Finding the Right Delay Pedal For Your Type of Music
I don’t know about you, but in my opinion finding the right delay pedal for your type of music can be a royal pain in the butt.I struggled with it off and on for years. The reason for this is pretty simple: I tend to like the tonalities of a lot of different delays but then when I plug one into my board and play it live, it sounds like a jumble and gets lost in the mix. I play in a rock band and stage volumes etc have something to do with this, but over the years I got away from using a delay pedal live because I just did not care for what it did to my sound and more importantly, what it did to where my sound sat in the mix. Just because I liked it at home in my bedroom, did not mean that would translate to live, on stage.
I tried the Carbon Copy for several years because overall, I thought it was a nice sounding analog delay and I definitely prefer analog to digital for my playing. But while I liked it in general, as soon as I would kick it on for a lead during a song live, I would lose my sound and become buried in the mix. Even if it sounds good tonally, who cares if the audience can’t hear it? What ended up happening is that I would just leave it off when I went into a lead, thereby defeating the purpose of having it.
Enter the Lovepedal Gen 5.
I was led to try out this pedal simply because of my love for all things Lovepedal. Both my partner Dave and I are very fond of pretty much the entire line of Lovepedal stuff and I can’t say as that I have plugged into one that I thought sounded bad. But, just because I loved the overdrives, did not mean that I would love the delay…….
What I found pretty much instantly with this pedal, was that it was very easy to dial in and it had a feature that other delay pedals did not have: Boost.
The Boost function was the game changer for me. All of a sudden I was able to bring out my leads instead of having them become buried in the mix! I could kick this pedal on and my leads would stand out with a little bit of delay to sweeten the deal. Excellent!
Of course I did find out that I had to be a bit judicious with the Boost as too much of a good thing could become WAY too much of a good thing and my leads could easily end up taking over the entire stage/mix. I personally find that running it at around 9-10 o’clock is about right for me. Here is a demo of it from my old band Sunset Strip. You can hear at about the 3:13 mark where I go into the lead the difference the Lovepedal Gen5 makes:
While this is not a perfect example, it does illustrate what having a pedal like this in your arsenal can do. Sure, this was just a cell phone video and isn’t really representative of everything happening in the venue, but still it’s a pretty close approximation to what the audience is hearing. To me, that is what’s important. As guitar players we spend too much time worrying about what our tone sounds like to ourselves, at home, in the bedroom, and not enough time worrying about what the audience is hearing.