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xxmartinxx 09/05/2011

Strymon Brigadier : xxmartinxx のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Functionally perfect"
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- Mode switch and Time knob for time/length
- Tap switch for quarter, dotted eighth, and eighth note triplets
- Mix knob
- Bucket Loss knob
- Repeats knob
- Mod knob
- Tap tempo switch

UTILIZATION

Strymon makes three delay pedals. This one is aimed at the lovers of tried and true analog delay.

There are so many options it's a bit dizzying. The best thing to do is to try the suggested settings in the manual. Here's a description, albeit a poor one, of the different functions. The Mode switch is pretty easy to understand. It changes from a short delay to a LONG delay. The knob does the fine tuning. The switch for Tap, I am not really sure what that does. Strymon says that it switches between "quarter, dotted eighth, and eighth note triplets" but I don't know what that means, so that description sounds great to me. The Mix knob is another standard; it sets the amount of effect you have in your signal. Bucket Loss is an interesting one. It allows you to set the amount of signal loss you experience for every cycle. The Mod knob (or LFO modulation) knob controls the amount of tape warble effect.

On top of those features, you can also use an expression pedal, or a "Favorite" switch where you can designate your second setting on the fly. There are also other features like an infinite repeat option when you hold the Tap button down.

SOUND QUALITY

The debate over "analog or digital" has been happening for years with everything from vinyl records to delay pedals. I must admit, when it comes to delay pedals, I think I prefer digital. I prefer it because it allows for features you simply cannot have on an all analog delay but it can also be extremely clean, quiet, and transparent. My only issue with this delay pedal is that the sound is a bit too transparent. What it does (which is just about everything) is done so well, but it doesn't add the depth and the lush overtones that other delay (digital or analog) pedals can.

OVERALL OPINION

I was originally dazzled by the abundance of features and how well this pedal handled them all. I ultimately decided that, for my delay usage, I'd preferred the sound of other pedals over the extreme amount of functionality the Strymon Brigadier. That doesn't mean this pedal isn't fantastic, it is. It is just a little too transparent for my tastes. If you're looking for a feature filled transparent delay pedal, this just might be what you are looking for.