|Notes||Analog delay with some smart design attributes. |
For years, Malekko has been synonymous with the best quality BBD delays available. Today the evolution continues with the EKKO 616 MKII, a full-featured yet compact delay with external modulation controls, an optional buffer, internal level pot and 650ms of pure analog delay.
The current issue of this pedal follows a top-to-bottom review of its performance and design. Every detail was scrutinized, data sheets compared, parts swapped, and hours of listening followed before Malekko's engineers were satisfied. Hand picked, highest quality components are used to achieve the nicest sounding, most musical analog delay pedal Malekko has ever made.
The E616 MKII's specially voiced repeats allow a larger bandwidth to pass than most traditional analog delays. Turn the mix pot all the way up and the repeats will be slightly louder than unity with the dry signal. The regeneration pot will take you from a simple slap-back to a nice gentle decay of a few repeats then all the way to taking off into outer space with just a turn of the pot. Engage the modulation button and the EKKO 616 MKII takes on a whole new personality, from subtle chorusing or beautiful vibrato to way beyond. Choose between true bypass or buffered bypass. The EKKO 616 MKII's revised buffer circuit is smooth and transparent, even with many pedals on your board. Tired of annoying volume drops? An internal trimpot (labeled "gain") will allow you to set the EKKO 616 MKII's level to your specific setup.
The EKKO 616 MKII features these updates:
- The modulation range allows finer tuning for a more balanced overall effect
- The MIX pot now allows louder effect levels
- Improved buffering circuit for flat response and hotter inputs
- Redesigned protection circuit for enhanced component safety
These changes add up to a cleaner, richer, sweeter, more flexible and musical analog delay.