NAMM 2019: Can the new Supro Delay pedal stand out from the crowd?
The new Supro Delay has analogue circuitry throughout and was designed by the brains behind some of the most famous analogue delays in the guitar world. Not a bad foundation for a quality pedal! But is it enough to make it stand out from the crowd?
The design of this new analogue delay pedal is based on new-production MN3005 bucket brigade IC chips. I imagine that should help the Supro Delay attain a more consistent sound. The pedal was designed with the help of Howard Davis, the man behind the old ’70s Deluxe Memory Man by Electro Harmonix. For many of us guitarists, that’s a gold standard in analogue delay effects. So to have his influence here is welcome.
The pedal has a filter knob that provides the low-pass and band-pass varieties, and both BBD and tape echo style delays. You can even use an expression pedal to control time, repeats or the level knobs. And there are also internal switches for Dry Kill and Trails options.
The delay can be set between 20ms and 600ms, which I think is more than enough for a good analogue delay effect. Supro has also improved both the headroom and dynamic range of this pedal by using internal voltage-doubling. But it still runs from a standard 9V power supply.
On paper, it all sounds good enough, and the demo video below shows that it’s capable of great quality sounds. The price seems decent given the level of quality on offer here. But there doesn’t seem much to help it stand out in a crowded marketplace, except that heritage. It has a similar price tag as the EHX Grand Canyon, which has looper features, and the EMMA Navigator, an analogue/digital hybrid with more control over timing of the repeats. Will the Supro Delay win out? Time will tell.
RRP – USD 249
- Supro Delay: Supro