digital delay can hold a delay for up to 6 seconds at a
sample rate of 44100. It features 3 independent delays,
one left, right and center. Each of these delays have a
separate Feedback level, volume level and selectable
delay type. You can select from Tap Delay, Host tempo
Delay and standard delay.
simply select Tap from the delay type drop down list.
Then simply tap the bottom button to set the delay
Once again, select
tempo from the delay type drop down list. You can then
set the delay note tempo. For example, quarter note at
X BPM where X is the tempo set in your host DAW. You
select the note duration from the Note Duration drop
from the delay type drop down list. You can now set the
time of the delay by turning the Standard Delay Time
knob. This is capable of delaying by up to 6 seconds. If
you at first don't hear anything, you probably have this
setting too high.
Setting the Stereo Mix
Each of the three
delays has a level slider located on the right side of
the effect. These are simple volume controls. Want more
Left, turn up the Left, less Center, turn down the
Center. You also have Dry and Wet volumes. The dry is
the volume level of un effected signal, wet is the
level of the effected signal.
WatKat is a digital “clone” of a Wem Watkins
“Custom” Copicat. It sounds very lo-fi, noisy, irregular. When you turn
it off and leave the tape loaded, the tape bends in proximity of the
capstan, and this turns into a periodic pitch fall during echo playback;
plus, it gets hot and the background hum gets worse in time... you
should turn it off every now and then; the tape is never completely
erased, and the capstan motor flutters... and it gets worse if you touch
it while it's spinning; heads tend to get dirty very soon, infact you
should clean them often. This is true for the actual hardware unit, and
for the digital simulation as well!
– Swell: adjusts the volume of the repeats;
– Sustain: adjusts the number of repeats; be careful with this knob!
– Gain 1: volume of input 1 (left channel);
– Gain 2: volume of input 2 (right channel);
– Head 1, Head 2, Head 3: use these switches to select the playback
head(s); each head gives a different delay time.
Don't touch the capstan! :-)
– Very easy to use
– Very light on CPU and memory
– Easy MIDI Learn feature
– Free for all, so the world may know how cool is a Watkins tape echo!
- SSE optimized so
a SSE CPU is required (Athlon XP, pentium 3 and 4)
- 100% SSE so no denormalisation problem and very low
- All sample rates are OK
- 3 stereo outputs
- the input signal can be merged with the delays.
- from 1/64 to 3 beats of delay... Tempo from 48 to