Suhr Discovery Analog Delay: The ultimate boutique delay?
New feature-packed analogue delay from Suhr
Everyone knew Suhr was releasing its new Discovery Analog Delay today. The company has been teasing it all week on its Instagram page and hyping the product launch like crazy. This new effect may be one of the most highly spec’d analogue delays out there, and is jam-packed with some great features.
Suhr Discovery Analog Delay
The new Suhr Discovery Analog Delay is built around 4 reissued versions of the MN3005 Bucket Brigade analogue delay chip. So it should sound great. But unlike a traditional analogue delay pedal, this one can save up to 127 presets, which is pretty impressive. I doubt I would be able fill even a tenth of them myself!
With delays that range from 40ms-1100ms, expandable to 17ms-2000ms with the up/down and division buttons, this analogue delay is pretty potent and has plenty of time for your repeats. It can handle quarter, dotted eighth, eighth note triplet, eighth note and sixteenth note as well.
You have a dedicated footswitch for Bypass and Tap tempo, an expression pedal input, and an external Tap input too.
It has a 7-segment display for either BPM, milliseconds or the preset number, along with control knobs for Mix, Time, Regen, Speed, Depth and a rather handy filter section. You have Lo-Cut and Hi-Cut knobs to filter your sound, which affects the repeats, and is great for helping it sit well in the mix. Elsewhere you have buttons for Preset, Up and Down, as well as all those subdivisions.
Intelligent Tap Tempo
The pedal also has what Suhr calls an intelligent Tap-Tempo. This averages out your last four taps to give you an accurate BPM and should help you stay perfectly in time so that things don’t get messy.
Plug in an expression pedal and you can easily control various parameters of the effect. This essentially means that knobs can be mapped to the expression pedal with a custom sweep for each one, which is saved along with your preset.
As it is an analogue delay, it should have great modulation as well. Suhr states the Discovery can do “modern space-aged chorus, all the way to classic Leslie-style speed shifts”. So it should be in the same ballpark as the new J Rockett Audio Clockwork Echo which was only released a few days ago, itself a pedal that is based on the classic Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.
You have three modulations on offer, Triangle, Sine and Square, which, I would imagine, should cover most eventualities. There is also a soft-clipping limiter for infinite feedback and oscillations, and a Kill dry mode for parallel effects loops. And you can switch between true-bypass or buffered-bypass. It is built in the USA and comes with its own 18 Volt power supply.
The full MIDI capabilities of the Discovery cater for things like switching between your presets and fitting it in with a complex live MIDI set-up, as you can control every parameter via MIDI. This would also come in super handy for DAW setups.
The price is about what I would expect a high-end product like this to cost, and I’m sure it will sell like hot cakes. I know I could happily spend a few years tweaking one! I suggest that you check out the video demos below because this is one seriously powerful analogue delay with a lot going on.
RRP – USD 549
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- Suhr Discovery Analog Delay front panel: Suhr