Originally Posted by budda
I'll be honest, usually never run more than 3 delay units max. And I use each delay pedal for different applications.
Usually I have my Vox Time Machine for conventional use, then a larger unit after it, say the Boss DD20. I use the big pedals either set really long to stagger the first delay for extra ambience, or for the more experimental algorithms like warp, twist, reverse and the looper. My current bass rig does exactly this. Most of my tempo delay comes from the Time Machine and all the extra weird stuff comes from the Giga Delay. My live cleans from my old metal band was a mix of both schools where I stagger the delay with a feint reverse echo, I learned that from Jeff Martin (Tea Party) during his solo shows.
When adding a third unit, it's usually a small analog pedal like my Malekko Ekko for short slapback for self oscillation or as part of a trio of ambience.
Since the Flight Time is an instrument level unit, I've used it mostly for jams where I don't know what amp I'm plugging into. So it's great for those combo amp/blues jam moments, and thanks to the BPM analyser, it's awesome to make fun of drummers.
I also tend to forget that the Flight Time is just as powerful as the Eventide and Strymon units.
With the Eventide and Strymon pedals I own, I have yet to fully utilise every possible option. Most of the experiments say at home and some of my successful attempts have made the studio for my upcomng album. There's so many possibilities that these things can do, I kinda feel bad about not using all of them. I've used about 3-10% of the BigSky's options... and I don't even like reverb pedals all too much...
As for midi, outside of my keyboard setup, I've yet to experiment with using midi with my pedals. I'm an idiot when it comes to that though, but given my recent musical tangents and the a tendency to plug every instrument I own through a fleet of effects, that may happen in the future.