2getheraudio has released Space Duck, a delay and reverb plug-in with integrated ducking for both effects. Space Duck also offers a few extras for creative sound design, including modulation, bitcrushing and several filters.
2getheraudio Space Duck
Ducking delays seem to be a thing this year. We’ve already seen Comeback Kid and Dynamic Delay, and now 2getheraudio is joining the fun with Space Duck. But a quick glance at the GUI reveals that this plug-in has quite a bit more to offer than just ducked delays.
The idea behind ducking delays and reverbs is simple: The ducker (aka sidechain compressor) reduces the volume of the effect while the input signal is playing, which means that the effect can only be heard when there’s room for it in the mix. Space Duck offers separate delay and reverb sections, both with their own ducking function.
The essential controls are accessible in simple view. The stereo delay has separate time and feedback knobs for the left and right channels. The reverb offers various algorithms to choose from, as well as a size control. In the center of both sections, you’ll find a large ducking knob alongside a release control. This lets you dial in the amount of ducking and the time it takes for the effect level to come back up when the input signal is silent. Both sections also offer separate level controls.
Several buttons hint at the additional creative options available in Space Duck, which can be edited in depth in expert mode. In the delay section, this gives you access to modulation (with rate and depth controls) and fractal, which seems to be a ring modulator of sorts. The reverb section offers a granular processing effect and a formant filter. In expert mode, both sections also offer adjustable bitcrusher and decimator (downsampling) effects, as well as high and low pass filters.
With these ingredients, Space Duck seems like a versatile plug-in: While providing quick access to the essential functions of ducking delay and reverb effects, it also offers many creative options for sound designers.
Price and compatibility
Space Duck is now available from 2getheraudio. The company offers an interesting pricing model, which lets you name your own price using a slider. They suggest a price of USD 10–39 for students, USD 40–69 for artists and USD 70–100 for professionals.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.10 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in VST, AU and AAX formats (64 bit). A free demo version is available.