Ease of Use: In today's Vintage boom many guitarists are searching for delay alternatives to their old Boss DD-3s or other similar pedals. The MT-AD is a standard analog delay pedal with the three classic knobs: Time, Mix, Repeat. It features buffered bypass with era-correct components in a strong and durable casing. The overall idea of this pedal is Vintage without the price tag of sought-after classic pedals.
However, the ModTone MT-AD is an analog delay which means you have certain limitations. To put it simply, analog delay is achieved by actually slowing down (delaying) the signal path as it passes through the circuitry. The more delay time you want, the more components the wet signal passes through before it is routed and given back to you through the output. The result is that with each repeat the wet signal loses the brightness of the dry signal. This is what makes analog delay pedals so effective. The darkening of the repeats helps keep the delay from cluttering up your playing. Those of you Who want large amounts of delay time (over 350ms) this pedal isn't for you. Guitarists who are looking for classic slapback and room sound will absolutely love it.
Control your delay time (up to 350 milliseconds), mix in your wet/dry preference, dial in the appropriate amount of repeats and you're off and running. Some very good players have told me they have a hard time getting analog delay to sound good for their solos. Usually that is because they are trying to achieve a Digital Delay sound. This pedal is about as easy as it gets if you are using it for it's intending purpose. // 9
Sound: The MT-AD is great for adding a room-like doubling effect to your tone as well as padding your leads with some nice dark delay repeats. Country guitarists will particularly like the crisp nature of this pedal when dialed to slapback settings. I pulled the delay time back to about 12 o'clock and set the repeats short as well. The result was perfect for walking blues or country lines.
David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is very famous for pushing analog delays to their limits, and playing Gilmour-like passages with this pedal at longer time settings is highly rewarding. I will say that I have heard longer delay times from other analog delays, which would make this pedal more versatile. That is the only thing about this great pedal that gives it a point deduction. // 8
Reliability & Durability: The ModTone Vintage Analog Delay is built with era-correct components, has a solid chassis, sturdy switches, and only costs 100 USD! It might be the best value over other delay pedals of it's same type. // 10
Overall Impression: The MT-AD is a great delay pedal that any guitarist could justify owning. Even for subtle doubling alone this pedal is worth it. If you're an old school Vintage cat looking to replace your favorite run-down delay, or you're looking for your first delay, this pedal could be exactly what you need. // 9
- Josh Johnson (c) 2009