Colour Copy

$69.00
$69.00
Compatible With:
AAX
AU
VST

 

Colour Copy: a bucketful of delay

A virtual analog effect inspired by classic bucket-brigade delays (BBD), but extended with modern features. We called our new baby "Colour Copy" because it can deliver the kind of colouration people still love in classic BBD units, but with a wider variety of colours. Colour Copy started life as the little delay unit called "Lyrebird" we built into Repro-1, but the sound was too good not to be developed further and become an FX plug-in.


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    In most digital delays the delay time alters the size of the buffer. If you quickly modulate or sweep the delay time on a typical digital unit, unmusical glitches propagate through the feedback as the buffer is shortened or lengthened. Like a real BBD, Colour Copy changes the internal samplerate instead (i.e. how fast the "buckets" pass on their content), and this is why Colour Copy is smooth with a capital SMOO!

    Colours

    During development we soon realized that we could capture the essence of the entire range of classic bucket brigade delays – from the low-range rumbling, slowly evolving delays to the highly resonant, screaming characters. A single knob lets you continuously blend between the five finely-tuned "colour" macros. The differences may be subtle, but each one is rich in detail. In addition to obvious differences in frequency bandwidth, each comes with its own noise and dynamic characteristics, frequency loss over time, and several other qualities. The Saturation knob controls how prominent or subtle those characteristics should be, in case you want to dial back the colouration to better fit in the mix. Finally, a Brightness knob lets you adjust the bandwidth.


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    Flexibility

    Colour Copy is capable of a huge variety of different delay-based effects. With delay times ranging from under a millisecond to several seconds, you can create anything from comb-filter and flange/chorus effects to regular ping-pong delays and longer "looper" effects. The routing options let you mix or swap the input and feedback signals independently or even invert the feedback phase for various phase cancellation effects when delay times are set very short. Additionally, unlike hardware BBD units, Colour Copy's left and right output "taps" can be placed anywhere along the delay lines. This feature lets you move echos independently "forward in time" for e.g. ping-pong or "rushing" delays as well as various stereo chorus or flanger effects. You never knew you'd want three different ways to create a ping-pong effect!

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    Animation

    Colour Copy comes with a stereo LFO that can be used to modulate either the delay rate, the tap positions or the delay amplitude. With a range of 0.05Hz to 20Hz (as times: 20s to 50ms) the LFO can create chorus, vibrato and tremolo effects. Crank up the modulation depth for deep pitch-shifting. An envelope follow signal derived from the input signal can be used to modulate the LFO frequency and depth, adding realtime dynamics to the effects.


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    Colour Copy comes with the obligatory ducking compressor, but with a unique twist: You can select whether to duck the entire delay output or just the feedback signal. This latter option leaves the very first delay unaffected, preserving the overall stereo "space" while preventing the sonic mayhem that high regeneration often causes.


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    Performance Control

    Some people like to perform on their BBD hardware, pitching the regeneration up and down by twisting the rate knob. We took Colour Copy a step further in this direction by adding a pair of creative features: Firstly, a freeze button that loops the contents of the delay buffer for as long as you like. Secondly, MIDI key control so that you can play Colour Copy like a mono synth - each octave up doubles the delay rate.

    Colour Copy Key Features

    • BBD-style analog delay plug-in
    • 1ms-1s or host-synched time base, scaled via rate control from 25%-400%
    • Feedback colouration controls infuse your delays with exciting saturated textures
    • Dynamic ducking effect with an option that preserves the initial delay
    • Onboard LFO modulates its delay rate, tap position, or amplitude
    • MIDI note tracking allows for mono synth-like operation
    • Infinite loop button loops the contents of the delay buffer for as long as you like
    • Independent input and feedback routing permit unlimited stereo or mono combinations
    • Useful preset browser with tag/text search
    • Resizable interface from 70%-200%

    Operating System

    Mac, PC

    Upgrade/Full

    Full

    Bit Depth

    Windows: 32-bit & 64-bit, Mac: 32-bit & 64-bit

    Format

    AAX, VST2, VST3, AU, NKS

    Mac Hardware Requirements

    Intel Core i3 or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended (Intel and M1 Mac Supported) (64-bit only)

    PC Hardware Requirements

    Intel Core i3 or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended

    Mac OS Requirements

    OS X 10.9 or later

    PC OS Requirements

    Windows 7 SP1 or later
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