You can't go far in the world of music production without coming across ValhallaDSP. To say that reverb plugins like ValhallaRoom and ValhallaVintageVerb are highly regarded would be putting it too lightly, so when Sean Costello gave the world a sneak preview of ValhallaDelay late last year, expectations immediately started to rise.
The plugin features seven types of delay, starting with the obligatory Tape and BBD modes, emulating the response of those time-honoured ways of creating delay effects. These modes feature key Delay time control of course, although this isn't shared between all other modes.
Those other modes include Digital, which adds a Ratio controller, and HiFi, which offers a Spacing amount as well as four individual taps to switch on or off.
Feedback, Color, Diffusion and EQ panels are common to every mode in ValhallaDelay, providing a way to adjust the treatment after the main taps have been spun into action. That Mod panel, meanwhile, turns into a Freq or Shift mode for ValhallaDelay's frequency-manipulating modes. Ghost mode (shown below), is a "Valhalla DSP original … combining the tape model from the HiFi mode with frequency shifting and a unique diffusion algorithm, for sounds that will split your skull in two."
The frequency twists and turns continue with Pitch and PitchRev modes, the first being a pitchshifted delay type – assumedly with pitchshifting placed in the feedback loop for cascading, rising or falling delays – and the second being another version of that effect that reverses the delayed signal for eerie, out-of-the-world echo and swell effects.
As well as selecting your Delay mode, you can selection of an 'Era', between Present, Past and Future, and use the Style knob to dial in Single, Dual, Ratio, Ping Pong and Quad delay types.
ValhallaDelay, like the rest of the Valhalla gang, costs $50, and runs as a VST, AU and AAX plugin for Mac and PC.
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