Many pedals work just fine with only one setting at a time for their sound – just twist a few knobs to taste and you’ve got your sound. But when it comes to analog or digital delay, there are so many variations on the sonic result that one setting can’t begin to cover all the sounds a delay lover will need: simple eighth note patterns that repeat hundreds of times, dotted quarter note patterns that groove to syncopated rhythms, slap-back echoes, and so on.
For many of us, flexibility related to setting our delays has required investment in rack-mounted signal processors and MIDI foot controllers, but with the choice of delay units currently available, many players can seriously rethink their dependency on rack-mounted delay units.
The three pedals we looked at this month – the Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler, and Rocktron Cyborg Digital Delay – all have internal memory that enables them to store numerous delay settings, many of which are immediately available at the stomp of a button. – Full article here.