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Again - disclaimer - I like them all. When it comes down to preferences, keep in mind home for me is the dm-2 sound. The ardx20 is very much in that range, but has presets and modulation etc. I don’t tend to favor the oscillation zone for whatever reason, so that isn’t a shortcoming for me like it is for others. The meet maude is super dark, but the repeats sit behind the main event like I prefer - and the modulation is like no other. The adg-1 se has more range in tone than both, albeit generally brighter at all settings. I love the modulation, though, and the ability to go with a square wave for some unique sounds. I also love that all of these have an effects loop.Great list! what would you say are the main differences in tone that makes you prefer the top to the bottom of your list?
I've tried more than half what you have there, so I'm curious what you feel is the main difference in tone that make them more of your liking of course.
I've never heard of the DMB Lunar Echo, I'll definitely check it out, thanks!
I remember owning the Paradrive from HBE, my first "boutique" pedal, I'm gonna check the Mimic Mock too! do they still make them?
The new kid in town! looks are very cool, maybe one day I'll get to try it.
After those top three we get to “vintage territory”. I was late to the DMM party, having tried a TT version some years ago and finding it pretty meh. I grabbed an analogman modded 80’s DMM last year to see once and for all what all the fuss was about, and stumbled into an ad202 as well. The dmm is obviously bright, crisp and has some cool aesthetic mojo. The modulation set for traditional vibrato is quite nice. I get it, but the lack of range for tone and the overall noise level under the repeats compared to my top three is real. The ad-202 is quieter, has a lot of range in tone, and is just generally “better” at getting to the sound I want in the moment - but it’s a big old rack, so there’s that.
After the top 5 there it’s petty much a pick ‘em. The vapor trail has an awful lot to offer for about $200. I’m still waiting for my perfect midi analog delay, and somehow haven’t tried the bondi yet even though it should be perfect on paper. What I have tried is the discovery and CBA stuff. The discovery I moved on because even though the features and control set up are perfect, the base tone is very vanilla. Super clean and a really excellent achievement in that regard. It should be amazing for folks stacking multiple effects, but I’m usually using one box at a time, maybe two. The modulation range is pretty tame compared to some others, but still covers a lot of ground. I think the tone range for repeats is wider than anything I have tried except the 202. Awesome pedal and I will likely try it again someday.
The CBA stuff is real fun - and in many ways it was “first” (at least from my point of view). In a blind test I’d probably grab the blue knob every time of the three. It has a bit of character that was compromised to get the brighter, and longer range of the RKM. The RKM is kind of like the discovery to me in that there isn’t necessarily any unique character going on, but it is tasteful and then has a much wilder modulation range. The thermae has essentially one really nice setting but the resonant filter is very temperamental. The pitch stuff is very fun, of course.
So that was long winded but there you go. Subject to change on a whim