October 14, 2007

Hazarai? WTF?

by Chris Randall

Stopped by Old Town Music in Portland yesterday and picked up one of those new Stereo Memory Man w/ Hazarai pedals from EH. Pretty fun little guy, but if you're expecting, well, a stereo Deluxe Memory Man, you're gonna be sorely disappointed. This pedal and that one are delays, and they're both made by EH, and that's where the similarity ends. This is most decidedly digital, not BBD analog like the older Memory Men. It does have some fairly slick features (I like the diffusion on the "ECHO" settings, from a touch of 'verb to full on schmeer) and it sounds quite good. All in all, this is a lot of bang for your delay dollar, and I have no complaints. I paid $214 at Old Town for it.



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Oct.14.2007 @ 6:58 PM
I was just looking at that pedal as well - I am going to hold out for an Eventide Time Factor. If I am lucky, I can try them side by side ...
Did you try the TF ? Or the Roland RE-20 pedal ? ( link [www.soundonsound.co...]">link [www.soundonsound.co...] )


Oct.15.2007 @ 9:08 AM
How is the noise level on this one? I bought a couple of the more recent EH pedals (stereo pulsar, stereo clone theory, flanger hoax) and had to return them, just completely unusable because of the noise level.

Oct.15.2007 @ 10:16 AM
You were all about the Time Factor when it was announced, what gives?

Oct.15.2007 @ 10:58 AM
this is his 'analog effect' chain hence the memory man. i'm sure he'll pick up a time factor as well.

Oct.15.2007 @ 11:04 AM

What was Sound on Sounds verdict on the RE-20? I don't subscribe so I couldn't read the whole article :)


Oct.15.2007 @ 11:20 AM
Reviewer seemed to like it, looks like a fun piece of kit to me.

"Summary: This is probably the closest a hardware pedal has come to emulating the traditional warm tape-echo sound. It is both compact and easy to use, and it achieves a sound that's very near to that of a vintage Roland RE201, with incredible attention to detail - even down to the modeled spring reverb sounding as bad as the original!"

They mentioned a lot of how the modeling responds the way the hardware would... if you change the tape speed, it takes a bit to slow down or speed up, etc.


Oct.15.2007 @ 2:49 PM
Chris Randall
Bah, whatever. If I want an RE201, I'll go buy one. Fuck a pedal. I just bought the Memory Man on a whim; I don't normally like EH stuff that much. I find their pedals to generally have a boxy sound that doesn't appeal to me.

This one is quite nice, however. I really like how they set up the filter knob; very intuitive. I think we might steal that for a future product. Since it is digital, and not what we at AD would call a "proper delay," you don't get the smooth time changes, so it's kind of semi-hard to dial in the delay against a track. In this light, the Eventide pedal obviously will have this beat all to hell and back, since it has MIDI tempo sync.

My thinking on the matter viz. the Eventide is that all the patches in that pedal are in the Eclipse, and since I have an Eclipse, buying the pedal is kind of silly.



Oct.15.2007 @ 3:13 PM
So, what exactly is Hazarai?

Oct.15.2007 @ 3:44 PM
Adam Schabtach
Chris keeps trying to talk me out of buying a RE-20 but I'm probably not going to be able to resist it. I have a delay fetish; I might as well embrace this aspect of my personality.



Oct.15.2007 @ 4:25 PM
I could use a sexy delay pedal. I was thinking Memory Man Deluxe, but the SOS RE-20 review was pretty stellar. I had a Line 6 Echo Park and it was uninspiring. I'm spoiled by AD plugs.


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