Malekko is a renowned company from Portland engaged in the manufacturing of stompboxes or guitar pedals and may be best known for BassMaster fuzz box. The guitar pedals from Malekko are always very refined and of high quality, so the Malekko Ekko 616 analog delay effect pedal is no exception. This is a bucket brigade style delay effect pedal which is not just affordably priced but also highly versatile in terms of performance. This guitar pedal is best recommended to individuals desiring a bucket brigade analog delay guitar pedal which sounds great and doesn’t cost a bomb. However, if you’re in need of an effect pedal which can produce delay times longer than 650ms then this isn’t the right product for you.
The Malekko Ekko 616 analog delay effect pedal is no doubt a standout performer. While it may not be common for a BBD delay pedal to have modulation, it is this unique feature that makes it possible to produce an array of unique delay flavors! While this is definitely a plus point, I do have to state here that the modulation bit takes a little time to get used to. Thus, you shouldn’t be afraid of playing around with this feature until you ace at using it! As far as the circuitry of this pedal is concerned, it is quite clear. This is a refreshing change from the plethora of pedals featuring complex delay circuits or circuits which are modified through other pedals.
When tweaked right, the combined chorus and delay signals can sound very watery and is indeed a treat for the ears! Don’t go by its size, this compact little red pedal is capable of producing out-of-this-world sounds that would blow your mind! When it comes to a BBD pedal, it is extremely important to have a wide frequency range otherwise it would mar its performance significantly. With this analog delay effect pedal, there is no scope for disappointment in this regard because its frequency range is quite impressive. The shortest delay time is 6ms whereas the limit is 650ms.The feedback degradation of the device is quite natural-sounding whereas sonic changes kicks in when one opts for long regeneration settings.
In terms of the build, the pedal has a fairly conventional design. It comes with three standard controls which are usually found in case of delay pedals: Time, Mix and Regen. Given the versatility of the pedal, it also comes with additional controls for regulating the modulation effects. There is an in/out push switch, also known as Mod switch, at the top which is used for engaging the modulation circuit. You can find out if the modulation is turned on or off by glancing at the red LED indicator to its left. This indicator also flashes at different rates in order to denote different modulation speeds. Even when the delay is turned off, the LED indicator will stay on; this is good because users won’t be astonished at the modulation rate when they step on the delay.
There are two smaller knobs, which are black in color, which are present at the top of the Time, Mix and Regen knobs. These are the Speed and Depth knobs. These are heavier and slightly difficult to turn in comparison to the other knobs on the pedal, but don’t let this fact deter you. Once you get a hang of how these two controls work, you will be able to generate shimmery tones which a regular modulation or delay pedal wouldn’t have been able to generate. Beside the Speed and Depth knobs is a white push switch which can be used to toggle the bypass mode of the pedal from true to buffered. Just beside this switch is another red LED which indicates the bypass mode being engaged.
I would like to conclude this review of Malekko Ekko 616 analog delay effect pedal stating that this is by far the best delay effect pedal I have used. Indeed the pedal is very impressive in terms of sound, effects and of course price. You should definitely pick it up this versatile analog pedal, you won’t regret this decision!
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