What's the deal with pre-delay?

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Roge Piltoney
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What's the deal with pre-delay?

Post by Roge Piltoney » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:58 am

It seems to be on every reverb pedal these days, and everyone seems to love it, but I honestly can't seem to find any use for it. I generally find it unpleasant to hear an audible delay before my reverb comes in. What am I missing?

I just got a Source Audio Ventris and I gotta say I love it. They crammed a lot into the pedal without making it feel too complicated (unlike the Boss RV-500, which I found way too finicky, personally). And with all the streamlining they did with this pedal they STILL decided to have a dedicated pre-delay knob to be used on every setting. I WANT to use it, but I never like the sound past 9 oclock. There are just so many details to a reverb, why is this one so often singled out for precise control?

Granted, with the Ventris, I could have one reverb have a noticeable pre-delay, but have it be compensated for by going into a second reverb. I just got the pedal so haven't played much with this.

What do you guys use pre-delay for?

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Post by Jason Brock » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:33 pm

I'd say it's great for live playing, or in a busy mix where there's a lot of other stuff going on to mask the obvious delay. It helps give separation to the notes you are playing vs an immediate huge wash of effect.

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Post by jorg » Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:18 pm

I've always read that you should use pre-delay. I've never liked it either. I guess it's a 90s thing.

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Post by Navs » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:13 pm

It helps to give a sense/add to the illusion of size.

I supposed it depends on your source material and objective. But a good example is trying to mimic John Bonham/ 'Levee Breaks-style drums: it's not the same with an instant onset of room reverb.

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Post by GuyaGuy » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:54 am

Jason Brock wrote:I'd say it's great for live playing, or in a busy mix where there's a lot of other stuff going on to mask the obvious delay. It helps give separation to the notes you are playing vs an immediate huge wash of effect.
Pretty much this
And this

It can be distracting if soloing a track but can make things sit just right in a mix.

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