A Combined Model for a Bucket Brigade Device and its Input and Output Filters

Martin Holters; Julian Parker
DAFx-2018 - Aveiro
Bucket brigade devices (BBDs) were invented in the late 1960s as a method of introducing a time-delay into an analog electrical circuit. They work by sampling the input signal at a certain clock rate and shifting it through a chain of capacitors to obtain the delay. BBD chips have been used to build a large variety of analog effects processing devices, ranging from chorus to flanging to echo effects. They have therefore attracted interest in virtual analog modeling and a number of approaches to modeling them digitally have appeared. In this paper, we propose a new model for the bucket-brigade device. This model is based on a variable samplerate, and utilizes the surrounding filtering circuitry found in real devices to avoid the need for the interpolation usually needed in such a variable sample-rate system.