Wampler Faux Tape Echo Delay Pedal Review – 2019
I’m constantly searching for delay pedals with a classic effect. Tape delay pedals are a great way to create classic rock sounds. Since there are so many tape delays out there, I’m here to tell you about one of my favorites to help with your search: the Wampler Faux Tape Echo Delay Pedal.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Tape Delay Pedal
Depending on what types of sounds you want to create, purchasing the right tape delay pedal will be a process unique to you.
This pedal will solve the problem of finding a high quality tape delay pedal since so many others use outdated technology that doesn’t last as long. However, make sure you think about the following before making a purchase:
- The delay time you’re looking for
- How complex the pedal should be
If you want to create some modulation effects, you might want to consider another type of pedal, such as a digital or an analog delay pedal. Tape delays are old-school, which means they don’t have all of the special effects newer technology offers.
If you’re interested in a pedal with some out-of-the-box types of sounds, check out this Red Panda model.
Also, remember to ask yourself how complex you want the pedal to be. If you’re a beginner, the more simple the pedal, the better.
The Wampler Faux Tape Echo Review
Before I dive into this pedal’s features, I’m going to review what delay pedals do. A delay pedal will repeat an audio signal back to you, which produces an echo. You can fine tune this echo to create more natural effects or more unnatural stutter-like effects.
A great way to use delay pedals is in pedal chains. If you want to learn more about how to set up a chain, check out this article.
Compared to leading pedals like the Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo, this pedal is organic, more affordable, and relatively easy to use if you’re new to delay pedal technology.
- Depth Knob
- Rate Knob
- Fewer modes than digital delay pedals
- More expensive than other delay pedals
- Not a lot of foot controls
This pedal’s impressive number of features will allow you to create the perfect echo effect to suit your music. This Wampler tape echo model will give you all the vintage effects associated with early rock music but with newer, long-lasting analog delay technology. This pedal has an unaffected dry signal path and a unique analog modulation section.
The tone knob on this pedal will allow you to adjust the delay signal without affecting the analog signal. This means you’ll be able to maintain the warm quality that tape delay pedals are appreciated for.
In the lower settings, you’ll be able to create warm, rounded repeats. As you turn the knob clockwise, you’ll begin to hear more brightness in your tone.
The repeats knob will act the same way a feedback knob does on other delay pedals. With this setting, you’ll be able to choose how many echoes you hear.
For a slapback effect, you’ll want to turn the repeats knob down to its lower settings, and for a more reverberant sound, you’ll want to set your pedal to produce quite a few repeats.
3. Delay Mix
This knob will function similar to a blend knob on other delay pedals. Using this knob, you’ll be able to integrate your delay effect into the signal without compromising the tone of your sound.
Many musicians feel that some lower-end delay pedals remove the richness of their bass tones, so this knob is an excellent fix for that common problem.
Your delay knob will allow you to adjust the time that will elapse between each echo. If you want to create the illusion of playing in a large reverberant space, such as a cave, turn your delay time up.
If you’re looking for a less reverberant sound, such as the sound you’d hear in a room with concrete walls, turn your delay time down.
This knob is another setting that will allow you to control the modulation effects in your sound. The depth knob will do just what its name implies: it will add more depth to your echoes.
If you turn the depth knob up past twelve o’clock, you’ll hear some spacey effects that resemble flanger effects in some ways.
The rate knob will allow you to control the rate of modulation. This means the higher you turn this knob up, the faster those flanger-like effects will phase in an out.
Turning this knob up to its highest settings can result in a fast “wah” type of sound, making this a great setting for musicians who like to add some obscure effects to their music.
If you’re looking to experiment with different rhythmic patterns using a delay pedal, this model might be a great fit for you.
The subdivision settings include quarter note, eighth, dotted eighth, and triplet settings that will correspond with your tap tempo setting.
Dotted eighth settings are extremely popular on modern delay pedals, so this is a great feature to have.
8. Tap Tempo
The tap tempo feature on this pedal is a great setting for musicians who want to change their delay time without using their hands.
Many performing musicians prefer pedals with tap tempo settings because adjusting the knobs during a performance can be a hassle. Using the tap tempo setting, you’ll be able to achieve about 800 ms of delay time.
Here are some alternative pedals:
1. Tap Tempo + Analog (2 in 1) Walrus Audio Bellwether Version 1.5 Delay Pedal
This pedal is a good fit for musicians who want a larger device with a modern analog sound. If tap tempo is important to you, this pedal has a tap tempo footswitch. You’ll also have a tone control that will allow you to fine tune your sound.
2. Analog: Behringer Vd400 Vintage Analog Delay Pedal
This is an excellent pedal for musicians who are looking for a vintage sound but want a more simplistic design. This pedal only has three knobs and 300 ms of delay, so consider how dramatic you want your effects to be before purchasing it.
3. BOSS DD-7 Digital Delay Pedal
The DD-7 is an excellent choice if you’re looking for more delay time, durability, and medium-complexity. This pedal has 6.4 seconds of delay time and four control knobs. The mode knob will also allow you to select an analog setting, so you won’t have to give up that vintage sound quality.
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Finding a high quality pedal with a tape delay sound quality can be tough, but the Wampler Tape Echo will give you everything you could ask for. This model produces the sound quality of vintage technology, but with modern and long-lasting materials.