sBurghRecords has announced the release of PhatNoise Delay, a simple freeware delay effect in VST plugin format for Windows.
PhatNoise Delay is a pretty straightforward delay effect with adjustable delay time, feedback, and dry/wet parameters. The product page states that the plugin emulates “the rich and thick sound of tape echo units from the 70s”, but I have to admit that I wasn’t getting any of that vibe while testing PhatNoise Delay. It sounds like a pure digital delay to me without any coloration of the delayed signal whatsoever.
The lack of coloration in the signal path isn’t necessarily a bad thing, of course. More often than not, you’d want the delay effect to simply repeat the audio on the processed channel without making it sound like it was passed through a vintage delay unit. The problem is, though, that most (if not all) digital audio workstations nowadays come with a native delay effect of some sort, usually more versatile than PhatNoise Delay. So why would you want to download such a simple plugin in the first place?
I’m not sure, to be honest. Perhaps it could come in handy for use in a VST host application for live purposes which doesn’t have a built-in delay effect. Or perhaps the default delay effect in your digital audio workstation of choice offers more controls than you’ll ever need, resulting in a cluttered user interface. Either way, PhatNoise Delay is completely free to download and use, so you can take it for a spin and find out for yourself if you’re intrigued by the idea of such a simple delay effect. Please note that it will only work on Windows-based machines.
PhatNoise Delay is available for free download via BurghRecords (22.5 MB download size, RAR archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows).