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Twisted Little Delay

Unique retro delay lets you echo, loop, warp, distort and mangle.

Inspired by the classic Prime Time* from 1978, Little PrimalTap captures the highly distinctive sonic imprint of this quirky, and well-loved (by those in the know) vintage digital delay. Don't be fooled by its simple interface, Little PrimalTap lets you unleash your creative urges to echo, loop, warp, distort, mangle, or create cacophonous cascades of otherworldly sounds.

 

THE PRIMAL SOUND

The Prime Time was used by a wide variety of artists back in the 80's (that was its prime, heh) for rich guitar delay, chorus, flange and such, and it did a great job with those things but the really unique character of it's sound came from one of its limitations.

 

In an attempt to get more out of the technology (and probably stay under budget) it had a feature called Multiply that halved the sample rate each time the delay was doubled. Sound weird? It does indeed. And it's just the kind of weird that we love.

 

TWIST AND SHOUT

On this little beast, turning knobs is where it's at and that's how you get to hear all the oddities it can create. The Multiply knob supplies extra delay time that has drastic tonal changes with each increase. The Adjust knob creates pitch shifts, chorus, or flange when moved. The Feedback and Input drive tie it all together to allow for sounds just not found on any of the "normal" delay plug-ins. Abnormal is the new black.

 

FEEDBACK LOOP

Yes, the Feedback can go infinite, and do everything from classic delay style looping to old school sci-fi space noise. Oh, and we doubled the massive 256ms of delay time from the original (128ms if you had the non-expanded one) to 512ms so you've got some serious looping power if you need it.

 

It's ok to let it get out of control, unlike the old days where you could blow your speakers (or your ears) if you didn't stay on top of the feedback. Little PrimalTap lets you use it as another layer of sonic color, and even opens the door for synthesizer type sounds.


Quotes

“If you automate it, it becomes a whole new device. The ability to automate the multiply parameter and have the delay feedback jump up and down in pitch can create some really unique sounds.

I discovered this while working on a track for Kate Havnevik with Guy, and he loved it, so we started exploring it further and sampling the artifacts it produced and making them a part of the song.”

– Jake Miller, mixing/recording engineer for Guy Sigsworth (Kate Havnevik, Bjork, Madonna, Alanis Morissette, Frou Frou)

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System Requirements

Plug-in Formats (64-bit only)

  • AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST, and Audio Units (AU)

Supported Sample Rates

  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz, Maximum: 192 kHz

System Requirements

  • Operating systems:Mac OS X 10.10 or later; Windows 7 or later.
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.

Supported Hosts

  • Pro Tools (11 or later), Live, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, Logic, Digital Performer
  • Click here to view our full list of compatible host applications.

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