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Strong stuff from the brewery (EQ magazine 1997)

"That's also what I like about using stereo delays instead of reverb on lead guitar tracks. There's a lot of albums I've done where there's no reverb on the guitar solos at all. Instead, I use multiple stereo echoes, because that gives the sound a spatial quality, but it doesn't pull it back in the mix. When you use reverb, it will start to draw the guitar back into the mix. But if you use a stereo echo, you're essentially listening to the dry sound. And if it was close miked, you can put the guitar right up in the listener's face if you want. Or you can draw it back. But you have the choice, rather than being stuck with a sound that's too ambient and can't be brought forward. And by using multiple stereo echoes, you can hear each repeat, which gives the guitar an imaging thing that I like. More so than a reverb. Most of the time, reverb on a mono signal still sounds mono. Whereas multiple stereo echoes will put some perceived stereo onto a mono signal."