Mr Black Downward Spiral review

Nine Inch Trails - a descending delay

  • £139
  • $179
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Our Verdict

For adding a sense of derangement to any passage, it's a tortured treat.

Pros

  • Interesting tweak on delay. Handmade in Oregon. Tortured tones.

Cons

  • Requires careful application.

Imagine a delay where every repeat gradually descends in pitch - it sounds like a nightmare, and that's the point.

"Lower regen settings sound like heavily vibrato'd delays across the 20ms-800ms range"

The Downward Spiral's pitch descent increases as you up the regen (aka feedback) control, right up to minutes of trails until the notes become a garbled mess.

Lower regen settings sound like heavily vibrato'd delays across the 20ms-800ms range, with the descent only apparent when you stop playing.

It's not the easiest to use creatively, but for adding a sense of derangement to any passage, it's a tortured treat.

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Tech Specs

Country of OriginUSA
Battery/Adaptor Type9V Battery Nine-volt mains adaptor
FeaturesTrue bypass