The guys at iZotope deserve our love this week. A few days ago they released an updated version of the good old Vinyl freeware plugin, making it compatible with today’s DAWs and operating systems. I’ve always found that plugin quite handy and I’m happy they eventually listened to Vinyl’s fans.
But it doesn’t end here. Today iZotope announced another nice surprise: the DDLY Dynamic Delay, a new delay plugin available for free through March 10 (after that, $49).
In their words, the DDLY Dynamic Delay “responds to your track’s musical dynamics to create versatile and intriguing delays. It’s a one-of-a-kind effects plug-in that delays the signal differently depending on the character of the sound, without turning your track to aural mud. Adjust the threshold to split your signal based on transients, then send it down two separate analog or granular delay paths.”
DDL Dynamic Delay is basically a smart delay, with a cool resizable GUI and a retro heart (thanks to its two sound modes, see below).
Two delays in one: DDLY analyzes your audio based on an adjustable threshold to determine what to send to the top delay and what to send to the bottom delay. Adjust the Intensity to affect how strongly the signal is split between the two—great for a punchy delay on the harder, transient crack of your drums and a shuffling delay on the main beat elements.
Customize your delay: Both delays have two modes to choose from: Analog or Grain. Analog produces warm lo-fi delays with smearing and nostalgic degradation. Grain produces melodic, symphonic, and futuristic sounds for truly new soundscapes.
Responsive interface: The interface of DDLY reacts to the material it’s applied to for unique real-time visual feedback. As the knobs come to life, your sound gets cooler. Go ahead, get ‘em all going!
Automatable: DDLY can be set up with automation in your audio host, to engage the dynamic delay on your mix when you want it to and back off when you need the raw material to shine.