#1
what is the difference? is analog natural? is it the difference between a tube amp and a modeling amp? because i was youtubeing delay pedals and i listened to a EHX memory toy/boy/boy deluxe. those sound AMAZING (for a pedal under 200 bucks). in comparison i listened to a tone lok ibanez delay and compared to the EHX is sounded like garbage. ive listed to BOSS pedals like the DD-7 which is really nice too, but the analog had a way different sound.
#2
yea i prefer analog myself but line 6 makes a really nice one for like 300
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#3
yeah i know. good delays are expensive. thats why i was surprised that the EHX base line one is about 90-100 and sounds really good. seems like the best affordable delays that still give good sound are the BOSS ones which are around 150 (depending on the model).
#4
analog is better but more expensive. most processors in the pedals take the analog signal from the guitar, change it to digital, add what ever effect then try and convert it back to analog for the amp to process. this changeing from one state to another looses the quality of the signal

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#5
It depends on the case. You can't universally say the other is better; just like you can't state that tube amps are always better.
#6
analog delay usually sounds like each repeat looses brightness. depends on which pedal were talkin about though. digital doesn't do any filtering unless its modelled after an analog pedal. digital trying to sound analog. some pedals are digital versions of a tape delay sound. some even mimic the tape head noise.
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analog is better but more expensive. most processors in the pedals take the analog signal from the guitar, change it to digital, add what ever effect then try and convert it back to analog for the amp to process. this changeing from one state to another looses the quality of the signal


Analog is not always more expensive
You don't lose signal quality if the pedal in question has good a/d converters

So TS, it all comes down to what you want to pay and the kinda of sound you want. For dealys, I find that digital is better for high gain stuff, and analog is more for clean stuff. But then, some digital delays have good analog and tape recreations. So yeah, if you pay alot for a digital unit, it can be as good and even better than an analog unit because with digital you can have more features and you can have presets.
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Analog is not always more expensive
You don't lose signal quality if the pedal in question has good a/d converters



dude im studying electrical engineering at uni, there is no digital to analog or vis versa converter thats perfect and the ones that are near close are rather expensive

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dude im studying electrical engineering at uni, there is no digital to analog or vis versa converter thats perfect and the ones that are near close are rather expensive


Yeah it's true that none is perfect, I guess my point is just that, if you pay enough for a digital effects processor signal loss through a/d converters won't be a major problem as opposed to cheaper ones.
#10
I have an old DOD FX-90. Like it. Just got an old Ibanez AD99. At first blush, I like it more than the DOD.

I also have a Digitech RDS-1900 rack digital delay. The double, flange, and chorus settings I am not sold on... but the echo. Now there is what a digital delay is good for IMHO. Longer repeats.

I have run the DOD on short repeats into the Digitech on longer repeats with some interesting results. Not The Edge (2 Korg SDD-3000's in parallel) or Andy Summers (MXR Analog Delay > 2 Echoplex's) like results but interesting nonetheless.

So to the TS, it is all about what you like.

I am going to go stack the analog delays now.

EDIT: The AD99 and FX90 are very close in terms of delay repeat time... maybe I need that DD-3 after all.
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#11
From the thread title i thought it would concern ALL effects rather than just delay alone.

Digital delays do have more options than analog ones. Take a look at the TC Nova Repeater while at digital delays.

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Originally Posted by Sguit
Analog is not always more expensive
You don't lose signal quality if the pedal in question has good a/d converters


dude im studying electrical engineering at uni, there is no digital to analog or vis versa converter thats perfect and the ones that are near close are rather expensive

I wish the universities at my place had the option for picking sound engineering along with electrical engineering too.
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dude im studying electrical engineering at uni, there is no digital to analog or vis versa converter thats perfect and the ones that are near close are rather expensive
Is that why CDs sound so bad?
#13
I really like my boss digital delay and my whammy pedal which is digital. I'm not an elitist who dislikes digital just because loads of guys from the old days claim 'TEH ANALOGZ IS BETTARS!!1111 OLOLOL'. Fact is they're both good for different things. You might want to use digital or analogue if you have the choice.
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dude im studying electrical engineering at uni, there is no digital to analog or vis versa converter thats perfect and the ones that are near close are rather expensive


You do know that putting anything into a tube amp will always 'degrade' teh signal anyway. Fact is that colour to the tone is what makes people prefer tube amps , that cutting off of the high end etc.
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Is that why CDs sound so bad?


I still have some CD's with the AAD label on them...