A Review of the Joyo D Seed Delay Pedal – 2017 Edition
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I’m always searching for high quality pedals for an affordable price. I used to worry that if I spent less on a pedal, I’d be disappointed with the quality. That’s why I’m here to make your search for a budget pedal easier and tell you about the Joyo D Seed Delay Pedal.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Delay Pedal
Depending on your music, choosing the perfect delay pedal will be a personal process. This pedal will solve the problem of not being able to find a pedal that sounds high-quality for an affordable price. However, before you purchase this pedal, consider:
- Your genre
- How complex the pedal should be
If you want to create obscure sounds, I’d recommend checking out some Red Panda pedals.
If you still aren’t satisfied, check out this article on the best delay pedal.
You should also ask yourself how complex the pedal should be, as this pedal has four knobs and is pretty average in terms of complexity.
The Joyo D Seed Delay Pedal Review
Before we get into the specifics, it’s important to understand delay pedals do. Your delay pedal will take your audio signal and repeat it back to you, creating echo effects. One of my favourite ways to use a delay pedal is in a chain, which you can read more about here.
In comparison to leading delay pedals like the Boss DD-3, this pedal is more affordable, which is great for musicians who want a similar sound but are on a budget.
- Dual Channel
- Less delay time than other pedals
- Not the highest quality
- Can’t be powered by a battery
This pedal has an impressive number of features considering its price. The Joyo D-Seed is really durable, making it a great fit for musicians who are worried about their gear getting damaged.
You‘ll have a single mono audio input and output feature and an external switch input. Your pedal will also come with a straightforward joyo d-seed manual that will give you even more detail.
You’ll be able to select one of the four delay modes using your “Mode” knob. You’ll have a choice between a Copy, Analog, Modulation, or Reverse mode.
Your copy mode will repeat the audio back to you with the same tone, the Analog setting will create a warm old-school rock and roll sound, and the modulation mode will create something more psychedelic in nature.
The reverse knob is great for exploring abstract sounds, as it will play your sound back to you in reverse order.
This is the knob you’ll use to affect how wet or dry your signal is. If you’re new to the world of guitar technology, a wet sound is one that’s very affected by the pedal, and a dry sound is a natural, unaffected sound.
Turn your mix knob all the way to the right and strum a few chords. You’ll hear quite a bit of delay, and it may take away from the natural tones of your guitar.
To compare, turn the knob all the way to the left for a dry sound. This will bring back the natural sound of your guitar.
This is the knob you’ll use to adjust the amount of time that occurs between your repeats. The shorter the time, the more you’ll hear a sort of shimmery or stuttering sound effect.
Longer periods of time will create a really reverberant echo effect, with large waves of sound rather than choppy
This knob will let you choose how many repeats you hear. You can turn this knob down to hear a single repeat, or you can turn it all the way up to hear infinite repeats.
Finding the perfect delay setting will heavily depend on achieving the perfect balance between the Time and Feedback knobs.
I rarely use the extremes of feedback settings, because I don’t feel like one repeat creates a true echo effect, and infinite repeats often sound too overwhelming.
Many musicians stick to around 10 to 2 o’clock, but like I already mentioned, you’ll need to find what works best for you.
Dual Channel Memory
This is a great setting that will allow you to recall up to two specific settings at any time.
If you’ve ever performed with a delay pedal and you’ve required different settings for different songs or pieces, then you know how tedious it can be to change your settings while on stage.
This feature will solve that issue. To do this, simply choose the mode that will produce the sound effect of your liking and press your channel button.
You’ll also get a tap tempo setting when you purchase the Joyo D-Seed Delay pedal, which is great for when you don’t want to play around with the settings.
By using your knobs only, you’ll only be able to achieve a maximum of 1 second of delay time. Through the tap tempo setting, though, you’ll be able to expand that time to 6 seconds.
In order to do this, you’ll need to press both your Channel and Bypass buttons down at the same time, and then press them again.
The amount of time between the first time you press down and the second time is your delay time.
I’ve scoured the internet to find out what owners of this delay pedal think about the quality. There are an overwhelming number of joyo d seed review comments that rave about the production quality considering the pedal’s affordability.
Let’s take a look at what some other musicians are saying:
Here are some alternative pedals:
1. Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
This is one of the leading delay pedals on the market, and it will step things up a bit in terms of the sound quality, but also the price. You’ll also have four knobs with this pedal and a hold function that repeats your delay indefinitely, which is a neat effect
2. Red Panda Particle Delay
I already mentioned that Red Panda products are great for out-of-the-box musicians. The Particle will cut your audio into pieces and delay the sound which will give you a robotic tone.
3. TC Electronic Flashback Delay / Looper Pedal
I can always be sure that I’m getting a good quality product when I purchase TC Electronic’s products. The Flashback has a looper setting, which you won’t find on the Joyo D-Seed.
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Finding a delay pedal that meets your budget and sounds great can be tough, so hopefully, you found this Joyo D Seed Delay review helpful. This model is affordable but still has a great sound and four settings to experiment with.