Behringer VD400 Vintage Delay

The Behringer VD400 Vintage Delay is an effect pedal that spices up your guitar sound with an all-analog echo. It uses a “bucket brigade” circuit to give a classic lo-fi warmth to the signal, and it’s a steal at around $25 on Amazon.

I bought a VD400 with the aim of building a pedalboard for ambient guitar. I already owned an Electro Harmonix Canyon digital delay pedal, and I wanted to stack a second delay for a lusher, richer sound. The VD400 had good reviews on Amazon, and the price was unbeatable, so I went ahead and bought one.

Pros

I’m glad I picked up my VD400, for a number of reasons. It’s hard to imagine a better all-analog delay at this price. It’s easy to configure – it has the three standard delay parameters: repeat time; level (called “echo”); and feedback (called “intensity”) – so the learning curve is very easy. The sound quality of the delay is really good. Crucially, the pedal won’t add noticeable noise to clean signal. Altogether, the Behringer Vintage Delay VD400 does a lot for its tiny price.

Cons

The VD400 has a handful of forgivable shortcomings. Behringer is able to get these pedals so cheap by scrimping on build quality and features. The plastic case probably wouldn’t survive a severe impact, so you’ll probably want something sturdier if you’re on the road. The maximum delay time is just 300ms, which isn’t much compared to a digital delay. Finally, there’s no tap tempo, so this isn’t a great choice if you need to set delay time on the fly.

Conclusion

Given that the VD400 is so inexpensive, I’m thrilled. I’d strongly recommend picking one up for your beginner-to-intermediate-level analog delay needs. Whether you need to thicken your distortion tone or make your ambient soundscapes richer, the Behringer Vintage Delay VD400 is an excellent choice. Check it out!

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