Akai Analog Delay review

  • £59
  • $249
The Analog Delay's sound is very much on the bright side…

MusicRadar Verdict

If you don't mind the bright tonality, this is a practical and straightforward delay at a reasonable price.


  • +

    Crusty repeats; long delay time available.


  • -

    No modulation option; brightens the overall sound when engaged.

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The Analog Delay pedal features real BBD circuitry in its design and is capable of longer delay times (up to 1.2 seconds) than other analog delays on the market.


The effects you'd expect of analogue delay are all here, from clangy reverb at minimal delay times through slapback to the more obvious repeats, plus dub effects from knob manipulation.

However, the delay pedal does brighten your tone when kicked in and the repeats may sound a little brighter than you'd like if you're looking for the typical analogue experience of darker delays that blur into your sound.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.