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Delays with FX loops - Which ones and what do you put in the loop?

GlobalCooling

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So I'm looking for a delay with an FX loop for the repeats. So far, I think the Solid Gold FX Electroman appears to have the best features to price ratio. What other delays do you suggest?

For people who use a delay with an FX loop, what do you put in it? I'm thinking of putting a wah/auto-wah for some weird shoegaze music....

Thanks in advance guys!
 

9520575

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Deluxe memory boy
Skreddy echo
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Deluxe memory man with tap tempo

I liked a filter, phaser, tremolo and reverb in the loop
 

PlexiFuzz

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My favorite is the Skreddy Echo.

I really like having a phaser in the loop, though after purchasing a Digitech iStomp, I am having fun with all sorts of crazy effects in there.

Honestly, though, it's a bit of a novelty for me and I would say that 95% of the time I've got nothing in the loop.
 

imircm

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I own an EHX Deluxe Memory Boy. It does a good, dark, analog delay that's digitally controlled. It's got tap tempo and subdivisions and modulation which can be dialed in or out. In the loop I've been running some sort of flange or vibrato to get a warbling broken-ish tape echo sound.
 

charmonder

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I don't have any pedals like this at the moment, but I sometimes mess with similar configuration using a mixer when recording. you got the right idea autowah is totally sweet in the feedback loop, downwards envelope if possible. you can imagine the results of these but any volume effects like compressor and tremolo are great too. A little Eq and compression in the feedback loop of any digital delay can get like 90% the same sound as any analog BBD delay.
 

dshobe

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The Diamond Memory Lane 2 has an effects loop. I haven't successfully used it yet. Not sure if it's user error or if it is in need of repair.

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davidnlsw

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I have an EHX Deluxe Memory Boy that I really like.

Sometimes the repeats are just the tiniest bit dark, but most of the time it really delivers a great analog tone.

I love the sound of running an analog tremolo in the loop, especially a deeper trem that is just the slightest bit off tempo sync from the delay repeats.

I've also run an EQ in the loop a few times to change the character of the repeats.

Lastly, I've been really enjoying trying out different iStomp sounds in the loop.
 

phazersonstun

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Not released yet but....
Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail.
I have my eye on this one.
Analog delay, on board modulation & and a loop that you can either use to add another effect to the wet signal, or control the wet / dry mix with an expression pedal.

I'm thinking some verb or trem in the loop would be cool.
 

bugzaney

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i have a solidgold fx electroman and can testify to it being an incredibly solid delay unit. the tone knob and momentary footswitch are huge pluses, and the effects loop is tons of fun. i've put all sorts of pedals in the loop, from pitch shifters to phasers to other delays. looking to get a vibrato in there soon and the notion of a tremolo in the loop is also pretty intriguing.

tl;dr: electroman rules, put everything in the loop.
 

Skreddy

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Phaser is my favorite but flange is nice (for a Police/80's kinda thing). For cool craziness try pitch shift or octave. Of course there's always the obvious reverb too. Keep your dry tone dry and make your wet tone wetter.
 

fargonoF

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I really liked the distorted sound of the EP-3 toneprint for the TC Flashback, can one cop this sound with a low gain OD-pedal in the fx loop of say, a Memory Boy? I've watched some videos of distortions in delay fx loops and it seemed to induce tons of self-oscillation, however this was with relatively heavy distortions (think it was a DS-1 or something similar).
 

davidnlsw

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I really liked the distorted sound of the EP-3 toneprint for the TC Flashback, can one cop this sound with a low gain OD-pedal in the fx loop of say, a Memory Boy? I've watched some videos of distortions in delay fx loops and it seemed to induce tons of self-oscillation, however this was with relatively heavy distortions (think it was a DS-1 or something similar).
Putting dirt in the loop takes a bit of tweaking. The reason it tends towards oscillation is that each repeat goes through the gain again so it can build up pretty quick.

But you can get some cool sounds if you spend a minute balancing out the output level of the effect.
 

fargonoF

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Putting dirt in the loop takes a bit of tweaking. The reason it tends towards oscillation is that each repeat goes through the gain again so it can build up pretty quick.

But you can get some cool sounds if you spend a minute balancing out the output level of the effect.
So basically you just have to compensate for the increase in output in the loop? Lowering the output on the OD/lower the feedback on the delay?
 

DarnWeight

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Not released yet but....
Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail.
I have my eye on this one.
Analog delay, on board modulation & and a loop that you can either use to add another effect to the wet signal, or control the wet / dry mix with an expression pedal.

I'm thinking some verb or trem in the loop would be cool.
NAMM demo video for this one is finally up...



...it'd be nice to hear more of it with a clean guitar sound.
 

jawajt

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I love the fx loop on my DMMTT. Some of my favorite things to throw in there are:
POG2-TONS of options octave up, octave down, organ sounds, chorus
EHX Freeze-I can get some cool "pads" on the delays with this one
TC Alter Ego-Yes another delay can sound really cool, especially the Reverse mode on the Alter Ego
 

Skreddy

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The Skreddy Echo is like the 2nd example; every repeat passes through the loop. So volume pedal to control both the intensity and the regeneration of the delays is possible as you described.
 






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