NAMM 2022: Watch Tom Quayle demonstrate the sonic versatility of Laney’s impressive new The Difference Engine delay pedal

Laney The Difference Engine
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NAMM 2022: Two of the more impressive gear releases we've seen at NAMM so far have been Laney's sweet-looking The Difference Engine delay pedal and Tom Quayle's new Ibanez signature guitar, the TQMS1-CTB.

It was a treat, then, to witness those two come gloriously together at Laney's NAMM booth.

During our chat with Laney's Simon Fraser-Clark, which you can see above, Quayle ran over from the Ibanez booth – TQMS1-CTB in hand – to demonstrate one of the patches he wrote for the pedal.

Quayle's in good company in that regard – Vernon Reid, Lari Basilio and noted Laney aficionado Tony Iommi also wrote patches for the pedal, which features 50 pre-loaded presets in total, plus space for another 50.

Overall, The Difference Engine features analog, digital and dynamic-style delay modes, which take after some of the most oft-used delay tones of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, respectively.

This means Space Echo style delays with wow and flutter artifacts in the Analog mode, 80s-style effects with up to 2500ms delay time in the Digital mode, and a Dynamic mode that takes after the TC Electronic 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay, with modulated repeats with ducking features and phase reversal on repeats. 

Elsewhere, it boasts a handy 2.42” OLED screen, full MIDI capability and an expression pedal input. 

Be sure to follow along with our NAMM 2022 news hub and live blog, too, for all of the hot new releases, rumors, and show floor reports you need from the world’s biggest guitar gear expo.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.