Steerpike BBD Delay Ensemble
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Turn on the taps with Steerpike v3, the original Bucket Brigade Delay (BBD) delay, exclusively for Reason.
With exceptional ease-of-use and an “at a glance” approach, with nine delay topologies, including cross stereo, ping-pong and serial/parallel mixed-modes, version 3 further enhances the creative delay possibilities, making Steerpike your go-to multi-channel FX delay.
Inspired by classic delay pedals, each of Steerpike’s BBD lines can be played forward or reversed. New serial modes allow reverse delays with stereo feedback, providing a level of flexibility in delay sculpting previously unheard of in Reason. Its exceptional level of delay time and tempo sync control provides support for the widest range of tempos yet. Whether you want a delay time of 16/2, 1/256, 3/11, 1/5, 2/9, the default 3/16, or almost anything in between, just dial it in, or use millisecond/second timing, or even set a number BBD stages!
Version 3 furthers the creative possibilities by adding a modelled vintage reverb and a resonant FX Filter that can be inserted before or after the delay lines, or directly into the feedback loops of individual channels, plus two addtional LFOs to modulate them.
Up to 8 seconds of delay are available per channel—that’s an astonishing 48 seconds of delay time possible using a six-channel Serial mode!
Steerpike makes multi-tap delay creation simple by providing as many direct parameter controls as possible for each delay line.
- Six delay channels with tap outputs and level adjustable tap in
- Reverse delay available on each channel
- A stonking 8 (eight!) seconds of delay time per channel (that’s up to 48 seconds delay time in mono serial modes!)
- Nine delay modes, including Cross Stereo for true stereo in and stereo out, Parallel, Serial and Ping-Pong, plus new stereo serial modes, providing an easy method to suspend the delayed output for a predetermined time, stereo reverse with feedback, and serial/parallel mixed delays
- Triggerable Delay Line Input button gates the audio input into Steerpike without clearing the delay lines; ideal for infinite “loop” style delay by cutting off new input and allowing the dry signal to continue to play separately
- Select the analog warmth of BBD, or clean DDL performance modes
- Clock rate adjust (BBD mode only)
- Ducking control with audio sidechain input and recovery time control
- Steer effet control to increase or decrease delay time of all Taps
- FX Filter, a resonant filter that can be modded via LFO or an envelope, and can be inserted into the feedback loop of individual delays lines, or globally pre- or post-delay lines
- FX Reverb, a modelled vintage reverb that can be position pre- or post-delay lines
- Dual LFO with four sweepable waveforms: filtered square, triangle, sine and drift, with LFO CV output, to modulate delay lines and FX Filter
- Wide rate LFO with six sweepable waveforms: ramp, square, triangle, sine, random smooth and random pulse, to modulate delay lines and FX Filter
- Wide rate sine LFO to modulate FX Reverb or FX Filter
- Set delay time via BBD stages, milliseconds/seconds, or tempo sync
- Set tempo sync duration from 1-16
- Set any tempo synced bar/beat subdivision from /2 to /16 inclusive, plus all halved and triplet subdivisions to up /256
- View and adjust both Duration and Subdivision in the same display
- Gate/Envelope triggering, with built-in amp and filter envelope
- Pan (mono input) or left/right balance (stereo input) control for the dry signal
- Per channel harmonic distortion , LFO delay time Modulation depth, Envelope depth, Level (phase invertible with high pass), Pan and of course, Feedback
- High gain FX Drive
- Three band EQ can be enabled per channel
- Global high pass and low pass filter
- Low shelf boost
- Dry Pan allows on-board pan/balance of the dry signal
- Per channel tap in/tap out, with dual return positioning, into the feedback loop (FL) or into the output chain (Breakout)
- New delay modes: “Serial Cross Stereo”, “Serial Ping-Pong”, “Serial Ping-Pong to Cross Stereo” and “Serial Cross Stereo to Ping-Pong”, a suite of mixed serial+parallel modes, providing an easy method to suspend the delayed output for a predetermined time, or for further creative delay rhythm programming effects. It also provides, for the first time, a native way to have reverse delays with stereo feedback
- New: Tap position can now be switched to a true Breakout insert mode instead of back into the feedback loop (please note Breakout is now the default mode; turn it off to re-enable the old-style feedback-loop tap mode for any existing tracks and patches)
- New: added a resonant FX Filter with an envelope-trigger for special effects. It features adjustable positioning in the signal chain: either within individual feedback loops, on the input into the delay lines or on the output from the delay lines
- New: Added FX Drive to provide an alternative and more aggressive distortion model
- New: Added FX Reverb, which can be applied on the input into the delay lines, or on the output
- New: Two additional wide-frequency modulation LFOs are available: LFO 2 can modulate the FX Filter or the delay time with a choice of six waveforms, and can be tempo synced, with phase reset, while the sine-only LFO 3 can modulate the Reverb
- The original dual-LFO can now modulate the delay time or the FX Filter
- Deprecated the “Subdivision” Tempo Sync button from the GUI, which was made redundant by the display format change in version 2; Tempo Sync is now simply one button (NB: old patches or song instances may show no selector button lit if the deprecated button was the stored value at the time of saving, but internally Sync is still selected as the value itself remains under-the-hood, so this removal will not affect any existing tracks or patches, but it does make the GUI selector much neater. If the lack of a lit button really bothers you, just press “Sync”! )
- Channel value displays now grey out when the channel is not active, and recolour according to the delay mode operation of the channel
- Fixed: EQ gain controls are now surrounded the correct decals
- Fixed: Feedback lamps should now operate correctly when using Feedback Mode, and in subsequently switching to other modes
- Channel Level knobs are now zero-snap as this is easier silence with the new serial modes. All other invertible knobs remain snap-free
- The EQ High-Pass Filter (HPF) default is now 80Hz rather than 8Hz
- Remote™ list now includes all notification lamps
- 150 new patches, with a re-organised folder structure
- Updated v3 user guide
- Steerpike now uses custom displays. Shift (precise) and Ctrl (reset) modifiers are available
- Tempo Sync modes now display both Duration and Subdivision values side-by-side, and both can be adjusted from the same view
- Updated user guide
- Beautiful new design by esselfortium
- Rear panel controls now available on the front panel
- Bug fixes
Best delay unit in the rack.
I use it on every project
Steerpike is fantastic. It's especially ideal for dub or ambient.
Steerpike has the most powerful features... Really, great job, sounds amazing.
Love it. There is absolutely nothing more guaranteed to send you down the "Oh my god I forgot to eat or piss for the past 8 hours" rabbit hole than a really good delay unit.
It is simply the best delay device in the rack.
Bloody beautiful and inspiring.