Multitap Delay block
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 The Band Delay type has been replaced by a more flexible Quad Parallel Delay.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. / 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. / 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.
The Multitap Delay has its own Envelope Follower, allowing volume swells. The Owner's Manual recommends these settings: Threshold -70, Attack 400, Release 15.
|Parameter||Axe-Fx III||Axe-Fx II (Multi Delay)||AX8, FX8 (Multi Delay)|
|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|
|Resonator 1-4 Time||yes|
|Resonator 1-4 Feedback||yes|
|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|