The Strymon Brigadier dBucket Delay Guitar Effects Pedal is a dream come true for many players; offering the rich response of classic analogue 'bucket brigade' circuitry, in highly versatile, and ever reliable, digital form. To say that the Brigadier is remarkable would be an understatement - it is nothing short of amazing.
Analogue pedals control delay by using a series of capacitors to progress the signal along, which audibly affects the fidelity of the signal as the delay time is increased. Some argue that as digital delays experience no loss of fidelity, this can leave them sounding 'cold' when compared to analogue's 'warmth'. This is where the awesome dBucket algorithm works its magic.
A powerful SHARC processor handles the role of executing each task with ease, and recreates the signal path in its entirety, using sophisticated mathematics to interpret the interplay of components in analogue circuitry. The result is a smooth and faithful response that is oozing with old-school charm, with all the nuances you'd expect such as pitch effects, delay-time artifacts, and loss of fidelity.
Versatile Control Setup
There are five knobs that stand out immediately across the front panel: Time, Bucket Loss, Repeats, Mod, and Mix. Time controls delay time relative to the delay mode, which can be used in real-time to create your own effects.
Bucket Loss affects the amount of Bucket Loss at each stage, from no loss at minimum to full loss at maximum. By holding Tap and Bypass whilst turning the Bucket Loss knobs accesses the Filter mode, which enables you to shift the tone of the repeats to sound brighter or darker.
Repeats allows you to vary the delay repeats from a sharp slap-back, to an enveloping swell that consumes your tone.
Mod adds low-frequency oscillation modulation to the signal, with no affect at the minimum setting, and increasing with intensity as the knob is turned clockwise.
Mix controls the balance of your dry and wet signals, and when used in conjunction with the Tap and Bypass controls, a +/-3dB Boost/Cut feature can be accessed in order to give your delay tone greater presence.
The Mode switch allows you to select between short, medium and long delay times. The Tap switch allows you to select quarter, dot, or triplet tap tempos.
As you can see, the range of control at your disposal is truly staggering, enabling you to create wondrous soundscapes with the greatest of ease.
Along the rear panel of the unit you'll find the 9V DC input, as well as the high impedance mono input, Expression pedal input for real-time control over any knob parameter, as well as stereo pair (right and left) outputs.
Exceptional Audio Quality
The Brigadier boasts ultra-low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters with an 115dB typical signal to noise ratio. The analog dry path results in zero latency, as it is never converted to digital, ensuring that your bypassed signal remains in pristine condition. With 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, you can guarantee that the intricate nuances of your guitar tone is preserved dutifully. The circuitry is housed in a super-strong and lightweight green anodized aluminium chassis, which is lovingly crafted in the USA.
The Strymon Brigadier dBucket Delay Guitar Effects Pedal delivers killer tones, superb response, exceptional versatility, smooth attenuation, and robust hardware – all in an easy to navigate interface. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Manufacturer Strymon Manufacturer Brigadier dBucket Delay Guitar Effects Pedal Dimensions (H x W x D) 90 x 200 x 110 mm Weight 650g Input Impedance 1Meg Ohm Output Impedance 100 Ohm Signal to Noise 115 dB typical A/D and D/A 24-bit 96kHz Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz Max Input Level +8dBu DSP performance 1596 MegaFLOPS Bypass Switching True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching) or Analog “trails” Bypass (selectable) Input Voltage 9VDC Center Negative Required Current 250mA
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