Why Buy Third Party Delay Plugins?

Julian Worden

Julian Worden

Don't forget that there's a video on this topic on this page too! Scroll down!

When I first started producing, I had this question all the time. I’d ask myself things like, “Isn’t delay a pretty simple effect? How could one delay plugin possibly sound different from another?”

What I realized after I purchased my first delay plugin, Valhalla Delay by Valhalla DSP, is that different delay plugins really do offer quite a different range of different sounds! For example, some offer crazy controls that are great for doing some weird, out-of-this-world sound design. Some offer a simple filter that allows you to shape the frequency spectrum of the processed signal, and others may offer a drive knob that helps the processed signal cut through the mix. The possibilities are endless!

In any event, you’ll want to do your research before jumping into the world of purchasing third party plugins of any kind. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you actually understand delay and how it works before purchasing a delay plugin. Chances are that whatever your DAW has is more than good enough to get the job done 99% of the time, so it only makes sense to go in this direction if you simply want more variety.

In today’s video, I’m aiming to help you with just that. I’ll be comparing the features of the less experimental stock Ableton delays, Delay and Echo, with the features of the third-party plugins Valhalla Delay from Valhalla DSP and H-Delay from Waves.

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