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Solar Loop Echo

A new take on the Space Echo

(27 Votes)
1.01 (Updated 1 month ago)
4.1MB
October 04, 2020
Reaktor 5 or lower
Effect Delay based

DESCRIPTION

New in 1.01
Added "Motion"-panning to each planet/head.

The Roland Space Echo is famous for its spacious and gritty sound. It uses a tape loop with one record head and three playheads. As the distance between these heads is fixed, you have to alter the tape speed to adjust delay times. Digital delays can’t do that easily. To alter the „tape speed“ in a digital delay, you have to change the sample rate. So most digital „tape“ delays just change the distance between play- and record-head. This sounds similar, but it’s not the same. Thinking about a way of changing the real „tape speed“ in Reaktor, an idea struck me:

What If we could set the tape speed for each head individually?
What if the heads don’t even have to move in the same direction?
And if the heads move, does the tape have to move at all?
And wouldn’t heads moving around a circle of stationary tape look like planets moving around the sun?

See and hear for yourself. Have fun. Enjoy….

COMMENTS  (16)

Stephan Bobinger
1 week ago
very nice
ian ainslie
1 week ago
Yeah, this thing rocks! Looks great in action and sounds great in action. Thanks so much!
pskept
3 weeks ago
I'm about a week or two in with Solar Loop Echo. I love this thing. Its so much fun to play with. I'll be floating around in mind bliss so much when messing with it I forget to keep working on the tune.
windplayer
1 month ago
Great concept. This effect looks and sounds very fine!
Dieter Zobel
1 month ago
klingt, macht Spass, danke
Dama Amanda
1 month ago
Hurrah for the mind behind! So simple, so pure.
Claude S.
1 month ago
What the guy below said. But in all honesty, I downloaded it with a ho-hum attitude, only to be totally obliterated by the delay's wonderful nature. It will become part of my toolset for a very long time. Thank you for maing this!
1 month ago
This is truly a beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing! You'd be losing if you blew this off as "ANOTHER" delay. The potential this adds to even an ordinary instrument is impressive. Love the glitchy remnants one can discover in far-off decaying orbits! The visuals are so satisfying - SEEING the echoes in relation to hearing them, swinging the pots left and right of 12 o'clock and seeing the "planets/planetoids/objects" change orbital direction, adding inertia, giving a sense of MASS, just great! The visual instrument response really aids expressive play and the overall aesthetic just complements what is truly a knob-twiddlers' delight. Sweet!
Timothy Duffie
1 month ago
This is great!
phillip bova
1 month ago
Amazing ... using this tonight!
Claude S.
1 month ago
YES. This rocks.
Vagelis M
1 month ago
Very nice!
2 months ago
this is really fantastic! it sounds great, and I love the concept
Petty Vendetta
2 months ago
Kooky. thanks Jörg
Guillaume Richard
2 months ago
whaaaa! so good!:) danke Joerg!
Catman Dude
2 months ago
Way cool Jörg! Really like the unanticipated echoes.
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