The Dwelling of the Delay Effect

You’re most likely acquainted with the normal utilization of a delay effect: to produce a number of echoes, each echo softer compared to last. Even though this is the most typical symbol of delay, it’s not the only person. Within this lesson, become familiar with the fundamental operation and parameters of the simple delay effect. Then we’ll take a look at a few of the ways this can be used effect.

The Dwelling of the Delay Effect

All delay effects, the most complex, are manufactured from the next fundamental structure.

Delay Effects

Seem enters the result around the left, where it splits into a double edged sword: the wet, or delayed, signal, and also the dry, or unaffected, signal. Usually there’s a control, generally referred to as wet/dry mix, that allows you to balance both of these signals. This area in the centre represents the delay line, a storage space for seem. Individual audio samples go into the delay line individually and emerge after some time, the delay time. This time around value could be expressed in clock time, usually milliseconds, or perhaps in musical time, as rhythmic note values (1/4, 1/8, etc.). This enables you to synchronize echoes using the rhythms inside your music.

As seem exits the delay line, it splits into two pathways. One path would go to the output, to become balanced using the dry signal. Another path feeds into the entrance from the delay line. There’s always a scale component that governs the effectiveness of the feedback signal. Internally, this can be a value between and 1, however the effect user sees a portion, from to 100%.

An Easy Delay Effect in Reason

The DDL-1 Digital Delay Line obtainable in Reason is an easy implementation from the fundamental delay structure described above.

You place delay time around the left side, either in milliseconds (MS) or musical note values (STEPS), with respect to the UNIT selection. If UNIT is placed to STEPS, you may choose whether sixteenth note or perhaps a triplet eighth for that step length. Then your delay time readout left sets the amount of these notes that equal to the delay time. For instance, should you wanted your echoes to repeat at times of the dotted eighth — a typical value for electronic dance music — you would then set the step length to at least oneOrsixteen, and hang the amount of stages in the delay readout to three (since there are three sixteenth notes in a single dotted eighth).

Within the DDL-1, feedback and wet/dry mix are positioned while using -127 MIDI value range, so you’ve to translate that in to the more prevalent -100% range.

The PAN control enables you to pan the wet signal to the location within the stereo field, as the dry signal stays in the centre. Observe that should you send stereo input in to the DDL-1, it’ll sum the 2 channels to mono before delivering this signal in to the delay line.

Delay Recipes

Exactly what do you need to do with this particular factor? Here are recipes for 3 important delay applications: discrete echoing, thickening, and resonating.

Discrete Echoes

Whenever you stand somewhere from the Grand Gorge and shout, your seem travels to another side, bounces back, and returns for you. It requires any seem nearly one nanosecond to visit one feet, to ensure that determines how lengthy it requires for the shout to go back to you. When the seem would bounce again off your side from the gorge and retrace its path, you’d hear later another, though softer, echo.

Discrete echoes such as this are ones which are far enough apart that you could easily hear them individually. To create these echoes, your delay time needs to be sufficiently lengthy: a minimum of a tenth of the second.

Delay Effects

The very first seem you hear may be the original dry signal, without any delay. When the delay time elapses, you hear the very first echo. When the wet/dry mix is 50%, this echo will have a similar amplitude because the original seem.

To listen to repeats, there has to be feedback. Otherwise, following the first echo emerges in the delay line, there might be forget about seem. The greater the feedback, the louder would be the echoes. The feedback amount not directly determines the amount of echoes you hear. When the feedback is 100%, the echoes won’t ever stop.

* If using this sort of delay like a Send Effect, then set the wet/dry mix around the effect to 100%, and adjust this balance rather using the Send knob around the mixer funnel strip.

A Thickening Agent

Whenever we took in at school towards the opening from the Beatles’ “Day Tripper,” we heard a obvious illustration of double tracking within the opening guitar riff: doubling a tune having a slightly different performance. This will make the tune seem thicker.

An electronic delay effect allows us to simulate this sort of thickening, not by conducting a tune two times, but by playing a rather delayed copy from the tune. This time around-shift creates a few of the same complexities within the seem (namely, constructive and destructive interference between two similar waveforms) that double tracking imparts. The delay time should be shorter than that needed to make a discrete echo. Feedback is off — there’s just one copy from the original seem.

Delay Effects

In pop music of all types, it’s very present with thicken vocal along with other tunes in this way. This sort of delay is definitely patched being an insert effect, not really a send effect.

An identical application may be the slapback echo, in which the delay time is longer (100-200 milliseconds), but there’s still no feedback, so merely a single, barely discrete echo. The wet level is less than the dry level, to help keep things from getting too muddy.


A unique use of a delay effect would be to impose a obvious pitch with an input seem. A resonator is really a container — for instance, a musical instrument cavity (guitar box), or perhaps a room — that reinforces certain frequencies that seem there. This occurs since the wavelengths of individuals frequencies fit cleanly within the length of the resonator.

The delay effect allows us to simulate this behavior inside a simple, and perhaps greatly exaggerated, manner. If you are using a delay time that’s very short — under 50 milliseconds — and lots of feedback, then you definitely setup the problem portrayed below.

Delay Effects

The delay time is really short the repeated echoes from the input seem produce a periodic waveform — one cycle from the periodic waveform per echo. As you may know from your acoustics study, a periodic waveform brings about a feeling of pitch. The regularity of the pitch may be the reciprocal from the delay time. That’s, the delay time may be the duration of one cycle. For instance, when the delay time is 10 milliseconds (.010 seconds), the regularity created is 1 / .01 = 100 Hz. (This is actually the G at the end from the bass staff.) All the harmonic partials of the fundamental frequency will also be present, and that’s why the result is very vibrant and buzzy.

To obtain strong repetitions from the input signal, the feedback should be extremely high. The greater it’s, the more powerful a feeling of enforced pitch. When it’s above 98%, the seem rings freely and can clip, if your frequency within the input signal is reinforced through the resonator frequency and it is harmonic partials.

Some delay effects allow you to switch the phase from the feedback signal (by permitting negative feedback), which creates a different timbre for any resonator.

The problem with producing this effect in Reason is it isn’t feasible to request non-integer delay occasions, which means you can’t tune the resonated pitch precisely. This might or might not be considered a problem, with respect to the musical context.

Common Enhancements to obstruct Effects

One of the most common enhancements to some delay effect is to match some processing from the feedback signal. Many delay effects give a filter within the feedback path, which in turn causes echoes to possess a spectral shape that differs from those of the dry seem.

In Reason, The Echo is really a complex delay effect that models the behaviour of analog tape delays, like the Echoplex, made famous by Jimi Hendrix yet others within the 1960s. The Echo features a filter and distortion unit within the feedback path, in addition to jacks on the rear of the unit that allow you to patch anything in to the feedback path.

Rather of setting the delay some time and departing it, you are able to modulate the delay time, in order that it always changes. (To examine the idea of modulation, run the interactive Modulation application.) For the straightforward resonator effect recipe given above, and modulate the delay time, this results in a flanger, which produces an airy, swirling seem. In Reason, there’s a passionate device to do flanging: the CF-101 Chorus/Flanger.

Finally, musicians frequently use multiple delay taps, or different synchronised delay occasions, for the similar delay line, or they interconnect multiple delays in complicated ways.

Like a easy example in Reason, you are able to send the creation of a synthesizer into two DDL-1 devices. (The Spider Audio Merger & Splitter enables you to split one signal into two copies, which you’ll then send to 2 different places.) Should you pan the 2 DDL-1 devices to opposite sides from the stereo field, and provide the 2 devices different delay occasions, you may create a fascinating stereo effect. This is particularly helpful for that SubTractor synthesizer, because it doesn’t have stereo output.

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