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During the development of BAM, I tried to code a shimmer algo but I wasn’t happy with the sound. It sounded very cheap compared to the others algos. So I gave up !
The first version of the “tap to reverb time” was not very accurate.
There were a lot of discrepancies between the different algos.
That’s why I removed it. I will work on it, but unfortunatley this fall will be very busy with new OTO products & ideas !
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The noise level seems normal for me (the 8-bit conversion noise is more obvious with simple sounds like sinewaves,…). You can upgrade the signal to noise ratio by increasing the DRIVE until you see the BYPASS switch going orange on peaks, and/or lowering the LPF frequency to remove the 8-bit noise.
Thanks for your suggestion. The feedback limiter is an analog hardware feature so we can’t add new settings on it with a firmware upgrade. Sorry !
All the best,
Under Biscuit mode, check the MIDI filters (see page 28 to 30 of the Biscuit User Manual).
Filter nr 6 is the “receive note” filter. It should be permanently on.
You’ll also have to match the MIDI channel (page 29) of the Biscuit and your DAW.
When it’s set (both channel and midi filters), you can go back to Der OTO mode.
We won’t make Der Mask in the future, sorry !
Der Mask was a temporarly item sold in order to fund the dev of the Der OTO firmware.
You can make your own on a cardboard using the PDF file.
Please do the following test :
1/ set BAM in Relay mode, MIX full left (dry) and ACTIVE off
2/ send a 0 dBu sine to the aux send, set the aux return (or line) channel to 0 dB gain and fader
3/ on your patchbay, plug the aux send directly to the aux return (or line) channel. Check the level (should be 0 dBu)
4/ plug the BAM back and check that you get the same signal, when ACTIVE is on or off
If you have a loss as soon as you plug BAM, how many dB ?
Hi to all,
Sorry for the long silence. OTO is still a small 2 people company, and we’ve been very busy with the release of BOUM, and increasing sales of our 3 products.
First, I have to say that we won’t release a reissue or a new version of Biscuit, I’m sorry to disappoint some of you. I prefer to spend my (precious) time to developp and create new products, and I have many ideas I want to test.
In 2018, among other things, I’ve spend a lot of time to listen and study 8, 12 and 16-bit audio and musical products released between 1976 and 1987.
These products were samplers (like the Fairlight CMI & IIx, Emulator II, Emax), drum machines (Emu SP12/1200, Linn LM-1, Oberheim DMX), or FX processors (delays, reverb, pitch-shifter from AMS, Lexicon, Publison, Eventide, Quantec, EMT, Korg, Roland, Ibanez, Bel).
I was lucky enough to try some of these machines in my lab, or going to studios equiped with them. When I had no possibility to listen to one of these, I built a prototype based on the original schematics (only the audio part).
I’ve studied the different 8 and 12-bit converters used in these products, and the techniques to improve the resolution of them (floating point conversion, uLaw ComDAC, analog companding, log + exponential amplifiers).
I cannot really tell you what the next OTO product will be (it’s too early for that), but I’m quite excited about it.
But I give you a small clue : this product could include a very close hardware and software emulation of Biscuit in it, among many other things…
The first prototype is planned for may, and if everything is OK we’ll start the industrial process in september.
The video of BOUM is online !
Maybe there’s a MIDI Note filter engaged or MIDI channels are not matched between Ableton and Biscuit (clock messages are sent on all channels).
Go to Biscuit mode (4 + 5 + BRAIN) and check the MIDI filters, specially nr 6, Receive note filter.
Should not flash.
You can also set the right MIDI channel.
Go back to Der OTO mode and check if it’s OK now.
Thru mode have no delay at all, so you can’t modulate the pitch with the LFO (but you can use the lowest RANGE setting in normal delay mode for that).
Thru mode was added only for passing sounds to the BIM 12-bit converters, compander and filters without any delay.
About the flashing TAP switch, you now have an option to select-unselect it.
Yes, the time release is slow for gate -50 and -40 and instantaneous above that.
It’s possible to add a bit of release to the gate parameter above -30 via a firmware upgrade.
Maybe even a release setting on a sub-menu. I will have a look this summer !
How many LEDs you see on the VU meter when you send signal to your BOUM ? 5 to 6 should be a good start
Did you set the IN GAIN parameter to position 2 or more ?
With VU meter at 5-6 LEDs (near 0dB), IN GAIN at 0dB, DISTO in BOOST mode, COMPRESSOR at min position, you should get a clean sound when the DRIVE pot is at its min position. Raising DRIVE pot will add a soft distortion before mid position, then a more drastic one.
If it’s not the case, maybe your BOUM is faulty (contact us via support email).
If you look at the diagram (p. 6 of the User Manual), you can see that the compressor is placed before the distortion generator. After the compressor, you have an amplifier set by the DRIVE pot, followed by the distortion generator (4 modes).
If you want a “clean” compressor sound, select IN GAIN 0 dB, BOOST mode, fast or slow attack, mid to long release, DRIVE under 9 o’clock.
Vous pouvez créer un effet de pompe en réglant le potentiomètre COMPRESSOR à midi ou plus, une attaque rapide (1 ou 2) et un release sur 3 ou 4.
Vous pouvez également utiliser l’entrée Sidechain avec les mêmes réglages.
Mais ces réglages dépendent beaucoup du type de sons que vous utiliser et de leur niveau. Vous pouvez obtenir des compressions plus marquées en augmentant le INPUT GAIN.