Voxengo has introduced Tempo Delay 2, a freeware stereo delay effect available in VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin formats for PC and Mac based host applications.
Tempo Delay 2 is a stereo delay effect with separate multi-mode filters and tremolo effects in each channel. The control scheme is somewhat unusual, as it features an internal BPM setting (which can be freely adjusted or synced to the host application’s tempo setting) in addition to the Delay and Rep Period controls in both channels. The Delay parameter sets the initial delay time, whereas the Rep Period control determines the delay speed after that.
The built-in filters are quite aggressive, with rather wild resonance which sound great when combined with longer feedback times. Changing the BPM value while the delay is active results in a smooth pitch shifting effect which can be put to good use in a variety of sound design scenarios. The included factory presets aren’t too exciting, but they do a pretty good job of showcasing some of the things that Tempo Delay 2 is capable of. Still, the plugin really starts to shine once you fine tune the parameters to your liking, as the slightly uncommon control scheme provides a lot of room for creativity and experimentation.
Based on the same panel design and basic feature set as the rest of the Voxengo product lineup, Tempo Delay 2 sports a built-in preset manager, A/B comparison tools, UI scaling support (from 80% to 150%) and a variety of color schemes to choose from (gray is the default color scheme, white scheme is shown on the screenshot above). The plugin is very well optimized, resulting in a rather low 1-2% CPU hit per instance.
Tempo Delay 2 also features some handy keyboard shortcuts which make the task of editing two stereo channels simultaneously much easier. For example, CTRL + drag will simultaneously change the same control parameter in the left and right channels, whereas CTRL + double click will set the clicked parameter to the same value in both channels. These shortcuts are both intuitive and very effective, more so than having a link button under each control (as seen in some other dual channel plugins).
The plugin is available for direct free download from the developer’s website, no registration required. It is distributed as an EXE installer which extracts the required plugin files to the user-determined location on the hard drive.
Tempo Delay 2 is available for free download via Voxengo (5.75 MB download size, EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin formats for Windows & Mac).