Arturia has released 3 Delays You’ll Actually Use. Their fourth collection of “3 plug-ins”, which we speculated about last week, is now officially available. After 3 Preamps, 3 Filters, and 3 Compressors, you can now add three Arturia delays to your DAW, including two emulations of analog classics.
Like the other plug-ins of the “3 series”, 3 Delays You’ll Actually Use utilizes Arturia’s TAE (True Analog Emulation) technology. Two of the new delay plug-ins are emulations of vintage analog units, namely the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. The third delay is Arturia’s own creation, a digital delay with many features.
3 Delays You’ll Actually Use
Delay Tape-201 emulates the famous Roland Space Echo. Boring? Maybe, as the classic tape delay has been modeled countless times before. On the other hand, its sound and character continue to work very well for most people. It’s definitely a “delay you’ll actually use”, which is the whole point of this collection. And of course, Arturia has added a few things that the original can’t do. You can select different repeat rates for the left and right channels, and there is a control for the stereo width. A switch lets you select L/R, Ping Pong and M/S modes. You get an EQ section including filters, and with flutter, noise, and motor inertia, the virtual age of the delay is adjustable. Overall, Arturia’s version seems like a nice expansion of the classic, and I think it’s probably worth it even if you already own another Space Echo emulation.
Memory Brigade takes on another analog classic, the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. This BBD (bucket brigade) based delay has been immensely popular among guitarists for decades. Again, Arturia has added some cool additional features. You can adjust the stereo width and offset, and there’s an input EQ and filter. For modulation, there’s an LFO and an envelope follower. With a little switch called BBD size, you can switch between the original Deluxe Memory Man, which has a rather short maximum delay time of around 400ms, and “1100”, which looks like an emulation of the newer EHX Deluxe Memory Man 1100, with a delay time of up to 1 second.
The third delay is the most interesting in my book. Delay Eternity is not an emulation of a hardware unit, but Arturia’s own creation. The digital delay comes with a very interesting list of features, including two delay lines, each of which have separate controls for the left and right channels. There are five delay modes (single, ping pong, pan, dual, dual serial) and three time modes (fade, digital, repitch). Furthermore, the plug-in offers a bitcrusher, a resonant filter and an input EQ. An envelope follower and two LFOs take care of modulation. This looks like a really versatile delay that would be a nice addition to any plug-in collection.
Price and compatibility
3 Delays You’ll Actually Use is available for Windows (VST2, VST3, AAX) and macOS (AU, VST2, VST3, AAX). The plug-ins can also run stand-alone. The Arturia Software Center handles the installation and authorization. There is a demo version, which works for 20 minutes.
The introductory offer for each of the three individual plug-ins is 69 Euros (regular price: 99 Euros). The bundle with all three plug-ins is now on sale for 99 Euros; the regular price will be 199 Euros. If you already own other Arturia products, you may qualify for a special rebate.