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Analog Man has finally released a successor to the popular but hard-to-get AR20DL analog delay. The new ARDX20 is based on the awesome tone of the old pedal, but adds several features that customers have been requesting, and are now needed in the ever-growing boutique delay market. About 100 pedals were sold in the summer of 2009, then full production ramped up, so availability should be good starting in September 2009. Designed by Analog Mike in the USA and primarily by Analog Man Japan, the pedal also has final assembly, calibration, and graphical engraving completed in Japan after being hand built to our precise specifications in China by a few assemblers who we chose for their excellent hand-soldering and detail work. The ARDX20 uses a specially designed ergonomic enclosure for ease of use and best fit on pedalboards without taking up too much valuable real estate. This pedal will cover echo and delay functions for almost any musician, as it's designed for flexibility and tone. Some features are external and optional, as not everyone may want to pay up front for these. Standard delay time can go up to 600mS, higher than most analog delays, with clear, not dull, delay sounds, and very little noise. The repeats are easily controlled for infinite feedback without runaway volume problems which can damage your speakers. There are two LED lights which blink in time to the delay setting. These lights are always flashing, so you know the current setting before engaging the delay pedal and turning on one of the two channel's LED. True bypass switching is now used, for no change of tone when OFF. There are two channels with two complete sets of controls. Not only the delay time, but also delay level and feedback can have two independant settings, chosen with the footswitch on the left. This allows, for example, a short, quiet slap-back delay with just a few repeats for rhythm parts, and a long, loud delay with several repeats for lead — just what most players need. There is a handy battery compartment on the bottom and a normal 9V barrel type power jack on the back which most people will use. Unlike digital delays (including "analog sounding" digital delays), power consumption is low, only 15mA. So an alkaline battery should last about 30 hours of use in emergencies or if you prefer not to use a power supply. Jacks are on the top of the pedal for the most efficient layout on pedalboards. There is an EFFECTS LOOP jack next to the input jack. The delayed signal only, not the dry signal, goes through the loop. Use a Y-cable to run any effect in the loop. Modulation pedals like chorus or vibrato are cool here, for a natural modulated delay sound. Or use a VOLUME pedal with a Y-Cable (or an expression pedal) to control the level of the delays. Or use both, or even more pedals in the loop! Pulling back the volume pedal will kill the delay sound. You can also control the FEEDBACK this way, as lowering the volume will reduce the feedback, so you can easily control infinite delays. Great for jams! Another request was fulfilled by the DELAY TIME EXPRESSION jack. Use a normal expression pedal to control the delay time of one channel. This allows pitch bends and whammies of the delayed sounds, as well as fine control of the delay time to match the music. This jack will also be used for external options that we will introduce, including tap tempo, modulation, multiple delay time preset boxes, etc. Between the Delay Time jack and Effects Loop jack, there are a multitude of ways you can use the ARDX20.
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