Strymon Brigadier - dBucket Delay

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Strymon (Monday September 21, 2009)

codename BBD: Strymon has recently teamed up with the excellent engineers from Damage Control Engineering (makers of the highly regarded TimeLine). Out of this collaboration has come some groundbreaking new technology. We are extremely pleased to give you a preview of our newest product … the BBD. This is the codename for now, as we haven't yet finalized the shipping product name. The BBD is of the highest quality delays ever produced. We're very happy with how this little guy is turning out.

What is this thing?! : BBD takes the compact aluminum chassis and form factor developed for the OB.1 and crams in a TON of DSP horsepower … more than has ever existed in such a compact pedal. We love analog delays but at the same time they pose some serious limitations. So, we decided to take a super powerful SHARC DSP and dedicate to doing one thing and one thing only … delivering the best analog bucket brigade delay sound ever. Because we have the entire DSP dedicated to doing one extremely high quality effect, we are able to concentrate on every last detail that makes an analog delay special. No stone has been left unturned … every single bucket is recreated in the BBD. And, since we're doing all of this without regular old bucket brigade chips, you get all the tone and none of the noise (unless you choose to add it back in with our exclusive “bucket loss” control … yes!). Our super high quality A/D converters run at 24 bit 96kHz. True bypass ensures purity of the signal path. Alternately, selectable analog buffered bypass mode enables delay persist (commonly referred to as “trails”). And, DSP allows us to take an analog delay to places that none have gone before and implement features that would be absolutely impossible with a standard analog delay, such as our “bucket loss” control. Best of all, your dry guitar signal is never digitized, instead being mixed in analog with the delayed signal. Analog dry path … it's the best of both worlds. Tap tempo and modulation are an absolute must these days, so we threw those in too :)

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Destroying the Analog / Digital Divide

In setting out to design the Brigadier, we decided to take a super powerful SHARC DSP and dedicate it to doing one thing and one thing only … delivering the best analog bucket brigade delay sound ever. As a result of having the entire DSP dedicated to doing one extremely high quality effect, we are able to concentrate on every last detail that makes an analog delay special. No stone has been left unturned … every single bucket is recreated in the Brigadier with our new dBucket algorithm. And, since we're doing all of this without regular old bucket brigade chips, you get all the tone and none of the noise (unless of course you choose to add it back in with our exclusive “bucket loss” control … yes!). We feel like we've created something very special, and we hope you will too.

Features:

  • Hand crafted dBucket algorithm for highly accurate reproduction of every stage of an analog bucket brigade chip and the associated clock driver circuitry.
  • Bucket Loss control to control the amount of loss that occurs at each stage of the dBucket
  • Super low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters w/ 115dB typical signal to noise
  • Analog dry path for a zero latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
  • High performance DSP stuffed into a compact form factor
  • Tap tempo footswitch
  • 3 delay time modes: short, medium, long
  • Tap Tempo modes for quarter, dotted eighth, and eighth note triplets
  • Filter control for adjusting the tone of the delay repeats
  • TRUE BYPASS (electromechanical relay switching)
  • Selectable “trails” mode with high quality analog buffered bypass
  • +/- 3dB adjustable boost or cut when the effect is engaged
  • Stereo output
  • Expression pedal input with selectable control over any knob parameter
  • Powered with a standard 9V center negative DC supply. Compatible with all major DC supply brands. Current consumption 200mA - (250mA recommended supply)
  • Premium analog front end and output section
  • No-nonsense user interface
  • Strong and lightweight green anodized aluminum chassis
  • Crafted with love in the USA

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