SSL has released the X-Delay plug-in. The latest addition to the X series is a digital 4-tap delay inspired by hardware classics from the ‘80s. This means that the X series now offers a choice: X-Echo for vintage tape echos, and the new X-Delay for crisp digital multi-tap delays. As the release falls within SSL’s Love Your X Valentine’s Day sale, X-Delay is now available at 35% off.
For the second delay plug-in of the X series, SSL has taken a good look at classic digital delays of the ‘80s. X-Delay offers four independent taps, each with its own delay time, gain, and pan control. You can sync individual taps to the song tempo, or adjust them in milliseconds, which allows for many creative combinations. There’s also a ping-pong mode for bouncy stereo effects.
Below the four taps is a section with a bunch of global settings for additional sound shaping. Here, you can modulate the delay, apply SSL-style saturation, dial in some reverb with the Diffuse knob or apply de-essing. The feedback knob in the center can be driven beyond 100% for “out-of-control soundscapes”, and there are Freeze and Kill buttons to help you build risers and drops. Finally, you can shape the sound using a pair of high pass and low pass filters and a stereo width knob.
X-Delay looks like a versatile digital multi-tap delay with a solid feature set, and I think SSL has a point when it says that it’ll complement the more analog-sounding X-Echo nicely.
Price and compatibility
The SSL X-Delay plug-in is now available for USD 199. If you’re quick, you can still catch SSL’s ongoing Love Your X Valentine’s Day Sale, which also applies to X-Delay. This brings the price down to USD 129 until February 28, 2022.
X-Delay is also available as part of the SSL Complete Bundle Subscription, which is USD 14.99 per month.
The plug-in is available for macOS and Windows in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.