One of my favorite effects to use is a delay with a lot of repeats and a slowly sweeping filter on those repeats. I think it creates a really dreamlike atmosphere, not only when used on guitar, but also on vocals (sparingly) or keyboards (like electric piano, for example). Whenever I’m trying out a delay, whether it be in software or hardware, I invariably try to create a version of this effect. Using TimeLine, it was easy for me to dial in the sound I was going for, using the Filter delay machine.
The image below shows the knob settings and parameters that I used in the audio clip. Note that the slow delay modulation I’ve included is what provides the nice stereo spread in the sound (using the Speed and Depth knobs for delay modulation, not to be confused with the SPEED and DEPTH parameters controlling the filter sweep). Also, I’ve placed the filter after the delay line by setting the LOCATION parameter to POST. This results in a much stronger effect.
I really have the Repeats knob turned up high, just on the verge of too much feedback (just how I like it!). When using this effect live, you might want to assign your expression pedal to control the repeats, not only for expressiveness but also in case you find yourself in a situation where you turn off the effect and the repeats persist just a bit too long afterward. I think this effect sounds nice with a generous helping of reverb on the guitar, though I did not use any reverb in the sound example.
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What do you think?
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