Slow Down

This is the most honest thing I can post right now; I need to slow down. I think I’m gonna take a day. 🙂

And just so you don’t miss it, that line in the second verse is, ‘Through the years, I have learned some things worth the tellin’. And you’d be right in guessin’ that each and every lesson, they were hard won.’ That one doesn’t really apply to this post, but it’s awesome nonetheless! Like delay. And bpm readouts. And love. Of delay. And there I go. Slow down. hehe

Ah, so much incoherence. Don’t know why I feel the need to add to beauty such as this. Have a wonderful weekend, and slow down if you need to. To quote another song, ‘Keep your head above water, but don’t forget to breathe.’ Okay, so that one’s gotta be in too:

If I could sound that good through like, no sound system……oh my…………and I just forgot about everything else ever.


P.S. Sorry for being so absent from here lately. And those of you who have tone questions in right now, I’ll get back to you soon.

34 thoughts on “Slow Down

  1. How is the job search coming Karl? Seems like there are openings out there ( etc etc ). And since your guitar can even sound like an organ maybe you could land one of those $100k/year jobs at a big Baptist church. 🙂 Are you limiting your search to the LA area?

    I was googling for pages that illustrated how to use delay and yours came up in the first ten or so. We seem to talk a lot about various delay pedals and sounds and favorite groups, but not as much about the basic details of “turn this knob to here, and that knob to here, if you want this kind of sound, etc ) It is seeming like I’ll need a second delay pedal because I have almost no time to do anything between songs so if I even want to use the dotted eighth setting on my DD7 for one song, I’d have to have the awkward silence while changing it back to something more plain vanilla for the next song. I just sold my old Ibanez AD9 analog. Hmmm, sell the DD7 and get something with presets that can be switched with a quick toe tap?
    I guess what I’m suggesting is a post on “here’s what I would buy and need to learn in my first six months using a delay of any kind.”

  2. Be still, listen as the quarter note analogue delay into modulated pitch-shifted digital dotted eighth delay at matched bpm in stereo pan mode trails off in the background, know the he is God?

  3. Andrew–that’s what I said when I just went back and re-read this. hehehe

    Nater2–aye. 😉

    Randy–I did actually, been working at a new church for the last couple months. And I’ll see what I can do about a what-to-buy delay post. Off the top of my head, DD20. 🙂 hehe

    Sal–just awesome.

    Andrew–quite true.

    James–haha Unfortunately, most of us (myself included) don’t really know how to be still without music helping us in some way. Something I need to work on. 🙂

  4. Great to hear you’re working again — more blue leds looming on the horizon ( or is it baby cribs and such? 🙂 ) Clock ticking and all that jazz.

    There’s probably a post here already to answer my questions but I’ll study up on the DD20.

  5. I find that listening to music helps lead into times of silence, of course it has to be the right songs.. But yeah it’s hard. Just wish I had the willpower to stand there in his presence in the silence at times.. He loves it when we wait for him.

  6. Randy–haha Thanks! Probably blue led’s. 😉

    And on this site, my Using Delay in Modern Music post is probably your best bet:

    On the DD20 particularly, the beauty is that there are 5 available presets, and the last preset trails off as you switch to the next one. The manual is available for free download on Boss’ site. 🙂

    James–I totally agree!! The music is a great gateway. I’m just probably the worst at then walking through the gate! haha

    Don–thanks a ton! 🙂

    Rhoy–thanks! I enjoyed that!


  7. Out of curiosity, have you tried the Nova Delay? Wondering how that stacks up against the DD 20. I find myself in the same predicament as Randy mentioned, always having to bend down and tweak a knob on my DD-5. I was wondering if I should check out a second delay pedal or get a bigger unit with presets such as the DD-20 or Nova.

    • On that subject, what’s your opinion on the TimeFactor from Eventide? I’m so close to pulling the trigger on that one but I just can’t quite make up my mind. It has presets and Dan @ this 1’s mine makes a great (looking…haven’t tried yet since I don’t actually have a timefactor….) external controller that really enhances the functionality of it. One of the features that I’m rally drawn to is the duel delay that lets you run 2 delays in parallel and mix the signals. BTW, this unit would be in addition to my DD-20 🙂

    • Maybe TC electronic upgraded the nova delay recently? a friend of mine gave me his board for a while to sort out a few problems he was having and his nova sounded great from what I could remember. It was a lot more complicated than the dd20 though which put me off… not that I had any money to get another large delay unit anyway. Repeats were crystal clear on digital modes and the quality of the thing was amazing. I think hillsongs guitarist uses a nova delay as well, if thats worth anything 🙂

  8. Oh, on a completely different note, I’m currently listening to Derek Webb’s version of “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Very cool version. On the same album he has a cool cover of “Fix You.” Check it out when you have a chance.

  9. Jonathan M–the Nova delay sounds really good. Only thing for me is that it converts your dry signal to digital using AD/DA converters. Ruined the dynamics for me. But most people don’t care, so maybe it’s just me. haha But it’s a big deal in my rig. If you don’t mind it, then it’s a great deal for a very versatile delay.

    KennyG–the Timefactor has incredible delay sounds, and is very, very versatile. Some nice off-the-wall sounds, too. However, this one too converts your dry signal with the AD/DA converters. Not the end of the world for most people, but for me, it just seemed to kill my tone. I sold it fairly quickly. However, if you don’t mind that, it’s a great pedal! 🙂

  10. Oh, boy this talk of delay gear has me rethinking the pedalboard again. At the risk of boring everyone, I posted a photo below (zoom in and ignore the connections outside of the pedalboard ). Guitar>Boss compressor in lower right corner>RCBooster to black ABY switch. From there one signal goes to the MFX then to DI and PA. The other goes through the Liverpool, Barber Small Fry and DD7 to small tube amp on stage ( not miked )

    So believe it or not I like the acoustic simulator, chorus and ambient effects on that Korg MFX. But it’s OD and distortions are poor. The small fry actually sounds better going direct to PA than into the tube amp so I could try outputing the mfx thru the small fry to PA. The other signal would be liverpool to DD20 to amp, I guess.

  11. “converts your dry signal to digital using AD/DA converters”

    i applaud you for deciding against it because it ruined your dynamics and just seemed to kill your tone … and no, i’m not being sarcastic here 🙂

    but, i wonder how many people would be able to tell the difference in sound if this information was not revealed before-hand?

    • I have considered that AD/DA conversion as well. First. I’m just going to take a listen to it and, if it does have that much of a negative effect, I’m thinking of putting into a parallel loop and using it’s “Killdry” feature which does exactly what it sounds like. But that’s only if it really kills my base tone.

  12. Karl, you may have written about it in another post, if so, feel free just to direct me there. What is an AD/DA converter? If the DD-20 doesn’t use it, what does it use? Thanks for the education.

    • AD/DA = Analog to Digital/Digital to Analog. The analog input is converted into a digital signal for processing and then converted back to analog for the output. It’s pretty common in most digital effect units.

  13. My sister-in-law likes Alexi Murdoch. He sounds the most like Nick Drake out of all the guys who get compared to him. She really didn’t like it when I told her that it was funny that a music critic called Alexi the poor man’s Damien Rice, who is the poor man’s Elliott Smith. Much frowning on her part!

    Mark Kozelek has one of those voices that just kills. His cover songs like I’ll be There or Neverending Math Equation are as good as his original songs. I don’t know what I would do if I could sing like that.

    I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Rock On by Dan Kennedy and his writing is Karl-esque. Funny stuff.

    • haha Nice. I do like Nick Drake, but not so much Damien Rice. Can’t remember why, though. Which probably means I should listen to him again. lol

      Never heard of Mark Kozelek…going to listen right now! 🙂

      And never heard of Dan Kennedy, either. I did rip off my writing style from someone, but it wasn’t him. He’s buried deep within the internet, and will probably never be found. 😉 hehehehe

      • For Kozelek, I like his late Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon releases and the stuff under his own name. and his bit part as the bass player in Almost Famous. 🙂

        I heard about a while back and put in some of your blog. According to the machine, you either write like David Foster Wallace or Dan Brown (oh no!). I got David Foster Wallace or Cory Doctorow. I put in the lyrics for Lincoln Brewster “Today is the day” and it said Leo Tolstoy (what?!)

  14. Ya, most people couldn’t care less about digital effects running their dry signal into the analog-digital converter, and then back into the digital-analog converter at the output. For me though, my whole tone is based on ‘the integrity of the guitar signal.’ I really don’t like my dry tone touched. For what it’s worth, there isn’t that much of a difference, although it does differ from effect to effect. What I do, is whether or not I’ve read that it has AD/DA converters, each time I get a delay pedal, I turn the mix knob all the way down so I can only hear dry signal. Then I close my eyes and turn the effect on and off a few times until I forget which is which. And then I keep turning it on and off as I play, listening for changes in dynamics, compression, weight, and overall tone. Unfortunately, most times I can tell a difference. These have been my humble findings from delays I have owned:

    Eventide Timefactor: very noticeable difference. Took the weight and reality out of my tone.

    TC Nova Delay: noticeable as well. Added treble.

    Empress Super Delay: best of the AD/DA converters I have tried. Dry signal just barely sounded changed. I almost could not tell a difference.

    These are the delays that, according to their manuals and/or private research, leave the dry signal alone:

    Boss DD20
    Damage Control Timeline
    Strymon Brigadier (have not owned)
    Strymon El Capistan (have not owned)
    T-Rex Replica
    TC Vintage Delay

    Where the AD/DA conversion matters the most is in ear fatigue. It may sound fine at first, but after a while your ear starts to feel tired, as the sound of the processor becomes more and more noticeable. It’s a really weird affect, and you can experience it with keyboards, too, or recordings that have used less than stellar Pro Tools amp modeling. Almost like you can start to hear the computer ‘working.’

    However, like I said, there are about 8,000 people out there recording brilliant music on gear that uses AD/DA converters on the dry signal. So, for most of you, all this info here should probably be skipped over. It’s just my fringe crazy idea. haha And for what it’s worth, the Empress was good enough to possibly be on my board someday. And I think the fact that the DD20 doesn’t convert the dry signal was just a happy accident, not necessarily by design from Boss.

    And Randy, ya, the drives probably won’t sound too great on a multi-effects. But the modulations definitely could! 🙂

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