Volume drop on EHX #1 Echo. Fix?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Din Of Win, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Hey all,

    I love this pedal for it's simple ease of use and analog-style sound. However, In most of the usable modes, i experience a pretty lousy volume drop.

    Has anyone encountered this?
    Any easy fixes?

  2. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    Is there an internal trim pot? I don't know about the #1 Echo, but I know that a few EHX pedals have a trim pot and a little tweak can help.
  3. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    Best fix is to get a delay that has 100/100 volume instead of 50/50 with the blend at noon, i.e. get a delay not made by EHX! Then again you will end up with a slight volume boost instead...

    I chopped in my SMMH for this reason, I couldn't use the looper because of the volume drop.
  4. Hmmm i gotcha.

    Haha... my DL4 sounded good, but i just sold it ah well...

    How about the Memory man? Or more specifically, the Memory Boy is looking quite nice...

    I guess i'll be trying out some new (used) pedals this weekend then...
  5. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Boise, ID, USA
    The Deluxe Memory Man (original and XO) has a Level knob and an internal preamp which can be pushed to overdrive if you wanted to.

    The other current EHX delay pedals use Blend knobs but no level knobs. I imagine the Memory Boy might have a possible volume drop depending on the design of the Blend knob (i.e., whether it's the more traditional 0% to 50% delay mix, or a 0% to 100% delay mix).

    For the record, not all pedals with this design suffer a volume drop. For example, the TC Electronic Nova Delay has this type of blend knob and suffers no volume drop at all. It may partly be because it's a particularly complex and feature-packed digital delay pedal. Usually, though, you can expect pedals with these kinds of blend knobs to have volume drops, but they have the advantage of making the delay signal louder than the clean signal.

    The one drawback of the more traditional mix knob design, like what you see on the MXR Carbon Copy, is that the delay signal can never be louder than the clean signal.
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  6. Ah right on. Thanks MysticBoo, that helps a lot!