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Old 09-13-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Best Delay Pedal?

I want to get a delay pedal to go with my valve amp and my MIM Strat. I came across this one:

Digitech Hardwire DL8

http://www.hardwirepedals.com/en-US/products/dl-8

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampl...r-effects-pedal



I want to know if it's as good as they say it is. It has many options and effects and I'm wondering if I could do volume swells with a slap back delay on it (just a quick repetition )



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Old 09-13-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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You can do that swell thing with any delay pedal. Its about technique not the pedal.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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You can do that swell thing with any delay pedal. Its about technique not the pedal.


i know you can do volume swells without a delay, but with a slapback one they also sound cool. I'm guessing the pedal has that option. Just one repeat.

Are there any better delay pedals?
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #4
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I used to own that DL-8 and it was a pretty awesome pedal. I did score it for $115 new so that was a definite plus for me. It's got tons of features that's cool to use at home, but as for live use, it kinda set me back in terms of what I needed it to do. I'd say maybe try to find one with tap tempo cause that'll seriously help during live shows if you're doing some lead delay lines or some dotted eighth type stuff. That's why I switched over to the Nova Repeater cause it had features I needed for live use. I also scored it for just $120. If you want some quality stuff, I'd suggest looking used. You may find a lot of used delay pedals either at or below that price range.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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I used to own that DL-8 and it was a pretty awesome pedal. I did score it for $115 new so that was a definite plus for me. It's got tons of features that's cool to use at home, but as for live use, it kinda set me back in terms of what I needed it to do. I'd say maybe try to find one with tap tempo cause that'll seriously help during live shows if you're doing some lead delay lines or some dotted eighth type stuff. That's why I switched over to the Nova Repeater cause it had features I needed for live use. I also scored it for just $120. If you want some quality stuff, I'd suggest looking used. You may find a lot of used delay pedals either at or below that price range.


hmm i didn't really get that. What's wrong with the DL8 when playing live?
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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He means the footswitch on the DL-8 is like the momentary type similar to a Boss pedal. It doesn't click when stepped on, so tap tempo is tricky to set with it. Takes a bit of practice.
You may want to look into getting a used TC Flashback delay, that one sounds good too.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:39 AM   #7
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I actually quite liked the Marshall Echohead; it's cheap but it sounds good and has plenty of flexibility.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:42 AM   #8
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hmm i didn't really get that. What's wrong with the DL8 when playing live?


lol let me clarify. Nothing was really wrong with it playing live, if you're not doing lead delay lines that rely on the tempo of your drummer. The analog delay sounds great for some solo leads and if you can get the time right, the other delays sounds great also. But an external tap tempo feature is probably best since drummers tend to go off tempo which makes your delay sound off. Other than that, the DL-8 is great for its features and sound, plus it's true bypass too.

I'd say it's great for messing around at home and for doing some light delay lines like for solos or beefing up your rhythm sound, but if you plan on using it for lead delay lines like say U2 type delay lines, it'll be really inconvenient for you to use live since you'll have to bend down and adjust it manually instead of just tapping out the tempo on an external tap tempo.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:18 PM   #10
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If slapback is all you want, any delay will do that. Just set the time and repeats to their minimum settings and you're done.

But if you can afford the HardWired pedals, get that one. Those are built tougher than anything.
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