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NastyDLA – Classic chorus echo effect

NastyDLA is the latest plugin released, about a month ago, by Bootsie (Variety Of Sound). It’s a classic chorus echo device with some signal coloring features and tape-delay simulation.

There aren’t many chorus, delay plugins available for free so NastyDLA is pretty much a gem. The quality is very high – it’s a commercial plugins quality. Just listen to the one of the Bootsie’s examples.

In this short demo a static pattern is used and NastyDLA is going to be in charge as a tape delay replacement. The chorus is not used in this example but the plug-ins coloring possibilities are shown to some extend

Download: Variety Of Sound – NastyDLA

TAL-DUB-III Delay Unit

I should add this entry long time ago 😉 TAL-DUB-III is probably the best, free, classic delay unit available both for PC and MAC users.

“is an easy to use delay device with some special features. Its no tape delay emulation and has its own sound. It has an alias free saturation stage, a non-linear 6dB low pass and a 3dB high pass filter that are included in the feedback path of the device. An input drive knob allows to adjust the saturation level. Pop-up menues show the current values of volume, delay-time and feedback knobs. A tab button allowing to adjust the delay time for live sessions.”

Download: TAL DUB III

TheoK Predelay Compensator Vst Effect

Tiny and handy effect plugin ? TheoK Predelay Compensator

This plug-in introduces a user controllable pre-attack phase to any material played through it. This comes especially useful for sample libraries which had to be edited tightly so the playing is consistent. The editing tends to remove a very important aspect of the library, the pre-attack phase: The mallet sounds of Marimbas, the plectrum sound of acoustic guitars and harpsichords, the nail noises of a harp, or the hammers of the piano etc. This plug-in attempts to recreate those pre-attack noises or create a psychoacoustic illusion of them.

Download: www.theodorkrueger.com

Rhythm Lab Twin Delay Plugin

Rhythm Lab Twin Delay is a nice delay unit with few unique features. It was designed to create beautiful and original delays, frequently used in such genres as IDM, Experimental, Breaks and especially Dub, as well as genres that use Dub elements: Dub techno, Dubstep, Dubwise and etc.

Twin Delay offers standard delay (four algorithms) effect synced / unsynced with the host tempo, ping pong delay with possiblity to choose the starting point (left or right channel) and some filtering options (Low- and High- Pass Filter).
Additional features are:
1. Smooth knob which softens the attack of delayed sound
2. Drive knob which emulates lamp overdrive.
3. I like “channel delay” option quite a lot. It is possible to set each channel to ie. 1/4 (which results in mono signal, if we don’t use ping-pong) and additionally set the delay between the left and right channel. I must admit that I haven’t seen such feature in any free delay plugin.

Overall, Twin Delay is a nice alternative for ie. Classic Kjaerhus Delay. If you know any other free (and of course good) delay plugins – use comments 🙂

ps. Be careful with feedback group of controls (Feedback and Cross-Feedback knob) – setting them to maximum can result in excessive high signal buildup. Or you can, just like me, learn one lesson – during plugin testing use Brick wall limiter on your Master Bus 🙂

Download: Rhythm Lab Twin Delay


GRevDly is a tiny, small effect created by GVST (remember their free pitch correction GSnap plugin ?), which seems very usable. GRevDly simply plays the delayed signal in reverse. Reversed chunks are cross-faded to eliminate clicks.

Parameters available:
Time – the size of reversed chunks,
Overlap – The length of the cross-fades,
Dry – The level of the dry signal,
Effect – The level of the effect output.

Like I said – it’s a plugin dedicated to just one effect, which actually I like 🙂

Download: www.gvst.co.uk

Kjaerhus Classic Delay effect

It’s time for some classic stuff 🙂 Kjaerhus Classic Delay emulates three of the most commonly used delays / echo sounds types: Tape, Analog, and Digital, but without the introduction of noise. A quality control is included where the sound of the echo machine can be adjusted to give the preferred amount of “imperfection”. The delay can be synchronised to the host, and the feedback can be reversed to give a ping-pong effect.

The presets are top notch, ping-pong delay is very nice, CPU usage is very low so if you’re looking for standard, classic delay unit, Kjaerhus Classic Delay is for you (by the way, Computer Music Magazine use it quite often for their tutorials so it can’t be bad 🙂 ).

Download: Kjaerhus Classic Delay [Link Dead]

e-phonic Retro Delay

Retro Delay is a flexible allround delay effect in VST format. It has the character and sound of a vintage delay unit but features many modern options. Besides delays, it can produce a wide range of reverb, modulation, chorus, flanger and phaser effects.

* Independent left and right channel delay lines
* BPM synced or manual times (up to 6 seconds)
* Forwards or backwards, pingpong, x-feedback (the feeback of the left channel is routed to the right channel and vice versa) delays
* Optional negative feedback for phaser/flanger effects
* Optional short delay times for phaser/flanger effects
* Integrated automatic limiter
* 2 BPM synced LFO‘s 1 modulates filter cutoff, the other the delay time (only available for forwards delay)
* 4 LFO modes, sine, triangle, ramp, envelope follower
* LFO, left/right channel inverse options
* 24dB/oct resonant filter placed in the feedback path
* Switchable lowpass, bandpass, highpass, lowshelf and highshelf mode.
* Old-school spring reverb
* Optional mono mode
* Pitchbend wheel, for smooth delay time changes

e-phonic Retro Delay is one of the nicest freeware VST effects available. It’s not just a simple delay – it’s much more 🙂

Download: http://www.e-phonic.com

GSi WatKat

The most famous Tape-Echo Unit in Britain, and possibly in the World, the Copicat also happens to be the first repeat-echo machine manufactured as one compact unit. It was designed by Charlie Watkins in 1958, apparently after he heard a similar sound effect generated by two linked studio quality tape recorders for the Italian singer Marino Marini. The Copicat is still being manufactured by Charlie Watkins, at a list price of 745. But, actually there’s a digital clone of Copicat, created by GSI – WatKat

It sounds very lo-fi, noisy, irregular. When you turn it off and leave the tape loaded, the tape bends in proximity of the capstan, and this turns into a periodic pitch fall during echo playback; plus, it gets hot and the background hum gets worse in time… you should turn it off every now and then; the tape is never completely erased, and the capstan motor flutters… and it gets worse if you touch it while it’s spinning; heads tend to get dirty very soon, infact you should clean them often. This is true for the actual hardware unit, and for the digital simulation as well!

It’s definitely worth a try, you might like it. It’s a simple little tool that actually has a history – for example Elvis Presleys electric guitar player liked it so much. If you want to understand the whole idea behind getting a tape echo (mp3 example of tape delay (not Copicat) below) – read “Tape Delay In Your DAW” (Sound On Sound) article.

Download: http://www.genuinesoundware.com