Behringer Vintage Time Delay

At a glance, the aesthetics of Behringer's latest delay – named the VM1 – resemble those of the classic Electro-Harmonix Memory Man Deluxe.

The true-bypass VM1 offers 550ms of analogue delay with chorus and vibrato modulation. Its familiar looking feature set includes output level, which controls original signal level and provides an overdriven boost, along with blend controls to mix wet and dry signals and feedback to control the amount of repeats. Right below that the two remaining control knobs offer delay time, chorus and vibrato; a toggle switch selects either modulation.

Its rugged, off-white enclosure comes in at 221mm wide and 203mm long. So, like the Memory Man Deluxe, it'll take up a fair amount of real estate on your pedalboard.

The Vintage Time Delay is powered courtesy of a nine-volt battery or equivalent centre negative power supply, so it is easier for most people to run in a chain, being that many pedals run off the same voltage.

Sounds

Hear the VM1 here in the following clips. Vibrato:

Chorus:

Slapback:

Extreme:

The VM1's Echo can achieve anything from old style slap-back, U2 ping-pong to experimental ambience. Whilst sounding a little thin and non-organic, it's a fair nod to a vintage-y delay.

Modulation – on wet signal only – offers some 'out-there' sounds, vibrato dishes up spooky chording effects and the chorus sounds particularly classic and sweet in the high-end. Most fun here is to be had with the feedback control with epic oscillations and wild squeals.

MusicRadar Rating

3 / 5 stars
Pros

Price. Features. Eccentric sonics.

Cons

Slightly thin sounding echo. Large unit.

Verdict

Not as organic sounding as its peers, the VM1 offers a good introduction to vintage delays at a reasonable price.

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