iZotope, the makers of the mastering software Ozone and audio repair tool RX, as well as a slew of other high-quality mixing plug-ins, have released a free dynamic delay plug-in for a limited time. DDLY, normally $49USD is free until March 10th. This dynamic delay seems to be a fantastic addition to any dance music producers arsenal.
According to iZotope, DDLY is 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.” At first glance, the GUI looks very appealing with the retro inspired styling and faux 3D visual distortion. In fact, the interface looks almost like something one would find in a video game. As far as sound, DDLY seems to be targeted towards highly dynamic sources like drums and vocals. Based on the samples iZotope has provided via Soundcloud, the sound of DDLY would be very well suited for minimal techno and glitch genres and it may prove useful for synth delays as well.
Check out these examples from iZotope:
The idea of a dynamic delay is that the delay reacts differently when the source signal reaches a level above a set threshold, or in DDLYs case the “Intensity” level. For instance, you can set the delay to only trigger on the loudest hits or you can set it to add texture to everything other than the very quietest nuances.
The only problem with the effect that we have found so far is the lack of ability to save presets within the plug-in itself. However, you can of course save a preset as an effect chain within your DAW. Those who don’t use presets when mixing probably will not notice the lack of built-in preset storing. For some, especially those new to sound design, it may be an annoying problem with a somewhat cumbersome workaround. Hopefully the ability to store presets will be a future update.
Overall, this is a fantastic plug-in, and we thank iZotope for giving it out for free. Once again, you can only get this delay for free until March 10th so head over HERE and grab a copy.
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