The Empress Superdelay

Empress Superdelay digital delay pedal
Empress Superdelay digital delay pedal Empress Superdelay digital delay pedal Empress Superdelay digital delay pedal

$449 USD

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The Empress Superdelay isn't your basic digital delay pedal.

Sure it does basic delay sounds, and it sounds better than anything else out there while doing them. But if all you want is a simple delay pedal, the Empress Superdelay isn't for you.

The Empress Superdelay is for musicians who want to be inspired by their pedals, not limited by them.

Premier Guitar Award

In 2009, the Empress Superdelay was awarded the Premier Gear Award in the November issue of Premier Guitar.

Features & Specifications

  • Killer Sound Quality - The Signal to Noise ratio is around 105dB.
  • 2.8 Seconds of Delay Time - For your extra long delays.
  • 8 modes - normal, tap, autoset (delay time is set by tempo played), reverse, rhythm mode (multitap), tape mode, misc (dynamic, gate), and 11 second looper.
  • Expression Pedal Input - allows you to control either mix or feedback with your foot.
  • High Pass/Low Pass Filter - high pass is good for electronic music, low pass is sweet for darker analog delay type sounds.
  • Fast/Slow Modulation - slow adds extra texture, fast is a little crazy.
  • 8 Presets - Settings can be saved to 8 presets. With three stompswitches, accessing the presets is easy.
  • Tap Tempo with Ratios - many of the modes use tap tempo, and the ratio selection makes fast in-time delay times easy.
  • True Bypass - The Empress Superdelay employs true bypass, so you can be sure that it's not affecting the signal when disengaged.
  • Small Size - The enclosure measures approximately 5.7" by 3.75" by 1.75", which is delightfully small when considering all the features packed into this unit.
  • 45 Day Money Back Guarantee - If for any reason the Superdelay isn't for you, send it back within 45 days for a refund. Read our Guarantee for more details. This guarantee does not cover Empress products not bought from
  • Two Year Warranty - The Empress Superdelay comes with a two-year warranty. Read our Warranty for details. You can extend the warranty to 4 years by simply registering online.
  • Great Value - The Empress Superdelay is the last digital delay pedal you'll ever have to buy. It retails on and in select music stores for $449 USD. Order one now!
  • The Empress Superdelay does not run off of batteries. It comes with a power supply. The Empress Superdelay requires 300mA, positive tip, 9 to 12 VDC. You can power the Empress Superdelay from outputs 5 or 6 of the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+. You'll need to use the red or white reverse polarity connector. You must set the corresponding DIP switch away from the NORMAL position. Also, since the Superdelay requires nearly 300mA, you should only use the other output for a much lower current pedal.

Power Input Voltage9 - 12 V DC (Positive tip)
Power Input Connector2.1mm barrel connector (Positive tip)
Power Consumption~300mA
Enclosure MaterialDie Cast Aluminum
Input connector1/4" Jack
Output connector1/4" Jack
Height (Enclosure only)1.75"
Height (including controls)2.25"
weight1.5 lb
Signal to noise ratio105dB


These are some old clips just to give you an idea. The sound has been improved considerably. These don't really scratch the surface of what the Superdelay is capable of.

Soundclip #1 of the Superdelay delay pedal Normal delay with crazy feedback. (00:27 sec | 429 KB)

Soundclip #2 of the Superdelay delay pedal Multi tap delay. (00:25 sec | 402 KB)

Soundclip #3 of the Superdelay delay pedal Reverse delay. (00:46 sec | 727 KB)

Soundclip #4 of the Superdelay delay pedal Reverse double speed delay. (00:24 sec | 376 KB)


Here's some videos of the Empress Superdelay. They're part instructional, part promotional. As you can tell, I was born to be a voice over guy. If you have trouble playing the files below, I've also put them up at YouTube. Check them out at

Manual & FAQ

Empress Superdelay User Manual

Question: What kind of bypassing does the Superdelay have?

Answer: The Superdelay has true bypass switching. It uses a blue bypass stompswitch.

Question: What's the difference between the Normal Superdelay and the Vintage Modified Superdelay?

Answer: The only difference sound-wise is in the tape mode. The VMSD takes the tape algorithm of the Normal Superdelay and makes it more extreme. So there's more compression and more "wow & flutter". They also look different, obviously.

Question: The new preset system on the Tremolo2/Nebulus/Tape Delay is great. Can you add similar features (like setting the number of presets) to the Superdelay?

Answer: No sorry, it's not something we can add to the Superdelay. See the qusetion below for a partial workaround

Question: Can the SD be made to only store 4 presets? I don't need all 8!

Answer: What you can do is duplicate your 4 settings. So preset 1 is the same as preset 5, 2 is the same as 6, etc. Now you just have to scroll through 4 presets.

Question: Is the dry signal analog?

Answer: It's completely digital. So the dry signal does go through converters. We tried making the dry signal analog, but found that we got better results (lower noise) with a completely digital solution.

Question: How much is shipping to (insert non-North American country here)?

Answer: $45 USD.

Question: I'm trying to power the Superdelay with the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power, but it's not working. What's going on?

Answer: Use output 5 or 6, with nothing plugged into the other output. Set that output away from NORMAL. Also, you're going to have to use a reverse polarity cable, like the red or white one made by Voodoo Lab.

Question: Why did you choose positive tip instead of negative tip? Are you just trying to be annoying?

Answer: I wish we didn't have to go with the positive tip adapter. Unfortunately, it seems once you go above 200mA the standard seems to switch from negative tip to positive. We couldn't find a good supply of negative tip wall wart power supplies that would supply the required current.

Question: Can I plug a VC signal into the expression pedal input?

Answer: Yes, but there are a couple things you want to do. The range that the SD accepts is from 0V to 3.3V. Don't let the voltage get above 3.3V. Also, you'll need to plug in a TRS cable with the RING disconnected. This is so the power that the SD provides on the RING terminal doesn't short to ground. That would be bad news.

Question: My Expression pedal only controls effect in the first 10% of it's travel, what's going on?

Answer: Expression pedals come in two pinouts. Some put the signal on the tip of the TRS cable (what the Superdelay expects), some put the signal on the ring. If it's on the ring, all the action will happen in the first 10% of the pedal's travel.

Question: I'm having problems saving presets.

Answer: The little black button has to be held down while hitting the preset stompswitch. Some people hit both the black button and the stompswitch at the same time. This won't work all the time.

Question: Is the SD capable of self-oscillation?

Answer: Oh yes. And it actually sounds pretty nice.

Question: In looper mode, can you mess with the speed of the loop once it's been recorded?

Answer: Nope. That would have been cool.

Question: Can you reverse the loop once it's been recorded?

Answer: Yes, as long as you're going between submode B and C.

Question: Can you apply filters/modulation to a recorded loop?

Answer: Oh yes.

Question: How do you get back to manual mode from the presets?

Answer: When you're toggling between the presets (with the middle stompswitch), there's a state right after the last preset where the leds blink quickly. If you hit the tap stompswitch at this point, you go to manual mode.

Question: Can you use a delay type or any preset while looping? What about as a loop plays?

Answer: The looper can be saved as a preset. But you can't save a loop, and go to another mode, then come back and hear the loop. Since loops are saved to the delay line, they are written over when you are using the delay. You also can't have a delay sound going while using the looper, it's a pretty simple looper.

Question: Does the delay feedback trail off, or is it a hard stop when switching presets or bypassing?

Answer: When you switch the presets, the current preset fades out, and the new preset fades in. It takes about a fifth of a second. So no, the delay from the previous preset doesn't trail off.

Question: If you play some guitar into the pedal with the delay set to a certain setting, and then tap a new setting, what happens to the feedback? Does it cut off, or does all previous delay feedback automatically re-adjust to the new time?

Answer: When you tap in a new delay time, the delayed sound doesn't cut off, but it doesn't adjust either. I think one of the videos shows exactly how this sounds.

Question: What is the latency on this unit?

Answer: Latency is super low, a couple milliseconds.

Question: How many taps does it take to set the tempo?

Answer: It only takes two taps to set the tempo. But if you tap more times, it averages the taps to give you a more accurate time.

Question: How are the LEDs that indicate presets in sunlight?

Answer: Actually, one of the beta testers pointed out that the brightness of the leds sucked. So we cranked the brightness as high as we could and that made him happy. We've had customers say it works great in the sunlight.

Question: Is the artwork screen printed or a decal?

Answer: Screenprinted. It looks hot.

Question: I want to buy the SD but I hear you're working on version 2 which is going to be stereo and have a bunch of new amazing features!

Answer: Sorry, just a rumour. We're not going to work on version 2 any time soon. Maybe in 2015...

Question: Can I use the BBE Supa-Charger to power the SD?

Answer: No. The Empress Superdelay requires 300 mA and the BBE says it only gives 200mA on output 5&6. We've had the SD tested on the Voodoo Pedal Power and it works great.

Question: The Superdelay isn't working when I power it with my pedal board power supply. What's wrong?

Answer: Make sure that your power supply can source 300mA of current at 9 to 12 Vdc. Also, the polarity of the plug must be positive tip. Most power supplies use cables that are negative tip, so you're going to need a reverse polarity cable. We've found that the PPREV and PPREV-R from Voodoo Lab work really well.

Question: When I hit the bypass switch, it makes a really distorted sound, or a really huge click. What's wrong?

Answer: If you take the lid off the back of your pedal, you'll see that the bypass switch is one of two types. Here's some pictures to help you identify.

Blue (or greenish) bypass
Relay bypass

If you have a blue (or greenish) bypass switch, the problem is probably that it has broke. We can replace it for you. Cody can help you with that, please email him at

Question: Even when I'm bypassing the pedal, it seems like there's a volume drop and/or tone loss. What's going on?

Answer: See the above answer. Contact Cody at and he'll help you out.

Question: What expression pedals can I use with this pedal?

Answer: The pinout for the expression pedal is TIP=signal, RING=3.3V power, SLEEVE=ground. So your expression pedal has to have that pinout. Here's a list of pedals that we know work. Please let us know if you find any other pedals that work!

Mission EP-1 and EP-2 (no polarity switch, polarity switch, respectively)

M Audio EX-P (has polarity switch)

Roland EV-5

Lead Foot LFX-1

Boss FV-500L

Moog EP-2 (we've tested the EP-2, and it works. it has been replaced by the EP-3 which we haven't tested yet)

Question: Can I use the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ as the power supply?

Answer: Yes. But you need to use outputs 5 or 6 of the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+, and have nothing plugged into the other output. Also, you must set the corresponding DIP switch away from the NORMAL position. Also, if you have the 230V version of the power supply, we're not sure if it will work.

Question: I'm using the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+, but it's not working! What's up?

Answer: Check to make sure you're not using the SAG outputs of the PP2+. Our pedals don't work with the SAG outputs.

Question: Is there an external tap tempo jack? Can it be modified to include one?

Answer: There isn't one, but you can replace the tap stompswitch with a jack for external control. Be aware that the tap stompswitch also controls the preset system, so you'll be messing with that too. You'll need an isolated mono jack like this. Here's the steps to do the mod:

1. Unsolder the wires from the two terminals on the tap stompswitch.
2. Use a wrench to remove the tap stompswtich
3. Use a wrench to fasten the isolated mono jack to the enclosure in place of where the tap stompswitch was.
4. Solder the two wires to the mono jack.

On older versions of our pedals, we used latching stompswitches, which look like this (the one in your pedal might only have two terminals). On new versions of our pedals, we use momentary-close switches, which look like this. So the signal that you send to the pedal has to be the same as whatever stompswitch you're replacing.

Question: Can you guys do the mod to replace the tap stompswitch with a jack?

Answer: We don't do mods, but the fine folks at Nice Rack Canada do. Send them an email at

Question: I play bass! Can I rock out through this pedal?

Answer: Yes! All of our pedals play nicely with bass. Check out the "Features & Specs" section for information on the frequency response of our pedals. We have lots of customers who play bass through our pedals!

Question: The pots turn easily, so they move when I accidently hit them during a show. What can I do?

Answer: One of our customers has a great solution to this problem. If you wrap rubber bands at the base of the pot it makes it harder to turn.

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