The original Vapor Trail delay+modulation was one of the most popular pedals by Seymour Duncan, a company mostly known for their electric guitar pickups. The new Deluxe version of that design adds several features to the original design through extensive digital controls, maintaining a fully analog signal path.
The most notable difference in the Vapor Trail Deluxe is that it has 4 modes with a rather experimental/ambient angle and up to 1.2 seconds of delay – here’s how the builder describes them:
Micro Delay: Extremely fast repeats that are great for replicating double-track,?slapback, and Leslie speaker-like effects.
Pitch Sequence: Introduces upper and lower octaves to the wet signal in eight customizable, rhythmic sequences.
Pitch Bender: Puts unique dive-bomb and glissando controls at the tap of your toe.
Runaway: Allows access to the endless repeats and building energy of self-oscillating “runaway” delay with effortless control.
For further sonic exploration, a Wet Insert loop allows you to add other outboard effects to just the repeated signal.
Three presets can be stored, together with a “Manual” mode that retrieves the actual knob settings.
Other features include tap tempo and subdivisions, expression pedal control, and delay trails on/off options.
You can hear the sounds of the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Deluxe in the videos below. We added it to our article about the Best Analog Delay Pedals.
The New Vapor Trail Deluxe Analog Delay Pedal
The Vapor Trail Deluxe builds on the proud legacy of our original Vapor Trail analog delay pedal, who’s warm, Bucket Brigade repeats and 3-dimensional modulation continues to inspire guitarists around the world. However, with the Vapor Trail Deluxe, we’ve taken the pedal’s capabilities quite a bit further. The marriage between Vapor Trail Deluxe’s all analog signal path and its robust digital control is what provides a previously uncharted level of sonic expansion and delay tweak-ability. The addition of three storable presets allows players to recall their favorite unadulterated, all-analog tones on the fly, making the Vapor Trail Deluxe analog delay truly one of a kind. Four inspiring new specialty delay modes allow players to create groundbreaking new tones. And the onboard Tap Tempo and selectable rhythmic subdivisions allow players to dial in their echoes for any mix or scenario, making Vapor Trail Deluxe the perfect companion for any session or gig.
100% Analog, Bucket Brigade Tone
The Vapor Trail Deluxe offers 100% analog warmth and character. And by utilizing four of the largest, most powerful Bucket Brigade chips in production, it delivers an enhanced tonality with amazing depth, and that perfect balance of clarity and natural degradation that you’d expect from a studio-grade analog delay unit. These high-quality chips also allow for increased delay times of up to 1.2 seconds, and define the character of the pedal’s modulation, which ranges from a subtle shimmer to rotary speaker-like warble with ease.
We worked tirelessly to provide an inspiring, all-analog tonality in the Vapor Trail Deluxe. But that was just our baseline. From there, we outfitted the pedal with tap tempo and subdivisions, expression pedal control, and delay trails on/off options, which allow you to decide whether or not you’d like the repeats to carry over when disengaging the pedal. And once you’ve dialed in your perfect delay tone with just the right mix and number of repeats, you can store it for on-the-fly recall in one of three preset locations.
Limitless Ambient Inspiration
The Vapor Trail Deluxe is also the perfect platform for ambient sonic exploration. First, we carried over the original’s Wet Insert, which allows you to add your own outboard effects to just the repeated signal. Go ahead, throw a phaser or flanger on your echos and take your tone beyond the unknown. Then, we added four new specialty modes that truly push the boundaries of traditional analog delay and bring the Vapor Trail Deluxe into a category of its own:
Extremely fast repeats that are great for replicating double-track,?slapback, and Leslie speaker-like effects.
Introduces upper and lower octaves to the wet signal in eight customizable, rhythmic sequences.
Puts unique dive-bomb and glissando controls at the tap of your toe.
Allows access to the endless repeats and building energy of self-oscillating “runaway” delay with effortless control.