stw-audio updates REFLEX+ echo/reverb plugin to V2

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stw-audio has released version 2 of REFLEX+, a delay algorithm based echo/reverb effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

stw-audio REFLEX+ V2

REFLEX+ V2 ships with over 70 factory presets and is fully compatible with V1 parameter settings.

Changes in REFLEX+ V2

  • Preset management (host/format independent).
  • Pan modulation.
  • Two new time modes (X-Delay I+II).
  • Two independent effect slots (Reflex lines).

The plug-in (VST/AU) is available for purchase for the introductory price of 29 EUR until end of February, 2015 (regular 39 EUR incl. VAT). The update is free for all existing customers.

More information: stw-audio / REFLEX+

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Review: eaReckon EARebound delay plugin

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Over the years I have collected a nice amount of delay plug-ins. My favorites include OhmBoyz, NastyDLA, ET-200, More Feedback Machine 2, Satin, ValhallaFreqEcho, RP-Delay, Sigmund, Timeless 2, Replika, … I’m probably forgetting some, but I guess it is clear I like my delays.

Some of these offer simple one-trick pony effects, others are capable of much more complex things.

The EARebound plug-in by eaReckon falls in the latter category.
It was originally designed to quickly create rhythm lines from percussive sounds recorded in various environments.

The idea behind EARebound was to create an effect featuring 15 delay lines and a workflow similar to the one provided by a good old drum machine. This tool had to offer 16 commutable and synchronized “steps”, with each of them being independently shaped and placed in space by a series of dedicated effects.

A confidential prototype was then born in 2011, offering 15 delay lines, a saturation module, two filters, a chorus and a positioning tool. This prototype was enough to create rhythm lines from any kind of recorded sounds within a couple of minutes. It was already lots of fun and saved time!

Further development of EARebound led to a solid multi-delay unit that excels in creating rhythm and spicing up your existing loops.

eaReckon EARebound

The interface of EARebound looks a bit like a groovebox/drum machine. The step sequencer in the bottom controls the input, 15 individual delay lines, and 1 global delay line.

The input can be muted and the fx applied to the source can be disabled as well. The steps in the sequencer have a solo button, and the global delay line can be set to either include or exclude the source input. The global line allows for looping the “sequencer pattern”. You can achieve some lovely creating special effects by using short delay times.

In the middle of the interface we find input & output controls on the left and right, with a handy section that lets you process low frequencies in various ways with stereo/multi-channel, split LF & pre/post parameters.

By clicking the edit button in the sequencer, you can set the effects for each of the delay lines (and the input). EARebound includes the following:

  • 7 saturation/distortion units
  • high-pass & low-pass filter
  • modulation line with 4 chorus/tremolo lines
  • level with feedback control
  • position X/Y pad for panning and multi-channel output control
  • and delay time with division multiplier (0-16x) and base division (up to 1/64 incl. dotted & triplet), and a knob to set the delay time manually.

All of these parameters can be adjusted from the main view, but if you want to see everything in one screen you can also use the mix view. This shows the effects applied to the input and 15 delay lines and you can modify parameters directly. In version 1.0.2 of EARebound, two Global Edit modes (same or relative value) were added, allowing you to edit parameters for all lines at the same time.

A third view shows a “Time Line” of delay times for the input and 15 delay lines. The circled points show output and feedback parameters, providing an intuitive overview of what’s going on exactly. Again, you can modify some parameters on the spot.

Other notable features include MIDI learn & control, a wonderful “Random” button (with optional parameter locks), and multiple stereo outputs, which allows the use of a 3rd party plug-in to process selected delay lines.

In the video below you can hear some of the presets on a simple melody done with u-he’s upcoming Hive synth.

So what do I think?

Product: EARebound by eaReckon
Format: VST/AU
Price: 99 EUR
Like: Deep & flexible, fun to use
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

Sometimes you want your delay effects quick and easy, other times you want to take it a step further and create something more deep and complex. EARebound does both, without ever getting complicated.

By including saturation & distortion models, filters and modulation options, EARebound is very flexible, offering much more than simple delay effects. The interface is very intuitive and a joy to work with.

Features like the alternate views, low frequency splitting and a “Random” knob that produces useful results show that some good thought was put into this plug-in.

In short, if you want a delay effect that offers both ease of use and extensive control, EARebound is definitely worth checking out.

More information: eaReckon / EARebound

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Tek’it Audio updates DlayR plugin to v1.1

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Tek’it Audio has released version 1.1 of DlayR, a pattern controlled delay effect plug-in for Windows.

Tek'it Audio DlayR

DlayR is a pattern controlled delay effect plug-in that can be used to create delay, stutter and filter effects sync on the beat of your track.

This update focus mainly on performance improvements and brings 17 new presets to the default bank.

Changes in DlayR v1.1

  • Added 17 new presets.
  • Faster initialization.
  • Improved performances.
  • GUI updated the info screen.
  • SETUP small improvements.

The plug-in is available for purchase for Windows (VST) for 21 EUR/$28 USD for a limited time only (regular 29 EUR/$39 USD).

More information: Tek’it Audio / DlayR

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Holderness Media releases the Holderness FX Bundle for iPhone

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Holderness FX Bundle

Holderness Media has announced the release of the Holderness FX Bundle, a collection of 5 effect apps for iPhone.

The Holderness FX Bundle for iPhone features our highly acclaimed professional audio effects processors including Crystalline Mini, Caramel Mini, Echo Pad, Stereo Designer Mini and Swoopster Mini.

Process live audio streams from other apps using Audiobus and Inter-app Audio, as well as external hardware and instruments by connecting a professional USB audio interface such as the Apogee Duet, One, Quartet and Jam. Easily control effect parameters using your favorite MIDI controller.

Holderness FX Bundle features

  • 5 unique effects processors:
    • Caramel Mini – Crunch and Crusher Effect.
    • Crystalline Mini – Shimmer Delay/Reverb Effect.
    • Echo Pad – Echo-centric Multi-Effect.
    • Stereo Designer Mini – Stereo Shaper and Mid/Side Processor.
    • Swoopster Mini – Fuzz/Flanger Effect.
  • True stereo effect engines featuring high quality sound and unique effect capabilities.
  • Audiobus 2 compatible with state saving.
  • Inter-app Audio compatible (effect).
  • Core MIDI compatible, works with your favorite MIDI controller.

The bundle is available for purchase for the introductory price of $8.99 USD for a limited time only.

More information: Holderness

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Tritik updates tkDelay plugin to v1.1.0

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Tritik has released version 1.1.0 of tkDelay, a delay effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Tritik tkDelay

TkDelay is a versatile delay plugin designed to produce a large range of sounds, from classic delays to experimental sound effects.

Changes in tkDelay v1.1.0

  • Added: A new ‘light’ user interface theme.
  • Fixed: User defined default preset not correctly recalling delay times.
  • Fixed: Delay lines not fully re-initialized on sample rate changes.
  • Several minor GUI improvements.

tkDelay for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: Tritik / tkDelay

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