EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral Digital Delay Pedal

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

The Earth Quaker Space Spiral packs a real punch when it comes to dark analogue delay whilst offering customisation and control beyond what you would normally expect to see on a pedal.


The Space Spiral is an analogue voiced digital pedal, which means you can get awesome warm tones and fluttering delay patterns but keep endless customisation over your sound. The options on the pedal are Time, Repeats, Mix, Depth, Shape and Rate allowing you to manipulate every aspect of the delay.

It’s Shape that’s worth taking note of here, allowing you to change the shape of the waveform and create your unique sound. The Time control allows delays between 30ms and 600ms, so anything from fast and punchy slaps to the ambient murky sounds which are so reminiscent of the tape delays of the 60’s. When you push this pedal to the max, and believe me you’ll want to, the sounds wobble and twist in to a discordant wash of dark and dreamy tones.

On the board

The Space Spiral will fit in to your existing pedal board boasting true bypass and a silent soft-touch switch for smooth control. With a small outlay, and top-mount jacks, the Space Spiral won’t take up much space either. The pedals are all hand-built in the USA so you can be sure it’s not going to let you down.

Here’s what EarthQuaker Devices say about it

Delay Dream Machine

The Space Spiral is an analog-voiced digital delay pedal with a variable waveshape LFO hitting the repeated signal for a world of warm modulated echo tones. So if you’re a fan of murky-sounding oil can delays or warbly old-school tape echo machines, the Space Spiral is totally going to tickle your tone bone.

  • Analog-voiced digital delay - 30ms - 600ms of delay time
  • Variable waveshape LFO - For a world of modulated delay tones
  • Dark, dreamy, murky delay sounds reminiscent of vintage oil and tape units
  • True bypass - Silent soft-touch switching
  • Analog dry-through
  • Top-mounted jacks - for effortless pedalboard implementation

If you’re looking for crisp and clean delays, then you’ve come to the wrong echo party. Even though the Space Spiral is based on digital technology, its sounds hark back to a time where echoes moved, swayed and danced upon every note. A time where echoes were truly alive!

Its 30ms-600ms of delay time delivers everything from fast and punchy slaps to dark and dreamy ambience. While the super-versatile modulation section lets you sculpt your wave to perfection via the Depth, Shape and Rate controls, seeing you easily recreate classic tape-like flutters, oil-drum spins as well as never heard before modulated madness.

The Space Spiral has a fully analog dry signal path, fully digital wet path and electronic relay based true-bypass switching. It is powered by a standard 9-volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel and has a current draw of 70ma. Each Space Spiral is built by the hands of cadets on the red line overload through the starry skies of Akron, Ohio, USA.

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