In the recent article from phasing to phase alignment I had a closer look to what the Little Labs IBP actually does and hinted that in principle it could be easily extended to a plain but already musical sounding delay unit. And in fact, given the digital version, this could easily be done by some rather simple routing and addition:
- Add an input saturator upfront the unit.
- Route the output back into the saturator.
- Add a simple amplifier into the feedback path.
Ok, we would need some longer delay times opposed to what the unit already provides too but altogether this is already like a blueprint for setting up a “tape style” delay which offers a basic delay line with decent coloration options and saturation in the feedback path. Of course one could add all the bells and whistles now to have a rather sophisticated and feature complete delay unit but hey, sometimes the real beauty resides in simplicity.
For some strange reason I do have the feeling that there will be an article showing up here on how to reach from delay to pitch alignment. Not to mention that I’m probably as curious as you are about where this will finally end up.