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LANEY/BLACK COUNTRY CUSTOMS THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE DELAY | REVIEW

Published 2 months ago on January 8, 2024

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Laney/Black Country Customs The Difference Engine Delay

MSRP: (UK) £299 / (US) $TBC

The Difference Engine Delay pedal from Laney's Black Country Customs is a multi-delay, tap tempo pedal that puts the fun back into delay pedals. Where some delay pedals get you bogged down in the nitty-gritty, this pedal lets you create incredible sounds straight out of the box, quick changes on the fly in a live scenario and gives you enough room to sculpt your sound when you need it. Nick Jennison Reviews.

There are plenty of delay pedals out there with multiple delay sounds that you'll likely never want or need. These additional delays tend to clog up the interface and get in the way when it comes to selecting a sound. It's a paradox of choice!

This is where The Difference Engine is…different!

The Difference Engine Delay Pedal makes great use of three carefully sculpted modes of delay offering the best of each world. It's everything you need and nothing you don't.

The Analogue/Tape Era Delay is modelled around the RE space echo family, which beautifully captures the warm sounding analogue tone complete with unpredictable warbles and tape artifacts such as WOW and Flutter – it sounds like you're hooked up to a vintage machine. You get straight delay from a single head or multi-head delays to achieve that classic overlaid delay effect as heard on vintage albums and the likes of The Verve's Urban Hymns. You also get 1250 MS of delay time which is perfect for those Floyd style solos.

Like the 80's sound? Well, you'll love the Digital Era delay which is inspired by the 80's style delays complete with tap tempo and freeze functions. The cool thing about this era of delay is that it adds a modulation effect on repeats so you can have that chorus style sound you'll recognise from your favourite records (and guitar solos) of the 80s. Enjoy up to 2500 MS of delay and feel the overwhelming swell of the Freeze function when you need to transition into a chorus or new verse.

Finally, the Dynamic Delay Era provides a modern '90s style delay complete with modulation and ducking features. This is fist-pumping delay sounds at your disposal.

This particular style of delay era is based on the coveted 2290 delay and offers that lush Ducked digital delay effect that gets louder when you stop playing, to fill in the gaps. You also have a whopping 2500 MS of delay, and modulation on repeats, but it gets REALLY interesting when you engage the phase reversal feature.

The phase reversal feature kicks on the delay repeats which gives you the effect of a wrap-around delay for a full-bodied, completely mind-blowing sonic effect. The addition of a multi-tap delay feature also means you can create the illusion of multiple guitarists playing the same part – very useful for ambience sounds and rhythmic effects which makes this pedal one of the best tap tempo delay pedals available today.

This is one of the key reasons you need the difference engine delay pedal if you're a performance or recording guitarist – it offers incredible versatility without becoming overbearing.

Some of the greatest guitar players in the world have created custom patches based on their signature sounds for The Difference Engine Delay pedal. Laney artists such as Tony Iommi, Justin Hawkins, Brian May, Cory Wong, Lari Basilio, Vernon Reid, Tom Quayle, Martin Miller, Alex Hutchings, Pete Honore, Billy Duffy, Jack Gardiner and many more have submitted incredibly useful patches that will get you started on some seriously cool sounds straight out of the gate – try rocking out the Tony Iommi Patch for 'Supernaut'!

In addition, Black Country Customs engineers have also meticulously designed patches in the style of Slash (Welcome To The Jungle, anyone?) EVH, Andy Summers and The Edge making it easier to get the exact delay tone—no dialling in, just select the patch you need!

It's not what you play; it's what happens next. Check it out today at your local dealer, or get the boutique delay direct from Laney online now available in strictly limited quantities.

For more information, please visit:

laney.co.uk/effects/guitar-effects/bcc-pedals

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