Classic digital hardware inspires the forthcoming effects unit.
Paris-based boutique company OTO Machines has unveiled its latest alternative to Ableton Live’s built-in effects: a reverb box based on the early digital reverberators of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
BAM is modelled on OTO’s BIM device, a 12-bit delay unit based on ‘80s studio technology, and follows in the footsteps of the Biscuit, an 8-bit effects unit that gained fans for its ability to add a unique crunch to sounds.
Rather than look to analog classics like Roland’s Space Echo, the “Space Generator” is based on digital reverb units manufactured between 1978 and 1986, whose character OTO believes came from simple algorithms and added hardware warmth.
As OTO’s video demonstrates, the BAM allows for a lot of hands-on manipulation and comes with seven pre-programmed algorithms: Room, Hall, Plate, Ambient, Chorus, Non-Linear and Primitive, which is described as “crude and ringy.”
The box also comes with low-pass and high-pass filters, a “freeze” function for capturing reverb tails and even works with MIDI. OTO Machines hasn’t said when it will be released, but it can be pre-ordered for €460.