The Effectron was part of the first wave of digital gear to hit studios in the early 1980s. RAM was super-expensive so many units had short delay times and were designed for chorus, flanging, phasing and doubling. The Effectron II ADM 64 is a prime example of this
Deltalab was part of the booming Massachussetts hi-tech audio industry of the 1970s and 80s along with the likes of Lexicon & Bose. In 2016, Akamai, Analog Devices, B&W and THAT Corporation are prominent Mass manufacturers
Founder of Deltalab, Richie DeFreitas, holds a number of patents for “An electrical system of the type in which a digitally encoded signal is determined at least in part by the difference between a present value of an input signal and a reference signal representative of a past value of the input signal”. Otherwise known as Delta-encoding, this was one of the key technologies enabling digital audio
In use, Effectrons are quirky, entertaining devices with lots of character. By varying the modulation depth & speed it can produce effecst from a slow phase, via a deep flange and a warbling chorus right through to a pitch-bending, gargling, modulated delay. They have a unique sound and definite mojo.
Hail the Effectron!
“OH man , I have stumbled upon this wicked awesome unit… i think this piece is amazing”
“Great thing about effectrons is playing the knobs as your track is printing… especially for weird modulation stuff… think bauhaus’ “bela lugosi’s dead” or reverend horton heat’s “gin and tonic blues” and you’ll get it… LIQUID, baby = effectron”
“Good sounds, it’s digital, but in an analog way! The modulation is off the hook crazy”
“I don’t know about the differences, but those old DeltaLab delays sound GREAT, at least if your idea of “great” is “warm and funky” rather than “completely accurate”. I’ve used one for years. Lots of aliasing noise and bandwidth limitations, but it’s in no way cold or uninvolving”
“Effectrons are just plain cool”
“The EFFECTRONS Rule ! I have all 3 and the amount of creative sound you can derive from them is intense.”
“HAIL THE EFFECTRON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”