• Pros: This delay pedal does all sorts of cool stuff. It’s got great looping options as well as a wide range of delay effects. It’s useful, and fun and sounds great.
• Cons: The price tag may hurt a bit, but there’s a lot of bang for the buck.
• Overall: Awesome! Guitarists the world over love the DL4–and for good reason.
When I’m testing out pedals, I try not to spend too much time studying the manuals because one thing I look for is how easy they are to use. When I started playing around with the DL4, an hour and a half went by in the blink of an eye without so much as a look at the manual.
This pedal is so intuitive and fun. Not only is it a full-service guitar loop station, its delay options are incredible. The effects option knob on the left reads from left to right: tube long, tape echo, multi-head, sweep echo, analog long, analog w/ mod, lo-res delay, digital delay, digital w/ mod, rhythmic delay, stereo delays, ping-pong, reverse, dynamic delay, auto-volume echo, and loop sampler.
It’s got knobs for delay time, repeats, tweak, tweez, and mix. You could write a book on all the options available on this pedal. There are four footswitches along the bottom. They act as loop triggers or you can store up to three pre-sets in any one of the first three footswitches, allowing for instant access on stage without having to bend down and mess with the rotary knobs. The fourth footswitch is a tap tempo–very useful.
When I was testing this pedal, a few options really engaged me. Of course, every setting available has it’s time and place, but I had a lot of fun messing around with the loop options. It doesn’t take long to figure out how it works and when you do, you’ll feel like an orchestra. As far as sounds that are largely unavailable on other delay pedals, I really had fun with the sweep echo, the lo-res delay, the rhythmic delay, and the auto-volume echo in particular.
The sweep echo runs any delay sounds (after the initial signal) through a filter–as if you were slowly moving a wah-wah pedal back and forth. It’s a really cool sound. The lo-res delay has a unique, old-school sound. The rhythmic delay (especially used in conjunction with the tap tempo feature) allows for spot-on punctuated delay and echo so it works really well when chording. The auto-volume gives you the effect of volume swells without having to mess around with your volume knob. It’s great for bends and textural chords.
Although the price tag is on the high end for a delay pedal, I totally get it. I think–and this is hard for me to say–that it’s worth it. This is a looper and about 10 delay pedals in one.