Luke Zeitlin has released Mind The Gap, a freeware pitched delay effect in AU plugin format for Mac-based digital audio workstations.
Mind The Gap is a useful little delay stereo delay plugin with pitch shifting and filtering features. It offers a delay range of 1/32 note to 4 bars in tempo mode and 2-400ms in standard mode. Although I don’t use ms-based delay very often (as opposed to host-synced delay), I think that a bigger range in that mode would be more helpful.
The plugin also offers high-pass and low-pass filtering options as well as a stereo ping-pong mode. Complete with a dry/wet knob, it reminds me very much of Waves H-Delay in its functionality and layout. There is also a feature called “Smooth” which I am unsure the function of (unfortunately, the developer hasn’t yet published a user manual), but I think I notice a little difference in tone with the dial turned all the way up.
Similar to H-Delay by Waves, Mind The Gap simulates tape delay meaning that as you change the delay time the pitch will temporarily warp. While this may well be an effect you find desirable, be aware that, if you automate the delay time throughout your session, there will be pitch warping happening.
Overall, I do like the look and function of Mind The Gap, but I would love to see some grit/saturation toggling or another unique feature which would convince me to use this over the slew of other delay plug-ins I have. Zeitlin is the author of several other free plugins on his site including a circle of fifths chord generator and a music calculator for converting Hz, BPM, and tuning frequencies.
Mind The Gap is available for free download via Luke Zeitlin’s website (2.8 MB download size, DMG file, 64-bit AU plugin format for Mac OS).