Is it time for another post already? I suppose it is considering you’re reading this and I’ve already written it. Cause and effect, you know?
So anyway, I’ve got a Radical Delay in my possession to exhibit just for your eyes and ears; therefore I must share what I’ve learned studying this unique specimen up close in my laboratory. Since I’ve talked about the Radical delay and it’s tweakables in a previous post, I’ll leave most of the details to the demo video and try not to repeat myself, myself, myself….sorry, I’ve gone and repeated myself. Here’s what I found out:
The Radical is a knob tweaker’s dream and will reward you a king’s ransom for experimenting with settings. That’s why you’re here right? To seek out the pedals that will give you unprecedented authority in the tonal realm like you’re a big bank and pedals are a world currency. Well the Radical Delay is a currency you should be manipulating, you capitalist pig!
This pedal sure can do standard digital delay sounds (10-900ms) with all the dotted eighth note syncopation you could desire. It’s fun to play licks and have them be augmented by the delay trails into something you did not expect. From the moment I plugged into the pedal, I was sucked in and immediately inspired – It’s tones made me feel like I was drifting backwards and forwards in time at the same time, as if I was watching an old movie set in the future. And this was before getting into the remarkable sounding chorus/vibrato modulation, bit crushed synthy sounds, octaves, detune, strange harmonizing fun house mirror Mario on acid circus pitch shifting arpeggios, AND pseudo flange/phase/rotary/organ tones that can be imparted on the wet signal (I think that about covers it!). No, this delay does not self-oscillate, but more than makes up for it in droves with it’s little tricks and tweaks to delight your ears. (Don’t worry, turning the time knob while passing a signal through the Radical will still create all those cool twisted warping sounds.)
The Radical also offers some sensational slapback/short delay tones, especially when you start experimenting with the other aforementioned sounds. It can become much more than just a delay in this way, and is great for adding subtle (or not so subtle) textures/atmosphere to riffs; so much so that it might only be apparent when you turn the pedal off, but trust me, you will quickly turn it back on.
If you’re looking for a straight-ahead digital delay that can do the usual delay tricks, the Radical can handle most of that, but you’re going to miss out on a lot of tonal/textural fun. As I tried to demonstrate in the video, the Radical runs the full spectrum of subtle to extreme sounds (some that aren’t even actually ‘delay’), and for that reason I think you’d dig this pedal for anything – from your 80’s cover band to your cutting edge post rock, djent polka, ambient disco, space jam, dub step, emo band. I enjoy playing with this pedal immensely, and appreciate it’s ability to make me get lost in it.
If you want to get lost in the black hole of your mind ala Matthew McConaughnamahay in Interstellar, the Radical is your starship (watch out for Matt Damon though). In other words, buy it!
For more info check out www.alexanderpedals.com
That’s all for now. Leave me a comment with your thoughts!
The Pedal File