Soundtoys Primal Tap
Soundtoys Primal Tap
***Soundtoys PrimalTap INCLUDES Little PrimalTap
The original Prime Time unit, initially released in 1978, was a favorite of some highly creative sonic pioneers like Daniel Lanois (who’s still rocking his Prime Time today), Brian Eno, David Byrne, Pat Metheny, and Peter Gabriel. Some creative users even started using it as an instrument, tweaking knobs and pressing buttons while processing live audio.
The unusual lo-fi and pitch-glitching effects were literally one of a kind at the time. It came stock with 128 milliseconds of delay, and could be optionally upgraded to 256 (for a substantial fee). Like many classic pieces of audio gear, over time, the limitations or imperfections are often what create the character that people come to love. In the case of the Prime Time, RAM was expensive, so in an attempt to get the most from the least, the engineers came up with the multiply function to increase delay time at the expense of sonic quality. That limitation is what was exploited to make this a highly sought after sound, and that sound is what drove us to create PrimalTap.
Whether you’re looking for a studio delay that’s full of 80s character, or a performance tool that responds to knob tweaking with mind-bending sounds, Soundtoys PrimalTap is a must!
Soundtoys PrimalTap is an emulation and re-imagining of the unique sound and features of the Prime Time delay, a classic digital delay with some powerful performance and sound design capabilities. Like the original hardware, PrimalTap is a hybrid of digital and analog sound—it packs a surprising amount of grit, vibe, and character for a digital delay. In true Soundtoys fashion, we’ve also evolved and enhanced some of the unique features of the original hardware to give you even more control and creative possibilities.
Soundtoys Primal Tap Highlights
Get vintage digital delay sounds inspired by the quirky Prime Time echo
Create complex delay effects and modulations with 2 independent delay taps
Create insane pitch jumps with the Multiply knob
Create everything from lush chorus to sci-fi warbles with the VCO section
Sample, loop and warp incoming audio using the unique Freeze control
Go beyond the original hardware with expanded memory and creative new features
Soundtoys Primal Tap Specs
Current version: 5.2.4
Plug-in formats (both 32 and 64-bit):
Supported sample rates:
Supported host applications: