Seymour Duncan’s new Vapor Trail deluxe blends analogue delay sounds with extensive digital control

Seymour Duncan has unveiled an expanded Deluxe version of its Vapor Trail delay pedal, adding more complex digital control to the analogue delay effect.

Seymour Duncan has unveiled an expanded Deluxe version of its Vapor Trail delay pedal, adding more complex digital control to the analogue delay effect.

The core of the pedal’s sound comes from four bucket-brigade delay chips, for delay times of up to 1.2 seconds. This category of delay chips has a characteristic sound with filtered high-end, perfect for sinking behind your playing and not getting in the way of things.

Thanks to the combination of analogue and digital, the pedal bears a bank of three presets, and has both tap tempo and a rotary subdivision selector. Tempo is set by tapping a dedicated secondary footswitch, while preset selection mode is entered by holding down the bypass footswitch. Presets are then selected with the tap tempo footswitch. There’s also a manual mode for what-you-see-is-what-you-get operation.

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The division rotary switch also selects four extra effect modes: Micro Delay, for extra-fast slapback sounds, Pitch Sequence adds in up and down octaves in eight customisable, rhythmic sequences, Pitch Bender gives dramatic glissando effects and finally, Runaway allows a controlled but endless barrage of repeats.

Separate to these effects is a modulation section, which offers everything from subtle pitch imperfections to seasick wildness.

For even more effects to be placed on your repeats, there’s a TRS send-return ‘wet insert’ jack. This allows you to use a stereo-to-dual-mono cable to patch in other pedals to be applied just to the repeats for some truly out-there experimental sounds.

Other features include an overall mix knob, expression pedal input and switchable trails to allow your repeats to carry on once you’ve disengaged the pedal.

You can hear the pedal in action with Seymour Duncan’s official demo video below.

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The Vapor Trail Deluxe lists for $229. Find out more at seymourduncan.com.

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