U-He Colour Copy BBD-Style Delay Effect Hands-On Demo

Colour Copy is designed to deliver delay, with the coloration typical of BBD delays, but to offer a wider range of effects. … Read More U-He Colour Copy BBD-Style Delay Effect Hands-On Demo

U-He Intros Colour Copy Bucket Brigade Delay Effect

U-He has released Colour Copy, a software implementation of the vintage bucket-brigade delay (BBD) effect.… Read More U-He Intros Colour Copy Bucket Brigade Delay Effect

Ninja Tune are doing their own multi-delay, and it looks wild

Hey, if running a label to release music seems a daft idea these days, there’s always selling hardware. And Ninja Tune’s new hardware effect looks like it’s got some serious potential.

Gear guru and underground weirdo music impresario Ingmar Koch and his Liquid Sky Berlin / gearporn.berlin blog get the scoop here. But already from the hardware we can tell a few things:

  • The hardware sure looks like Erica Synths’ stuff. (Casing and knobs are a dead ringer for the Acidbox. So whether or not they did the engineering, they may have done the manufacturing and enclosure.
  • It seems to have a big tube. (See also Erica’s love for Polivoks-era, ex-USSR tubes and recreations.)
  • There are multiple delay modes: Stereo Delay, Tape Delay, Ping Pong Delay, and BBD Delay (Bucket Brigade – think classic chip delays)
  • Feedback, delay time, and tap tempo
  • A multimode analog filter (lowpass, bandpass, highpass) with overdrive knob
  • MIDI IN, which suggests you also get MIDI sync (good!)
  • CV in for analog control (and one control I’m unsure of, maybe pulse in – who has better eyesight than I do?)

So, it’s apparently some retro-style chip delay with analog filter and … tube for overdrive? That could get nicely nasty.

Plus if Erica was working on this, having tried their Acidbox line, expect all the right kind of mayhem.

I’ll be eager to get hands on this. The involvement of Ninja Tune suggests our friend Matt Black of Coldcut had some input with this, and he does love his tech.

More – photos of the prototype:

pure gearporn: ninja tune zendelay – hardware news leak [gearporn.berlin]

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Moogerfooger Cluster Flux

Continuing the strange naming that started with the Little Phatty Moog has introduced the MF-108M Cluster Flux. While it is a multi-effect pedal the secret sauce which is going to make this pedal sound awesome is its BBD (bucket-brigade device). Pairing the BBD with a lot of syncing technology in a wood framed Moog box is tasty. You can get one soon for about half a grand.

“The MF-108M Cluster Flux is more powerful than traditional chorus/flange effects offering musicians the added modulation of multiple LFO waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Square, Saw, Ramp and Random, to create many kinds of new modulated BBD Delay effects. MIDI IN allows control of Delay Time, Range, Feedback, Output Level, LFO Waveform, LFO Rate, LFO Amount and Mix.” – moogmusic.com

For more info: moogmusic.com


Boss DM-100

In my continual effort to make my music studio into an 80′s time machine I picked up a Boss DM-100 bucket-brigade analog delay and chorus. Similar vintage units have been used on vocals by the Stray Cats and Richard 23 of Front 242. You could spend a lot more on new tape delay pedals such as the Moog 104Z but they aren’t as noisy and sleezy. In fact, a quick forum search on the DM-100 shows this unit is quite coveted. I like that the DM-100 has the input and outputs on the front which will make it quick to get drum machines and iPads through it and back into Ableton. If your not familiar with this type of device watch the video above at 20 seconds in to be impressed. If you want to stay in the box check out Audio Damage’s DubStation or Fabfilter’s Timeless plug-ins.

“The DM-100 uses is together with the compact DM-2 Boss’s first BBD based delay. The DM-100 is also making use of the Roland FCF (Frequency Controlled Filter) to produce its delay sound. The FCF gradually rolls of higher frequencies as the delay time increases. With the mode switch the user can choose whether to use the Delay Machine as a delay or chorus. The intensity of the chorus is adjusted with a control on the back and the effect can be turned on or off with a footswitch (not supplied with the DM-100).” – bossarea.com

For more info: bossarea.com/dm100