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Rob Papen DelSane

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Rob Papen expands his line of effect plug-ins with DelSane. Dubbed “the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Delay effects plug-ins”, DelSane aims to be both a versatile delay and an inspiring creative tool.


Rob Papen DelSane

You probably already have enough delays in your plug-in folder, a fact which Rob Papen readily acknowledges. But the developer says that DelSane offers far more than just a delay: it’s also a creative tool that can react to your music and help to come up with new ideas.

The top row of controls has everything you’d expect from a delay plug-in. There are separate delay time knobs for the left and right channels, feedback and cross feed controls and of course a dry/wet knob. You can also activate the Equal Feedback feature to balance out the feedback between the two channels.

In addition to high pass and low pass filters with selectable slopes (6/12 dB), DelSane offers a Frequency Shift feature for creating unusual, “alienated” delays. There’s also a distortion effect that adds some grit to the delay if desired.

Disrupt Sphere-Slider

The bottom half of the plug-in is where it gets interesting. You can connect the so-called “Disrupt Sphere-Slider” to multiple delay parameters and control them dynamically together. The slider can also bounce back to the center based on the tempo of the song, which allows for a wide variety of tempo-based effects. Lazy Mode lets you modulate and automate the movements of the slider, which can be used to create modulation effects like chorus or flanger.


Furthermore, DelSane includes an audio follower, which can be used to control various delay parameters, including the slider. This means that the plug-in can react dynamically to your audio tracks, which opens up the door to all sorts of creative experiments. And needless to say, several parameters including the sphere slider can be controlled via MIDI, as well, so DelSane is also a performance effect.

It’s not easy to come up with anything new in a delay, but it seems to me that Rob Papen has managed to design a plug-in that’s both: a versatile and useful delay for all your “bread-and-butter” delays, and a creative tool that does much more than just repeats. It’s an interesting spin on the subject of delay, for sure.

Price and availability

Rob Papen DelSane is now available with an introductory discount. For the first two weeks, the plug-in costs €29 / $29 / £24.95. The regular price will be €35 / $35 / £29.95.

While the plug-in will not be added to the eXplorer 6 bundle, you can get it for free if you purchase or upgrade to eXplorer 6 by May 31st, 2021, and send an e-mail with your proof of purchase to info@robpapen.com.

The plug-in requires Windows 7 or higher (VST 32/64 bit, AAX 64 bit) or macOS 10.12 or higher (AU, VST, AAX).

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Rob Papen DelSane

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One response to “Rob Papen DelSane: tape delay with a creative twist”

    gloubi says:

    sounds like Echo from SpaceF-devices (same features introduced in 2003, updated recently)

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