Blue Cat Audio has released an update to the Blue Cat’s Late Replies creative delay and reverb plugin with built-in effects, also capable of hosting third party plugins anywhere in the signal chain.

Version 1.5 introduces a new dual-mode user interface. You can now browse and quick-edit presets with the new “easy mode”, or display the full-featured editor to create your own creative delay and reverb effects. With the new multicore processing engine that can spread delay taps (“replies”) processing across CPU cores, combined with multiple performance improvements, Late Replies now creates richer effects with reduced CPU usage.

The update also brings native Apple Silicon support for M1 powered Macs, a new CPU load meter, and many other new features, improvements and fixes.

With its unique topology, the plug-in is a full-featured delay machine with unlimited powers: both the 8 taps pattern module and the two nested feedback loops include plug-in slots that can host built-in effects or third party plug-ins.

So it’s not just about delays! The plug-in includes 29 built-in effects to further manipulate the delay lines: modulation effects, EQ and filters, dynamics processors, pitch and frequency shifters, wave shaper…

Changes in Late Replies v1.5

  • New dual user interface: Browse and quick-edit presets with the new easy mode, or create your own delays and reverb with the full editor.
  • Up to 8 times more processing power with the new multicore engine that can process each reply on a separate core.
  • New echoes and ping pong delay presets with effects.
  • New DSP workload meter that displays the DSP activity and CPU load.
  • Added MIDI control support (MIDI CC messages) for Next and Previous Preset commands, with MIDI learn.
  • Reduced time to load Late Replies or any built-in plug-in.
  • Multiple DSP performance improvements.
  • Level meters and spectrum analyzers are not updated anymore when the user interface is closed, reducing CPU usage.
  • Reduced the number of threads used by the plug-in.
  • Improved global and preset settings window loading time on Windows.
  • Added ability to select the plug-in to load when a shell plug-in file is dragged and dropped onto a slot.
  • Full unicode support.
  • Preset files can now be dropped onto the preset LCD area to be loaded.
  • Smoother loops Freeze when quickly switched from 0 to 100%.
  • Native Apple Silicon (M1 processor) support.
  • Dropped 32-bit support on Mac.
  • Now requires MacOS 10.9 and newer.
  • Fixed host loop end value not properly passed to hosted plug-ins, for the VST2 version.
  • Fixed several crashes upon load for multiple third party plug-ins (mostly VST3).
  • Fixed MIDI control for hosted plug-ins not always working when fed with silence.
  • Fixed VST3 (and sometimes VST) version freezing Ableton Live upon save on Windows.
  • Fixed harmonizer and Pitch Shifter built-in plug-ins that did not always flush their buffer upon bypass (short sounds could be heard when getting out of bypass).

Late Replies is available at Blue Cat Audio and from distributor Plugin Boutique for 99 USD/EUR until June 25th, 2021 (regular 129 USD/EUR).

The update is free to existing owners of the plugin. A free demo version is available to download in VST/VST3, AU and AAX formats for Windows and Mac.