Empress Tape Delay Demo and Tutorial

Looking for a tape delay that doesn't require actual tape? Check out the Empress Effects Tape Delay and see if it's got what you need.

Overall Thoughts

The Empress Effects Tape Delay is a clean delay with switches that make it easy to give your delays a little bit of character. Unfortunately, I have to stress the word little. Having switches rather than dials for wow, flutter and modulation often left me wanting and even at it's most extreme settings of "vintage" tape and "lots" of modulation, I felt like I couldn't get as extreme as I wanted to. Furthermore I thought the delay ratios were needlessly confusing. Why not just go quarter, eight, dotted eight, etc? That being said, the tones were pristine and for more basic sounds it could be a good fit. You can hear this delay in action in the following lessons. Not a Worship Artistry member? Sign up here and see what you've been missing. Like what you hear? Pick one up and Rogue Guitar Shop.

Pedal in Action


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: D

Oceans (Where My Feet May Fail)

Artist: Hillsong United

Slow builder that's worth the wait.

This song is a journey and we get to go along for the ride.

Some surprises if you have played this by ear before but well worth it.

Get ready for some synth work!!!


Tempo: Down

Song Key: A♭


Artist: Kari Jobe

Epic song with simple chords. Be sure to check out the solo acoustic section.

Really solid and focused groove

Great one that is super easy to learn.

Nice and out front piano for us.


Tempo: Up

Song Key: B♭

Good Good Father

Artist: Zealand Worship

Tons of arrangement but it sounds awesome.

Get ready to jam out and learn some 6/8!!

A few nice little walks on this one.

Fun and easy in 6/8!


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: C

This I Believe (The Creed)

Artist: Hillsong Worship

Awesome statement of faith over some fingerpicking and epic guitar.

Lots of space so make sure you pop when you need to.

Great use of subdivisions and groove.

Really piano driven song with a light touch



Jason Houtsma is the co-founder and guitar teacher at Worship Artistry, where he is helping musicians of every level answer the call to worship with passion and confidence. Jason has been leading worship and writing music since he was 15 years old and currently serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA. He is husband to Alli and father to Bjorn and Asher.

Empress Tape Delay Demo and Tutorial

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