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Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2002 - 12:45 pm:   

I have seen an MXR analog delay for sale for £95, is this going to be any good for an old dub sound, or would I be better off saving my pennies for a roland tape delay?

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Mike Zee
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2002 - 02:13 pm:   

i personally never had one

looks like very 'handy' thing and easy to use.
I'd imagine it would be great to have like few of'em in dub studio :)
I am not sure if it can be even compared to tape delay machine.
here are some user feedback, but it's just some guys experience with this pedal, not related to dub production:
MXR analog delay reviews at HC

best regards,
/Mike Zee

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2002 - 05:38 am:   

Remeber that an analog delay is probably only capable of shorter delays when compared to a tape echo unit such as roland's. If you want a pedal that sounds kind of like a tape echo you could look at the akai headrush, i hear it does the job well.

Vincent Tully
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 01:49 am:   

The MXR is a sweet pedal, great for rockabilly. You get that nice warm slap delay. For dub it can be cool because it's stereo and you can get some nice feedback going...

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 10:24 am:   

mxr analog delay

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 12:13 pm:   

i ask myself: why did they write "analog delay" on this box at a time before digital delays were invented??
probably they wanted to make clear it's not an "old-fashioned" tape delay?

Mike Zee
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 02:10 pm:   

heh heh :), Daniel, yeah ...some thought, man :)

actually, it depends when exactly this box was made. Do you know for sure? It can be some 70s or even later....
Digital delays were 'invented' really pretty long time ago.... sometimes it's hard to believe thou.
I don't know for sure who made the first one, but for example Eventide got them early 70s, here is the page to check out:
Eventide Old Products

/later guys,
/Mike Zee aka DrZEE

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 03:26 pm:   

i read somewhere that the mxr delay was made in the 70ies and 80ies.

surprising!.. here's the eventide digital delay 1745M manufactured from 1974 - 1980:


..looks as if it was part of the apollo moonlanding program :-)

Mike Zee
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 03:53 pm:   

HAH HAH! :) pre-plastic era

/Mike Zee akaDrZEE

Mike Zee
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 04:42 pm:   

Daniel, check this page:
Bell Labs Steps...:), it's a bit off the topic, but just interesting to go through timing and the whole thing about how something which was ment to do something specific can change "the world" in so many ways.... I'm talking here about 1979's singl chip DSP creation .... after 79 everything was ment to change in Music-production for sure ...heh heh ....who would think back then


/M Zee aka DrZEE

Mike Zee
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 04:48 pm:   

here's timeline of 70s in digi-world...


Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 05:49 pm:   

from the bell lab page:
1957 - First demonstrations of digitized music and computer-synthesized music.

Mike Zee
Posted on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 04:14 am:   

that's before my birth and also before the first guy flying to SPACE ... some thoughts ..heh :)

/Mike Zee aka DrZEE

Ras Dawit
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 01:09 am:   

The mxr ''green brick'' is a wonderfull piece! It is the only analog echo/delay that I know of that has sub-bass-like-low freq. regeneration/feedback echos...(when you really twerk the regeneration knob on a dubbed/echo bit on most delays,(tape,bbd etc..)you hear more of the mid range freqs.degrade.)Not this one,whoomp,WHOOMP,WHOOMP!Watch your speakers! Yet,at closer/small delay settings it has a great clangarous,spring reverb -like sound.Only draw back is the Recticon 150 most,Sometimes give reliability issues...''RESPECT!''

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