

    June 18, 2018 at 3:21 am

    Some feedback? Ok then:

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  1158. Ross

    June 18, 2018 at 3:21 am

    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!

  1159. Shannon Penner

    June 18, 2018 at 3:21 am

    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…;)

  1160. Mark

    June 18, 2018 at 3:16 am

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

  1161. Robert Pointer

    June 18, 2018 at 3:14 am

    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.

  1162. Maximiliano Gomez

    June 18, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Thanks for the repeated surprise article to article! 😉

  1163. Matt

    June 18, 2018 at 3:04 am

    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.


  1164. Lou Diaz

    June 18, 2018 at 3:01 am

    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.

  1165. Hamish Walker

    June 18, 2018 at 2:58 am

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

  1166. Clem

    June 18, 2018 at 2:57 am

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

  1167. Zebulun Jungeberg

    June 18, 2018 at 2:55 am

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

  1168. Shahin Nomani

    June 18, 2018 at 2:39 am

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

  1169. Johan verckist

    June 18, 2018 at 2:39 am

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

  1170. Salvatore Samperi

    June 18, 2018 at 2:36 am

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

  1171. B Johnson

    June 18, 2018 at 2:30 am

    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.

  1172. teodor

    June 18, 2018 at 2:30 am

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

  1173. Viktor Malych

    June 18, 2018 at 2:29 am

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

  1174. Stanton

    June 18, 2018 at 2:19 am

    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.

  1175. George Berry

    June 18, 2018 at 2:15 am

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

  1176. Allen McBride

    June 18, 2018 at 2:15 am

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

  1177. TE

    June 18, 2018 at 2:08 am

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

  1178. Alexandre G

    June 18, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Too many good ones…

  1179. Ennio Milano

    June 18, 2018 at 2:03 am

    The timeline is really great, but I like them all

  1180. quentin

    June 18, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Where’s the Carbon Copy Deluxe?

  1181. Andy

    June 18, 2018 at 1:59 am

    MMMmmmm echosystem. MMMMMMmmmmm Polymoon

  1182. david

    June 18, 2018 at 1:56 am

    let´s see if i have any luck!

  1183. Hilda Hazel Wright

    June 18, 2018 at 1:52 am

    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!

  1184. Clare

    June 18, 2018 at 1:52 am

    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?!

  1185. Darren Schenkel

    June 18, 2018 at 1:50 am

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

  1186. Sean Demey

    June 18, 2018 at 1:49 am

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

  1187. Slab Riffjaw

    June 18, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Soooooo much trippy drippy goodness!

  1188. Rasmus

    June 18, 2018 at 1:41 am

    The more analog the better.

    Too much programming kills the creativity.

  1189. Menno

    June 18, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Dude, I’m chasin that Bliss

  1190. Arjen

    June 18, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Many guitarists I like are using the Strymon TimeLine.

    That is therefore the pedal I want to try one time.

  1191. Igor Golachev

    June 18, 2018 at 1:27 am

    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.

  1192. Brian

    June 18, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Would love to try the Empress Effects Echosystem

  1193. Dave Brookes

    June 18, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Massive fan of the Strymon Pedals!

  1194. Simen Andersen

    June 18, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Can you ever get enough delay pedals?

  1195. Paul B

    June 18, 2018 at 1:11 am

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

  1196. Mark Williamson

    June 18, 2018 at 1:09 am

    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!

  1197. José Araújo

    June 18, 2018 at 1:08 am

    test for echo

  1198. Peter Semple

    June 18, 2018 at 1:06 am

    They all sound like amazing options

  1199. Teotihuacary

    June 18, 2018 at 1:03 am

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

  1200. Wim de Wild

    June 18, 2018 at 12:59 am

    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.

  1201. Edoardo Del Principe

    June 18, 2018 at 12:57 am

    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.

  1202. Lorenzo Assogna

    June 18, 2018 at 12:57 am

    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!

  1203. Oleksandr Ivancheskul

    June 18, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Tonal Recall!

  1204. James White

    June 18, 2018 at 12:55 am

    am I winrar

  1205. Shredus

    June 18, 2018 at 12:54 am

    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..

  1206. Matthias

    June 18, 2018 at 12:49 am

    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.

  1207. Jason pich

    June 18, 2018 at 12:47 am

    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.

  1208. Michael Brunetto

    June 18, 2018 at 12:47 am

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

  1209. Brian Young

    June 18, 2018 at 12:34 am

    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.

  1210. Aaron Allen

    June 18, 2018 at 12:32 am

    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.

  1211. Matthew Taylor

    June 18, 2018 at 12:29 am

    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.

  1212. Guillaume QUINETTE

    June 18, 2018 at 12:29 am

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

  1213. Chris York

    June 18, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Nice !!! They are all pretty cool.

    Great prize – Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Good luck everyone.

  1214. Jens

    June 18, 2018 at 12:24 am

    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

  1215. Stephen Bier

    June 18, 2018 at 12:23 am

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

  1216. dieda

    June 18, 2018 at 12:21 am

    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. 🙂

  1217. Eibert Draisma

    June 18, 2018 at 12:20 am

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

    • Eibert Draisma

      June 18, 2018 at 12:20 am

      sure 😉

  1218. Nigel E.

    June 18, 2018 at 12:20 am

    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

  1219. Razvan Lazea-Postelnicu

    June 18, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Those Tonal Recalls though.

  1220. Max

    June 18, 2018 at 12:18 am

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

  1221. Andrey

    June 18, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Old EHX DMM best analog delay ever as well as the Polymoon – digital.

    Excited about this giveaway!!)


    June 18, 2018 at 12:15 am

    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.

  1223. Morten Sigurd Westgaard Brua

    June 18, 2018 at 12:12 am

    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!

  1224. Eduardo Ferreira González

    June 18, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Wich one is the best reverse?

  1225. Antonino Samperi

    June 18, 2018 at 12:08 am

    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!!

  1226. Jimmy

    June 18, 2018 at 12:05 am

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

  1227. JB Salé

    June 18, 2018 at 12:04 am

    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” 😉

  1228. Christopher Martin

    June 18, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Excited about the chance to win any of those.

  1229. Paul

    June 18, 2018 at 12:02 am

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

  1230. Roman Jakobej

    June 17, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    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 🙂

  1231. Thomas Moa

    June 17, 2018 at 11:55 pm

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

  1232. Dan Hall

    June 17, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    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!

  1233. Stephen

    June 17, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    This is an incredibly useful list of delay units.

  1234. Niklas Wiegand

    June 17, 2018 at 11:43 pm

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

  1235. William Burk (@eighteyedspy23)

    June 17, 2018 at 11:43 pm

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

  1236. Gwenael GAUDIN

    June 17, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Fantastic giveaway!!

  1237. Juergen Lercher

    June 17, 2018 at 11:42 pm


    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!


  1238. Reginald Manning

    June 17, 2018 at 11:41 pm

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

  1239. Sandy Munns

    June 17, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    So many choices….

    I’d have to try the Strymon Dig first, but the Chase Bliss pedals sound cool!

  1240. Eskil Seter

    June 17, 2018 at 11:41 pm

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

  1241. M. E. Kendirci

    June 17, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    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!

  1242. Mitja

    June 17, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Great review and some amazing pedals. 🙂

  1243. Marc

    June 17, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    All excellent delay pedals. Thanks for the article!

  1244. Ignacio

    June 17, 2018 at 11:34 pm

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

  1245. Ludvig

    June 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

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

  1246. Jack P.

    June 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    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.

  1247. Jesse

    June 17, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    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.

  1248. Marton Kovacs

    June 17, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Nyerni akarok

  1249. jr

    June 17, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Meris Polymoon!

  1250. Phil Doughty

    June 17, 2018 at 11:24 pm

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

  1251. Dimitris Korontzis

    June 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    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.

  1252. Kevin

    June 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    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

  1253. Giuseppe Divella

    June 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    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!!!

  1254. Goldie

    June 17, 2018 at 11:20 pm

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

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

  1255. Simson

    June 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm

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

  1256. Stefan

    June 17, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    So many good looking pedals! Love the polymoon!

  1257. James

    June 17, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    The polymoon looks fantastic!

  1258. Chris Parry

    June 17, 2018 at 11:11 pm

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

  1259. Olav Dale

    June 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    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!

  1260. Dries

    June 17, 2018 at 11:08 pm

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

  1261. steve archer

    June 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    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.

  1262. Tyler

    June 17, 2018 at 11:02 pm

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

  1263. Aidan

    June 17, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    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.

  1264. Poko Janssen

    June 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm

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

  1265. Matteohijo

    June 17, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    El Capistan es bueno

  1266. Patrick Karkabi

    June 17, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    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!

  1267. Chris Faricy

    June 17, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    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 😉

  1268. Stephen Ruggiero

    June 17, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    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!

  1269. Victor Crisen

    June 17, 2018 at 10:53 pm

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

  1270. Kevin

    June 17, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    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.

  1271. frederic deheuvels

    June 17, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Justgreat pedals !! 2018 is a good millesime

  1272. Braden Clarke

    June 17, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    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!

  1273. Chee

    June 17, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    All great but Chase Bliss works for me!

  1274. Marc

    June 17, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    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.

  1275. Tim Danes

    June 17, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Chase Bliss pedals look amazing!

    Can’t wait to try one

  1276. Adrian Loh

    June 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Excellent selection!

    But its still the Strymon Timeline for me. 🙂

    Good luck everyone!!

  1277. Ignacio Gamper

    June 17, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    They all look interesting

    Good luck to me!

  1278. John Inge Melve Ellingsaeter

    June 17, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    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.

  1279. Omar J

    June 17, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I Rally love Strymon DIG

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

  1280. Arttu

    June 17, 2018 at 10:30 pm


  1281. Andrew

    June 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    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

  1282. Bruno Afonso

    June 17, 2018 at 10:28 pm

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

  1283. Markus Sundén

    June 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm

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

  1284. Morten Leerhøy

    June 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    I need more delay ay ay ay ay ay y…

  1285. Dave

    June 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

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

  1286. Doug

    June 17, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    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.

  1287. Thiago rosa

    June 17, 2018 at 10:16 pm

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

  1288. Arlo D.

    June 17, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    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.

  1289. Yves Feisel

    June 17, 2018 at 10:14 pm

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

  1290. James Dress

    June 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    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 🙂

  1291. Jono

    June 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Yeah, this is good. More of this.

  1292. George Coller

    June 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    So many good choices. Kind of mind boggling

  1293. Keith Sawka

    June 17, 2018 at 10:06 pm

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

  1294. Alexander Love

    June 17, 2018 at 10:05 pm

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

  1295. adam altman elefant

    June 17, 2018 at 10:04 pm

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

  1296. Anthony Juniper

    June 17, 2018 at 10:01 pm

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

  1297. Eric de Jong

    June 17, 2018 at 10:01 pm

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

  1298. Dmitry

    June 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm

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

  1299. Peter Bennett

    June 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    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

  1300. marcelo barbero

    June 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm

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

  1301. Reed

    June 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    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!

  1302. Ben B

    June 17, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    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.

  1303. Steven Dupler

    June 17, 2018 at 9:51 pm

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

  1304. Jeremy Bernstein

    June 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Love the analog warmth of Tonal Recall! Great reviews !

  1305. DiscoDamon

    June 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm

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

  1306. Bill D.

    June 17, 2018 at 9:32 pm

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

  1307. Mike M

    June 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Meris is killing it!

  1308. Ian Swanberg

    June 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm

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

  1309. Stefan Vos

    June 17, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    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.

  1310. Charles Boylin

    June 17, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    the FTY is awesome!!,…

  1311. Justin

    June 17, 2018 at 9:27 pm

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

  1312. Jordan Dedo

    June 17, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    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!

  1313. Jenine

    June 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm

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

  1314. Jeffrey

    June 17, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    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.

  1315. Justin

    June 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm

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

  1316. Edward San Martin

    June 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm

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

  1317. Seth Okrend

    June 17, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    These are great!!!!!!

  1318. Rodger

    June 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    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!

  1319. David Martin

    June 17, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Dream makers each and everyone.

  1320. Kevin Swartout

    June 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm

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

  1321. Erle Townsend

    June 17, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    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.

  1322. Robert Koch

    June 17, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I like this hope I win

  1323. Sean O’Donnell

    June 17, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    All great picks! Love the page!!

  1324. Gary Plaus

    June 17, 2018 at 9:07 pm

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

  1325. Jeffrey goldberg

    June 17, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Love delays i will take a Strymon Dig

  1326. Blake Kibby

    June 17, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    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.

  1327. Mark Taylor

    June 17, 2018 at 9:06 pm

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

  1328. Christian

    June 17, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I currently use a boss dd7.

    But i’m Looking for something else.

  1329. Lexifer

    June 17, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    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.

  1330. Andy

    June 17, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    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!

  1331. Max

    June 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    2018 was a good year for delay pedal lovers

  1332. Samuel

    June 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm

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

  1333. Chris

    June 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    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.

  1334. Sean Edwards

    June 17, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    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!

  1335. John

    June 17, 2018 at 8:53 pm

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

  1336. Brian Hammond

    June 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm

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

  1337. Kevin Gerber

    June 17, 2018 at 8:49 pm






    dream pedal if there ever was one.

  1338. Erick Chicas

    June 17, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    tonal recall RKM is the best delay ever made!!

  1339. Ben Shaw

    June 17, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    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!

  1340. Ralph

    June 17, 2018 at 8:48 pm


  1341. Christopher W

    June 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm

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

  1342. Tino Villalovas

    June 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm

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

  1343. Nic D

    June 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    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!

  1344. Nic D

    June 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm

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

  1345. Francisco

    June 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    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.

  1346. Michael Gaita

    June 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm

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

  1347. Chris

    June 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I like to comment on stuff

  1348. John Nebus

    June 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    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.

  1349. James Thain

    June 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    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

  1350. Daniel Jackson

    June 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm


  1351. Calum Gunn

    June 17, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    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.

  1352. Jimmy

    June 17, 2018 at 8:34 pm

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

  1353. Derek Sasaki

    June 17, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    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 !

  1354. Paul

    June 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

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

  1355. Ignacio

    June 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    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!

  1356. Evgenii K.

    June 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

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


  1357. Jan-Paul Campeau

    June 17, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    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!

  1358. George Lambadis

    June 17, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Such variety! this list is awesome

  1359. Claire Tucker

    June 17, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    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!

  1360. John Schroeder

    June 17, 2018 at 8:27 pm

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

  1361. Max biscoe

    June 17, 2018 at 8:27 pm

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

    • Max biscoe

      June 17, 2018 at 8:28 pm


  1362. Stan

    June 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I need to add something psycho to by bass PB!

  1363. Amon

    June 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

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

  1364. Karl Flinter

    June 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Never tried any. Hoping to.

  1365. Bruce Johnson

    June 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm

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

  1366. Sean McCarthy

    June 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    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.

  1367. Jake Schoonmaker

    June 17, 2018 at 8:18 pm

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

  1368. Timothy Poitras

    June 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Chase Bliss Tonal Recall is best, hands down!

  1369. Lewis

    June 17, 2018 at 8:16 pm

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

  1370. David

    June 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    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…

  1371. Francois BRINGUIER

    June 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

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

  1372. Jordan Gale

    June 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    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.

  1373. Rich

    June 17, 2018 at 8:14 pm

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

  1374. Robert James Pruyn-Bush

    June 17, 2018 at 8:13 pm

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

  1375. Andrew D

    June 17, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    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.

  1376. Dylan

    June 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Really great list. Great picks all around

  1377. Hamish Michael

    June 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    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…

  1378. Michael Matteo

    June 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Strymon El Capistan

  1379. Daniel

    June 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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

  1380. Andrew Harrison

    June 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    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!

  1381. Tyson Peisley

    June 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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

  1382. Eric

    June 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

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

  1383. damian

    June 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

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

  1384. Calvin Phua

    June 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    RIP Digitech 🙁

  1385. Jonathan M

    June 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

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

  1386. Eirikur Hallgrimsson

    June 17, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    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

  1387. Julian Perezchica

    June 17, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I put the wrong email 🙁 this one has the right one 🙂

  1388. Chuck Hanning

    June 17, 2018 at 8:02 pm

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

  1389. Julian Perezchica

    June 17, 2018 at 8:02 pm

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

  1390. Vladimir Glavchovski

    June 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

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

  1391. Andrew

    June 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    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.

  1392. Oliver Books

    June 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    All those delays are magnificent. Dat Avalanche Run tho

  1393. Dean Datre

    June 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

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

  1394. Eric Huelsman

    June 17, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    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!

  1395. Lucas

    June 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Belle epoch is ridiculous

  1396. Dale Hanson

    June 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Very thorough and educational!

  1397. ROy ABraham

    June 17, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I wanna win sooooo bad

  1398. Adam Jensen

    June 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    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?

  1399. Jason Trinidad

    June 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Carbon copy forever!

  1400. Colton

    June 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm

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

  1401. Rafael Balboa

    June 17, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    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


  1402. Douglas

    June 17, 2018 at 7:51 pm

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

  1403. Andrew Gay

    June 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm

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

  1404. Julian De La Calzada

    June 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    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.

  1405. Markus klein

    June 17, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Chase bliss ftw, the tonal recall is wonderful!

  1406. Cole Friesen

    June 17, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I’ll take one of each please!

  1407. Chris Baran

    June 17, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Love the Rubberneck

  1408. Alex Tagudin

    June 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    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!!!!

  1409. Michael

    June 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    I dig the canyon

  1410. Kevin Gerber

    June 17, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    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

  1411. Scott

    June 17, 2018 at 7:46 pm

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

  1412. Corey Davidson

    June 17, 2018 at 7:46 pm

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

  1413. Yeung Yeci

    June 17, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    I wish I can ever afford one lol

  1414. Kngjrck

    June 17, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    polymoon I agree.

  1415. Rob Flax

    June 17, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    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!

  1416. Jay

    June 17, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    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!!!

  1417. Shiv Acharya

    June 17, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Awesome pedal choices! Pedals are getting cooler every year!

  1418. Todd Tamanend Clark

    June 17, 2018 at 7:38 pm


  1419. Sash Kosovic

    June 17, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    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.


  1420. Daniel Marquez

    June 17, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    That Avalanche Run though!!!

  1421. Matt Courchain

    June 17, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    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

  1422. Nathan F

    June 17, 2018 at 7:37 pm

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

  1423. Tartheratryx

    June 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Would love to win one of these pedals!

  1424. Ryan

    June 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

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

  1425. Trevor Jones

    June 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

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

  1426. Roger Williams

    June 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

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

  1427. Paul

    June 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    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.

  1428. Greg Piotrowski

    June 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for keeping on top of delays! Great suggestions.

  1429. Glenn

    June 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    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.

  1430. Jake

    June 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I like delay pedals

  1431. Aaron

    June 17, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    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!

  1432. Mitch

    June 17, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    What I’ve heard from the thermae sounds really great

    • Kevin Gerber

      June 17, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      except the price..rather spend all that cash on a guitar,amp..it’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 $

  1433. Richard

    June 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    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.

  1434. Dennis Anderson

    June 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    The polymoon looks incredible!

  1435. Paul

    June 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm

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

  1436. Damon Palyka

    June 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I want that red panda particle so bad!

  1437. Jeffrey Branco

    June 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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

    Thanks: Jeff

  1438. Chris Catalano

    June 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    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.

  1439. Douglas R. Cobb

    June 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    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.

  1440. Alec V.

    June 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Echolution 2 lost it’s place? Too bad!

    • Alec V.

      June 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      *lost pff

  1441. Patrick Gould

    June 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    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.

  1442. Bill walker

    June 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    That polymoon is the coolest bonkers delay. Neeed

  1443. Braxton F.

    June 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

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

  1444. Dookiekid

    June 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    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!

  1445. Adam Ritchie

    June 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    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.

  1446. Sebastian d Hartsfield

    June 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Very cool

  1447. Zachary MacDonald

    June 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    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.

  1448. Davey Hilder

    June 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Love delay delay delay

  1449. Scott M

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

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

  1450. Brent Johnston

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    That is one great selection of pedals!

  1451. Christopher Williams

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

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

  1452. Don Erhardt

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    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

  1453. Thomas DiSanto

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Belle Epoch, hands down!

  1454. Kane Janowsky

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Always great site for info on pedals, good descriptions with plenty of details

    Luv the ole delay pedal

  1455. Joshua Newman

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm


  1456. Matt

    June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

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

  1457. Brad Richardson

    June 17, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    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.

  1458. Brian

    June 17, 2018 at 7:25 pm

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

  1459. Andy M

    June 17, 2018 at 7:24 pm

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

  1460. Sam Novak

    June 17, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    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 🙂

    • Zachary MacDonald

      June 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      You can find them pretty cheap on Reverb.com these days.

  1461. Jon Layton

    June 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    You forgot the Boonar!

  1462. Lukas Guyader

    June 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Epic indeed!

  1463. Bryan S

    June 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm

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

  1464. Arend

    June 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Gotta say, that Polymoon is something unique.

  1465. Ryan Fiegl

    June 17, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    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.

  1466. Quincy Steely

    June 17, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    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.

  1467. tani P.

    June 17, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I need that Polymoon!

  1468. Emily

    June 17, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    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.

  1469. Matt Buglio

    June 17, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Polymoon and Thermae get my vote!

  1470. Marcus Malarkus

    June 17, 2018 at 7:21 pm

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

  1471. Garett R

    June 17, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    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.

  1472. carlos

    June 17, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    wish I could have cash to buy some of these!

  1473. Jesse Turvey

    June 17, 2018 at 7:19 pm

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

  1474. Noah Parrish

    June 17, 2018 at 7:19 pm

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

  1475. Josh

    June 17, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    That Tonal Recall RKN is incredible!

  1476. Michael

    June 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Free the tone looks badass!

  1477. Clay Malone

    June 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Chase Bliss is making great pedals!

  1478. Tom S

    June 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    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.

  1479. Jordan wagner

    June 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I need all 3.

  1480. Dave F.

    June 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    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 !!!

  1481. Michael Burleson

    June 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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

  1482. erik

    June 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    delay is the desert island pedal

  1483. Brennon Ramsey

    June 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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

  1484. KevinL

    June 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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

  1485. Jang-Woo Park

    June 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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

  1486. jo lockman

    June 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    so many pedals, so little time!

  1487. Ben Rathman

    June 17, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    One of each, please.

  1488. Mike Byrne

    June 17, 2018 at 7:15 pm

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

  1489. Nick Baileh

    June 17, 2018 at 7:15 pm

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

  1490. Tai

    June 17, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    RKM all the way!

  1491. William Gould

    June 17, 2018 at 7:14 pm

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

  1492. Justin McCormick

    June 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm

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

  1493. Nicholas Meyer

    June 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Delay pedals are the best aren’t they?

  1494. Ben L

    June 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm

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

  1495. Su-Ann

    June 17, 2018 at 7:11 pm

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

  1496. Slawomir

    June 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm

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

  1497. Geoff Grauer

    June 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm

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

  1498. Lucas Van Lenten

    June 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    All delays are good delays.

  1499. Chris C.

    June 17, 2018 at 6:16 pm

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

  1500. Jeremy Ryser

    June 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    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!

  1501. Max

    June 17, 2018 at 5:25 pm

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

  1502. Sam

    June 17, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    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

  1503. Bryan Lane

    June 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    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!

  1504. Elliot Nihil

    June 17, 2018 at 4:46 pm


  1505. Matt Collins

    June 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

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

  1506. Jack Feerick

    June 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    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.

  1507. Howie G

    June 17, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Cant delay another day, have a space for one…

  1508. Chris B.

    June 17, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    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!

  1509. Enrique Mancia

    June 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Chase Bliss Audio. Hands down!

  1510. James B

    June 17, 2018 at 4:02 pm

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

  1511. Paulo Barone

    June 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    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.


  1512. Thor soreleg

    June 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    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.

  1513. Rich

    June 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

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

  1514. Nader Ismail

    June 17, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    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

  1515. Max Feller

    June 17, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    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!

  1516. Marco Zenini

    June 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    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.

  1517. Jeremy

    June 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm

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

  1518. Cory L Jacobs

    June 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    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!

  1519. Jeff G

    June 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    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!

  1520. Samuel King

    June 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Great list!

  1521. Cam M.

    June 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I want them all!

  1522. Todd

    June 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    i am really itching to try some Meris pedals

  1523. Ronald Olszewski

    June 17, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    That Tonal Recall is amazing.

  1524. Steven Chell

    June 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    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!

  1525. Matt D.

    June 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    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!

  1526. Harrison Cole

    June 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I’d take any of them 🙂

  1527. Andrew

    June 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

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

    • Andrew

      June 17, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      *echosystem… Curse you autocorrect…

  1528. Hayden Greviskis

    June 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    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.

  1529. Jonno Wilson

    June 17, 2018 at 2:19 am

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

  1530. David Peatfield

    June 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    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.

  1531. Joel Ecob

    June 16, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Favourite? No idea.

    What mood am I in? Strymon.

  1532. Robert Abernathy

    June 15, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Hard to pick a favorite from these!

  1533. Eliazar Sanchez

    June 15, 2018 at 12:44 pm

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

  1534. Stephen

    June 15, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I like chorus

  1535. Bart

    June 15, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I ordered one but the shipping was delayed

  1536. Ricardo

    June 15, 2018 at 2:25 am

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

  1537. Michael Cueto

    June 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    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.

  1538. Kyle kelleher

    June 14, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    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!

  1539. Alexander

    June 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    All pedals are great, but I would like Meris.

  1540. Bradley Zoeller

    June 14, 2018 at 10:48 am

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

  1541. Bradley Zoeller

    June 14, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I want them all

  1542. Robbe Embrechts

    June 14, 2018 at 9:52 am

    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.

  1543. Rysiek Pietrzak

    June 13, 2018 at 9:10 am

    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

  1544. NMA

    June 13, 2018 at 12:32 am

    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!

  1545. Fab

    June 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Avalanche run rules!!!

  1546. Will

    June 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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

  1547. Christian Turner

    June 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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

  1548. Nathan Kwon

    June 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm

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

  1549. Nathan Kwon

    June 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    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.

  1550. Valek

    June 11, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Tonal Recall is beautiful!

  1551. Mark Walsh

    June 11, 2018 at 2:24 am

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

  1552. Amos

    June 10, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Chase bliss look like game changers…..

  1553. Markus Opel

    June 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm

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

  1554. Peter

    June 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

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

    • Max Feller

      June 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Moog’s analogue delays rule!

  1555. Justin Cross

    June 9, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Love this article! Thanks for sharing!

  1556. Jerald Henry

    June 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

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

  1557. Miriam

    June 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Meris polymoon and chase bliss thermae for the win!

  1558. spencer7593

    June 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

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

  1559. Kostas

    June 9, 2018 at 6:31 am

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

  1560. khrisna

    June 8, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    meris polymoon…. my favourite new delay..

  1561. Mathew malinowski

    June 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Fantastic list

  1562. Tuval

    June 8, 2018 at 11:51 am

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

  1563. Miriam

    June 7, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Chase bliss tone recall and meris polymoon for the win!

  1564. Sarai

    June 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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

  1565. Dave Hart

    June 7, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    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.

  1566. Michael Hannon

    June 7, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Really craving the strymon timeline!

  1567. gaston

    June 7, 2018 at 6:52 am

    great article! really helpful for choosing my next one!

    Thanks guys!

  1568. Pablo

    June 6, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    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

  1569. Bruno Salheb Moelas Ribeiro

    June 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I really dont know How to use a delay.

  1570. francesc

    June 6, 2018 at 9:31 am

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

  1571. Jason Andreasen

    June 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    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.

  1572. duane briceno

    June 5, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    these are really cool pedals

  1573. Seth Cowan

    June 5, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I want a strymon timeline !

  1574. Steve Lipe

    June 5, 2018 at 9:53 am

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

  1575. Brian S

    June 5, 2018 at 8:15 am

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

  1576. Adrian

    June 5, 2018 at 6:36 am

    The Specular Tempus sounds great

  1577. Lorenzo Paoletti

    June 5, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Awesome article! Really hope to win one of these

  1578. Van Kapeghian

    June 5, 2018 at 4:22 am

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

  1579. Jesse Donaldson

    June 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Timeline & Tonal Recall RKM are on board!

  1580. Luis Flores

    June 4, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Too much awesome for one list.

  1581. Paul W

    June 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm

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

  1582. James Kearnan

    June 4, 2018 at 9:33 pm

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

  1583. James

    June 4, 2018 at 9:29 pm

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

  1584. Brian

    June 4, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    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.

  1585. Stephen Bier

    June 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

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

  1586. Walter Ego

    June 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    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.

  1587. Stephen Whitehead

    June 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

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

  1588. Rich Smith

    June 4, 2018 at 4:20 pm

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

  1589. Mikko

    June 4, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Mad Professor Dual Blue delay, definitely.

  1590. Daniel Coppess

    June 4, 2018 at 7:22 am

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

  1591. MattSDC

    June 4, 2018 at 6:58 am

    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.

  1592. Bob Frost

    June 4, 2018 at 5:03 am

    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!

  1593. David Hanraths

    June 4, 2018 at 4:33 am

    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!

  1594. Hipermegalonico

    June 4, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Awesome pedals, awesome page!

  1595. Vincent Garrett

    June 4, 2018 at 1:17 am

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

  1596. Sean

    June 3, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    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.

  1597. Slawomir

    June 3, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    The Avalanche Run and Canyons are great

  1598. Alessandro Ciapica

    June 3, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    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!

  1599. Jacob Lacayo

    June 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    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!

  1600. Nick Pandolph

    June 3, 2018 at 11:42 am

    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.

  1601. S. Demey

    June 3, 2018 at 8:50 am

    EHX and DOD ones are cool

  1602. jim flores

    June 3, 2018 at 8:32 am

    cool article

  1603. Steve

    June 2, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    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.

  1604. Stephen Porter

    June 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    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

      June 19, 2018 at 2:30 am

      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.

  1605. Andre Mueller

    June 2, 2018 at 6:11 pm

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

  1606. albert ceva

    June 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    The Tonal Recall sounds interesting.

  1607. Mike S

    June 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm

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

  1608. Jamie Leader

    June 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    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!

  1609. Ron Elesh

    June 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Flight Time is impressive!

  1610. Alexandre Bernardo

    June 2, 2018 at 10:38 am


  1611. Matthew D Cullen

    June 2, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Your can’t go wrong on this list, but the Meris interests me the most.

  1612. Simon Weeks

    June 2, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Great to see the Timeline still hanging in there!!

  1613. David Bagyo

    June 2, 2018 at 4:32 am

    I’m really into tape delay emulation, like the Wampler Tape Delay, or the Empress Tape. That EQD unit looks really good tho.

  1614. Carlos Bravo

    June 2, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Having none of these yet, the most attractive ones for me are the Tonal Recall and the Avalanche Run. I love the versatility of Tonal Recall to be modified by control voltage. The avalanche is close to enter the reing of self oscillation, which can create and endless, lush soundscape.

  1615. Stefan Vos

    June 2, 2018 at 1:20 am

    I love the Strymon El Capistan, but that Rubberneck is great bang for the buck!

  1616. Nicky R.

    June 2, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I own a Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail and an MXR Echoplex that I love. And my dream delay is the Echosystem. Man, what a fantastic piece of gear!

  1617. Peter Homoki

    June 2, 2018 at 1:11 am

    I love all the delay pedals of this list, now I use TC D-two and Line6 M5 together in same time

  1618. Torgrim

    June 1, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    The rubberneck is really nice, but I would like to have a go with the thermae og tonal recal from chase bliss.

  1619. Santeri

    June 1, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Owning anyone of these would be awesome

  1620. José Contreras

    June 1, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I really want to try out all of these, especially the Red Particle, Tone Recall, and Polymoon.

    I’m crossing my fingers for the last two!!!!!!

  1621. Tomasz Litra

    June 1, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Last couple of years brought to us so many fantastic delays, I mean it’s stunning! Tonal Recall (blue version) seems to be on top of my list, for the lush sounds it creates, and crazy ones as well. It’s analog and it’s tiny, compared to other analog devices, doesn’t take much estate on pedalboards.

    I think the Flashback 2 with mash option is great, it fills the gap between the non updated Line 6 DL4 and takes what’s best from it to create something on its own, but with that classic functionality.

    Gimme some delays!!!!! 😉

  1622. Seth

    June 1, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Avalanche Run no doubt! It combines superb tones, both in quality and variety with ease of use, some with more tones might not be as intuitive to use and some which are easier to use might not have all the Avalanche Run offers. Undoubtedly my pick of the bunch, or any for the matter!

  1623. Barak Shalom

    June 1, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    i’ve been fantasizing about owning a free the tone flight time for a while now. i love the knobless design and the possibility of dialing in exact bpm. fingers crossed

  1624. Robert Koch

    June 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Wish I owned one of these

  1625. Paul

    June 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Even though these all rock, I’m still never getting rid of my timeline. That thing is a beast. But I also wouldn’t turn one of these down if you wanted to give me one.

  1626. Jason

    June 1, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    The electroman is a beast. So good. And I’m just blown away by how much Chase bliss can pack into their standard sized pedals. Incredible pedals, both.

  1627. Rob P

    June 1, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Just purchased a Rubberneck. Lot’s of fun.

  1628. Michael Perkins

    June 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I have a JAM pedals Delay LLama that is very nice.

  1629. corey

    June 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    would love to try out the Free The Tone Flight Time, looks really versatile and easy to use

  1630. Sebastien

    June 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Those three pedals would be a great addition to any pedal board. I especially love what Chase Bliss is offering sonic wise.

  1631. Mack

    June 1, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Running the Tonal Recall and Avalanche Run in my rig. Both fantastic pedals for different reasons!

    • Carlos Bravo

      June 2, 2018 at 3:39 am

      So if you get another Tonal Recall you can give it to the community, right? For community I mean me.

      Those things combined have to sound amazing!

  1632. Marco

    June 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Delay pedals are my favorite! Wish I could play with the Polymoon!

  1633. Graham O’Brien

    June 1, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    To break it down:

    – Favourite delay I’ve ever tried: Empress VM Superdelay.

    – Favourite delay I’ve ever owned: Boss DD-6, my first real exposure to long delay.

    – Delay that surprised me the most: The original Keeley Caverns.

    – Delay that scared me: the SOS feature on the Boss DD-20.

    – Best “non-delay” delay pedal: It’s a tie between the Strymon Deco and the Eventide PitchFactor. Each creates an unique palette.

    – Delay that I want: Chase Bliss Thermae.

    – Delay that I REALLY want: Free the Tone Flight Time.

  1634. charlie

    June 1, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    lots of echoes with MIDI.. who doesn’t want that??

  1635. Patrick

    June 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Pretty keen on the Polymoon, not too sure about it’s functionality but it seems like a heap of fun. The Mooer Reecho sounds surprisingly great and is incredibly functional for its low price, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!

  1636. Richard Knight

    June 1, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Anything by chase bliss is worth getting. Avalanche run is great for ambient.

  1637. David

    June 1, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Polymoon is one of the best damn pedals on the market. El Cap, Dig, BE Dlx are also all great.

  1638. Donald Sinclair

    June 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Empress Echosystem is current favourite but I am very intrigued by Polymoon & Thermae.

  1639. Leonardo Ahumada Solano

    June 1, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Delay to me is a MUST in my life, it has become a very important part of my gear since is another instrument itself. I love the Tonal Recall from Chase Bliss Audio (my favourite) because of the crazy stuff that you can take out of it. It´s unique in my point of view, I would love to try one of those. Also the Free the Tone because of its bpm detector, I found that very futuristic and out of a sci fi movie, I want one of those in my gear!

  1640. Andrés

    June 1, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve heard the Electro Harmonix Canyon and it is ridiculously good but the Free The Tone Flight Time looks really interesting and I would love to try it out.

  1641. Kyle Boggs

    June 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Avalanche Run!

  1642. David Gortych

    June 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I love my Echosystem and honestly I’m addicted to delay pedals. They all have their own thing going on so you can never have too many.

  1643. Brent Stewart

    June 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Really incredible spectrum of delay pedals! If I had to pick one, it would probably be the Empress Echosystem, since I had a friend with a Superdelay, and it always sounded amazing. But, of course, I’d love to play through them all and make a more informed choice!

  1644. Stuart Bond

    June 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Ah – that Thermae sure looks as sweet as a hot bath in Bath 🙂

  1645. Fred

    June 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Love the Echosystem and Dig. Hoping to get the tonal recall RKM soon

  1646. Albert Chiochon

    June 1, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Iam thinking the DOD Rubberneck will do what I need

  1647. Ilias Papanikolaou

    June 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Free the tone Flight Time is my personal favorite!

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