Supro Analog Delay Review
Our Verdict and Review Summary
The Supro Delay is a simple and straightforward analog delay circuit, modeled after a '70s ambience but without the noise. I like the tone, and how they've mellowed out the bypass switching to avoid the harsh clicking. It's perfect for a simpler delay sound, especially if you are setting up something like a slapback delay where you don't need to worry about changing delay time as often.
The Supro Delay's strongest suit is simplicity and vintage tone coming from two MN3005 bucket brigade chips. Supro cuts out some versatility to invest in the nicer internal circuits, giving you a more faithful reproduction of vintage delays without any digital components. And while digital models are getting a lot better, there's still something about an analog delay pedal that's hard to reproduce. Those that value the purity of an analog circuit over flexibility will get more value out of the Supro Delay.
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Use this table to compare the Supro Delay to a few others in a similar price range.
Supro Analog Delay
DOD Rubberneck Delay
Boss DM-2w Waza Craft Delay
Line 6 DL4 MK2
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BEST FOR: Analog purists, simple ambience layering, vintage delay fans
- No noise at all
- Very simple to use
- Filter control is nice to have
- Pairs well with tremolo or chorus
- Expression pedal can give you a lot of added flexibility
- Bypass switch is nice and soft
- Control is limited
- No tap tempo (can be controlled via expression)
Tone and Sound
I liked the Supro most with open chords, as more of an ambient layer than a heavy rhythm tool. If you want rhythmic delay, the DOD Rubberneck is a good one to look at. But think of the Supro as a clean tone compliment and not necessarily a spotlight delay pedal. While it can give you more of a punchy and rhythmic sound, I found it most useful letting the tone quality do the work. This sort of delay is great for when you want to let the natural quality of a high-end tube amp shine through an effects layer.
Functionality and Control
The controls on the Supro are fairly straightforward, but they give you plenty of variety to work with. This is common for analog delay pedals, since additional controls, like tap tempo and modes, run the price up a lot. Supro leaves these out which helps keep the cost down, but still includes the filter control that lets you tweak the wet tone by itself. Personally, I wish they had taken out the expression compatibility and added a tap tempo, though that could require the pedal chassis to be bigger, which would likely run up the cost even more than the expression features.
Price, Value, and the Ideal Buyer
The price tag is consistent with other comparables in the analog delay market. Since it's physically on the smaller side (about the size of a Boss pedal), it's going to be priced lower, based on that alone. From there, the absence of modes and a tap tempo cut additional costs. All of the money here has gone into the bucket brigade circuit, which was Supro's intention from the beginning. Like their amps, this pedal will have a lot of value to someone who is after a simple delay, that covers the basic controls while putting all of its energy into tone quality.
Wrap Up and Questions
The Supro Delay is a great fit for tube amps. For testing I used a Boss Katana 50 and then my Mesa Rectoverb. Clearly, the Rectoverb is a nicer amp, but I could also tell that the Supro was just playing really well off the tube circuit. Bucket brigade delay pedals usually do.
So overall, the only complaint I have is the lack of a tap tempo, which can be somewhat alleviated by an expression control. Otherwise, it's a solid pedal at a reasonable price.
If you have questions about my Supro Delay review, drop them in the comments section and I'll help out as much as I can.
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