Electro Harmonix Memory Toy Pedal
When you think of effects pedals that are innovative, inspiring and just plain fun then the chances are they’re made by Electro Harmonix. The New York-based company have been building iconic stompboxes for over 30 years, and in that time they’ve come up with classics like the Bigg Muff, POG and http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/product/7680-electro-harmonix-small-clone.html. One of the newest additions to this classy stable is the Memory Toy, an analog/chorus pedal that owes much to its bigger siblings the Memory Boy and the Deluxe Memory Man.
Small and Strong
The unit is compact and sturdy, a change from some of the over-sized boxes Electro Harmonix have used in the past.
It includes power input controls for delay, feedback and wet/dry blend, plus, a little toggle switch that engages a modulation circuit - adding a little chorus to the signal. For those of you who prefer to use batteries, you’ll need to unscrew the four screws that hold on the http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/product/41602-electro-harmonix-memory-toy-analog-echo-chorus.html base to gain access to the compartment, so it’s probably best to stick with a power supply for gigging!
Using the controls is a simple affair with the Delay knob, altering the time of delays between 30ms and 550ms, the feedback control increasing the amount of repeats and blend, allowing you to dial in the preferred amount of your original signal against the effected one. With a bit of judicious fiddling, it’s easy to get a classic rockabilly slapback effect, Hendrix-like spacious clean delays, and at the extreme settings Radiohead-style. The Memory Toy’s mod switch adds a preset amount of shimmer to the sound that is tasteful and genuinely usable. As this is an analog unit, the controls are sensitive to what you’re playing, and if you twiddle the controls whilst holding notes, you can easily get the Memory Toy to start self-oscillating - resulting in those strange, 70s-sci-fi-film-style feedbacks that will have indie guitarists kneeling by their pedalboards for hours at a time.
For such an inexpensive unit, the tones on offer from the Memory Toy are truly excellent.
It would be tempting to simply set it up as a standard delay, and leave it there, but like all Electro Harmonix pedals, you get the best results when you spend time experimenting.
Delay pedals are traditionally expensive. So Electro Harmonix should be applauded for making such a cool and useful unit available at the price it has.
If you’re looking to add a delay effect to your rig, or are stuck in a rut in your playing, then buying one of these could prove a very sound investment.
Thumbs Up - the Electro Harmonix Memory Toy Pedal has great tones, and a great price.
Thumbs Down - no tap tempo!
Verdict A versatile and cool-sounding pedal that will be a welcome addition to any pedalboard.