Following the glimpse we got of it in April, Zen Delay – a delay effects unit made by Erica Synths in partnership with renowned UK label Ninja Tune – is officially announced and up for pre-order. Zen Delay is sold via the Erica Synths webshop, where we also get a proper introduction to the delay funbox.
A hybrid analog and digital unit, it has a multimode BPM-sync delay at its heart with Tape, Tape Pinpong, Digital Pingpong, Digital, Crossover, and Delay Off modes. The last mode effectively disables the delay line, leaving you with a nifty resonant filter (LP/HP/BP) and tube drive to man-up your audio with. Tap tempo is available, as well as full bypass. Stereo inputs and outputs are there, in addition to MIDI and CV input. So you get to run individual instruments and full mixes through the circuitry, sneaking in some MIDI/CV fun along the way. The unit is powered via 12v adapter and is built like a tiny tank, weighing nearly a kilo.
With up to 50sec delay time, Zen Delay ought to sound great for thick, analog-drenched dub music, but genre boundaries are hardly necesarry. This is a premium delay and analog saturation unit for anyone interested.
Price and release date
The first 300 units are being sold for EUR 455 (+ European VAT), down from a regular price of EUR 499 (+ European VAT). A limited Zen Delay t-shirt is thrown in for the early birds. First shipments are scheduled for early December.