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In the world of guitar, delay isn’t just a matter of adding echoes as a string of dotted 8th’s that gradually fade away. It is highly personal, a matter of taste, almost an art form. Well, in Lunastone’s corner of the guitar world, Dynamic Delay rules the repeats!
You may remember how the TC-2290 changed the game of delay back in the 80’s. It was meant for recording studios but was embraced by guitarists everywhere just the same. Lunastone’s founder and Head Engineer, Steen Grøntved, also owned one and recalls:
“It was a bit large and noisy, at least in my rig, but it certainly had ‘something’ that I have had a hard time trying to replace, even in modern creations.
Somehow, it just sounded musical, but I can’t really put my finger on exactly what it is. It’s probably the reason for why I have leaned towards analogue delays for the past years, despite their obvious limitations.
To create a digital delay that captures some of the analogue magic has indeed been an idea that I have been kicking around for some time, and I am so happy that we succeeded in capturing exactly that with the Dynamic Delay!”
Now, Steen is no stranger to digital signal processing, but to make sure to set the bar as high as possible, Lunastone decided to bring in near legendary digital forces.
Software developer, Morten Lave, spent more than two decades with TC Electronic and TC Applied Technologies, developing digital signal processing tools and digital integration with hardware. In fact, he was one of the key drivers behind the legendary digital processing algorithms inside their M5000 and System 6000, which along with the ‘2290’, set new standards for digital signal processing.
In short, it was a perfect tone match. Because the delay algorithm may be digital at its core, but it must live inside an analogue circuit. Therefore, Lunastone built an analogue mix circuit to preserve the dynamics, gain warmth and softness but combined with the obvious advantages you gain from digital delays, including longer delay time and tap tempo.
Plus, Lunastone added a special feature: a Dynamic Delay function that is easy to control. Inspired by one of the best features of the original 2290, it’s a one button controlled compressor on the delay side, so when you play very actively, the delay level is kept down, and when you play softer or stop, the tail of the delay rises to the surface.
The attack, release, depth, and threshold parameters have been delicately fine tuned and merged into a one button control, which lets you spend your mental strength on playing the guitar!
Lunastone succeeded in cramming in a second footswitch on the Dynamic Delay, as a dedicated Tap Tempo switch is just the easiest and most intuitive way to set and adjust the tempo of the delayed notes on the go, or even mid-song!
It is not an unusual feature on a delay pedal by any means, but for this size of pedal, it is definitely more the exception than the rule that you have a dedicated Tap Tempo option right at your feet. Lunastone believe this an important feature simply because it makes playing easier and allows you to stay focused on nailing them riffs and solos once you have set the tempo with a few well timed stomps.
Delay is the type of effect where you may prefer to cut off the tail, or let it run out, when you punch out the pedal. With Dynamic Delay, you get to choose between two different buffer modes to have control over the effect tail. In ‘Buffered Bypass’ mode, the tail is allowed to continue and fade away gradually and naturally, whereas in ‘True Bypass’ mode, the tail is cut the instant you switch the pedal off.
To keep the size of pedal reduced, but also avoid having to open the pedal and adjust a dip switch to change mode, Lunastone combined it with the TIME parameter knob that you can turn (to adjust time), as well as press to switch buffer mode.
The Dynamic Delay has two footswitches. On/Off, obviously, but also a dedicated Tap Tempo. Further, the knobs are placed similarly to our TrueOverDrive 1 and 2 pedals, as well as the Distortion 1, Red Fuzz 1, Blue Drive 1 and Smooth Drive 1 pedals. This means that the diagonal layout allows you to gently adjust the Repeat and Mix parameters on the fly, using your foot.
With these crucial effect parameters available by the edges and the dedicated Tap Tempo, you always have control over the most important things in a delay. No more kneeling down, letting go of the strings, abandoning the groove and losing the momentum.
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