Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy Analog Delay Pedal with Tap Tempo

Analog Delay Pedal with Tap Tempo, Expression Pedal Input, Modulation, and FX Loop
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A Great Analog Delay — and a Whole Lot More!

The right pedal can be downright inspiring to play through, triggering your creativity in ways you never imagined. The Deluxe Memory Boy from Electro-Harmonix takes cues from its lineage (the Deluxe Memory Man has been a legend since its inception) but adds a few special touches to give it a voice all its own. One of the problems with many conventional delay pedals is that you often can't sync the delay with the tempo of the song. Not a problem with the Deluxe Memory Boy! Just tap in the right tempo, and you're off and running.

Want to add a bit of extra texture? Engage the modulation section and choose between square and triangle waves. The depth or rate can be controlled via the expression pedal input. And speaking of expressing yourself, you can use an expression pedal to control the amount of delay as well as the amount of feedback. If you're familiar with analog delays, you'll understand what an awesome creative tool having expressive control over the feedback circuit is, as you can instantly conjure spiraling feedback at your leisure.

But the Deluxe Memory Boy doesn't stop there! An FX loop lets you color only the delayed signal with an additional effects pedal. Let it sink in for a minute; imagine what you can do with that! Octave pedals, fuzz pedals, ring modulators — drop anything you want into the FX loop and add your signature style to your sound. The Deluxe Memory Boy does all this and more! Get one on your pedalboard today!

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy Features at a Glance:
  • Tap tempo
  • Tap divide timing subdivisions
  • Expression pedal input for flexible control
  • Triangle- and square-wave modulation, with adjustable rate and depth for superior chorus, vibratos, and sweeps
  • Total analog bucket brigade design
  • Built-in FX loop
Become a master of space and time — and a whole lot more — with Electro-Harmonix's Deluxe Memory Boy!

Additional Media

Deluxe Memory Boy User Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Analog Delay
Maximum Delay Time 0.7 seconds (700ms)
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Height 2.5"
Width 7.25"
Depth 5"
Weight 2 lbs.
Power Supply Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number DMBOY

Customer Reviews

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Really versatile pedal

This thing is just great. So much parameter control in a reasonably sized package. Tap tempo + subdivision selection is super handy - simply tap the tempo and then select the subdivision you want the delay to be. Highly recommend you pick up an expression pedal to plug into this for additional on-the-fly parameter control. I pretty much just stick with the expression controlling the feedback for dynamic swelling, but modulating the other parameters can be fun too. The depth modulation and wet signal effects loop is just icing on the cake as it opens up all kinds of options for interesting sounds. A great buy.

Excellent pedal.

Really great pedal. Anything from adding slight atmosphere to your playing to huge ambient landscapes, this pedal does it all! The depth is the key to getting a fantastic sound out of it, as well as the rate.
Music background: professional musician

Wonderful delay!

Incredible pedal for the price. The tap divide is so brilliant, and for under 200 bucks, definitely the best delay on the market for the money. Any other tap divide/modulation capable pedals with the amount of depth the Deluxe Memory Boy has are astronomically more expensive. So much fun to play with.
Music background: Music Enthusiast

Best Analog Delay

This is the best analog delay I have used. It is loaded with features, which is something you don't typically find with analog delays. The tap tempo feature makes life a lot easier when playing live. I haven't found another analog delay that gives you this much control. As far as the sound goes, its clean and natural, not digitized like with digital delays. You can get some funky tones out of the delay if you mess with the depth control. The only change I would like to see is for the tap tempo button to be a momentary switch instead of a catch and release switch. That would enable the user to dial in faster delay times by foot. I will be modding my pedal with a new switch, not too difficult, but it'd be nice if it came that way stock.
Music background: Guitar Player for 10 years, Recording Engineer

Gets the job done

All things considered, I'd have to say this is a pretty great pedal. This isn't the absolute best sounding analog delay I've ever heard, but for any analogophile who is looking for more ease of use and versatility during live shows, I would highly recommend this pedal. The thing that really makes it stand apart is the features and sound quality to price ratio. For all the features this pedal boasts, you'd usually have to go digital, and for decent sound quality on top of that, you'd have to pay significantly more money. I really view this pedal as a workhorse. It hasn't given me sounds that "inspire my playing," but it does exactly what I need it to, and I have close to zero complaints about its operation and sound quality. That said, there are some drawbacks: the gain, blend, and feedback controls are extremely sensitive, and have to be set just so. If the gain in particular gets bumped even a little bit, i get a boost or cut in volume when I engage the pedal. But the tap, subdivision, and expression pedal features save me from the majority of knob-tweaking that you'd have to go through with most other analog delays. Overall, if you (like me) prefer analog to digital, and want a solid, versatile, and relatively inexpensive pedal, I would highly recommend the Deluxe Memory Boy.

Sweetwater Advice

Nick Schenkel

The Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy is the answer to a prayer. It gives you CV or expression pedal control over either LFO Rate, LFO Depth and Shape, Feedback, or Delay Time. There's an effects loop that applies only to the regenerations. Also, if you hold down the "Exp Mode" button for three seconds, the "Rate" knob turns into a Cutoff control for a High Pass Filter on the regenerations. The delay is clean and smooth. Very nice tonality. At this pricepoint, this pedal is an unbelieveably good deal!
See also: Reverb Pedals, Electro-Harmonix, Electro-Harmonix Reverbs and Delays