Am I using Delay Properly?

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  1. Npop32

    Npop32 Member

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    I find that my delay tone is only good for 3 things

    ambiant volume swells
    U2/The Edge .8th thing
    Dynamic delay led lead tones (think I will Follow)

    Other than that, I've got nothing that Delay can do
    doesnt work for power house chords but My Chords Sound Dull with my drive, I need a little more sustain and i HATE Compressors as I feel they dampen my sound

    Suggestions or tips for delay use?
     
  2. Nota

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    A slapback delay, or a short(er) one can add a nice ambience too without taking over. The trick is to keep the mix low.

    My Carbon Copy is always on.
     
  3. Ev O)))

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    there is no way to use it properly or otherwise as long as it is fullfilling every purpose you may require of it.

    Edit:I didn't fully comprehend the OP. try turning it down either or both in regards to mix or delay time or feedback. What pedal is it? Does it have mod? Try dialling in a short Chorus like delay with indistinguishable repeats and lo mix.
     
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    Maybe you have it turned up too loud. I use delay like a close relative to reverb to fatten things up and give a sense of rhythm that isn't super obvious.

    Approached like that, it can be on all the time.
     
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    Well I already gave you my 2¢, so I'll just keep plugging along B)
     
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    Also, +1 to adding some light modulation.
     
  7. tremolo3

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    Define "properly".

    These threads...
     
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    I realize I'm feeding a troll here, but the OP didn't use that word in his post at all. It's only in the title. He's looking for helpful hints on using delay. Is that so wrong?

    Your post isn't helpful or constructive.
     
  9. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    the one real "trick" is to make sure the delay is after the distortion, either after the drive pedals into the clean amp or in the effects loop of the crunchy master volume amp.

    that's the difference between the delay being spacious and ambient or gritchy and "in the way".
     
  10. SteveAlysis

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    The best way to use delay is to.....


    Do whatever the fu** sounds good to you. That goes for any effect. If it sounds good to you... do it. If not, move on to something that does.
     
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    Good grief, is it such a problem for someone to ask how others use an effect here (in the effects forum)? I've asked many such questions here myself, and fortunately got in return much more helpful advice than this.
     
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    As other have said, slapback....if thats your thing. Also reverse can be cool.

    If want "sustain", try a setting with time around 400 ms, 4-5 repeats, mix around 15-20%. I like a bright digital delay because at those low mix levels a murky analog/tape sound tends to disappear completely in a band mix but thats just me. Try other types of delay if you have the option. If you have an analog or tape delay you can raise the mix a bit to your taste.
     
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    tremolo strum with delay for wall of sound.
     
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    As a slapbakc or doubler to thicken up your tone.
     
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    How does this help the OP? :huh
     
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    If you have a delay capable of long delay times like 750 to over 1000ms you can set it at a very low level with one repeat and find a time where it feels good coming back at you. Really depends on the part but it can add some cool long echo stuff in there.
     
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    This thread actually brings up a good point.

    If most (not all obviously) use delay as a very subtle effect then why are so many people looking for such incredibly flexible, option loaded and usually expensive delay pedals?

    Would seem to me that a lesser expensive delay would sound just as good as the more pricey one when used as a tone sweetener.

    But what do I know. :huh
     
  18. PurpleJesus

    PurpleJesus Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    What a completely worthless addition to this thread. "Use your ears" can be said for anything and doesn't answer the OP question. do you think there's a chance he might not use his ears? How about instead telling him how you use it. You know. Give him helpful suggestions?

    To the OP. I'm kind of with you on delay settings except I'd sub Pink Floyd for U2. Just got the Panther Cub delay and was trying some slapback but for some reason it always sounds "metallic" to me. Anyone else get that? Tips? Should I use my ears more?;)
     
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    You are too logical and thrifty, be gone, bad seed, be gone...gone...gon...gon...go...go...g...g...
     
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    Yeah well, that's just like, your opinion, man.
     

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