Fairchilds Meet Maude is finally on my board and I can’t stop playing with her.
When I picked it up I also tried the moog minifooger delay, dba ghost echo, and dba echo dream 2. This was the clear winner although that moog delay is a near perfect “normal” analog delay.
Here’s a breakdown of what makes this analog delay so unique and special…
1 - there’s a compressor in the delay path.
This means that runaway self oscillation does not get obnoxiously loud and make you worry about blowing speakers. You can also play right through self oscillation without having your clean signal completely drowned out. You can play one chord and let it feedback for a bit, play a new chord, and then actually hear the old one fade away as the new chord fades in. This, as far as I know, is completely unique in the analog delay game. It’s almost sort of like a “ducking” delay. If you’ve got a delay with an effects loop it might be worth trying a compressor in there?
2 - the modulation rate and depth are both completely random.
The modulation toggle selects between off, light, and heavy. On both the light and heavy settings the modulation is gorgeous, somewhat subtle, and very natural. Sometimes you’ll hear very quick and intense jumps in pitch followed by slow and mellow wobble. It completely reminds me of dudes that use subtle/random trem bar or neck bends with their delay.
3 - cv/effects loop
There’s a jack next to the output jack that can be configured as a cv expression jack for delay time, feedback, both delay and feedback together, or used as a trs effects loop. I’m running a little external switch I built to toggle between short and long delay times.
Literally my only complaint is the stupid side mounted jacks. I’ve told you I hate side mounted jacks right?
So why do I need another analog delay next to my incredible deluxe memory man?
Because I’ve got the 1100 and while it is amazing, the additional delay time means that shorter delays are much more clear and defined than other memory men. It doesn’t do that sort of atmospheric, wash of delay thing that the deluxe memory man is known for unless it’s set for much longer delays. I actually thought about trading it for the shorter delay time of the 550 model but I love those super warm yet very defined delays the 1100 does. The Fairchild delay does the atmospheric wash of delay thing so good and complements the memory man remarkably well. Both of them at the same time is unbelievable.
Pedal game strong.