Blind Panic Devices Dilithium Delay

The Blind Panic Devices Dilithium Delay is a pedal that puts a smile on our faces even just by looking at it. It’s a PT2399 based, analog-voiced, delay pedal with a unique, modulation section that affects the delay time based on the dynamics of the input signal.

We’ll use the (very good) description from the Pedal Experiment video below because we are a little too busy with this weekend’s Brooklyn Synth and Pedal Expo to write our own writeup, sorry about that!

The “normal” side of the Dilithium Delay is really great, all by itself. The tone control gives you a wide EQ spectrum for the repeats, and the individual dry/wet volume knobs are fantastic for tweaking the output levels of both the delay and your clean signal.

At the bottom however, things start to get crazy. The switches and knobs in red, all control the modulation side of the delay – which is basically governed by a Volume Unit Meter (controlled by the ‘Sensitivity’ knob), which lights up two sets of LEDs (selected by the ‘Warp’ toggle switches) that trigger a Light Dependant Resistor (LDR) that, in turn, make adjustments to the delay time parameter, causing bends and wobbles in the pitch that can be subtle or extreme, based on the position of the ‘Depth’ knob. The main LED is also a hidden button that engages a second mode for the VU Meter, where all the LEDs stay lit until the level drops back below the ‘Sensitivity’ threshold.

Blind Panic Devices Dilithium Delay, Builder’s Notes

Dilithium (Li²) is a strongly electrophilic, diatomic molecule comprising two lithium atoms covalently bonded together.
Li² is predominately known in its gas phase, however it can also be found in crystallised form in extremely rare circumstances.
Around 2% of the Quartz found on Earth is actually Dilithium, making it incredibly, unbelievably rare.

Such an obscure and unobtainable element just HAS to be packed to the brim with TOAN, right?…So obviously, when the new, up-and-coming, British pedal company ‘Blind Panic Devices’ set out to make the most exceptional delay known to man, they set their sights firmly on this most elusive of materials.
Upon the procurement of said crystals, great care was taken to harness the mysterious, electrical energy that lies within, and channel it directly into the monumental delay pedal you see here…

…either that, or they wedged a random, regular bit of crystal into a piece of pipe, and then lit it from within, using boring old electricity?