The Revenge of Bucket Boy

At last, a decent simulation of a bucket brigade based delay

(79 Votes)
1.1 (Updated 8 years ago)
37.3kB
May 30, 2009
Reaktor 5 or lower
Effect Delay based

DESCRIPTION

I built this after some recent discussion on the forum. My old 'bucket boy advance' delay is not a true simulation of a bucket brigade based effect. It just uses a standard high quality digital delay line combined with some nice parameter smoothing.
I decided to rectify this and have a crack at a more authentic unit.

I kept the GUI ultra simple for now - No need for fancy stuff on the outside when there's so much organic wholegrain goodness on the inside. That said, if anyone wants to design a groovy retro stomp box style skin for this, leave a message and I'll get in touch.

If you take some time to get used to the controls and get creative, this unit will reward you with a huge range of possibilities.
My favourite game is setting feedback to max, creating delay style loops using the rate and read controls interactively. A huge variety of textures and noises are possible. If it goes messy, just turn the feedback to zero for a sec., then back to max.

Thanks to Robin Davies for the excellent Lagrange interpolator.

colB


UPDATE 22/7/11
fixed NaN initialization bug that surfaced with reaktor 5.6. Thanks to Jim Hurley aka arachnaut for bringing this to my attention.

COMMENTS  (18)

Colin Brown
7 years ago
Hi John, rate and read are two ways of changing the delay time. Rate does it by altering the sample rate of the buffer - like a bucket brigade delay. If you weak this while there is input, you can get swooping pitch changes in the delay repeats. Read does it by moving the read position within the buffer (it really changes the distance in samples between the write head and read head) - like a standard digital delay. If you tweak this, you can get cool time compression and expansion glitches in the feedback... So you have best of both worlds, and can create the different 'effects' that both approaches can generate, plus new ones by combining the two. BucketZILLA gives even more options by having two read heads, so a wider variety of interactions is possible == more and better 'effect'. It also has better control over feedback oscillation, and overclocking means more extreme effects at the upper limits. :)
John Stephenson
7 years ago
sorry, read knob! What does it do?
John Stephenson
7 years ago
Exellent simple, usable Tape Delay. I'm gonna mod it to make it more 70s Dub and explosive, but that will suit my tastes an few others. VERY GOOD EFFECT! Not to sure what the rate knob does but sounds great!
arachnaut
8 years ago
This is my favorite tape effect in the Reaktor U/L. Great job! Great sound! Splendid effect.
Mike Fonte
8 years ago
a lovely delay
diego ghiddini
9 years ago
Work great with my Doepfer modular :) Rigth now i miss a real BBB thanks man !
Jon Honez
9 years ago
I like the fact that it is simple, and is probably the only delay I will be using from now on.
Carlos Roberto Chavez Aramburu
9 years ago
all i can say is WOW
Prismtone Studios
10 years ago
OUTstanding ensembles, thanks for sharing.
Jamie Maloney
10 years ago
I think that this will be a go to delay for me!
Benjamin Suthers
10 years ago
thanks colin!
Colin Brown
10 years ago
Thanks guys :) Benjamin, just adding extra read or write heads to this wont give decent chorus, other stuff needs to be customised,for various reasons. But I'm on the case. Chorus coming soon. Haven't tried flanging yet, but if that works out, I'll do it as well.
Dieter Zobel
10 years ago
wow
Benjamin Suthers
10 years ago
can you PLEASE add multiple read heads (rate and position) so we can build a chorus out of this gorgeous sounding instrument?
Christopher Soulos
10 years ago
Fantastic! Almost as much fun as using a RE201 or an AD202 or AD-80
Benjamin Suthers
10 years ago
absolutely wonderful. beautiful sound.
John Kammeyer-Mueller
10 years ago
What an outstanding execution; thanks for sharing. There is truly nothing else in Reaktor-land that does what this does.
Shai Levy
10 years ago
paired it to a stereo bonanza. wonderful!
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