The Truth About the Behringer Vd400 Vintage Analog Delay Pedal

When I play rock music, I like to create a warm vintage sound by using analog delay pedals. I used to feel unsure about which analog delay pedal to buy since there are so many on the market. Now that I have experience with these pedals, I’m here to tell you about one of my favorites: the Behringer Vd400 Vintage Analog Delay Pedal.


Things to Consider Before Buying an Analog Delay Pedal

Depending on your preferred style of music and the effects you’re looking for, the process of finding the right analog delay pedal will be a unique one.

The Behringer Vd400 solves the classic issue of not being able to find a good analog sound for an affordable price. Although I love this pedal, there are some things you should consider before purchasing it:

  • How many settings you’re looking for
  • How much delay time you want

This model is pretty standard in terms of its settings and won’t provide you with modulation effects.

If you’re looking to experiments with different types of delay effects that will modulate your sound, you might want to check out the Red Panda Particle granular delay pedal.

You should also consider how much delay time you’re looking for since when it comes to analog vs. digital delay pedals, digital pedals usually win for delay time.

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The Behringer Vintage Delay Review

This pedal has some great features to discuss, but first I want to review what analog delay pedals do. These pedals repeat your audio back to you and produce an echo effect.

You can adjust the pedals settings to fine tune your echo effect and make it fit well with your music. Using delays at the end of pedal chains are an excellent way to incorporate them into a more complex sound.

If you want to learn more about pedal order, take a look at this article

Compared to other leading analog delay pedals such as the MXR M169 Carbon Copy Delay Pedal, this model is much more simple and affordable.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Simple to use
  • Split outputs

Cons

  • No modulation effects
  • Shorter delay time than other pedals
  • No extra delay modes

Features

This pedal doesn’t have a large number of features, making it a good fit for beginner delay pedal users. This pedal will give you the much coveted warm vintage sound so often associated with classic rock music.

The Behringer delay has three knobs and will allow you to split your output, sending your delay signal and direct signal down two different paths.

Repeat Rate

Echo

Intensity

300ms Delay Time

Reviews

I’ve scoured the internet looking for reviews, and I’m happy to say that a lot of musicians agree with me: this is a great pedal considering its affordable price. Let’s take a look at what they’re saying:

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Alternatives

If you’ve decided this isn’t the right delay pedal for you, consider these alternatives:

1. Donner Yellow Fall Vintage Pure Analog Delay Pedal True Bypass

This is an excellent pedal for musicians who are on a budget and want a small pedal that won’t take up too much space on their pedalboard. The Donner Yellow Fall pedal has 600ms of delay time, which is 300ms more than the Behringer pedal. Some musicians say that they find the knobs on this pedal too small, but it’s necessary if you’re going to have such a compact and lightweight device.


2. MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

If you’re prepared to invest more in a higher quality, more complex analog delay pedal, then the MXR M169 is a great choice. This pedal has 600ms of delay time, so you’ll be able to create more dramatic echo effects than with the Behringer model. This model also includes modulation effects which will mimic the sounds tape delays create.


3. Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy Analog Delay Pedal

Electro-Harmonix is another great brand name that you can rely on when buying an analog delay pedal. This pedal has 550ms of delay time, which is slightly shorter than the Donner Yellow Fall and MXR M169 but shouldn’t make too much of a difference. This pedal has a selectable chorus setting, which will provide some great modulation effects to bring your music to the next level.

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In Sum

Finding a great vintage analog sound while on a budget can be tough, but hopefully, this Behringer Vd400 review showed you that you don’t have to sacrifice sound quality when you’re trying to avoid breaking the bank. This model is easy to use and has a great warm sound quality that will become more and more “dirty” as your repeats continue.

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Tony Robbin
 

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