Baby Audio is now offering the Baby Comeback delay plugin (previously a Computer Music magazine exclusive) as a free download from their website.
Baby Comeback is a free delay plugin based on Baby Audio’s popular Comeback Kid delay/echo effect. It was developed in collaboration with Computer Music magazine and came as a freebie in the August 2020 issue.
Of course, Baby Comeback CM lacks some of the features available in the full version of Comeback Kid. There are fewer controls for the user to tweak, and the tone shaping parameters are only available as presets. That said, the free version of the plugin still sounds excellent, and it’s a surprisingly versatile delay effect. It is a must-try if you like using colorful delays in your music.
Let’s start with the plugin’s coolest feature. Much like its bigger brother, Baby Comeback CM can sound modern and clean, as well as vintage and lo-fi. You can use it for adding a subtle wide delay to a lead vocal, or as a massive vintage tape echo for your next shoegaze track.
There are four delay flavors to choose from. The “Wide” mode sounds clean while expanding the stereo image. The “Analog” mode is inspired by vintage tape delay units and bucket brigade echoes of yesteryear. “Saucey” delivers a lush delay sound that works exceptionally well on synth leads and pads. Finally, the “Cheap” mode emulates 80s rack delays and their irresistibly quirky lo-fi sounds.
Another feature worth mentioning is the Duck control. It will automatically lower the volume of the delayed signal when the input signal is present. This feature is a lifesaver if you want to add a lot of delay to a vocal while keeping the lyrics intelligible. The delay will remain audible, but the main vocal will cut right through it.
The other parameters are pretty self-explanatory. Use the Time and Feedback controls to adjust the timing and fine-tune the volume using the Dry and Wet knobs.
Baby Comeback is available for free download via Baby Audio. Visit the Freebies page on their website and submit your email address to unveil the download link. You will receive a ZIP file containing the installer.
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More info: Baby Comeback (121 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & macOS)