Arion Stereo Analog Delay SAD-3

Arion Stereo Analog Delay SAD-3

The combination of BBD (bucket brigade) technology and exclusive noise reduction circuit allows the SAD-3 to offer a superior long or short delay without the noise commonly found in many analog delay units.


Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $99.00

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User Reviews of the Arion Stereo Analog Delay SAD-3

  • Submitted by caress from Allston, MA (48 points) on Aug 22, 2006
  • pretty nice sounding analog delay. can easily be bent into a mini-synth that screams or an octave-shifting super long delay...just crack that little plastic case open and have a go at it.
  • Good Points: sounds pretty good. great for bending...
  • Bad Points: cheapo case. short regen.
  • Price Paid: US$23.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by Eric from Montreal (22 points) on Jan 27, 2006
  • I won't rehash what's already been said. Feeds back on itself with little provocation and can generate almost theremin-like tones. Definitely worth buying as a sound source if you can still find one cheap. ebay sellers seem to have caught on that these are in demand and are now selling them for 0.
  • Good Points: great feedback sound source
  • Bad Points: prices on ebay getting higher
  • Price Paid: US$45.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by series_ from Portland, OR (180 points) on Nov 9, 2005
  • Used to be that you could find these everywhere. And they sound amazing. Really stereo analog delay for under 0!? And it sounds great. Can't beat that, BUT I never see them anymore. I'd buy another 2 on sight if I came across them. It sounds easily better than some of the analog Boss pedals I've played with. The construction is poor, as with all Arion effects. Havn't ever cracked mine open to find those two little knobs, but sounds like it might be worth a go. While I'm at it I might just pull the whole thing out and put it in another casing.
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  • Price Paid: US$15.00
  • Purchased At: Junk Shop
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  • Submitted by ck3 from Portland, ME (398 points) on Sep 21, 2004
  • I couldn't help but grab one of these when I noticed the price and read through some of the reviews on this site. It is definitely quite impressive as a self-oscillating noise generator. It can allow you to create a nice backdrop of angry crickets either by itself or in a feedback loop.
  • Good Points: The "time" knob is a very reponsive pitch control when the pedal is self-oscillating. The tones it produces are surprisingly warm ... and did I mention THE PRICE!!!
  • Bad Points: The 80% plastic construction brings obvious questions to mind about durability ... though the backplate is metal.
  • Price Paid: US$25.00
  • Purchased At: Musician's Fiend
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  • Submitted by Pulse from Portland, OR (4 points) on Jun 15, 2004
  • try using an adapter with 12volts instead of a 9volt battery. the feedback will increase into a loop, capable of howling UFO sounds.
  • Good Points: cheap. warm analog delays.
  • Bad Points: finding one of these.
  • Price Paid: US$30.00
  • Purchased At: musicians friend
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  • Submitted by Blake from Redmond, WA (18 points) on May 14, 2004
  • if you remove all the knobs and the switch and pop the crappy metal face off there are 2 more mini knobs that will increase the delay time alittle or decrease it to there point where it sounds like a stuck flange or a reverb
  • Good Points: the 2 hidden knobs and the price
  • Bad Points: its plastic and the knobs are crap but thats easy fixed if you have a old knob off of something else and can sodder
  • Price Paid: US$24.00
  • Purchased At: guitarcenter.com
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  • Submitted by Lich from West Kingston, RI (22 points) on Nov 21, 2003
  • i like this pedal. it's not a long delay or anything, and it won't repeat forever, but it does what it's supposed to do, which isn't bad considering the price. as a starting point for a loop, it works well. as someone else said, control it with the delay knob with the other two maxed. it also sounds good on vocals.
  • Good Points: cheap, good on vocals, decent for starting a loop
  • Bad Points: plastic, but that's not that big of a deal
  • Price Paid: US$20.00
  • Purchased At: musician's friend
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  • Submitted by nkondi from Portland, OR (598 points) on Jul 17, 2003
  • bought this because of the great price. the delay ranges arent the best in the world, and it sometimes gets lost in a loop, but when this thing is used at a starting point, it works real well. not as great as the dds-1 that they make, but it will give enough kick to really punch through the rest of the effects placed in the loop, adding some good tempo changes.
  • Good Points: very good and recomended for staring a feedback loop...
  • Bad Points: a bit plastic but still solid, beyond that no complaints...
  • Price Paid: US$30.00
  • Purchased At: musicians friend
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  • Submitted by gordon from Redwood City, CA (8 points) on Jun 4, 2003
  • i picked this up for new, it is a good sounding, warm analog delay, not very powerful regeneration/feedback, but that was expected.. the delay time goes from quick slap back to about 1/4 of a second.. loud midrange self oscillating signal you can change up w/the delay knob when used first in a feedback loop.. over all, good for the price, but not nearly as powerful when holding a signal/repeat as a digital or more powerful analog delay. sounds great when used with other delays.
  • Good Points: good warm analog delay tone, self oscillates well, can make some zonky noises etc when combined with other pedals in a chain.
  • Bad Points: short delay times, too quick decay of regeneration/feedback.. cheap casing/knobs (it's arion.)
  • Price Paid: US$30.00
  • Purchased At: musiciansfriend.com
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