ao link
Filter content by area of interest
Boost and Overdrive

The Suhr Discovery Delay Issues a Challenge to all other Analog Delays with its incredibly smart feature set

Analog DelayDelaySuhr
Share to TwitterShare to Facebook

I love nearly everything about the new Suhr Discovery Analog BBD Delay. It sounds fantastic, and does that smart Chase Bliss Audio thing of Analog Heart with a Digital Control Layer. You can scroll through 127 onboard Presets (via footswitches also) - and through smart filtering and Refine Up/Down controls you can vastly extend the delay time - without experiencing noisy artefacts.


Controls - Preset Select/Edit, Fine Tune Down/Up, Time (ms/BPM), Division : Dotted Eighth/Eighth/Triplet/Quarter/Sixteenth, Hold for BPM, Mix, Time (40ms-1100ms), Regen, Lo Cut, Hit Cut, Speed, Waveform Button : Triangle/Sine/Square, Depth, Bypass Footswitch, Tap-Tempo Footswitch / Hold for Presets.


  • All-new revolutionary design
  • Engineered on four re-issued versions of the renowned MN3005 bucket-brigade analog-delay chips
  • 127 programmable presets onboard
  • Delay times of 40ms-1100ms, expandable to 17ms-2000ms & beyond with up/down & division buttons
  • Subdivisions include quarter, dotted-eighth, eighth note triplet, eighth note and sixteenth note
  • 7-segment display for BPM, milliseconds or preset number
  • Classic analog delay warmth with the control to make it your own
  • Studio quality tone & features
  • Built-in smart Tap-Tempo giving you the ability to nail the tempo
  • High & Lo Cut controls to shape the sound of your delay
  • Modulation with speed & depth controls
  • 3 modulation waveforms to choose from: Triangle, Sine and Square
  • Fully programmable digital-control
  • Use in ANY set-up with MIDI In & Out/Thru
  • Every knob is mappable to an expression pedal
  • Custom expression pedal mapping, savable to each preset
  • Every parameter can be controlled by MIDI
  • Can be used to send patch changes to your other MIDI devices
  • Save all of your presets to a SysEx file for back-up or to share
  • Switchable true-bypass or buffered-bypass
  • Soft clipping limiter for infinite feedback and oscillations
  • Kill dry mode for parallel effects loops
  • Includes an 18V DC power supply
  • Assembled in the USA
  • Mono Output
  • RRP £549/£549

It's a hugely impressive Analog Delay all-round, and very usable. Ease of use here is a major factor. I was really excited when I first clocked this, but my enthusiasm was somewhat marred when I realised it was Mono output only.


The second half of my pedal-chain is entirely stereo - and in order to replace my mainstay Strymon Volante I obviously need that replacement to have stereo output. So despite hitting pretty much every preference for a delay, it turns out that the Discovery is not quite suitable enough for me! I will have to wait for John Suhr to release the enhanced stereo output V2 version - whenever that might happen.


The Discovery Delay has a superb Form Factor with really intuitive controls - and pretty much everything it does is spot-on - all it needs is a stereo output to get full marks!


I know a lot of my readers were excited about this one - but like me - their enthusiasm may be marred by the mono only output - what do all of you think? Anyone getting one of these?



Share to TwitterShare to Facebook
Add New Comment
You must be registered and logged in to comment
Stefan Karlsson
Stefan Karlsson
Guitar Pedal X
News Navigation

2021 50

August 27

Boss Massively Raises the Bar with its Superbly Executed Brand New Improved Format SY-200 Synthesizer
"Good Morning Mark - I've been saying for several "...
10 hours ago
Neunaber Levels Up with its Smart New 17-Algorithm, Preset-Laden Illumine Reverb Workstation
"Hey Cyril - I take it you've tried to tweak each "...
2 days ago