Posts Tagged ‘Echo’

Ibanez DL10 Delay

Friday, March 14th, 2014

DL10

What is it?
Ibanez DL10 Digital Delay from Power series. Made in japan between 1986-1989.

The Ibanez delays are usually highly praised and for a reason. Solid construction and nice design. When i think of it, many other types have design flaws. This of course isn’t limited to just Ibanez. Still. usable delays are more common than, for example, usable distortions. The design here seems to be pretty much the same as found on DL5, or, we could once again argue that DL5 is just a remake of this unit. Opening the standard 10-serie box shows a couple of components mounted on the solder side of the board. This always makes me a little suspicious. This time, i think the components are there by the manufacturing process. I reached this conclusion by having obtained a second DL10 in defunct state. Or it would be highly unlikely that two separate units (one bought from canada and the other from a local guitarist) have the exactly same mod performed on them.

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Hand drawn acid trip traces always make me smile. This time there’s another vow-factor due to crowded digital board and the hand drawn traces. Heart of the delay circuitry is Mitsubishi M50195P, which is one of the standard echo family chips Ibanez has used on most of their delay circuits. Including Master series Flanger and a lot of others.

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Good delay pedal needs to be  simple to use and still offer more controls than just one tone. The Power series delays are all pretty good items. This one is more of a simple standard, while the others offer more and more special features. Let’s face it. Maxon designers have had their spoons flying pretty high in the 80’s. After all, there are seven different delay designs in a series which was manufactured from 1986 to 1989.

How does it sound?
Like a very nice delay with reasonably good control range. This stretches from tight slap back to neverending feedback with nice long delay time. This unit is common and lots of people are still using it for a good reason. Usable. Not much more to add.

Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

DJ3-BLT
What is it?
Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo from mini series, made in china.

Most of the mini series effects are good and usable. This one is no exception. One can hear what the circuit is all about by just listening to it. It’s PT2399 delay with fixed delay time. Did this surprise you? Not me. PT2399 is widely used and trained ear can spot one easily. It has analog quality to its repeats, while remaining nearly free of unwanted noise. The reason for PT2399 being so popular chip for delays and echos is probably the simple usage. It requires way less components than any analog or any modern digital counterpart and the datasheet has an example circuit in it. That one can be slightly tweaked, and voilá, completely new delay circuit has arrived to take over the market from another PT2399 design. The example, of course, needs an mixer amp to accompany it, but otherwise.. That’s the circuit found in many, many modern delay pedals.

There are several reports on how to modify your BLT for full featured delay/echo. The one posted at FSB by Soulsonic will guide you through the process if you feel like doing it to your pedal. I won’t be modding mine as i seem to have a few delays that can do exactly what this would do once modded.

DJ3-BLT-guts
This unit has nothing too special going for it. Standard Dano electronic switching, modern traces and the main board (the one with controls on it) is pretty tight fit with all the surface mount components. By itself, it is nice cheap echo/delay with fixed delay time. I’m getting a feeling that many of the Dano designs are just your standard effects with one or more controls dropped. It doesn’t make them bad in any way. It just feels like the designer has made some of the choices for us.

How does it sound?
Good. Usable slapback echo with mix and feedback/repeat amount controls. It has the PT2399 chip’s signature sound, so you really can’t go wrong with this pedal. It’s fun and it can be modded to full echo/delay with relative ease.

Danelectro D4 Fab Echo

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

D4-FabEcho

What is it?
Danelectro D-4 Fab Echo. Cheapest thing made in china. Came in a trade for next to nothing.

I usually have nothing againt using plastic enclosures. And as i stated on Fab Metal post, the build quality here is astonishingly bad. This particular unit doesn’t quite reach the horrifying things inside Fab Metal, but it is still nothing i want to spend my time on. The boards are a lot neater than on the Metal distortion though. Also the components are SMD all the way, which leaves a slightly better impression.

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Still i don’t find the boards eye pleasing in any way. No symmetry, nor any master plan at all. Don’t know what the designer has been thinking when doing a layouts for these. The design itself isn’t too bad. It may have looked and sounded reasonable on the designer’s breadboard before it made its way forward in the construction chain. As in all Fabs, the shilding is done with paper with foin on the other side and that piece of paper is screwed to ground. Designwise…

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Yup. That’s PT2399 digital echo processor with fixed delay time. This could be modedd to full delay by just swapping one of those left hand side SMD resistors for a pot. Personally i don’t think the mod is really worth the trouble, as you can score similar sound from other china brands for pretty much the same price. That way you’ll get better shielding for your box too.

This will be my last post of the Fab series. Last weekend, i sold both of these as there was just not anything interesting in either of these and the build quality doesn’t please me. At all. While i do like Danelectro’s boxes in general, this serie will not be collected. These will continue to give a bad name to Danelectro effects. I can clearly see why.

How does it sound?
Not too horrible. Sound exactly what PT2399 chips with fixed delay time should sound like. I’d still recommend checking out china brands for a delay instead of this…