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Little Spacey

Delay / Echo Plugin by Expert Sleepers
Little Spacey
Little Spacey by Expert Sleepers is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Little Spacey is delay effect, inspired by classic analogue 'bucket brigade' delays but with refinements only possible in the digital arena - not to mention a maximum delay time that would cost a small fortune to realise in hardware.

Great care has been taken to give Little Spacey the smooth, creamy sound which makes analogue delays still popular today.

In common with the best analogue delays Little Spacey allows you to modulate the delay time for chorus or vibrato effects. Unlike most analogue delays, Little Spacey is not restricted to mono operation, and works well in stereo or multi-channel (AU only) settings, offering variation of the effect between the channels for particularly rich and involving sounds.

A free demo and user manual can be downloaded from the Expert Sleepers site. The plug-in includes a number of presets (described in the manual) which show off the range of possibilities that the plug-in offers.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Little Spacey
Reviewed By tommyzai
April 24th, 2013

Little Spacey by Expert Sleepers is a delay effect based on a vintage piece of analogue hardware called, "The Bucket Brigade." In truth, I never heard or saw that old piece of gear, but if it's anything like Little Spacey, it must be silky smooth and warm. The first thing I noticed about Little Spacey, besides the insanely affordable price, was clear, simple, and pleasing GUI — I love the color scheme. The second thing I noticed was how natural the signal repeats sounded. With each cycle, the delayed/repeated sound came back slightly degraded, which is what happens in natural environments. As a result, it's much easier to accomplish a dreamy, hypnotic, trippy, ambient sound. Unlike its digital counterparts, Little Spacey sounds REAL. Somewhere along the line I read a quote claiming this plugin to be "creamy." I think that's a perfect word to describe the sound of this effect. I find myself becoming addicted to Little Spacey — I want to use it on everything and anything. In addition to delay, it also does a nice chorus, vibrato, and quivering little tremolo effect. The mod depth control is fantastic for creating wobbling sound. I created a nice shimmering drone. Very sweet, indeed.

Little Spacey is a diamond in the virtual rough. I'm bewildered! :-0. Why isn't this thing more popular? What I see and hear is amazing.

• Fabulous GUI. I love the cool blue graphics
• Big knobs for easy tweaking
• Nice level meter
• Stereo
• AU and VST
• Fantastic developer support
• Great value
• Readable and usable manual.

MISSING FEATURES: 32-bit. I look forward to a 64-bit version.

I highly recommend Little Spacey to anyone making music electronically. If you need a little modulation warm — Little Spacey all the way! This is a great little plugin to have in your arsenal, and for the price it's hard to pass up. I pay twice as much to fill crappy car with gas. Tommy Zai gives Little Spacey two thumbs up. Thank you Expert Sleepers.

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tangerine dream
tangerine dream
10 January 2013 at 4:09am


I am attempting to replicate a certain Tangerine Dream sequenced synth sound that I am told uses BBD delay. Is there anyone who can tell me how BBD delay is different than a typical tape delay software plugin?


25 April 2013 at 2:21pm

A bucket brigade delay (or BBD) is a type of device rather than the name of a particular one.

Here is a link to a description:


Being an analog device the fidelity of the signal degraded especially with longer delay times.

and multiple repeats. They were also limited in frequency response and could be a bit noisy.

(at least in the real world :-) ), but sounded less clinical than the digital delays which followed.

I hope this is helpful.

25 April 2013 at 10:26pm

BBDs can also add analog aliasing to the delay line, just an interesting little tidbit since I always associate aliasing with digital. Essentially a BBD is a sort of analog sampler that holds a short amount of audio in a huge line of components (capacitors, transistors, something or other) with each one passing it onto the next until it reaches an output.

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