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Seymour Duncan's New Vapor Trail Analog Delay

Vapor Trail Analog Delay Pedal
February 26, 2014

I'm always up for a warm, organic sounding delay with some stank on it. And the folks at Seymour Duncan have just what the doctor ordered with their newest VAPOR TRAIL Analog Delay.

The video speaks for itself, so I don't have to-- especially since they didn't send me a Vapor Trail demo, just a press release. But that's cool anyway, cuz I'm posting this 22 minutes after the release, which puts this Stratoblogster post on the leading edge of the guitar effects information super-highway. For this morning, at least.

Haven't even had coffee yet. So watch for the Vapor Trail, folks! Wherever better pedals are sold! See release, features and specs below...


The Vapor Trail is a true analog delay pedal using the famed Bucket Brigade Devices (BBDs), giving the pedal an authentic, vintage sound with warmth, fullness and depth, but with an immense clarity that keeps it from getting lost in the mix. Responsive modulation controls add shimmer and movement to your delay tone - with the Rate and Depth controls mounted right on the top panel so you can easily adjust them even in a live setting. A little delay will add dimension and richness to your sound while cranking up the controls will provide truly mind-bending sounds. 

A TRS insert jack allows you to add effects to the wet signal (loop the wet delay sound through a flanger, chorus, or other type of effect). You can also use this jack to output a wet-only signal for parallel effect loops or multi-amp setups, or you can plug in any standard volume-type pedal, crank the Mix knob to full, and vary the amount of wet signal from none to full-wet using the pedal. At maximum Wet setting, the first echo is actually 3dB louder than the dry signal. 
To round out the special features on this unit, we've made the Delay knob translucent with a cool blue LED that flashes to give you visual feedback on the delay time you have selected - especially handy when you're playing live! The Vapor Trail Analog Delay was designed for ease of use with knob placement and sturdy materials so it can hold up to the rigors of life on the road. Each unit is assembled in the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California.

Type of Circuitry: Analog Bucket Brigade Devices (BBDs) supported by modern low-noise analog electronics.  No microprocessors or digital signal processors.
Bypass: True Bypass
Delay Range: 15ms to 600ms. Actual delay time indicated by flash rate of illuminated delay time knob.
Dry Gain: 1dB fixed
Wet Gain: Adjustable from muted to +3dB.  At the highest blend settings, the first echo is actually louder than the dry signal.
Repeat Control Range: One repeat to runaway repeats
Modulation Rate Range: 0.2Hz to 4 Hz
Modulation Depth Range: Zero to "over the top"
Auxiliary Functions: Wet channel insert loop, allows external effects to be applied to only the wet signal. Also serves as a wet-only output for wet/dry stereo or studio use.
Dry Frequency Response: <-1db 100="" 10="" and="" hz="" khz="" span="">
Dry Distortion: 0.002% at 250 Hz, 1V RMS output
Dry Noise Floor: -100dBv at output, 400Hz to 20kHz with input unplugged
Wet Noise Floor:  -90dBV at output, 400Hz to 20kHz
Input Impedance: 1 Meg (active); open (bypassed)
Output Impedance:  1K ohm
Power: Internal 9V battery or external 9V-18V regulated power supply. Standard 9V is recommended.
Current Consumption:  11mA typical
Dimensions: Chassis size 2.61" x 4.90" x 1.45" (W x L x H) (6.63cm x 12.45cm x 3.56cm).
Weight: 0.8lb. without battery, 0.9 lb. with battery. 
For more information, visit: http://www.seymourduncan.com

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