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Re: Nels Cline on his EH16ddl from PG (5 essential effects article)

Title: Re: Nels Cline on his EH16ddl from PG (5 essential effects

The original Electro Harmonix 16 second delay was a very low sample rate 8 bit device. The repeats were attained by recirculating the analog output back into the A/D converter, so the signal would degrade with each repeat.  Because of this it created some murky and mysterious textures.  Every commercial DDL (digital delay line) after that was an "improvement" in fidelity, but I think that the artifacts of the 16 second delay are the reason it's so highly coveted.

I owned the re-issue for a while, and it was certainly fun, but nothing like the original in terms of sound.


Sylvain Poitras wrote:
I've heard lots of folks praise the original EHX16, but can anyone tell me exactly why it is so praiseworthy?  I mean, other than the fact that Bill Frisell has one...