I remember when the track Itchycoo Park by The Small Faces (I think!) came out and had tape phasing!! Wow I remember desperately trying to figure out how they did it. It wasn't till I joined Armstrong's Studios in Melbourne under the great Roger Savage that I learnt how to achieve it and I used it on the now classic Australian track "The Real Thing" by Russell Morris. Now you can dial it up as an option on almost any effect unit and you can even get it in a stomp pedal!! but it's not the same.
Tape delay was limited to how fast the tape machine would go so it was usually limited to quarter and eighth note delays around the two speeds of 7-1/2 (which gave 16th delays around 120bpm) and 3-3/4 ips speeds (which gave 8th delays) which were standard speedsn on the tape machines then. It wasn't until the introduction of the digital delay that suddenly the whole gamut of sound effects that work in milliseconds appeared and brought us phasing, flanging, chorus.
Then came the first of the digital reverbs and a whole new world opened up. Suddenly you could change the reverberant field around any instrument quickly and easily. To explain how all the effects work and how to use them I will look at it from the perspective of how these effects came about because a lot of the terms relate back to those days. For example the term flanging came from the technique of slowing down a tape machine to create phasing effects by holding onto the flange of the tape reel. Silly isn't it!
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