Moog Music Moogerfooger MF-104M Analog Delay by VST
So I wanted an external delay but I had some stipulations that needed to be met. I wanted midi sync, it's got it. I wanted tap tempo, it's got it. I wanted the ability to modulate the delay time, it's got it in spades; not only can you use an expression pedal or standard CV signals, it has a wonderful built in LFO with 7 waveforms. You can even sync the LFO to midi or tap tempo. It's overkill in the best sort of way. I also wanted a unit that would hold it's value in the marketplace, something digital effects can have a hard time doing.
Let's talk about the sound. There are huge differences between the sound of analog and digital delays and both have their merits. I'll talk about the benefits of this analog unit. No digital artifacts. You can warp the controls on this pedal very severely and never have those annoying zippering or other tell tale digital affectations, the 104m can introduce artifacts at extreme settings but they are always lush and pleasant imo. The gain structure is amazing, you can feed it really hot signals and it will sound great all they way up to its pleasant analog overdrive. The general delay sound is deep and brooding, not crisp and clean like digital. You have to accept this as a benefit. You hear this benefit most on a guitars or other inherently bright instruments. On lowpass filtered synthesizers or bass guitars however, the delay becomes quite subtle. It's a sound that many digital delays go to great lengths to replicate, some better than others.
I do wish I could dial in a shorter delay time than the minimum of 40ms. 10-20ms is more to my liking, but doing that would require a different BBD chip, thus shortening the wonderful 800ms at it longest setting. In general I think it's a solid compromise.
In closing, I don't think this unit can replace a studios' digital utilitarian delays, it's not supposed to (it has no reverse, no stereo, no clean looping, etc.), what you get instead is a solo instrument in and of itself. Combine that with a rock solid build, complete transparency, full midi control of every parameter including many under the hood features I didn't even mention and tone and control you simply can't fully replicate with digital delays. I think this could be the crowning jewel in the world of increasingly rare bucket brigade delays. I'm not sure how you could de-throne it really.
Have fun and always record.