Delay pedal is a popular tool giving the effects on music played. It makes the sound be with more sheen and three-dimension quality. It also gives a discreet, atmospheric effect to your music.

There are hundreds of reviews explaining to you on how to choose the best reverb pedal. Although there are thousands of models on the market, some of which have very fantastic features. Whether it is a good pedal or bad one depends on guitarists. The important thing is to know how to get the best out of a delay pedal for a satisfied sound effect. And we are going to give you some tips right away in the below article. It covers the effects, the function of delay controls as well as sample settings for you to use the pedal right away without much difficulty.

There are three main controls in a delay pedal relating to Time, Feedback and Level (or Mix).


The pedal controls the time length when the signal is repeated twice. In other words, it measures the time after the initial note played is fed into the delay. The measurement unit is in milliseconds (ms). It is common that delays are of thirty to fifty ms. Delay time cannot be determined exactly in milliseconds as it does not have a readout. Therefore, you need to adjust Time knob in order to know the approximate time basing on the available range. It can adjust the setting in its range. For example, a model may have Mode knob with four different ranges: 1 to 50 ms, 51 to 200 ms, 201 to 800 ms and up to 3200 ms.


The next parameter is feedback. It dictates how often the note is repeated. In another saying, it measures the repetition amount. The minimum setting is with only one repetition from the original. Turning up more feedback, you will have more repeats. The pedal has infinite repeats in its setting allowing you to have certain times of repetition.


The final control is a level which sets the volume of the delay in comparison to the initial note played before. It controls the repeat volume. This setting allows you to control the volume of your repeat. You can make it louder or more quiet comparing to the original sound by its setting.

In the next part of this article, I am going to show you on some effects you can use to apply into your music.


Doubling refers to the technique to make your sound thicker. In order to get this, Time should be set around 50 to 100 ms. Feedback is at minimum setting. The level is at maximum range. The repeat is created quickly so that the hearer will feel that there is another player playing the music piece at the same time with you to create a union effect but actually, there is only one echo played. Keep in mind to set the time in that ranking because the lower range of 20 to 50 ms will give an opposite effect making your sound into pseudo chorusing and flagging.



This is a single and short repeat which is rather similar to tape slap. Slapback is popularly used in rock and country songs. The tip to get this effect is that you should set the Time at 80 to 140 ms. Feedback is zero (means you will then get one repeat only). The level is around 50 percent.



The slapback can then be used and modified into Faux Reverb. In order to get this effect, you then just simply modify the Time of slapback to around 100 – 120 ms. Feedback is kept at five repeats. Level remains unchanged, at 50 percent.



Manufacturers have many delay pedals not designed with delay time readout exactly. It is a critical issue especially when you need precise time in short delay times and repeats. Somehow, it will effect to your performance.

There is one tip for this issue. When you are playing to a fixed beat source (for instance, a band or rhythm track), the delay time is up to 200 ms or even higher, together with the higher Level setting. It will make your note repeat distinctly. The advice is to dial the precise delay time matching up with the band tempo and rhythm track. If not, then your repeats will be out of the time against the underlying beat. It is worth considering some models with LED readouts of delay time feature if you design music basing on delays.



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