The Dawn of Digital.
Don’t all digital delays sound the same? What gives a digital delay its own unique personality? Digital conversion technologies in the late 70s was advancing rapidly, and clever electronics designers were on a quest to squeeze out the best possible performance specs, with fidelity not possible from tape or analog circuits. Their imaginative solutions achieved pristine delays that posess some unintended, unique characteristics as they sought to overcome the limitations of the conversion processes. Our careful study of digital delay technology reveals their individual personalities.
ADM – A one bit, high sample rate conversion technique that evolved from telecommunications voice coding. The conversion and supporting signal conditioning, limiting, and pre-emphasis/ deemphasis create a percussive wide-band delay that adds more character when input dynamics increase.
12 bit – A 12 bit, 32kHz PCM conversion made possible by monolithic IC chips developed in the late ’70s. Pre-emphasis/de-emphasis and companding combine with the converters to produce a warm delay with a dimensional sense.
24/96 – A clean, high-resolution, high-bandwidth delay with a hint of dynamics that allow the delay to sit nicely with the analog dry signal. 24 bit resolution and a 96kHz sampling rate ensure uncolored, artifact-free repeats.
Read our Digital Delay White Paper to learn more about the research and development behind DIG.