*This is an add-on module for Softube's Modular soft-synth
It’s time to take control of time itself, with the Doepfer A-188-1 Bucket Brigade Device for Modular.
Bucket brigade delays are an evocative sound of late-’70s electronic music. By passing the signal along a line of capacitors, the sound is delayed in time, but also degraded with high- frequency loss and additional noise (as well as noticeable sample-rate reduction and aliasing at high delay times). This creates a warm and dirty sound, much sought after at the time, and still loved as a creative effect despite the practical disadvantages a BBD unit has compared to more versatile, cleaner digital delays.
Not only can this kind of delay produce tight slapbacks, grungey echoes, and smokey ambi- ence, but by exploiting high feedback and very short delay times Karplus-Strong style plucked string synthesis is also possible.
The length of the delay line – the number of buckets in the brigade – has a significant effect on the sound and capabilities of the effect. The hardware module is available in six versions, each featuring a different number of stages (128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, and 4096). But Sof- tube’s software version contains all six, and can switch between them with one click.
In a sense it’s six modules in one.
- Ultra-precise model of rare and exciting style of analog delay effect.
- Can be used within synth patches in Modular, or for processing external audio in Modular FX.
- Six different models in one module.
- Great for dirty delays, sharp slapbacks, whooshing swirly ambience, or utter craziness.
- Build your own flanger/chorus for guitars, drums, or any other audio source.
- Take advantage of the disadvantages of this special design – use the BBD as a bitcrusher or distortion unit.
- Keep the original noise bleed, or simply switch it off.