The new Electro Harmonix Canyon tries to squeeze both a looper and delay effects into one small-format pedal, offering a total of 11 different delay modes in one diminutive little stompbox.
The four dials are labelled FX LVL, Delay, Feedback. The last one chooses from the 11 different internal variations supplied by the onboard DSP. There is also a Tap/Divide soft switch that can be used to tap in delay times or sub-divisions for the different effect settings.
The 11 modes are listed below – and it does seem like the Canyon offers a lot of potentially usable effects. Modes like Deluxe Memory Man or the 62-second looper function might be a draw for some. The looper setting will also hold the loop when the Canyon pedal is turned off, which is handy.
- DMM (Deluxe Memory Man)
- Verb (Reverb + Delay)
- Oct (Octave Up)
- SHIM (Shimmer)
- Sample and Hold
- Loop (62 second looper)
Considering the relatively Spartan control section – especially given the 11 effects included – I think the Canyon probably has just enough tweakability to be a viable option for many players. I also appreciate that Electro Harmonix has put an external jack input socket for setting the tap tempo via an optional footswitch. Although that little soft switch is probably good enough, it’s obviously impractical during a gig to keep bending down and tapping it with your finger!
Okay, the Canyon is digital – which is how they get so many effect variations into such a small pedal format. It probably won’t be quite as lush as a real Deluxe Memory Man, but to have all those effects on tap is quite desirable. It reminds me a little of how Line 6 had many players using their Echo Pro and DL4 units around 10 years or so ago, they were pretty versatile for the money back then and I would presume digital technology has advanced in recent years.
Electro Harmonix Canyon pedal – RRP $185
Electro Harmonix Canyon product page