An Easy Way Of Locking Your Tap Tempo Delay To Your Drummer's Beat

Amped blogger Michael Elsner takes a look at the Time Bandit   02-Oct-13

The Dual Tap Delay offers time divisions that can be independently selected between 1/4 note, 1/8 note, dotted 1/8 note, and triplet delay times, as well as the standard delay settings of feedback (repeats), and effect level.

There are also individual tone adjustments for both delays as well as a built in modulation setting for the second delay only.

For this current tour, I have one delay set to 8th notes, and the other set to dotted 8th notes. My settings for the 8th note channel are such that the effect level is relatively low with about 25%-30% feedback.

My settings for the dotted 8th note delays include a very high effect level (set to about 90%) and relatively low feedback (5%). There are 2 ballads in the set where, because of their slower tempos, the click is set to 8th notes. On these two songs I set the 8th note delay channel to 1/4 note.

All that's required from me is to turn on the desired delay channel when needed, and since everything is run from the click, thanks to the Time Bandit, my delays are always perfectly in time. I've been running this system like this for about 7 or 8 months now without any issues or hiccups and I'm extremely happy with it.

I've gone through numerous delay pedals over the years, and this system is by far the most efficient, best sounding, and requires the least amount of attention through the set.

Check out Michael Elsner's website for more information on his work as a session musician

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