Welcome to this little corner of the internet, where I explore what I think it one of the all time great effect units – the Memory Man Solid State Echo.
I’ll do a write up in following posts about the design and development, history, changes and versions, but this first post is simply to explain why I love the Memory Man, and why I’m writing this blog.
I first realised I had to have a Memory Man when I saw this video clip:
I loved the guitar sound – the way the echo warbled away, connecting the chord changes seamlessly but without an obvious delay repeat. At the time I think I had a Boss DD-5 delay pedal, and while it sounded great, it was nothing like this.
I googled, like any 2o something would do, and found out that Jason from Lifehouse was a user of the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. I found out around the same time that the DMM was also used by two of my favourite guitarists – The Edge of U2, and Stu G of Delirious. That was enough for me, and I started looking for one of my own.
Out in the wild west of the internet, I found out two things:
- There’s not a lot of information on which which version of the MM does what or which version is the ‘best’
- The older Memory Man and the Deluxe Memory Man are EXPENSIVE. As with anything collectable, the vintage versions have gone up a lot in price.
But if you love delay, I think it’s well worth tracking this pedal down. I’ve had a LOT of delay pedals, and none of them sound like my Deluxe Memory Man.
I have various pedals that I like but could sell tomorrow, but the DMM? No way. I still haven’t found a plug in or pedal that sounds anything like it, and it’s a hugely flexible multiFX, making it extremely useful in a studio situation.
Check back to this blog for my thoughts on different versions of the DMM, clips and tips and more Memory Man goodness.