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#tuesdaytip - 02.02.2020

Delay Effect Tips & Tricks


Delay can be a pretty useful effect. Made famous by U2’s The Edge, delay has been used on countless records. Here are a few ways you can use delay to spice up your playing.


Using a short eighth note delay (I prefer analog or tape) for lead lines add a lot of ambience to the sound. Set your delay with the MIX and the FEEDBACK/REPEATS (2-3 repeats) knob low. It’s subtle, but the repeats don’t overpower the guitar signal. This delay effect adds an underlying base to the lead line and gives it a fuller sound.


Reverse delay can be a fun delay effect to use. It emulates the effect of an analog tape machine recording the reverberated signal of a guitar and playing it backwards, to create a crescendo effect. Experiment with different settings with this delay. Combine it with large, ambient reverbs for even more ambient textures.


Dotted eighth note delay can be used as a doubling effect to add some depth to rhythmic riffs. For some extra weight, add some modulation to the delay effect. Dotted eighth note delay is also a great tool for percussive, driving rhythm guitar. It can be used to fill up some empty space and add more depth to the signal. This works best for simple arpeggiated rhythms, especially with some palm-muted notes.


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