Keeley Recino review

Straight-forward clean delay

  • £135
  • $179
Repeat, Time and Level - you'll find no complex features here

MusicRadar Verdict

No bells and whistles here; this Spin FV-1 chip-based digital delay is all about simplicity.

Pros

  • +

    Simple operation. Unadulterated, pure delay tones.

Cons

  • -

    Very basic.

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The Recino (Latin for echo) is a digital delay pure and simple, complementing the Magnetic Echo, a tape echo emulation pedal, already in Keeley's roster.

"Keeley seems to have pitched how the repeats sound to appeal to a wide range of players"

With just three knobs and no other tricks up it sleeve, the Recino is basic compared with some of its tap tempo-endowed rivals, but perhaps makes up for that with an emphasis on sound quality based around a Spin FV-1 chip.

Delay time spans a very practical range from a short metallic reverb-y slap through to a full second.

Keeley seems to have pitched how the repeats sound and blend in with your signal to appeal to a wide range of players (while the timbre isn't as dark as some BBD analogue delays, neither is it clinically digital); you get out an unadulterated version of what you put in.

An all-singing, all-dancing multi-faceted digital echo this is not, but the Recino's simplicity and sound is endearing.

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.