> Faking it
Astute readers will have sussed that these devices’ quirks are largely due to their negative impact on a signal’s fidelity. One can create reasonable facsimiles without plumping for a dedicated clone. Saturation effects, filtering and subtle pitch deviation can give a good substitute for the characteristic feedback associated with tape delay. Tube or amp simulation gives the input signal grit. These same effects (sans pitch wobble/saturation) can be applied to fake bucket-brigade delays, while bit-reduction tools can be used to emulate primitive digital units.