Ninja Tune Zen Delay – a collaboration with Erica Synths
Electronic music label and boutique synth manufacturer, Erica Synths, team up to introduce the Ninja Tune Zen Delay.
The idea behind the new Ninja Tune Zen Delay is the combination of a tempo-synced stereo delay line – with extra feedback range for those gnarly dub-delay and experimental sounds, the delay line is combined with a 24db multi-mode filter and a valve overdrive circuit.
Manufactured by Erica Synths, and in true Erica Synths style – it is housed in a rugged metal chassis with large bakelite knobs.
The delay was inspired by a trip to Berlin trade show, Superbooth.
This is where Coldcut’s Matt Black and longtime friend Dr Walker devised a new custom dub delay effect that’s suitable for everything from traditional Guitar processing to studio and live performance use, It’s even suited for DJs.
“The ZEN Delay is a product of our expertise on vacuum tube designs, our powerful, custom DSP platform and the great sound of our filter ICs made and developed in Latvia. It by far exceeded expectations in terms of how it sounds and feels when played.” Said Ģirts Ozoliņš, from Erica Synths.
The ins and outs…
The Zen Delay features a stereo input and output alongside MIDI and CV inputs for controlling parameters with other gear. The layout is very thoughtful, it’s minimal however still offers all of the parameters at your fingertips, with the most common/playable parameters being assigned large knobs.
“For years I have dreamed of a state-of-the-art stereo valve dub delay for my MPC that perfectly masters all sound aesthetics from “badass” to “psychedelic hypnotically trashed” — and now, have a look! There it is… the Zen Delay!” said Dr Walker, one of the brains behind the project.
Ninja Tune Zen Delay is set to retail at EUR €499 (Around R8200 excl. VAT and duties), they are running an introductory promotion where the first 300 units sold will be for EUR €455 (Around R7400 excl. VAT and duties) and will ship with an exclusive Zen Delay T-shirt.
For more information check out the Erica Synths or Ninja Tune website here.