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EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

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The smaller and more modern answer to the well loved limited run Ghost Disaster from 2010!

The Dispatch Master is a digital delay and reverb unit with an all analog direct signal path and true bypass switching. It is capable of producing nearly 2 seconds of delay time with near-infinite repeats and a cavernous reverb. Both effects can be run separately or in unison. Even though it is a DSP based effect, the sound is warm and full. No sterile lifeless tones here! The delay signal is clear and strong with no after effects or signal degradation and the repeats decay into a nice ambient swell with no oscillation. The reverb is MASSIVE and is sure to please those who love the Ghost Echo but want more depth and less artifacts. The perfect "Black Hole Ambience Generator"!

FEATURES
  • Controls:
  • Time: Controls the delay time, from 0ms to nearly 2000ms
  • Repeats: Controls the regeneration of the delayed signal. Also acts as a enhancer for the reverb. In reverb mode this will control the thickness, decay, depth and overall nature of the reverb.
  • Reverb: Controls the reverb mix
  • Mix: Controls the over all level of the effected signal
  • To use as a reverb only, turn the time control all the way down and adjust the reverb and mix controls to taste. In this mode, the repeats control can be used to enhance the thickness, decay, depth and overall nature of the reverb. With the reverb control at it's maximum setting, the repeats control will gradually overload the effect at higher settings.
  • True bypass
  • Hand made one at a time in landlocked Akron, Ohio.

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Measures
  • 4.37" X 2.37" X 1.75" with knobs
  • Power
  • A standard 9 volt DC power supply with a negative center 2.1mm barrel, no battery option.
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EarthQuaker DevicesDispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 21 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (17)
  • Compact (16)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Good selection of effects (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Atmospheric

By Canbro28

from Owensboro, KY

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Durable
  • Good sound quality
  • Responsive
  • Well-Built

Cons

  • Digital Overtones

Best Uses

  • Live performance

Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have had this unit for about 4 or 5 months. I was looking for a compact pedal solution for reverb and delay and the Dispatch Master fit the bill. It is somewhat limited in fine tuning the delay effect compared to some high quality, dedicated (delay only) units, but for live performance this unit serves the purpose very well. The combination of blending delay and reverb can produce some great atmospheric effects (for which I think it shines best), yet it can still be tamed for subtle applications. My only negative comment about this unit has to do with its digital tone. Mind you, the tone is very good, but it is obvious that it is digital delay. This can produce some noticeable over-tones as well as that typical, slightly sterile tone. If you are looking for the ultimate delay unit I think you will need to look at a dedicated delay only unit which will allow you greater control over the various parameters of the delay signal. The reverb section of this unit functions nicely, but again it is digital with the same tone qualities associated with the delay tone. I have used this with both electric and acoustic guitar. I think it lends itself to electric tone much more than acoustic. I am extremely picky about my acoustic tone and don't normally like a lot of effects in the signal path, but there are occasions when a little delay can be effective. All in all, this is a very good unit, especially if you want to conserve space on your pedalboard. The build quality is solid and I don't foresee any problems with durabilty. I haven't had any problems with it in the time that I have had it. So, if you're searching for a really good compact unit that will give you delay and reverb, the Dispatch Master deserves consideration.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Must purchase 9v adapter for use.

By Mark

from Virginia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Compact Unit
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Highly Adjustable
  • Versatile
  • Well Built

Cons

  • Must Buy Adapter
  • No Battery Option

Best Uses

    Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Just be aware that you must buy a 9v adapter for this to work. There is no battery option. Earthquaker does not make an adapter that I have found. It would help if MF gave folks a heads up on this when they purchase. 9v with 2.1mm negative center.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good delay, not a substitute reverb peda

    By John beer

    from Louisiana

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal can do a lot. Only problem is it can get a little chime at high volumes and high gain. Not the delay, obviously I'm not trying to set too much delay like that, but the reverb... Maybe it's just me but when I bypass the delay, I just can't get a solid reverb at high gain. Good, but not great...it's reverb though and awesome delay in one pedal. Absolutely no complaints about the delay. Phenomenal delay but loses a star for lack of reverb versatility in my book.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Priority pedal for every board!

      By Jeepman47

      from Myrtle Beach, SC

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Light weight
      • Quality Constuction
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I consider myself a tone snob and I would tell anyone looking to start a pedal board that this along with a quality OD (I personally like the Fulltone OCD) would have you ready to take on the world. I love everything about it, right down to the brightness of the indicator light. While it's true, it does require a DEDICATED 9v power supply (no daisy chaining) and the delay lacks the flexibility of an individual delay pedal such as the extremely versatile DL4. But I have never in 20 years of playing, plugged in a pedal and immediately got goosebumps when I heard the sounds coming out of my amp. It inspired me to the point that I (when I actually sat down with the intention to rehearse for some upcoming shows) immediately jumped into my home studio and wrote/recorded a song with ONLY it, and none of the other multitude of pedals I own. I will be looking in to more Earthquaker pedals to add to my growing collection.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great noise maker/sound effects petal

        By Crust

        from Brockton, MA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I had never heard an electric guitar sound like what it did after plugging it into this particular sound effects petal...just awesome

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING!

          By The Classic 76

          from NJ

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Sounds amazing! Ditched my dd3 for it. Such a great choice.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Dual Effect Pedal

            By Whammer Jammer

            from West Michigan

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Two Pedals In One
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Limited Performance Use
            • Manual Manipulation

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great reverb tone on the one hand. Mild to dreamy to unsettling delay effect on the other hand. Both the reverb & delay tones are great and you can blend them in some really cool ways. Very simple operation = no manual needed!

            My EVH 5150 III was just a little dry with no reverb. This pedal is always on with at least a touch of reverb on that amp and the delay effect allowed me to remove my MXR Analog Delay from my cluttered pedal board. The Dispatch Master delay sounds are better than the MXR to my ears and it also has reverb. Kills two birds with one stone so the price is actually quite reasonable.

            The only downside is that if you want to have some reverb on for a live song and then want to kick on delay for a solo, there is only one on/off button. Therefore, you must either go without reverb for the majority of the song and kick on the pedal for the solo OR leave both on for the entire song. Of course this is not an issue for recording as you will probably just record the solo on another track.

            All in all, I highly recommend this pedal for the tone and it certainly has had a lot of use on my board. Just be aware of it's limitation.

             
            5.0

            Absolutely Brilliant Combo Pedal

            By Marcel

            from Houston

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Love it. Sounds range from subtle reverb to precision delay, and everything in between. I'm very impressed w/ this company, and am very interested in a few of their other pedals.

                 
                5.0

                Creamy, Dreamy, Versatile, & Smooth

                By The Grunge Dr.

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  This is the real deal. There's a reason it's on the pedal boards of My Morning Jacket and other professional touring bands. There's also a reason it's used in so many recordings. It's that good.

                  It's not hard to use, but you'll need to figure it out a few times before you get it. It's going to be worth it though.

                   
                  5.0

                  Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

                  By Alfonso

                  from New York

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                  Comments about Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Great delay and reverb

                   
                  5.0

                  Great pedal!

                  By Todd

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Novice

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Beautiful sounding reverb and versatile delay. You can get a range of sounds from short, slapback-type delay to ethereal, cavernous reverb and lots of in between. I'm super happy with it.

                       
                      5.0

                      dispatch master

                      By digs

                      from seattle

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Adds the right sense of reverb/delay in a quality voicing.Paired with an amp of decent quality.
                        as other's have said the delay could be a little less prominent (adjustable) in the mix...really have to tweak.
                        dials are easily jogged...

                         
                        5.0

                        I'm in love...

                        By Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

                        from Cobb, CA

                        About Me Novice

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Decaying Effect
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive
                        • Subtle Decay
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Explore Permutations
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording
                          • Reverbdelay Combos

                          Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I LOVE the Dispatch Master!

                          I was considering the TC Electronics T2 pedal for a while because it was on sale, and had so many ambient soundscapes. I watched numerous youtube videos about it. It intrigued me considerably. The one limitation that kept coming up was the inability to tweak some of the parameters on the T2. I realize there's tone print, but I want to be able to tweak things at the moment without my phone.

                          I know the Dispatch Master has a more limited reverb than most TC Electronics pedals, but something about the Dispatch Master really drew me in.

                          I simply cannot stop messing with this pedal. The permutations of delay and reverb make so many incredible effects, both in isolation, and in conjunction with each other.

                          If there's something I'm looking for in terms of spaciousness, it's easy to dial it in with the reverb and repeat knobs.

                          The same can be said for the delay. I bought a Modtone delay which really disappointed me. It was inexpensive, but it's fairly noisy. This pedal is clean, noise free, and provides spacious soundscapes to explore.

                          Cost = High
                          Satisfaction = High
                          Dispatch Master = Worthwhile splurge.

                          Every now and then, you need to splurge and get the goods.

                           
                          5.0

                          COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED

                          By urbndvd

                          from Florida

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                          Pros

                          • Completely Silent
                          • Completely Transparent

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I bought the Earthquaker Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb pedal based solely on the excellent reviews I read here on the MUSICIAN'S FRIEND website. Because I've been using LINE 6 Pods and an AVID Eleven Rack through PHIL JONES amps for quite a while now, I had become unfamiliar with what was currently on the market in the way of reverb pedals. So I began looking through the MF inventory and reading reviews.

                            I needed an uncomplicated, high-quality reverb pedal for one specific reason. Last year I bought a FENDER Clapton Twinolux amp. As great as that amp is, over time I found that I missed having reverb when I wanted it. Because the Twinolux has its own distinctive and highly desirable character and tone, as one reviewer put it, "you need to think carefully about pedal selection so as not to ruin the tone." I also didn't want to pack this amp off to an amp specialist and have it modded for obvious reasons.

                            After sorting through reviews for quite a while, the 13 positive-to-glowing reviews for the Earthquaker Dispatch pedal convinced me that it was worth trying.....those reviews couldn't have been more correct. Not only is it a first-rate reverb pedal and beautifully simple, it's exactly what I needed for this amp in that it is totally and completely transparent and totally and completely silent. It adds no coloration to the amp in any way, doesn't change the tone or character of it one iota, and it is dead quiet. It's like it doesn't even exist, except that now this tremendous tube amp has an absolutely beautiful reverb that's equal to the quality of the amp.

                            Worth every penney.

                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing Pedal

                            By PedalObsession

                            from Cape Cod, MA

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Good Selection Of Effects
                            • Responsive
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Amazing little pedal. I would buy this one for the reverb alone. It can go from just a little reverb to big and full by tweaking the reverb and mix knob. But you can also add some delay to give your tone some amazing depth. Not all the fancy settings of other brands but this one nails it for me. I have tried countless reverb pedals and finally this one ended the search for me.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Phenomenal Reverb/Delay Combo

                                By MysteriousStrangersBassman

                                from Anoka, MN

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Excellent Sound Quality
                                • Responsive
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  This pedal is absolutely great! The tracking of the delay is very good and the tone of the reverb it offers is awesome! You could maybe find better reverb and delay pedals separately for quite a bit more money but this thing just kicks butt, I doubt you can find a better quality reverb/delay pedal for this low of a price anywhere. It's mostly advertised as a guitar pedal but I use it on bass and it sounds just as awesome there as it does on guitar. Earthquaker devices rocks and I would recommend any of their pedals to any one!

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Beautiful

                                  By Dave Tone

                                  from Montreal, QC

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                      I own this pedal. It's good. Real good. Excellent customer service from Earthquaker Devices staff as well.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Digital but Organic

                                      By MBP

                                      from FL

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Digital But Organic
                                      • Excellent Sound Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Performances
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                        This thing is amazing. It combines reverb with responsive delay to brighten and add a nice spacial element of repeats to your tone. Like another reviewer here, I added this to my one-trick pony micro terror to clean up it's act. The only con is price, but you're pay for handmade american quality. Although it's a digital delay, it has an organic sound to it. Very responsive to your strum patterns whether it be subtle or powered. Unlike my bossdd3 that no longer works because it's picky with what power supply you use, this thing uses a standard 9V out. It does not come with an adaptor here at MF. This thing is only powered by an adaptor, not battery powered. Love the look. Dialing in your tone feels fluid, smooth and top notch.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Best delay ever

                                        By Benjamin

                                        from paducah ky

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                                        • Responsive
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Performances
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                          Best sounding delay I've ever used for sure! Realy lush and warm without any noise, even when used with other stopmboxes. I use alot of Fulltone And Wampler stuff and I put this up there with anything that I've gottin from them. I'm f
                                          or sure gonna be gettin more pedals from Earthquaker in the future.

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Ideal for my needs

                                          By Steelguy

                                          from Colorado

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Both Reverb And Delay
                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Excellent Sound Quality

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Events
                                          • Performances
                                          • Practice

                                          Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay and Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                          I wanted something compact and easy to use with pedal steel and this fills the bill. The sounds are all musical and I don't need a bunch of emulations just high quality, easily adjustable reverb and echo for ambience.

                                          I consider the Dispatch Master a higher quality version of the old Boss RV-3. It is quiet, great sounding and easy to adjust. I use a 1 Spot for the power supply, it is readily available and works perfectly.

                                          I have a pedal board for big gigs and use studio effects when recording but for sit in, practice and jamming this is the perfect tool.

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