APE Delay Pedal
I have an old S- Echo tape delay which sounds amazing but unfortunately is large and is lacking in the control department. What I desired was to have that tape echo with all of its huge tone and squeeze it into a smaller box, build into it more accuracy and reliability, and have ultimate control over delay time, delay level, delay subdivisions, modulation and tap tempo. That may seem like a tall order, but out of that inspiration and vision the APE Delay was formed. I went through many delay chips and circuit revisions until I finally came to the ones that play in harmony to produce what I feel captures the magic and feel of this most sought after delay tone. It may not have a tape inside but it definitely contains all the vibe. I have a hard time turning it off because it sounds so good. Since it has no tape inside I took the (T) off the name and thus, it is named the APE Delay.
The APE Delay has 7 knobs.
From left to right they are:
1- Over all Volume -This will turn up or down the overall volume of the pedal. I have always wanted control of this in a delay pedal. There have been many times that I have had a spacey delay setting that I wanted a touch louder because when I turned the delay off the dry tone is perceived to be louder than the delay tone. Also you can crank the volume up and get the pedal to overdrive itself like the old tape echos.
2- Repeat Filter -This 8-step rotary knob sets the timbre of the repeat tail. It goes from dark and full of lows to high pass and bright sounding.
3- Delay Level 1 -There are two different delay level knobs so that you can set two different delay levels and toggle between them by pushing the Level push button switch. This is a setting that I have always wanted. I got tired of either only having one delay level for the whole set or leaning over to turn the delay level knob for each song.
4- Delay Level 2 -See above.
5- Delay Repeat -Sets the repeat feedback of the delay. Of course you can turn it too far to the right and have the pedal over feed itself and get crazy repeat tails.
6- Delay Time -This is a manual control of the delay. With it you can either set a non tap time or twist it around to get some cool analog delay sweeping tones. When there is no external tap plugged in, the delay time knob also acts as a switch. When the knob is anywhere left of the straight up position the taps will be dotted eighth. When it is anywhere right of straight up it is WYTIWYG (What You Tap Is What You Get).
7- Mod Depth -This controls the depth of the modulation. The modulation is there to emulate the sound of an old tape delay that couldn't hold the tape speed perfectly. The tape would speed up and down and slightly change the delay speed which creates a nice chorus sound.
It has 3 push switches
1- Level -Toggles between Delay level 1 and 2
3- Tap/Scale -When there is no external tap plugged in, this is the tap button. With an external tap switch plugged in it turns the #3 tap switch into a toggle between dotted eights and WYTIWYG (What You Tap Is What You Get). With this switch the modulation can be switched on and off by holding the #3 switch down for more than 600ms. Also six/eight mode can be switched on and off by tapping the #3 switch twice in under 700ms.
It has 5 jacks
1- Power -This pedal runs at 9VDC/60mA and can only be powered by an external 9VDC source where the inside pin is negative. It has no 9V battery plug inside. This pedal DOES NOT come with a power supply.
2- Output -1/4inch signal output.
3- Input -1/4inch signal input.
4- Tap -Where to plug in an external tap switch. It needs to be a momentary, normally open pushbutton switch.
5- Repeats -When a momentary switch is plugged in and pressed the delays feedback like the repeat knob is turned all the way up. Then when the switch is released it goes back to the current setting of the repeat knob.
*The Ape Delay does not come with an external tap pedal. You will need to purchase a normally open momentary pedal to use as the external tap switch.
This pedal can only be powered by an external 9VDC source where the inside pin is negative. It has no 9V battery plug inside. This pedal DOES NOT come with a power supply.