Audiothingies Doctor A: Desktop delay/reverb with MIDI and CV control
Audiothingies has announced the Doctor A desktop delay and reverb box. With assignable CV inputs, MIDI sync, and hands-on-control, the Audiothingies Doctor A looks like a neat little effects box for electronic live sets, and more.
Desktop effects are especially popular with electronic live performers, which has recently sparked several interesting developments like the Enjoy Electronics Reminder and Dreadbox Hypnosis. After the MicroMonsta synth and DoubleDrummer drum synth, Audiothingies is jumping onto the FX bandwagon with its latest development, the Doctor A.
Desktop delay and reverb
The Audiothingies Doctor A is a desktop stereo delay and reverb processor. From what I can tell from the sparse information that’s currently available, the effects are digital, while the dry signal path is analog, including a hardware kill dry function. According to Audiothingies, Doctor A’s delay section produces a 12-bit multimode modulated delay. The tempo can be tapped or synced to MIDI. The reverb processor delivers a “vintage style multimode reverb with modulation.” The delay and reverb can apparently be used simultaneously and there is a small knob in the center of the unit to blend them together.
The top row of controls seem to be for the delay, with time, feedback, modulation, and level. The bottom row has predelay, decay, modulation, and level for the reverb. Both processors also feature HP and LP filters, accessible via small potentiometers. At the bottom, there’s a tap button, four buttons for storing and recalling settings, and on/off buttons for delay and reverb.
CV and MIDI control
At the back, the Audiothingies Doctor A has stereo inputs and outputs. There’s also a MIDI input for syncing the delay. I can’t tell right now if the Doctor A understands any other MIDI messages besides sync.
Modular synth performers will like the fact that Audiothingies has included two CV inputs. The company says that they’re assignable, but we don’t know yet which parameters they can be assigned to. It would be great if they would reveal a bit more information!
Anyway, the Audiothingies Doctor A looks like a fun little delay and reverb box for electronic live performances, but also studio applications. And it sounds good, too, judging by the video. Audiothingies states a price of EUR 315.83 and a July 1 shipping date.
- MIDI and CV inputs: Audiothingies
The quickstart manual is online, with all the details you need BTW.
Stereo which is super, definitely hands-on fun, and cheaper than the Strymon BigSky, but it doesn’t have the display, 100s of presets & complex algorithms that turn the BigSky into a ambient-generating synth.