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Memory Lane 2 - Memory Lane JR (basic thoughts/comparison)

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I got a Memory Lane JR today so after being asked to compare it to my Memory Lane 2 I decided to throw up a quick thread for those interested. :)

The basic difference is what you would expect. The ML2 is more organic in the degradation of the repeats and the repeats blend in with your playing more.
The ML2 has a slight throb to the repeats and the JR has relatively (in relation to digital delay) warm repeats which are more identical to the original signal.

They both have their merits for sure. I'm preferring the Junior for lead because it stands out more at lower mix levels where as the I prefer the ML2 on classical finger style playing and ambient work.
Though both can do either beautifully.
For me both are equal for note work, though in different ways because of how the repeats blend.

As for preference it's obviously subjective to your needs. I'm finding I like the ML2 slightly more but that will more than likely be because I know it so well.
With that in mind I'm keeping the JR on my board for a few weeks minimum and then I will compare the 2 again.

As for recommending one or the other they're both basically equal IMO. Either one would be more than enough for any guitarist IMO.
My perfect delay would be a ML2/JR hybrid. Imagine a ML2 which has 2 delays. I would have delay 1 as the JR and delay 2 as it currently is on the ML2.
Hope this helps. :beer
 
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Clean Channel

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Thanks for doing the writeup! Very interesting and informative comments.

I'm a bit of an analog delay nut, and despite having a nice variety of them at my disposal, I'm practically married to the ML2. As such, I'm always interested in hearing other perspectives!

Believe it or not, despite all my analog delays, I have yet to even try a MLjr. I've read so many great things about it; I absolutely must get one at some point!
 
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I have always preferred analog delays also, favorites being ML2 (which is my baby), then the AD-999 and ARDX20.
As for digital the JR easily sits on top for me, then the Deep Blue Delay for its simplicity and tone.
Where the JR sits in the grand scheme of things is still to be determined yet.
Maybe in a week or three I'll pop back in and report. :aok Might even try get a demo done time permitting.
 
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Just a little update, I know it's only been 3 days but I really like the ML.JR.
Diamond did such a great job on it. Plus the 4 modes, buffer and trails really make this a great little delay.
I can easily see why so many of you guys praise it, it's a keeper.
 

Groberts

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Just a little update, I know it's only been 3 days but I really like the ML.JR.
Diamond did such a great job on it. Plus the 4 modes, buffer and trails really make this a great little delay.
I can easily see why so many of you guys praise it, it's a keeper.
Not familiar with the 'buffer'. Is a Buffer built into the pedal?

I love my ML Jr. Soooo Musical!
 

FindThePocket

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Thanks for the write up. I've had the Jr for a couple weeks now. It sounds so good. I was debating keeping it. I'm used to having multiple delays (m9, nova system) and was considering the Flashback x4, but I think I'd really miss Jr. I may add a Carbon Copy for analog warmth.
 
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Thanks for the write up. I've had the Jr for a couple weeks now. It sounds so good. I was debating keeping it. I'm used to having multiple delays (m9, nova system) and was considering the Flashback x4, but I think I'd really miss Jr. I may add a Carbon Copy for analog warmth.
I could imagine an AD-999 also going really nicely with a ML.Jr
 

stratovarius

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I have a ML Jr., but am thinking the ML2 might have been a better choice. The ML Jr. is a nice sounding delay, but is very in-your-face sounding. I find that I am dialing the mix way back as I am looking for a darker, more natural sounding type of ambience. The ML Jr. is just too pristine. Would I be happier with a ML2?
 

Abandoned

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You could try the new Quantum Leap as well. It has a mode that sounds like a ML JR but darker.
 
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I find that I am dialing the mix way back as I am looking for a darker, more natural sounding type of ambiance. The ML Jr. is just too pristine. Would I be happier with a ML2?
Yeah, sounds like you would be better off with a ML2 :aok
Especially because it has the EQ knob. Plus the organic degradation of the repeats.
 

this1smyne

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i completely agree. i've had a ML1 ML2 and a Jr, and the Jr def is more prominent for leads and that 'dotted' sound. the big ML sounds different enough to warrant both on the board.
 

musoleum

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Love the Jr, I have been through sooo many delays over the last 10 years.

For price, functionality, simplicity, and most importantly how it sounds it has easily become my favorite delay.
 

Douglas858

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I just picked up a jr last week and paired it with my ML2. They sound killer together!

 

Douglas858

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^ woah - do you have trouble turning the Jr on and off?

Also, for the OP - where can I get knobs like that?!

Yeah it's a bit of a step to turn it on but I like having the two tap tempos close enough to tap them together with one foot.
 






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