ummm...i'm a bit of an idiot on this topic, does that mean that reverb and delay are the same as echo or they are both types of echo? i heard an example of an echoplex thats the sound i'm going for, except it costs £500+
There are 2 main types of delay pedal
These tend to have quite short delay times (i.e. the length of time between the direct sound and the echo, but are warmer and can be messed about with - you can twiddle the delay knob on the pedal to get some crazy sounds.
If you want to do a kind of dub-reggae type thing these are the best.
These can have much longer delay times and give a really clean sound, personally my view is that Digital is better for vocals and analogue is better for guitar.
Ideally you want a tape echo box which makes you sound like surf guitar, but they are rarer than a lesser spotted rarebird.
Reverb is the sound you get from a big hall like a church or something. i.e it sounds BIG but there is no discernable echo.
some reverb units work by using the same technology as an echo, but in a smaller range and others use springs and all sorts of things to get the effect.
If you kick your amp and it goes "ASproooiinnnngggggg" then you've got a spring reverb unit - Use it they are good.
oh yeah i think it would be the tape echo i'd be looking for, i have onboard reverb on my guitar amp but it sucks, def not a spring one, my old bassist had one with springs, we got no end of amusement outta kicking it, we kicked a hole in it eventually and it doesn't work anymore tho.
i rather enjoy my particularly tacky digital line 6 delay modeller thing, it's great, and the simulation of the Roland Space Eco is amazing. iden green have also had good things come from: Boss DD-3, Ibanez Echomachine and Ibanex DE-7 (really well priced, and sounds great)...
edit: some years on, and i'm still using the line 6, as well as a DD-6 and ibanez AD-9, and thinking of getting YET MORE DELAY. our living room currently has about six delay pedals plugged into each other, making a racket.
thanx for all the help, i'm sorta leaning towards one of the the analog ones now, whats the deal with tape? i know it's to record the part for echo on but do u need to replace them all the time? Edited by: ssmcmullan at: 17/7/03 3:29 pm
The main problem with tape echo is that its not a "pedal" it's a big box about the size of a toaster, with loads of knobs and stuff, so live they are not as versitile as a pedal.
They also make a lot of their own noises whis good if you like that sort of thing, or not, if you don't, so they are limited in recording.
they do need quite a lot of TLC to keep them running, but I don't know how often the tape needs changed.