Please explain dotted eight delay

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  1. tochiro

    tochiro Member

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    Hi,

    I have a delay without a dotted eight feature but would like to use it. I watched several videos on the Web but do not understand how to get this effect with my tap tempo button.

    Is there a simple way to explain it? Thank you!
     
  2. dr.C

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    Just set the delay to dotted eight and tap the tempo and each repeat will be one dotted eight note later.
     
  3. dancehall

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    If your delay doesn't have a dotted eight setting I believe you tap:

    ONE e and A two e AND a three E and a FOUR e and A
     
  4. dr.C

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    Ok sorry I clearly missunderstood.
     
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    If you know what a dotted eight ruthm sounds like it isn't to hard to just tap that rythm. I used to do that a lot.
     
  6. tochiro

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    Do you mean I should tap on the upper-case words/letters? That is difficult...
     
  7. TheMutt

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    Dotted eighth note delay means that whatever tempo that you tap in, it is automatically subdivided into an eighth note plus a sixteenth note (A dot after any note means the length of the note, plus half it's length. Therefore, a dotted eighth note = 3 sixteenth notes, a dotted quarter note = three eighth notes, etc). This is then the amount of time, with respect to the tempo tapped in, that the first delay signal will start at.

    The "ONE e and A two e AND a three E and a FOUR e and A" is how you would tap in a dotted eighth note manually. So, during a song, you would count the tempo using "one e and a, two e and a, three e and a, four e and a, one e and a, etc". To manually tap in dotted eighth notes, you would tap on the capital words/letters which I have also bolded for you:
    ONE e and A two e AND a three E and a FOUR e and A

    However, you only need to go as far as One e and A, but doing it multiple times will increase the accuracy that you have in tapping in the tempo (and if your delay takes an average of the taps input, it will also increase the accuracy).
     
  8. tochiro

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    Thank you, it works!

    That is difficult if the tempo is fast though.
     
  9. TheMutt

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    That is precisely the reason why delays with dotted eighth note breakdown (or any other type) are sought after. ;)
     
  10. tochiro

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    I understand why now :)
     
  11. brads

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    Another reason is that when you play syncopated notes or rhythms, the dotted eight delay repeats can follow you in time.
     
  12. Guitarplayerdan

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    juga juga juga juga juga juga. Thats pretty much it.
     
  13. Rick Towne

    Rick Towne Gold Supporting Member

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    Listen to the John Jorgenson intro on the Hellecasters version of Orange Blossom Special. Or the Emmylou Harris version of Luxury Liner with Albert Lee.
     
  14. carljoensson

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    I love the explanation in the Empress SuperDelay manual:

    "In sub-mode C the delay time is set to 1.5 times the tap time. If you tap
    quarter notes the delay time will be set to dotted quarter notes. This is
    what U2’s Bono uses…or so we’re told."

    Hilarious!

    /C
     
  15. vintage66

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    I'll have to try that-marking for future reference.
     
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    Bono?? I assume it means the Edge? Or was that the joke? Lol
     
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