Providence DLY-83 Delay 80's



The DELAY 80's does not use the modeling or simulation type digital delay technology that has been developed in recent years. For the IC that forms the heart of the delay circuit, a dedicated custom chip was used, which is now rarely manufactured. The circuitry is a reproduction of the 80's and revives the warm and fat delay sound of the old digital delays. In many of today's effects, sound processing is done digitally. To many people hearing these devices, they tend to be cold and flat sounding. The digital circuit of the DELAY 80's is used only to delay the sound. All other sound processing is done by analog circuitry. As a result, a full and lustrous sound can be achieved. The DELAY 80's covers a range of delay times from 25ms to 2048ms. The delay time is continuously variable using the RANGE and TIME controls

    FEED BACK Control

    Setting the FEEDBACK control past 12 o'clock pushes feedback into the oscillation region, which can be a great way to take solos into a new dimension. The ECHO HARDNESS control can be used to modify the characteristics of the feedback sound for greater musical variation.

    Caution: The volume will increase significantly when oscillation begins, so be sure to set an appropriate level before using this effect. Extended periods of oscillation can lead to distortion in some cases.


    This original sound-shaping parameter has been included to make it easy to adjust the upper midrange frequencies of the delay sound in order to create the required degree of softness or warmth. Since this control is actually located within the feedback loop it can also be use to simulate the sound of analog or tape delays.

    HOLD Function

    The Delay 82 includes a HOLD function that can be used with long delay times for sound-on-sound type performance, or with short delays for tricky solo effects. Whatever is played immediately prior to pressing the footswitch is held for the set delay time from the instant the footswitch is pressed.


    Use only the MONO output to feed a mono input on an amp, sound system, or another effect pedal. When the effect is ON the direct and delay sounds will be mixed to create a mono signal. To separate the direct and delay sounds use both the MONO and DIRECT outputs. In this case the MONO output will deliver only the delay sound when the effect is ON, and the direct sound when the effect is OFF. The DIRECT output always outputs the buffered direct sound.


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