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Meris LVX Modular Delay - The Best Delay Pedal for Guitar?

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

Meris LVX Delay Pedal


Meris are an interesting company. Not focussing on just the guitar world, their products are found in studios, in keyboard setups and more, with products found in both pedalboard and studio friendly formats.


More importantly, the sound quality of their products is absolutely top class.




The LVX - The Best Delay Pedal



First of all, take a look at this video to get an idea of some of the presets available, as they give a great idea of the sounds the LVX is capable of:





The LVX takes everything Meris have learnt and combines it in one amazing, hugely powerful pedal. It has aspects of the Polymoon Modulated Delay, Hedra Rhythmic Pitch Shifter, Enzo Multi Voiced Synth and Ottobit Jr pedals, all beautifully homed within the new modular system that Meris have originated.


This is a serious attempt at creating the ultimate delay pedal, one that could replace all your others and do more than any other delay pedal certainly that I've ever used, discounting the Eventide H9 or H90, which are different animals really.



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Specs:


Here's the list from the Meris site:


  • Conversion 24 bit A/D and D/A

  • DSP 32 bit floating point

  • Sample Rate 48000 Hz

  • Input Impedance 1 Meg Ohm

  • SNR 115 dB Typical

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz

  • Max Input Level +9 dBu (instrument level setting) +12.5 dBu (line/synth level setting)

  • Power 9V DC center-negative, 300mA, 2.1mm jack

  • Bypass Selectable True Bypass (Relay) or Analog Buffered Bypass

  • Dimensions 7.25” wide, 4.5” long, 2” tall. (Same depth and height as all other pedals.)

  • Weight 24 ounces


And now lets go through the more interesting feature list:

  • Modular Delay System architecture

  • 2540mS of Highly Configurable Dual Delay

  • Advanced ARM Processor

  • Configurable Delay Structures, Types, and Processing Elements for the ultimate customization in delay processing

  • Intuitive Color Screen based User Interface

  • Always Available True Stereo 60 Second Looper

  • 99 Preset Locations in 33 Banks

  • Favorite Preset Bank for instant access to your 3 favorite presets

  • Instant Access Tuner with configurable Reference and Output mode

  • Deep Modifier Section lets you Route Control Signals to Processing Parameters

  • True Stereo Processing Elements (Poly Pitch Shifter operates in mono)

  • All New Processing Elements including Preamps, Granulize, Cassette, Poly Pitch, and more

  • Includes Processing Elements from the Meris family: Polymoon, Hedra, Enzo, and Ottobit Jr.

  • Selectable Note Divisions for each side of the stereo Dual Delay

  • Digitally controlled Analog mix bus

  • Stereo input and output with separate jacks for each

  • Switchable input/output headroom level for Instrument or Synthesizer / Line levels

  • MIDI In and Out over standard MIDI Din Jacks

  • Assignable Expression Pedal control for multiple parameters simultaneously

  • Dedicated Expression Pedal Jack

  • MIDI implementation for Continuous Control Parameters

  • MIDI Preset Send and Receive

  • MIDI beat clock synchronization

  • Premium analog signal path and 24-bit AD/DA w/32 bit floating point DSP

  • Premium Analog Devices JFET input section

  • Dimmable screen and logo light

Now that final feature isn't that necessary, or one that will be a deciding factor in whether or not you buy this beast, but -

Dual Delay? Yes, please. This is amazing and you can run them in series or parallel; you can set independent note divisions for each side too. There is just so much versatility in this.




The 2540 ms of delay is absolutely massive, and I love being able to control the delay structures and types, from magnetic (tape), to BBD (bucket brigade) to digital, all sound amazing.

The processing elements mentioned are also hugely powerful, and clearly being fully midi compatible is really important for many users, especially given the 99 presets which are then easily accessible rather than just the 3 without midi. You still get all the preset banks, but but only have 3 on quick access.

Expression pedal assignment is also incredibly powerful, as it can be assigned to many parameters at the same time - It's just amazing. And these can be saved by preset so... almost endless variations can be accessed here.

Oh, and it's got a looper and a tuner! Awesome:)


The modular system is where the LVX shines though. Hugely intuitive and easy to use, it's such a great interface.

Take a look here where I go through a number of the modules as I take a look at creating a tape delay preset:


As you can hopefully tell from the video, scrolling through the different modules and adjusting parameters is a breeze. Meris have done a great job of making a massive amount of control very easy to access and to understand. It's very clear that a lot of thought and planning has gone into this interface.

As you'll be able to tell from the videos, the LVX can easily handle simple or advanced delay needs. It sound quality is amazing, which is most important, and it's a breeze to scroll through the settings and to fine tune. In fact, it's probably the most customisable delay out there.

If you want to create soundscapes - no problem; if you want incredible stereo spread delays - easy!



I will just mention the Microcosm here. As many people might be attracted to both pedals, and so you may compare them.

I actually view them as quite different animals, both being amazing, with a little crossover.

Both have loopers, both can be amazing for soundscapes. However, the LVX far surpasses the Microcosm in terms of customising sounds, and for use as a delay pedal.

But then again, the LVX doesn't create luscious worlds of sound quite so easily as the Microcosm, and it lacks dedicated reverb. In fact, I pair the LVX with the Neunaber Illumine which creates an incredibly potent pairing.

So, are you a delay junkie who wants to tweak lots of parameters to create 'your' sound?

Then the LVX is for You

Do you have simple delay needs, but want the best sound on the market?

The LVX may still well be what You've been looking for.

Do you sit somewhere between these two points?

Go get the LVX!

However, do you want a plug n play soundscape machine?

You probably want the Hologram Microcosm.

I'm now heading off to lose myself in a world of swirling delays!!! Have fun and cya soon......soon.....soon......soon......soon....







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