Maxon Compact Series AD10 Analog Delay Pedal Review

Maxon Compact Series AD10 Analog Delay Review

Maxon Compact Series AD10 Analog DelayI hate to admit it but I always fall for products which come in a great packaging! I don’t blame myself because the buying choice of a majority of the individuals is influenced by visual perception. In case of Maxon compact series AD10 analog delay pedal, it is not just about the looks but also the performance. Of course, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the white-on-purple flake graphics completely floored me and is one of the major factors that influenced my purchase decision! I am completely satisfied with my purchase of this pedal because it produces a gorgeous, warm, organic delay tone, which is exactly what I need for my performances.

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Being an ‘expert’ of sorts in terms of guitar playing (I have been playing for the past twenty years), I have noticed that ambience is something that is difficult to achieve. Considering the sheer amount of pedal options out there in the market, it can be quite a feat trying to pick up one that offers easy reverb and delays! With the AD10 analog pedal things are different because it allows one to achieve ambience with ease. This analog delay pedal definitely strikes the right chord (pun intended!) with me because it produces a warm and sweet sound. The delays produced are perfect because they are not just echoes but they have a rhythm and seem more ‘musical’.

Easy To Achieve The Delay You Need

I would recommend the Maxon compact series AD10 analog delay pedal to anyone who is looking for a good pedal for delays, but not necessarily a digital one. A lot of people have asked me if the fact that the pedal maxes out at 600ms of delay and is not adjustable or super-long bothers me. To be honest, this doesn’t bother me a lot and neither is it a drawback for me. This is because I don’t need the pedal to do a lot of trippy sound-on-sound layering or looping effects. I like the way the pedal produces a natural slapback echo with quick, sharp delays because I am one of those people who prefer more ‘natural sounding’ music. As far as I am concerned, I do not like playing music wherein the repeats clutter up the notes which come after, so this pedal is, no doubt, the perfect choice for me!

Versatility In Your Tone and Delay

It is important to note that with the Maxon compact series AD10 analog delay pedal, the Repeat control is very sensitive and if you put it on higher settings then the repeat cascade becomes very loud and almost annoying. This is quite surprising because the pedal comes with special filtering on repeats in order to decrease the intensity of distortion. Thus, this isn’t the right choice for you if you’re not into aggressive repeats. Of course, you can use this to your advantage if it goes with the music genre you’re playing; for instance, this comes to use when generating the signature oscillation effects of Pink Floyd’s music.

This analog delay pedal definitely does a better job than a majority of the proven analog delay circuits. As a result, you can stand out better in a full band mix. Also, it allows you to retain a lot of character in terms of the tone. This is any day a better choice in comparison to the vintage AD9 pedal, which is pricier too!

In terms of tones, design and ease of use the Maxon AD10 delay pedal scores full points. However, as far as the price is concerned, some people may find it to be a bit too steep. Hence, it may not really be something that casual guitar players would invest in. Although the pedal is certainly priced high, it is quite justified because you get what you pay for. The pedal is built exceptionally well and it produces fantastic sounds. The amazing analog delay that it produces is most likely to ensure that the pedal has a permanent place in your frontline echo units for a long time to come!

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