Patina Echo Machine

Primetime Style Tape Echo with Freeze Function

(19 Votes)
1.10 (Updated 5 years ago)
December 16, 2015
Reaktor 6
Effect Delay based


NEW VERSION 1.1: Now includes tempo sync, ping pong and some other subtle improvements and changes.

Delay panning is now controlled with the width controlling, rather than separate panning as per previous.


This was my attempt at a mashup between the Soundtoys PrimalTap and Echoboy plugins (which I own and absolutely love).

I took Michael Hetricks tape style echo and added a freeze/hold function and sample rate multipliers like you would find in the Prime Time (and thus Primal Tap).

I also added some filtering, distortion, eq etc (special thanks to Boscomac). in the feedback path, and also delay time modulation to try and emulate old tape echoes and BBD delays (like the echoboy).

This device actually holds up pretty well to my own BBD delay pedals, and I've tried to emulate the pedals in some of my presets.

The Freeze function and sample rate multipliers are the heart of this ensemble IMO, and I have spent hours creating evolving loops with this function.

The controls are all relatively self explanatory, and I've tried to write a description for everything.

TIP: View A just shows the basic controls. View B shows everything.

TO DO: There is no tempo sync currently. As I'm just a 'hack it together' guy at the moment this is a bit beyond my understanding with Reaktor at this time. Any suggestions on how to implement tempo sync, but keep the sample rate control, would be most appreciated!

Hope you guys enjoy!


Claude S.
6 months ago
This is a really, REALLY, great delay!!!!
ian ainslie
2 years ago
Lovely effect. Finding lots of use for it in my tracks where creative delay is just the ticket :)
4 years ago
Warp function is amazing! Creating some really oldschool sounds with it, thanks so much
Stephen Reid
5 years ago
Cheers Michael, and thanks again for the block collection that you've made. I'm currently adding tempo sync (and a few other features), so will have a new version shortly. I've seen the Sandman plugin before: looks great. I'll have to check it out!
Michael Hetrick
5 years ago
Awesome! Thanks for the shout-out. My company made a VST/AAX/AU implementation similar to Prime Time/Primal Tap: The main advantages are 1) You can manipulate the start/end times of the frozen loop 2) Smooth SR control 3) Tons of modulation
Raj Bobby RK
5 years ago
Thank you very much Stephen Reid bro...!! very nice stereo echo thanks a million. Keep up the good work, and god bless you.
Stephen Reid
5 years ago
Thanks for the info Thala. I'll check it out. For what it's worth I'm quite enjoying setting the delay time manually, like with my god ol' analogue delays ;)
Thala Estra
5 years ago
Hey Stephen. use the searchbox inside reaktor (hit enter) and search for: "tempo". there should appear only one item called: "Tempo info". read the tooltip and the rest is some simple math.