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Multitap Delay block

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Available on which Fractal Audio products

  • Axe-Fx III: 2 blocks
  • Axe-Fx II: part of the Multi Delay block
  • AX8: part of the Multi Delay block
  • FX8: part of the Multi Delay block

X/Y and channels

  • Axe-Fx II: 2 channels
  • Axe-Fx II: see Multi Delay block
  • AX8: see Multi Delay block
  • FX8: see Multi Delay block

Multitap Delay in the Axe-Fx III

The Multi Delay block in the Axe-Fx II, AX8 and FX8 is split into the Multitap Delay, Ten-Tap Delay and Plex Delay blocks.

(firmware 1.12) "Improved Multidelay block. The Band Delay type has been replaced by a more flexible Quad Parallel Delay. The Quad Parallel Delay and the Quad Series Delay now feature four delay lines in a parallel or series configuration, respectively, as before, with the output of each delay line feeding a series combination of a bandpass filter and a resonator. Added drive, low-cut and hi-cut filters allow further tone sculpting. To defeat the bandpass filters set Master Q to minimum. To defeat the resonators set Master Resonator Feedback to 0."
(firmware 1.13) "Added single-sideband ring modulators to Multidelay block. These can be used to create strange and interesting echo sounds. To defeat the modulators turn Master Ring Mod Mix to 0."
(firmware 1.13) "Added chorusing to individual delay lines in Multidelay block. There are four LFOs, one for each delay line. The rate and depth of each LFO is individually adjustable. These add to the main LFOs which modulate each delay line at the same frequency but different phases. By using short delay times the Multidelay block can now act as four parallel choruses, each with independent rate and depth."
(firmware 1.13) "Added Quad-Tap Band Delay type to Multidelay block. This type has the same configuration as the Quad-Tap delay except the filters are outside the feedback paths."


More information in the Owner's Manual.

Configuring Multitap Delay as a chorus

Individual delay lines in the Multitap Delay block can act a choruses. Each delay line has a LFO. The rate and depth of each LFO is individually adjustable. These add to the main LFOs which modulate each delay line at the same frequency but different phases. By using short delay times the Multitap Delay block can act as four parallel choruses, each with independent rate and depth.

"Four fully independent chorus voices, each with its own LFO and fully parametric control of time, level, pan, and tone, plus two global LFOs? It's a more versatile and powerful unit than a Tri-Chorus or the previous Fractal Audio "Quad Chorus", and in my quick experiments, easy to dial in so it sounds GREAT. Did I mention Feedback? It's actually a QUAD-CHORO-FLANGE! And you have two of them? audio I'm also thrilled to be using just one block to recreate my trust Ibanez BC-9, which was simply a 2-voice chorus with separate rate and depth on the left and the right. That unit has some very cool sounds." source

The Quad Chorus from the previous hardware generation has not been migrated to the Axe-Fx III. To emulate it on the III, use the Multitap Delay block.

"You can use the Multitap Delay block as four choruses." source

Ring modulator on delay lines

Single-sideband (SSB) ring modulators can be used to create strange and interesting echo sounds. To defeat the modulators, turn Master Ring Mod Mix to 0.

Envelope follower

The Multitap Delay has its own Envelope Follower, allowing volume swells. The Owner's Manual recommends these settings: Threshold -70, Attack 400, Release 15.

Parameters table

Parameter Axe-Fx III Axe-Fx II (Multi Delay) AX8, FX8 (Multi Delay)
Type yes
Config yes
Masters:
Master Time yes
Master Feedback yes
Master Level yes
Master Pan yes
Master Frequency yes
Master Q yes
Master Rate yes
Master Depth yes
Master Res Time yes
Master Res Feedback yes
Master Ring Mod Freq yes
Master Ring Mod Mix yes
Low Cut Frequency, High Cut Frequency yes
Drive yes
Delay Lines:
Time 1,2,3,4 yes
Tempo 1,2,3,4 yes
Feedback 1,2,3,4 yes
Level/Pan:
Level 1,2,3,4 yes
Pan 1,2,3,4 yes
Filters:
Frequency 1,2,3,4 yes
Q 1,2,3,4 yes
Resonators:
Resonator 1-4 Time yes
Resonator 1-4 Feedback yes
Ring Modulators:
Ring Mod 1-4 Freq yes
Ring Mod 1-4 Mix yes
LFO 1,2 Type yes
LFO 1,2 Phase yes
LFO Rate 1,2 yes
LFO 1,2 Tempo yes
LFO 1,2 Depth yes
Chorus LFO 1,2 Rate yes
Chorus LFO 1,2 Depth yes
Filter LFO Type yes
Filter LFO Rate yes
Filter LFO Tempo yes
Filter LFO Depth yes
Filter LFO Phase yes
Diffusor:
Diffusion Mix yes
Diffusion Time yes
Ducker:
Threshold yes
Attenuation yes
Release Time yes
Envelope Follower:
Threshold yes
Attack Time yes
Release Time yes