4ms & Matthias Puech — Tapographic Delay

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4ms & Matthias Puech — Tapographic Delay

Post by mqtthiqs » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:33 pm

Ok, here is a dedicated thread for this module; we'll be more confortable here than in the NAMM announcement thread...

So, after about two years of hard work, 4ms and myself are happy to announce that the Tapographic Delay is almost at the doors :party: We're entering the final stretch: it should be in store mid-December.

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The Tapo is a unique take on the concept of multi-tap delay. It features:
  • a velocity-sensitive force sensor to tap the delay configurations (tapographies)
  • up to 32 taps, each with its own delay time, amplitude, panning…
  • per-tap filter: low-pass or resonant (pingable) band-pass
  • morphing between delay configurations, with adjustable morph time
  • two different feedback paths: a Repeat toggle and a Feedback knob
  • 4 banks of 6 slots to save and recall delay configurations
  • a tapography sequencer with forward, random walk or random directions
  • synchronization to an external clock
  • a Gate output that plays the current rhythm of delays
  • a maximum delay time of 174 seconds (almost 3 minutes)
  • 16 bits/48kHz with 32 bits floating-point internal processing, 1.3ms software latency
  • mono-in, stereo-out operation
A few demo videos (more explicit & professional ones to come):
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The manual should follow soon. We'll be happy to answer questions if you have some. I'd also like to thank Dan and the whole crew at 4ms, whom it's been really nice to work with!
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Post by bc3 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:24 pm

Can't wait! Been waiting on this one since Dan told me about the concept a few years ago when I visited 4MS. :party:

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Post by tarmoog » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:35 pm

How bright are leds going to be in the final version? Just little bit worried because 4ms PEG had like super "annoying" bright leds when I had it.

And in those videos it seems that buttons are quite clear without any coating on them.

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Post by asteraster » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:48 pm

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Post by richc90 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:53 pm

Awesome work Matthias!

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Post by mqtthiqs » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:30 pm

tarmoog wrote:How bright are leds going to be in the final version? Just little bit worried because 4ms PEG had like super "annoying" bright leds when I had it.

And in those videos it seems that buttons are quite clear without any coating on them.
In the videos you can see a prototype with clear button caps, and luminosity is not an issue; the factory units have translucent white buttons (as shown on the picture), which diffracts the LEDs light. You can stare at them for as long as you want. Believe me I did :hihi:

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Post by LostForWords » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:41 pm

I'm excited to get my hands on this.

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Post by tross » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:52 pm

Damn, sound awesome!

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Post by tarmoog » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:08 pm

mqtthiqs wrote:
tarmoog wrote:How bright are leds going to be in the final version? Just little bit worried because 4ms PEG had like super "annoying" bright leds when I had it.

And in those videos it seems that buttons are quite clear without any coating on them.
In the videos you can see a prototype with clear button caps, and luminosity is not an issue; the factory units have translucent white buttons (as shown on the picture), which diffracts the LEDs light. You can stare at them for as long as you want. Believe me I did :hihi:
Great! Excited to get my hands on this :)

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Post by hyena » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:51 am

one of the most interesting modules out there at the moment! i think i'll swap one of my clouds for it! great work!!!!

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Post by peripatitis » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:38 am

This looks like a very interesting concept!
So having the clock in does it mean that the added taps would be quantized or the two are unrelated?

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Post by Cortega » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:08 am

tarmoog wrote:How bright are leds going to be in the final version? Just little bit worried because 4ms PEG had like super "annoying" bright leds when I had it.

And in those videos it seems that buttons are quite clear without any coating on them.


+1 yes please make the Lights not so bright

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Post by Joe. » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:15 am

:youkids:
I hate menu systems, especially weird menu systems (there you go, that's like the only grumpy post this thread should get).

So many CV options, you should be proud dude, little to no CV is prob the biggest module killer there is, the possibilities for this look amazing :party:

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Post by lohacker » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:21 am

First demo sounds wonderful, congrats! :party:

I don't understand what is a tapography sequencer?

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Post by mqtthiqs » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:27 am

peripatitis wrote:This looks like a very interesting concept!
So having the clock in does it mean that the added taps would be quantized or the two are unrelated?
Not quantized no. When Sync is active, the clock in determines the length of the tapography: it's like turning the Time knob until the whole tapography (the time of the longest tap) fits between two clock ticks. In sync mode, the Time knob then acts as a clock divider/multiplier for this input.

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Post by Joe. » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:31 am

lohacker wrote:I don't understand what is a tapography sequencer?
Its a Just a play on words (a blend).

Tap (because you tap that FSR on the faceplate) and 'topography', (the arrangement of physical features). So probably a sequencer where you 'tap' the pattern in.

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Post by lohacker » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:31 am

LoFi Junglist wrote:
lohacker wrote:I don't understand what is a tapography sequencer?
Its a Just a play on words (a blend).

Tap (because you tap that FSR on the faceplate) and 'topography', (the arrangement of physical features). So probably a sequencer where you 'tap' the pattern in.
Yeah, I got the play on words, so it's like a trigger sequencer based on taps?

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Post by nearly ghost » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:16 am

Very cool

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Post by s.l.o.w » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:29 am

Very interested in this!

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Post by bommelito » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:26 am

This looks like a must-have to me!

Especially, I like the Infinite Accumulation demo. Is it possible to remove single additions from the topography?

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Post by mqtthiqs » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:04 pm

LoFi Junglist wrote::youkids:
I hate menu systems, especially weird menu systems (there you go, that's like the only grumpy post this thread should get).
Hey GrumpiJunglist :hihi:
Regarding menus, lemme explain a bit:
The tapo hardly has any "menu", especially not a weird one. What you see on top of the buttons are global settings, that are all exactly two button presses away: you hold the setting you wanna change, and you press its new value. For instance to select Bank B, you hold Bank and press B; to randomize velocities you hold Vel and press Rnd. That's all there is to it. All knobs have only one function and are CVable, and so is the force sensor.

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Post by mqtthiqs » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:04 pm

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Post by rainlet » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:12 pm

Looks real awesome, and the Infinite Accumulation video is great. The only other thing I think I'd want in this is an open feedback loop.
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Post by mqtthiqs » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:55 pm

lohacker wrote: I don't understand what is a tapography sequencer?
Ok, in a nutshell, waiting for the full manual:

A multi-tap delay is a delay which output is the sum of multiple points on the delay line. On the Tapographic Delay each point has a different delay time, panning, amplitude and filter setting.

A tapography is our name for an arrangement of the taps (how many taps are active, and for each one, what is its time, panning, velocity and filter setting): the name is indeed a portemanteau for a topography of taps. You put the taps on the delay line by tapping on the force sensor; that's the "pun": you tap to add taps.

You can load and save tapographies in six slots (and four banks thereof); each slot therefore contains a full delay configuration and you can morph from one configuration to another. To do so, you either manually press one of the six buttons, or you can also use the tapography sequencer: then you can automate via CV the action of transitioning to the next slot. The sequencer is the only "mode"; when enabled, tapping the sensor will not add a new tap but transition to the next slot, anw so does the Tap CV input. This feature is useful for instance when planning a live generative performance where different parts have different delay configurations.

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Post by matttech » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:42 pm

This looks nuts :woah:

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