The name Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy Analog Delay might give you the impression that the pedal is a ‘toy’ but it is actually quite the contrary. It is a high quality professional tool which allows you to generate a thick sound using a thin wallet. This pure analog delay is capable of producing up to 550ms of delay, organic depth and true dimension. The icing on the cake comes from the fact that the pedal offers a selectable chorus. It scores high on all fields from sound quality to durability to ease of use. Thus, the Memory Toy analog delay pedal is indeed a gem to be treasured and a musician’s best friend.
One of the first things that you’ll notice about the Memory Toy Analog Delay is that it has only three knobs: Delay, Feedback and Blend. Now, this might seem to be a very simple setting, but the truth is that it has everything that a musician would need and nothing that he/she wouldn’t. The Delay knob is meant for adjusting the delay time, you can choose anything from 30ms to 550ms depending upon the type of music you’re playing. Next, the Feedback knob is meant for controlling the number of repeats produced. If you turn this knob to a high setting then you’ll be able to achieve the self-oscillate effect from the pedal. On the other hand, if you choose a low setting then you will get a reverb type of effect. Lastly, the Blend knob is meant for switching between 100% dry signal to 100% wet signal.
In addition to the three knobs there is also a ‘mod’ or modulation switch, which can toggle between on and off. When switched on, the delay pedal would produce a slow modulation on the delay time. If you want to disable all modulation then simply flip the switch to the ‘Off’ position. One of the things that I found lacking here is the fact that one cannot really dial in the intensity of the mod, one can just switch it on or off. However, this is not a major drawback and the fact that the guitar pedal produces excellent sound makes up for this minor setback.
Owing to the fact that the Memory Toy pedal is capable of producing a rich delay sound that is a treat for the ears, one can recreate anything one wants with this pedal because it is super versatile. There is a plethora of delays to choose from, i.e. the sky is actually the limit here and the best part is that all of these are very easy to achieve! In fact, the pedal is so user-friendly that you wouldn’t even need to consult the 1 page manual that comes with it. The only problem that beginners might have when using this pedal is the blend control. This bit can be a bit tricky to master, you need to know how to put just the right amount and not over saturate the signal. Practice makes perfect, so just tweak the pedal a bit and soon you’ll be able to get the hang of it!
What I simply love about this pedal is the fact that it has a solid build. In fact, it wouldn’t be an overstatement if I describe it as a small metal brick! Considering its metal encasing, it is not a heavy pedal but it definitely is sturdy and durable. Overall, the pedal is simply amazing and highly versatile. You can dial in an appropriate effect irrespective of the genre of music you play, i.e. it could be rock, indie, metal or anything. Be it the echo of an arena or the pseudo-reverb effect, you can achieve anything that you want with complete ease. This is what I love about the guitar pedal, it lives up to the expectations and delivers what it promises. Thus, you will definitely feel like you’ve invested your money wisely when you purchase this because it is an amazing value-for-money pedal!