Davisynth offers Ripple Delay Free for macOS and Windows

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Ripple Delay Free is a plugin that aims to give users all the benefits of a multi-tap delay without the often tedious workflow.

Davisynth is no stranger to creative delay plugins; towards the end of 2023, the developer gave us Spiral Delay, which has already become a favorite for some.

Now, the developer is giving us his vision of a multi-tap delay.

We use delay effects for many reasons: to create rhythmic patterns and ambience or to move sounds from the forefront to the background smoothly, for example.

Ripple Delay initially tackles the same problem addressed by standard multi-tap delays: echoes that are the same or too similar to the original sound.

This problem can lead to echoes sounding unnatural, being more prominent than you’d like, or clashing with other sounds.

A multi-tap delay allows you to edit individual echo taps, which removes many problems but introduces a new one. Editing individual echo taps (depending on context) can be a very tedious process.

As we all know, anything being more tedious than it has to be can become very disruptive to your workflow.

Ripple Delay takes a different approach to modulation to provide a more intuitive workflow that helps maintain your creative flow.

In place of per-tap controls, Ripple Delay uses curves to add variation and guide the echoes in the desired direction, resulting in a much smoother and more natural-sounding delay. These curves create waves of parameter modulation called ripples.

From left to right, the controls start with the Pattern view, where you can create separate 32-tap patterns for left and right channels.

The free version of Ripple Delay provides quarter/eighth no patterns, but Ripple Delay Pro allows access to the triplets grid where you can create more complex rhythms, like three against two.

Ripple Delay Pro (usually $99) is available with a 75% discount right now, so act fast if you enjoy the free version and want to upgrade.

The Pro version also includes a more in-depth curve editor, advanced ripple automation, and the option to save/load presets.

While on the topic of discounts, remember you can get 40% off Baby Audio’s Humanoid for a limited time.

Next is the Automation section, which uses a curve editor to create custom envelope functions. The parameters available for editing are Frequency, Bandwidth, Amplitude, and Pan.

The center and Amount sliders control the vertical offset and strength of the curve/envelope.

The curve editor is easy to use; you can add or remove points as needed, much like applying automation in your DAW.

The Ripple section includes the same parameters as above with the addition of Time and two sliders: Amount, which determines the amount the ripple will affect each parameter, and Phase, which applies a constant phase shift to the time-varying ripple function.

You can introduce pitch variations by modulating the delay time. You can sync the ripples you create to your DAW tempo.

Last is the Global section, featuring parameters affecting the overall delay behavior.

Ripple Delay has a lovely 3D visualizer and responsive curve graphs, providing excellent visual feedback. The 3D visualizer displays how the delay’s filter response varies over time.

Ripple Delay Free is available now and works on x86 and ARM-based Macs (M1, M2, M3) and 64-bit Windows.

Download: Ripple Delay Free (FREE / Pro version currently 75% off)

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  1. Steinberg has released X-Stream – a free Monophonic Spectral Synthesizer that works with HALion and also free HALion Sonic v7.1

    On paper it looks a bit like Padshop Light ?

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