David Gilmour is famous for his unique use of delay and echo. Although he often blends different types of delays, creating rich textures and layers, I’m going to break it down into four signature setups covering each era.
David would use a Binson Echorec in the early days between 1968-1978. It was usually set for single head and a fixed time at about 310ms.
For The Wall he switched to the MXR Digital Delay for those accurate and pristine time setups. In this clip I have one set for 380ms for Run Like Hell and one for 440ms for Another Brick in the Wall (part 1). David would use the latter setting for most of the album.
In the 80s and 90s David would mostly use digital rack models such as the TC Electronic 2290. In this clip I’m using Coming Back to Life as a reference with 700ms. This setup can also be used for songs like On the Turning Away and Sorrow.
See the buyer’s gear guide for recommended delay and echo pedals and the Binson Echorec feature for more on this classic unit. See the album guides as well for all the delay units used on each album and tour.