vitocorleone123 wrote: ↑
Sat May 15, 2021 4:13 pm
Erica Synths Zen Delay. It’s a little flawed and a lot awesome for dub, as far as I can tell.
Don’t just buy Strymon this or that. In fact, dare to be different and not fall into that trap (unless, after checking all alternatives, you decide it’s the best foe you).
I have the zen delay, and indeed it can be awesome for dub because you can ride the feedback unlike any other. Usually, the it’s too easy for the feedback to get too crazy, but with the zen delay, you can dial in pretty much infinite feedback that is similar, but not the same as a looper. The filter is fantastic, especially the bandpass, and delay times can be very short for flanger effects.
And it’s still flawed. Besides introducing phasing when used as an insert, I find any mode other than tape pretty much useless. The digital mode has negative feedback artefacts that I don’t consider solved in the firmware update (for comparison check out the quartz mode in Valhalla delay for really beautiful clear digital delay), the vintage mode is basically a bitcrusher, the filter is not a SVF so you cannot smoothly sweep from lp→ BP→ hp, and what must be the worst design flaw in delay history, there is a 2k sine tone that is apparently built into the filter design. Yes, it’s really low, but any compressing, boosting, or limiting on the mix will make it readily apparent. I struggle to dial in the delay time harder on the zen delay than any other, and the tune drive easily distorts, so if you want to add a touch of saturation, you have to lower the input, which will also in turn raise the noise floor.
That being said, if it wasn’t for the 2k sine tone I would probably buy another one. It has a presence and dimensionality due to the stereo filter with sounds amazing, and because of the range of delay times and feedback behavior, you can really play this delay.