Electro-Harmonix Canyon Delay & Looper
Packed with more power than pedals taking up more real estate, the compact Canyon features a collection of awe-inspiring effects. From pristine digital delay to warm and warbly tape echo, reverse and modulated delays, cascading octave delay and shimmer… even an exquisite Deluxe Memory Man emulation. There are ten different effects in all plus a fully featured looper. Internal or external Tap Tempo with tap divide and a chasm full of intuitive secondary knob controls deliver a truly grand experience. Features 11 modes: 1. ECHO: digital delay 2. MOD: modulated delay 3. MULTI: multi-tap delay 4. REVRS: reverse delay 5. DMM: Deluxe Memory Man 6. TAPE: tape delay 7. VERB: reverb plus delay 8. OCT: octave delay 9. SHIM: shimmer 10. S/H: sample and hold 11. LOOP: looper mode w/max loop length of 62 seconds
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Best compact digital delay
I'm not much of a fan of multi algorithm pedals - Too many options makes me crazy (I like to keep it simple). Delay knob range on this one is just too much for me, I rarely use more than half a second, and makes it more difficult to fine tune. But the Canyon is probably the best compact digital delay I ever played, not just tone wise (way ahead the Boss DD7 IMO) but feature wise also. Tap tempo works fine, trails switch, subdivisions, silent switching, and the sub parameters are awesome. I think this pedal wins out any DD7 or Flashback, by miles... Inside of it are also a Reverb, a POG, and a Looper (with undo/redo). The sounds I enjoyed the most where the Shim and Tape. The DMM mode is also very good, way better than DD7's analog mode. It's a shame the first "Echo" setting has no secondary parameters, it sounds exactly the same as the second "mod" setting with the modulation turned down. Highly recommend it to everyone who wants to buy a first delay pedal. I also recommend it to someone who is not sure whether they prefer a tape emulation delay, digital, or analog, since it has all those voices. Given it's price and features it's really unbeatable. The graphics on the pedal however, as with most EHX pedals, are just awful IMO... Why do they keep putting these silly cartoonish graphics on such great pedals?? Like the Crayon, Hot Wax, Blurst... C'mon Mr. Mathews...
As a digital multi-delay that is $110 cheaper than the Line 6 DL4, this pedal is incredible. Not only does it offer 11 different delays and a looper, but it can emulate non-delay pedals as well. On the EHX forums, gvelasco has discovered how, with some tweaking, the modulated delay can be made to sound like a traditional chorus and the octave delay can emulate a POG. That's not even where his discoveries stop!
Its emulation of the veteran Deluxe Memory Man may serve as a suitable substitute for the larger real one, saving space on one's pedalboard. Guster enthusiasts may also find the reverb delay to work very well for the opening of "Dear Valentine," as I have.
Just be careful when tweaking the delay time with high feedback dialed in. If you turn the former knob too much under this circumstance, you risk getting an ear-piercing drone of loud delays/reverb/crystal shimmer. If this happens, turn down the pedal's volume and turn your amp off ASAP before turning the pedal off, in case the tails switch is on (the tails switch keeps the delay going even after turning off). After these devices are turned off, turn down the feedback knob to minimum to cut the drone short.
Bought it to replace my Flashback
The Flashback still gets used, don't get me wrong. But my critisism with the flashback is how it mutes your signal to set the tempo. This fixed everything. Set the tempo by tapping the button in time to the music, and if you don't want to turn the effect on and off while setting the tempo? You can buy an external button for about £20 and plug it in to use exclusively as a tap-tempo. Just as versatile as the Flashback with many delay types, the button is very responsible, and controls feel beautiful. My go-to delay.
Let's get weird
So many presets and secret feature, I use this with my bass for some trippy intros or by combining some distortion with it for solos when my guitarist let me. Thumbs up