HY-Delay is a new freeware delay effect developed by HY-Plugins, released as a 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugin for Windows based host applications.
The plugin offers a pretty standard feature set for a delay effect, with the addition of a bit depth reduction circuit on the input. This built-in bitcrusher can come in handy for emulating the sound of old digital delays, however you can get a pretty similar effect by simply placing a third party bitcrusher plugin in front of any other delay effect out there. Still, the bitcrusher in HY-Delay sounds nice and you get some pretty cool lo-fi delay effects with it.
What we loved about HY-Delay are its filters and the ability to go totally crazy with the feedback. You can built some great sounding feedback loops in no time and these can be used for making some rather neat sound effects. We did, however, notice that the plugin produces a clicking noise when reducing the delay speed at high feedback settings. You’ll hear it in our demo video which is embedded to this article. Hopefully, a future update of HY-Delay will fix the issue.
Another cool feature is the delay time offset control, which adds a nice bit of stereo width to the delayed signal. The plugin can also sync to the host application’s tempo setting, or you can choose to control the delay time manually.
HY-Delay is a promising little delay effect which reminds us of the great old ET-301 plugin by arcDev Noise Industries (a long-time favorite of ours which is sadly no longer available for download). It is the first VST plugin released by HY-Plugins, who are also offering an interesting collection of commercial Max for Live devices on their website.
HY-Delay is available for free download via HY-Plugins (1.91 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows).