Delay: How important is tap tempo?

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  1. geekformayor

    geekformayor Member

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    When buying a new delay pedal, how important is tap tempo? Is it a requirement to have a tap-tempo on your board? Are you instantly less interested in a new pedal if it doesn't have tap?
     
  2. Blix

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    Nope, never felt the need for tap tempo, so no.
     
  3. Agileguy_101

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    On my nano board, yeah it is. You know what, it's not so much that tap tempo is a requirement as having a second delay available is. I could be happy with a non-tap El Capistan as long as I had a favorite switch to go between different delay times (and tones of course).

    On my big board, it's the same story. I would be fine without tap, but I want different delay types available to me.
     
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    Yes. Unless it has the ability to accept tap from an external source. But that's kinda the same.
     
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    As long as one of my delays has it, then the others don't. I'm covered with the Memory Man 2, so I'm looking at adding a tape delay and could go either way.
     
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    No, thanks. Don't need it, won't pay for it.
     
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    I think answers vary based on the setting and style of music played. If there are any rhythmic delay parts to be played, tap tempo for live use is a must. But if you just use delay to fill space, or you primarily play in the studio and can take the time to adjust delay times, it's not a big deal.
     
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    For more pristine delays (ie most digital) tap comes in very handy. For lofi, warm, atmospheric, I prefer randomness and chaos or tweaking with my toe.
     
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    For analog delay, I generally just use it for slapjack, so no tap tempo required. For my digital delay, tap tempo is a must. I even run my digitech dl8 with a looper pedal, so I can leave it in tap tempo mode and bypass it with the true bypass looper.
     
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    Tap tempo isn't as necessary for me as it is for my drummer(s). Delay, it seems, always confuses them and I have to keep micro-adjusting my tempo.
     
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    I thought tap tempo would be more useful before I actually got a tap tempo delay. I almost never make adjustments via tap tempo, and if I do, it's usually to get an approximate speed rather than synchronising to a song tempo.
     
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    It's a must. I do a lot with dual delays set to different subdivisions. It's just not practical to try and get two non-tap-tempo delays synched up like that.
     
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    Not at all. I like spacey, washy delay... or slap. I cover both bases with two delays - Echorec and Kilobyte.
     
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    As someone said above, for any type of rhythmic delay, tap tempo is necessary.
     
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    I really liked the sound of my Skreddy Echo and my EQD Dispatch Master but I found that I really needed tap tempo for some of the songs that we do.

    So, I bought a Diamond MLJr. instead and sold the others.

    -bEn r.
     
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    don't need it. I'm not playing syncopated delays like Edge.
     
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    I use a Carbon Copy. I switch settings ALL the time, by hand, to use it for everything from slapback to extreme spacey delay. I have become a master at on the fly switching to get the tempo I need (even in the middle of a song if I am a tiny bit off). It is actually kind of ridiculous, but it has worked for me thus far. One of the bands I am in even has an intro to a song where I play spacey licks, then switch the CC's knobs to self oscillate in freaky ways, then put them back to a certain tempo for the rest of the song.
     
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    I don't think I've ever used it, not even just to try it out on some of the digital stuff I've owned over the years. That said, I can see why it might be very useful.
     

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