The Flip Floater Delay designed by Claude Winterberg (Basel, Switzerland) has been presented for the
first time at HOME MADE 2017 in Switzerland.
I met Claude Winterberg aka Flip Floater the first time at the Circuit Control Festival 2014 in
Dresden, Germany. Claude brought the "Step Synth", a nice 8-step sequencer with a built-in
CMOS-synth and nice features for sound manipulation to the festival. One year later Claude
presented a filter in the Korg MS-20 style at his workshop at Generate Festival 2015 in Tübingen,
Germany. I soldered four of them to have a stereo pair for the studio and for my live-setup. In 2017,
Claude brought the Flip Floater Delay (FFD) to the Circuit Control Festival, which immediately set
me on fire and I started soldering the delay right away. A few days later, I used the FFD right in my
Claude, do you use the Flip Floater Delay (FFD) in your live set? If so, in what nice cases can we
see the delay?
"Basically, the FFD is standard in each device of mine. The complexity of the FFD depends on the
synth. I use the fully bent Flip Floater Delay - your version - in my new live ambient music set,
which I am currently working on. The most complex version of FFD is installed within my Atari
Why did you develop your own delay? What did you miss with other delays?
"The PT2399 Delay is the simplest delay chip available. I liked the sound from the beginning. I also
use it often as a reverb replacement for short reverb. As a circuit bender and developer I always
have the urge to tease out something else that was not intended."
What does the technical structure look like?
"The delay is the standard circuit as shown on the data sheet plus bendings. Most effects occur
when a resistance is hung between the decoupling capacitors."
Why did you add these nice features to the FFD like the drone function or this granular sounding
"These are characteristic effects of the chip. The possibilities are complex and often sound similar
but not the same. In the end I had to decide which bendings are the best for me."
Flip Floater Delay In Action
You can contact Claude Winterberg aka Flip Floater through email
You can book Claude Winterberg for a workshop and/or Flip Floater as live act.
The series "The Circuit Controllers" continues monthly on Electronic Cottage. I will only present
sound devices that I have soldered myself and of developers I know personally and appreciate as
Thanks for your interest and feedback, Wolfgang
Next edition: SCREAMO, a distortion fx designed by Alwin Weber (Dresden, Germany)
Claude Winterberg - http://flipfloater.net/
Wolfgang Dorninger - http://dorninger.servus.at/
Flip Floater live at Circuit Control 2014 at Ostpol, Dresden
Chaos Oszillator designed by Uwe Schüler (Kulturgüterschuppen Dusslingen, Germany) for Circuit Control DIY Soldering Festival at Ostpol (Dresden, Germany) June 2011.
Description of the circuit by the designer
A square wave generator consists of 2 CMOS inverters with variable frequency ("tone frequency") and is connected to an adjustable stabilized voltage of about 1 to 5 volts ("supply voltage control") and a variable internal resistance of 0 to 100 kOhm ("bad battery") and an adjustable filter constant ("power supply filter"). This results in feedbacks on the operating voltage, which lead to unstable and chaotic oscillations.
"Normally, measures are taken to keep electronic circuits stable, including stabilization of the operating voltage, decoupling capacitors, and low-impedance leads to the consumption points," says Uwe Schüler, and if these rules are disregarded, then you can freak around with the most vital sounding synth you can imagine. I got experienced and jammed with the Chaosz for weeks. I soldered some more units with different modificatios. Best is the original version, the Ostpoti by Uwe. Why Chaosz sounds so great is easy to explain: Uwe has spent a lot of effort to produce a maximum unstable and dirty power supply instead of developing a clean standard oscillator. This reverse path strategy masters the studied electronics engineer Uwe Schüler perfectly and tempts the possibilities to the maximum.
I created 90% of the sounds for "2nd Movement" ("Analoge Systeme", CD, base, 2016) with the Chaosz, also the drum sounds. Only the the polyphonic soundscapes come from another analogue synth. The live session with the Chaosz took approximately 2 hours, the editing of the sounds 2 days and the music was finished in 4 hours.
The series "The Circuit Controllers" continues monthly on Electronic Cottage. I will only present sound devices that I have soldered myself and of developers I know personally and appreciate as friends.
Next edition: FlipFloater Delay from Claude Winterberg (Basel, Switzerland)
Soldering is the new hometaping