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IrcamLab releases The Snail high-precision frequency-domain analyzer

IrcamLab Snail

IrcamLab has announced the release of The Snail, a tuner plugin that shows you the fundamental and all the associated resonances and

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PSP Audioware updates PSP E27 equalizer plugin to v1.0.2

PSP E27

PSP Audioware has released version 1.0.2 of PSP E27, a multistage equalizer plugin modeled after the analog equalizer E27 produced by Avedis

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DMG Audio updates Limitless plugin to v1.02

DMG Audio Limitless

DMG Audio has released version 1.02 of Limitless, a limiter effect plugin for Windows and Mac. Featuring full loudness metering and DMGAudio’s

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FabFilter releases bug-fix update for its plugins

FabFilter website

FabFilter has announced the release of an update for all FabFilter plugins. This update fixes a few problems that surfaced since the

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iZotope’s Dynamic Delay is free – and wonderful

iZotope has a new delay out, and like many plug-in developers of late, they’re using a limited time free offer to rise above the din of Internet noise. But while the new “DDLY Dynamic Delay” is free, it’s not something cut-down.

On the contrary: you might fall in love with this delay right away.

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The basic idea is, DDLY is a “dynamic” delay — as in one that responds to dynamics. Now, of course, you could essentially create this with some clever routing of a dynamics processor to a delay, but integrating the two makes the process more intuitive.

The other clever feature of iZotope’s DDLY is the dual delay lines, which see at the top and the bottom of the plug-in. The granular delay path and modeled analog path each have their own character, and you can use them both at once.

I know I was supposed to be doing something purposeful with the thing, but I immediately wanted to go wild with the delicious “Trash” and feedback settings. Overdriving the DDLY gives you some wonderful effects.

Here’s some sonic results from doing that:

For more sound examples, here’s iZotope. They do some granular stuff with a synth, which you can hear is unmistakably granular but has some details to the sound that’ll make it clear you aren’t using an Ableton preset again (cough, yes, producers, we can hear you!):

And a really nice example from them on drums:

iZotope are advertising the results as “cleaner” — but maybe that’s the point, actually, that it’s clean enough that extreme feedback settings remain usable.

You can hear just how clean in this example with guitar (again, with iZotope playing with this properly, rather than screwing around like me):

Before I sound entirely positive, there are a couple of peculiar things about DDLY. One, there’s a sort of translucent interface that make me feel like I’m going slightly blind. I’m not exactly sure what the intention was, but the UI looks like something out of a 90s first person shooter that was then displayed on a fading monitor. That’s too bad, as the visual feedback is quite usable.

Two, you don’t get preset saving. iZotope do point you to the ability to use a PDF to scratch down settings. I’m not sure what the rationale was here, but on the other hand, it makes sense that you really shouldn’t think too much about saving settings, since the whole idea of the plug-in is meant to be responding to particular source material in different ways.

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All in all, it’s a beautiful plug-in, with that rare combination of subtle and extreme.

So, it’s free – what’s the catch?

You have to sign up with an email via iZotope. You don’t have to sign up for a newsletter, though (you can opt out of that when you register). I wound up “buying” the free download from Time & Space, which made me fill out a lot of contact info but also didn’t add any newsletters or ask for payment info. Then you get an email with a serial for authorization. You can use an iLok login optionally if you choose.

iZotope DDLY Product Page

Time + Space product page (In case you already have a login there, you can grab it even quicker)

The plug-in will go to a (still reasonable) US$49 price after the 30-day intro (mid-March 2016), with a 10-day demo.

Screenshots: CDM.

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CFA-Sound releases GRIP valve drive compressor plugin

CFA-Sound GRIP feat

Resonance Sound has released GRIP, a new valve drive compressor effect plugin by CFA-Sound. The brandnew GRIP valve drive compressor by CFA-Sound

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iZotope releases DDLY Dynamic Delay plugin (free for limited time)

iZotope DDLY Dynamic Delay

iZotope has announced the release of DDLY Dynamic Delay, a delay effect plugin for Windows and Mac. DDLY Dynamic Delay responds to

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HoRNet Plugins releases AnalogStage plugin

HoRNet AnalogStage

HoRNet Plugins has announced the release of AnalogStage, an effect plugin that emulates those sound characteristics usually associated with analog gear (saturation,

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Shattered Glass Audio releases Code Red console emulation plugin

Shattered Glas Audio Code Red

Shattered Glass Audio has launched Code Red, an console emulation effect plugin for Windows and Mac. Code Red is inspired by two

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Audiority updates TS-1 transient shaper plugin to v1.1

Audiority TS-1

Audiority has released version 1.1 of its TS-1 transient shaper effect plugin for Windows and Mac. TS-1 is a multimode frequency dependent

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