Walrus Audio APR-87 – A digital delay with hidden delights

Walrus Audio APR-87 – A digital delay with hidden delights

The new Walrus Audio APR-87 digital delay pedal has some seriously cool features packed into its chassis. This American designed and built boutique pedal has four delay algorithms that mimic analogue, slap back, Lo-Fi and of course digital delays. 

APR-87 secret switches

Walrus Audio are making some seriously great pedals of late and this latest addition to their range has some really great features crammed into its diminutive form factor. There are also two foot switches: Tap ( for tempo) and Bypass. 

They also have a few ‘hidden’ features when used in combination including down Tap, when the effect if bypassed and you have a momentary function allowing you to add a touch of delay quickly. Then when the effect is engaged and you do the same trick with the Bypass switch it will momentarily ramp the X parameter to maximum for the duration you keep it depressed.

If you hold down the Tap switch you get a temporary ramp up in feedback as well!

Control

The APR-87 has Level, Dampen, Repeats, Ratio, X and Program controls, the latter one chooses between the four different algorithms of Analogue, Lo-Fi, Slap Back and Digital.

The X control adjust the modulation of the Digital, Analog, and Slap modes or when in Lo-Fi mode it will be used to control filter width.

Level, Dampen and Repeats do what they say and are fairly standard controls, with no hidden functions.

Trails…

The APR-87 does allow you to turn trails on or off and to get to this function you need to  hold down the bypass switch for one second while applying power to the pedal, then unplug power and repeat to toggle to the other mode. This last one I think is a bit of a faff, but it is nice to have the option, however I feel a ‘mini switch’ might have been easier to use.

I really do like the sound of this new digital delay pedal though and think it sounds a lot better than many of the others currently on the market form other big name companies, plus the pricing is also very competitive for such a well designed delay.

RRP USD 199

Walrus Audio ARP-87 Digital Delay pedal product page

 

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