Here at Ernie Ball, we’ve worked hard to close the gap in the effects market and provide a great sounding delay pedal that features unparalleled versatility due to the incorporation of an expression foot sweep, while at the same time packing in a beautiful swirling reverb effect all in one beautiful and compact rose gold package. Wondering what the benefits of the Expression Series Ambient Delay pedal are? We’ve put together a list of the top six uses for this unique pedal.
1: Preserve your dry signal.
All the best pedals in the business feature true bypass to preserve the natural beauty of a guitar’s dry signal. We didn’t stop there: with the pedal in the heel down position, your original signal is driven at a low impedance (much like if a traditional stomp box was stomped off), yet your dry signal remains preserved even while the effects are blended in as you add more of the effect.
2: De-clutter your pedal board.
With the Ambient Delay you can have the functionality of 2+ delay pedals in one package. Many guitarists will incorporate two delays, one to use for a less pronounced effect, and another for deep saturated delays. With the Ambient Delay its possible to just roll off with the expression sweep to easily decrease the delay level in one fluid motion.
3: Harmonizing without a loop.
As made famous by Brian May during live performances, you can make huge harmonized sounds with one guitar when you play intervals ahead of the tones fed back through delay. When you’re done, you can just roll off the expression to take out the delays and get right back into your leads, all without getting bogged down in a looper pedal.
4: Easy Scotty Moore/Chet Atkins slapback tones.
For all those rockabilly or country/western players out there the Ambient Delay pedal can provide great Echoplex type slapback delays just by lowering each of the knobs to around the 9 o’clock setting, it can even be set with the expression pedal at 50% for even more swirling dreamy delay tone on tap to put you into other famous delay sounds like U2’s The Edge.
5: Reverb Revelation.
To get the most out of the delay effect, the Ambient Delay pedal features a reverb effect worthy of its own pedal. When the feedback and time controls are pared down, the reverb effect can provide you with just a subtle echo, or emulate the most spacious of hallway reverb effects.
6: Throttle down when you need it.
The beauty of an expression foot sweep built into the delay is that you can blend as much or as little of an effect as you need, even during the middle of a phrase. Rolling the effect on or off as needed is the extra flexibility that puts the Ambient Delay into a class of its own.
The Ernie Ball Expression Series Ambient Delay and Expression Overdrive pedals are available now. Get yours today, and think outside the stomp box.
Ilan Rubin (Angels & Airwaves, Nine Inch Nails, The New Regime)
“The Ambient Delay is great at being able to go from subtle slapback to huge spacial textures, and being able to do it all with your feet? Nothing else can do that.”
Dhani Harrison (thenewno2, Fistful of Mercy)
“I could replace two pedals with it.”
Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell, Don Henley, Melissa Etheridge)
“I love to be able to blend delay in at any given moment. It’s just a really beautiful effect to be able to grab at any time.”