Within a day after working with the Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer in my studio I needed some delay. I had purchased an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy a few months ago to pair with the Sub 37, but it ended up being used in another part of the studio. I wanted a dedicated delay pedal for the synth.
Enter the Moog Minifooger MF Delay.
Moog’s Inexpensive Minifooger Effects
Moog entered the effects pedal industry a few years ago with the excellent, but quite pricey, Moogerfooger line. Considering the money I just spent on the Sub 37, a more inexpensive solution was needed. Moog introduced the Minifooger line in the past couple of years for just this reason.
The Minifooger MF Delay sports a street price of just under $200, making it a perfect partner for the Sub 37. One arrived at my door two days later.
The MF Delay is the Antidote for Anger
Sitting on top of my Korg Z1, the MF Delay easily found a home with its partner in crime, the Sub 37. The controls and their functionality feel familiar to anyone who has ever used a delay pedal. The standard array of Time, Feedback, Drive, and Mix controls work as expected.
I/O is also as expected, with 1/4-inch inputs and outputs as well as an input for an expression pedal. A switch in the battery compartment allows for pedal control of either the Time or Feedback parameters as needed. The pedal’s delay time varies from around 35 to 700 milliseconds, more than enough to give a synth a bit more color and motion.
The MF Delay’s Drive knob adds up to 22 dBs of signal boost, which is really useful for grunging the sound up, especially when the Sub 37’s filter Multidrive setting is also boosted. Cranking the Feedback knob to 11 causes the pedal to self-oscillate, perfect for a bed of outer space inspired freak outs.
Needless to say, Moog’s Minifooger MF Delay makes for a perfect companion to any of the recent spade of analog and virtual analog synths. Don’t let guitar players have all the fun — pick one up today!