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Clouds Hill FX Echo

Analogue Floppy-disk Delay
Published October 2016
By Hannes Bieger

Clouds Hill FX EchoPhoto: Hannes Bieger

Can a technology borrowed from digital computers bring anything new to the world of analogue delay?

This quirky unit brings back to life a classic vintage effect but in a very unusual form: the Echo employs a 3.5-inch floppy-disk cartridge — a technology we usually associate with early digital computing — as the magnetic medium on which the analogue delay line is stored.

Johann Scheerer, founder and owner of Clouds Hill Recording in Hamburg (Studio File SOS April 2016: http://sosm.ag/studiofile-cloudshill) is an analogue aficionado by any standard, and the vast collection of classic gear there includes what is quite possibly the largest collection of vintage tape delays in the world; the stack of Watkins Copicat units in Studio 1 alone is almost six feet high! It’s this passion that led Scheerer, in collaboration with Nicolas Baginsky, luthier and electronics engineer of NB Instrument, to bring to life the Echo Floppy Disc Delay. At the time of writing this is, to the best of my knowledge, the only commercially available unit of this kind.

Hand-built in Germany, in small...

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Published October 2016

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