Arion Stereo Delay SAD-1

Arion Stereo Delay SAD-1

The combination of BBD (bucket brigade) technology and exclusive noise reduction circuit allows the SAD-1 to offer a superior long or short delay without the noise commonly found in many analog delay units.

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User Reviews of the Arion Stereo Delay SAD-1

  • Submitted by Wren from Faber, VA (56 points) on Aug 14, 2006
  • Easily my favorite analog delay, sound-wise, and very cheap. I own two, and I want more. Very good self-oscillation: not too brutal, relatively controllable, but still very nasty. As a delay, it's murky, but not too murky, dark but not too dark. What I like most about the delay's tone is that it isn't pristine digital delay, nor is it distorted. A lot of analog delays that I've owned/used have repeats that are just a little grittier than the original signal; this one is very spacey and dark. It adds a lot of depth to the signal, and doesn't clutter it too badly, like a lot of delays do. It's the perfect tool for adding depth to a one-dimensional chain/sound/sample/what have you.
  • Good Points: Very cheap. Self-oscillates very nicely, easily, and controllably. Very nice sound. Can run for awhile on batteries, if you're so inclined. Stereo outputs, one of them with the option of dry/wet (with a switch).
  • Bad Points: Short delay time (but that's to be expected). Not the best construction.
  • Price Paid: US$45.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by Paul from Chico, CA (48 points) on Jul 22, 2006
  • I love this pedal. I own three. Easily the best analog delay pedal out there for the money. The money, I say. As in, it's cheap!
  • Good Points: Great sounding delay and awesome delay-tweaking sounds. Can you say whirly-spaceship sounds? Hell yeah!
  • Bad Points: Uh, it's plastic. The pots are more like high-end trim pots soldered direct to the circuit board, so they wear out and get wobbily. Still, if you're gentle with it, it's treat you well.
  • Price Paid: US$65.00
  • Purchased At: eBay
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  • Submitted by Jaybear from Houston, TX (30 points) on May 26, 2006
  • Not the best delay pedal and not totally good for Noise, but it can add some cool tones to any sort of music, and gives a very spaced-out delay effect in lower settings. Would work great in a noisy pedal chain.
  • Good Points: Pretty cheap. Does exactly what its supposed to. Easy battery input.
  • Bad Points: Not as noisy as other delays. One-trick pony.
  • Price Paid: US$30.00
  • Purchased At: Musician's Friend
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  • Submitted by Robin from Portland, OR (2 points) on Oct 20, 2004
  • This pedal works great as a feedback tone generator. I use it as the initial sound producing object in an longer effects chain. Simply plug out 1 into its in, and your set. The manufactures suggestion is that AC adaptors should provide this pedal with 9v of power. I think this suggestion is limiting. Go for 12v. You'll thank yourself. Also, for this application, I would recommend setting the "direct/stereo" to direct, re: more punchy. Use the depth knob to "edge into" the feedback tone, and the delay time knob to "tune" the tone. Also, sweeping the delay time is quite rewarding. Try moving to "0" (shortest time), holding for a second or two, and then quickly twisting the knob to the opposite extreme. This produces great full, bassy "wobbly" sounds. Also, quickly turning the pedal on and off with depth and repeat on high can produce nice, unique "stuttering" sounds.
  • Good Points: Cheap, loud, gritty and full in tone.
  • Bad Points: The cheap plastic knobs tend to fall off. Footpedal on/off interface isn't very ergonomic in tabletop situation.
  • Price Paid: US$35.00
  • Purchased At: online auction site
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  • Submitted by nkondi from Portland, OR (570 points) on May 3, 2003
  • not as good as their delay/sampler since it doesnt have the range of that great pedal...but its great as feedback starting point...like the previous review said, putting a delay behind it would do nice things to its fast noises...deffinately worth every penny.
  • Good Points: still being made, and deffinately worth it since it feedsback into itself so nicely...
  • Bad Points: plastic, but not as bad as some of the others ive purchased in this line...
  • Price Paid: US$35.00
  • Purchased At: musiciansfriend
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  • Submitted by D/A A/D from Halifax (398 points) on Aug 21, 2002
  • Great for that low pass repeater sound, great tone when you want it... And great delay feed back also!.. Just set the repeats to max, and the level at max then fiddle with the depth = Earth Shattering Feedback (sound great with another delay after in the chain....
  • Good Points: Great noise when you want it, Great tone when you want it also... Delay feedback rocks...
  • Bad Points: Its made out of plasic....
  • Price Paid: US$30.00
  • Purchased At: A pawn shop
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