Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Mk4
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Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Mk4

Deluxe Memory Man Mk4, Delay/Echo/Phrase Sampler for Guitar from Electro-Harmonix in the Memory series.

wwhhhaatt 06/22/2011

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Mk4 : wwhhhaatt's user review

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This is an all analog echo with a very useful modulation section

1/4" in, out, and dry output

takes a 24volt power supply

UTILIZATION

This pedal is a about as simple as it gets. All analog knob turning goodness just plug in your cables, set your mix, delay time, and you're off

SOUND QUALITY

The sound of this pedal is absolutely amazing. I own a lot of delays and this big box is right up there with the best of them. The repeats have this beautiful decay that allows the delay to sit perfectly in the song. Most digital delays and some analog have to be perfectly set with the tempo of the song to sound good but the memory man just blends in no matter what. Of course you can also get crazy with the repeats and get yourself into self oscillation or the wonderful sound of being right on the verge of oscillation.

I have not found a delay with a better sounding modulation section. The subtle movement you can get in the repeats just makes the effect that much more thick. It is so much more natural sounding then adding a chorus pedal to your sound. More extreme settings get you into sea-sickness territory. Not really all that useable but it's fun anyway

OVERALL OPINION

For real analog echo it's hard to beat this pedal. There are others with more options and longer delay times but the simplicity of this is part of the charm. The only downside for some would be the power supply, size, and the older models have an always on preamp. Most of my other pedals take standard 9v power so having one wall wart is not a big issue and the size of the pedal allows you to control some of the knobs with your feet while you play.

If these were not rising in price I would definitely buy another one to keep as a spare. The newer offerings from Electro harmonix just don't have the sound this big box does