Electro Harmonix Memory Boy

Analog Delay Effect Pedal

  • With controls for Delay - Depth - Blend - Feedback
  • Switch Vibrato / Chorus / Exp.Pedal
  • Delay Time: 30 - 550 ms
  • Connection for Expression Pedal
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 102 x 120 x 57 mm
  • Included: Power supply
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Audio Examples

 
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  • Blues Delay 2
  • Chorus
  • Funk Delay 1

Further Information

Analogico Yes
Delay Time 1 s
tap feature No
Battery Operation No
PSU included Yes
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Memory Boy - flawed genius?
23.09.2015
First the good news.

If you want ehx memory man 'style' analog delay at a bargain price then this is a pretty good pedal. Maximum delay is reported as 550ms (that is probably about right) and it sounds pretty dark but if you are looking at this then you already know that don't you? If you are looking for long delay times and super clear repeats then, as others have said look elsewhere, but if you want the 'lofi' analog decay within the half second parameter then, for the price, this is a pretty good bet. The delays sound warm, the controls are straightforward (as long as you are careful with the feedback control as the pedal as an eagerness to self-oscillate), it comes with a power supply and that's all you need to know...

BUT the not so good news.

The modulation controls are pretty crazy and whilst you can get a nice modulated delay sound with the depth control a fraction off zero and the switches on triangle wave and chorus, anything more and you are in head swimming territory. The faster speed and the square wave modulations continue further into this 'experimental' territory. I haven't tried it with an expression pedal to control the modulation but I suspect that anyone but the most psychedelically inclined sonic experimenters will end up leaving the modulation well alone or on a very minimal setting.
I have managed to get a useable, though quite intense, chorus and a vibrato effect by playing with the controls but it's not exactly easy to dial in and I like, most I suspect, have perfectly good pedals to do these jobs for me.

I bought this as an analog delay pedal and, whilst the issues with the usability of the modulation controls are a negative, they don't stop this pedal being a success as a delay. Though it is a compromised success and if you are looking for a cheap, straightforward analog delay, without too much weird modulation, then you may want to consider the 'memory toy' for a little less money. Although when you factor in the fact this doesn't come with a power supply there really isn't much in it and you can always leave the modulation off!
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Hardly Memorable, Boy
Eurospace, 14.09.2015
First and foremost, the Memory Boy is a cheap pedal and for the price we can't be too picky. I made the mistake of thinking I'd get fantastic value for my money - well, I got good value but hardly fantastic. Having used it for a bit, I've decided to move on and buy something bigger and better.

The bits worth noting:

- Sound: weird. It might be just me but there is something metallic about it. Brighter than a "typical" analog delay but not as warm, either.

- Expression pedal control - this was the selling point for me. However, tweaking the parameters in real time (by means of an expression pedal or just by rolling the knobs) creates some weird, unpredictable noises that failed to charm me. A matter of personal taste, I guess - others may fall in love with them. Bear in mind I love all sorts of noise, especially guitar noises; also bear in mind I wanted a delay effect with an expression pedal so I could add "take off" noises to one or two songs - you know, when you fiddle with the delay time while the feedback is on. Well, the Memory Boy does something... else.

- Vibrato - that's actually surprisingly good. I don't suppose it is anything like a really good Rotovibe unit, although I haven't tried one. Sadly, I had no intention of buying a vibrato. All I wanted was a delay that would allow me to tweak some parameters with my foot (see previous point).

All said, I can't really recommend it. However, it might be just the thing for people who:
- want a simple delay effect with its own signature sound (a bit unorthodox, to say the least) and a few extra bits.
- want a cheap but really decent vibrato unit
- love awkward noises
- like the typical EHX metal housing that shouts at you: "I'll still be around when the grandchildren of your great-grandchildren are one foot in the grave."
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So unique, bit bizzare, awkward and good...
ratmonka@gmail.com, 14.01.2019
In simple words? sound is so good but also so weird. This is not a typical kind of delay sound as you probably gonna expect. Especially modulations sound different and they're giving you awkward noises. It's a matter of your preferences and personal taste but I really like it just because everything in this pedal seems to be different. If I could describe the delay tone I would say it's very warm and deep. Just couple of words about built quality? It's very solid and durable. Looks cool as well. The only one thing I need to admit that the screws of the backplate were so tight that I couldn't open it and see how it looks inside.
All in all If you want a more classic and predictible delay sound you may want to look for sth else while it can create that sound it is quite hard to describe. Neverthless it's a piece of more bizzare and unique piece of my pedalboard now and despite the fact that it wasn't love from the first sigh I still have this pedal in my set and I really enjoy it.
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Anther great pedal from Electro Harmonix
Douggie, 28.04.2015
I originally bought the Memory Boy just to add some depth to my electric guitar in live situations.

As all Electro Harmonix-Pedal, the case is rock-solid, heavy duty construction. The jack sockets are screwed shut, no wobbling of the jack plugs.

First of all, just a little bit of slap back delay gave the guitar a HUGE depth boost, instant big sound. I never turn it off anymore. Even just an almost inaudible setting adds so much warmth and depth!

But the fun really starts when you dial in the modulation. You can choose between triangle and square mod wave, and then between three rates via three-way switch. be sure to read the manual to know all the possible settings. Sounds from outer space ensue! With gentle mod settings I even got some super warm wobbly tape delay effects that I used on vocals and keys.

The Memory Boy is not a delay for super exact ms-delays or custom delay patterns, but instead invites you to experiment, and is very rewarding.
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