Seymour Duncan has been busy building some new pedals lately. One of the newest offerings is the dynamic new Catalina Chorus, a brand new effect with a few features that have never appeared on any chorus pedal before.
The delay, or echo, is one of the oldest effects for guitar. Probably my favorite effect, I have one on every recording I do, at least somewhere.
Ok, I admit it. I am a delayophile. At age 13, I hooked up a reel-to-reel tape recorder’s output into it’s input, and heard delightfully warm repeats get endlessly louder and louder, while I squealed with delight in my 13 year-old voice. I wasn’t trying to create delay at the time, though. I was trying to just record something, and had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t realize that the distance between the record and playback heads set the delay time, and that magnetic tape made each successive repeat fuzzier and blurry. This article will describe me channeling my 13 year-old self, and squealing with delight as I plugged in the warm & fuzzy Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay.
We all do it. Buy a new instrument, play it, say it’s the greatest thing, and then start pouring through the Seymour Duncan website, looking to get that little bit “extra” out of your sound. For many bassists (myself included), this usually means installing an active preamp into your bass. But what about those folks that have an active bass but want to make it passive? Yeah, it happens.