The new Delay Llama Mk. 3 from Jam Pedals has arrived! The new upgraded Mk 3 still uses Bucket Brigade chips modeled after the famous Panasonic MN3205's to produce up to 600ms of warm, organic repeats that guitarists have craved since the late 70's. Every JAM pedal is hand-made in Athens, Greece and are favorites with some of the top names in the business.
JAM is known for their NOS components and obsession for analog circuits so naturally the Delay Llama utilizes Bucket Brigade chips to achieve it's rich sound. So why should you care? The Bucket Brigade chip was invented in the late 60's and was the first entirely electronic device that produced discrete time delay of electronic signals. This meant that the modulation effects of the day like delay, chorus, echo, and flange all born and driven by clunky magnetic tape machines could be transitioned into portable and reliable devices. In fact a few years after the chip was invented it was licensed by none other than Roland/Boss, and in 1981 they released the DM-2, one of the original BBD delay pedals.
Nothing sounds quite like Delay Llama, and without increasing size, Jam has added the following additional features:
- Tap Tempo with sub-divisions (8th, quarters and dotted 8th)
- Hold the Tap Tempo switch for oscillations for as long as you hold it down
- Internal trimmer to set the maximum number of repeats
- True bypass or buffered bypass
- Internal trimmer to set the trails fade out time in buffered bypass mode
In addition to the new features, the Delay Llama retains its simple three-knob arrangement:
Delay Time - Controls the amount of time between repeats, up to 600ms. Naturally the Llama does a superb slap-back delay but the extreme can get nice and spacey.
Delay Level - Adjusts the volume of the repeats. This is how you set your ideal mix, whether you like long delay just whispering in the background or a hard hitting, oil-can style.
Repeats - This controls the amount of repeats in your signal loop. As you sweep through to maximum repeats you coax out seriously fun feedback madness that in conjunction with the delay time knob can make an array of time warping sounds.
More on the Bucket Brigade: The Bucket Brigade chip works by storing your signal in a series of capacitor cells while transistors fire them off sequentially based on an external clock. Thus the name comes from this motion looking like a line of old school firefighters passing buckets of water down a line. The analogy is also useful when describing the sound of this pedal. When you're passing buckets of water there's guaranteed to be some spillage and the BBD chip is no different. The repeats gain noise and distortion over time making them degrade in a natural sounding way. To keep noise from the external clock to a minimum there is also a fair amount of low pass filtering which increases the warmth of the sound. Those two factors make BBD delays sound a lot like old tape machines, which is why old school guitar players instantly fell for them.
The Delay Llama is simple, effective, and adds fullness and warmth to everything from simple slap back to trippy space jams. And the addition of tap tempo and repeats takes away any reason not to have one on your board. Come find your inner peace with the Delay Llama today.