Best Delay VST Plugins of 2017 [GUIDE]

The Biggest List Of Delays Most Engineers Use Today

Best Delay VST PluginsI mean, why would I put them here if famous guys didn’t use them?


Audio Damage Discord 3

Audio Damage Discord 3It’s a pitch shifter. It’s also a delay-creating machine. The first two versions had no pitch shifting modes. This one, well, it’s the youngest so it gets everything. In my experience using this, it’s been a whole lot easier to traverse.

The Discord 3 has a true stereo pitch-shifting capability applied to your track as delays feedback.

Another thing, the plug-in also has some surprises. You get three algorithms. Vintage delays wre based on the original Eventide H910 and H949. The P2 Clean gives a more transparent sound. The third type of sound, Granular, is a powerful texture generator.


Audio Damage Dubstation

Audio Damage DubstationIt’s called Dubstation but it works with most genres. While it might have fewer controls than some compressors and equalizers we know, it sounds splendid and powerful.

If you’ve ever heard a warm delay fading away, you know of those short time delays you hear at passing when you strum your guitar or play the piano. The Dubstation can do it.

If you’re someone who loves infinite feedbacks from your delay controls, then, there’s the Regeneration function for you. Reverse is as you guessed, it plays everything backwards.

Best of all, use a MIDI CC controller and everything about this plug-in changes. Seriously.


Avid/ Line 6 Echo Farm

Echo Farm Avid Line 6Echo Farm isn’t the same as Echo Park, the Line 6 guitar variation of the instrument.

Echo Farm is an Avid plug-in, used only in Pro-Tools while emulating a large list of echo generators and analog delays. One of these are the Maestro EP-1 Tube Echoplex, the Boss DM-2 Analog Delay and an auto-volume echo.

Of course, Avid/ Line 6 added their own twist on things by adding more controls possible for these echo chambers. Also, some more saturation to get the maximum bang for your buck.

Of course, all of this will suck when you don’t use Pro-Tools. Not that it’s the best DAW, but this one is exclusive.


Boz Digital Labs Imperial Delay

Boz Digital Labs Imperial DelayIt’s going to take up some huge screen real estate because it has lots of controls. Boz Digital Labs designed the Imperial Delay to be a “mega professional” delay in a sense that they added everything you could want in a single delay.

Well, I’ve used it in recording and it does do plenty of things with 12 controls. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you wanted an Eventide sound with the price of one plug-in simulating it, this is what you need. The analog sound is convincing, if you ask me.

But you’ll have to traverse those controls though.


D-16 Sigmund Delay

D-16 Sigmund DelayThe D16 Group sounds like an industrial pack of annoying people. But it’s just because their names sounds too formal. The D-16 Group is well-known for their modeling of famous synthesizers. Now they’re going for delays and the Sigmund, while not an emulation of a historic music studio artifact, is powerful.

Beautifully-designed interface, attractive VU meters and three-dimensional knobs make you feel like you purchased a digital Ferrari of some sort. Well, that’s how it felt like for me. The Sigmund update also guarantees using the delay wouldn’t be fatal to your CPU at all.

You get eight delay lines and lots of modes. You even get a middle and sides mode that gives a center and side delay for your creativity. Nice!


Eventide UltraReverb

Eventide UltraReverbEventide is well-known for creating huge soundscapes with their delay and reverb products. The Eventide H8000 is well-known for its warm and spacious sound that flows powerfully. Acting like a powerful harmonizer, UltraReverb has nine reverb algorithms and about 300 presets for you to learn how it works.

The nine algorithms include the typical setup, but you have a twin-channel delay option, two three-band full parametrics and additional Equalizing for the Reverb Tail. This includes your usual hall, room, plate, chamber, church and more. For beginners, the presets are sorted by function and instrument.


Logic Tape Delay

Logic Tape DelayLogic’s Tape Delay had made some great echoes in the industry and among producers in their own homes. Adding a tape saturator with a delay effect at the tail is always awesome and useful in any audio situation. But I have to admit, when Logic came up with a native plug-in that introduced some excellent harmonic distortion, it’s extremely useful.

This beats Waves’ H-Delay because it uses less CPU power. But if you’re on Windows, in my opinion, the H-Delay gets it better than most. It’s a bummer this is just for Mac.

If you’re a Logic Pro user, you well know that this plug-in is free. Check out more free plugins!!


Native Instruments Replika

Native Instruments ReplikaReplika features three delay algorithms combined with a resonant filter and a phaser effect. The filter moves seamlessly with your dynamics and creates a sound that is quite unique. If you’re a synth player and you love making some EDM, you’re going to love this. If you’re a guitarist or other type of musician, this would come in handy in a specific, 1 is to 5 musical situation.

Having a resonant filter can be musically satisfying for someone wanting to make unique delay tones to spice up songs. It also urges creativity combined with simplistic controls. Yes, I know I said simplistic while you’re looking at its controls. A bit of practice always helps. Always.


Nomad Factory Echoes

Nomad Factory EchoesTape delays are always in because of the edgy treble without the harshness of the digital realm. Nomad Factory’s Echoes feature five analog units that are full of character and musicality, it’s difficult to get enough of these, but only if you like the Echoplex EP1, EP3, TelRay Oilcan Echo, EH Delux Memory Man and Boss DM-2.

Select the emulation that you want using the echo mode knob painted in red. You have a choice of a vintage sound or a modern sound. Here, vintage means having a band-pass filter on your feedback signal emulating some classic EQs.


Ohm Force Ohmboyz

Ohm Force OhmboyzOhm Force may have not much brownie points for sound despite making it perfect for dub delays. But you have lots of flexibility with features. It can go full-phase and flange with your delays. Saturation using a distortion filter helps the echoes go on a bit more in a warm, characterful sound.

Here’s what you get, you have a stereo multitap delay, resonant filters that you can fully automate, high shelf distortion and about 39 LFOs. Yep, 39, useful LFOs for your creative needs!


PSP Audioware 608 Multidelay

PSP Audioware 608 MultidelayA friend audio guy of mine put it perfectly: the 608 Multidelay from PSP Audioware looked so overwhelming. But once you understood the meat of the situation, you’re in for a big surprise. It has a mock LCD screen with a powerfully large sound quality. Too lazy to make your own settings? Get some from the presets and play on!

The big surprise is loads of ways to use the delay for your own benefit. In my experience, the best way to learn from all your gear with presets is to break down the presets and see how things interact with each other. In this manner, you can add your own adjustments, which can make you your own unique sound.


PSP Audioware PSP 85

PSP Audioware PSP 85If you didn’t like the 608, you could always like its sound quality. With fewer controls, you get more out of this little digital equipment. You could do some sidechain ducking, some LFO track positioning. The filter section is even better with its numerous tasteful characteristics

To add, you have some powerful reverb section. A delay line panning can be used for every channel of this delay. Nice!


Rob Papen RP-Delay

Rob Papen RP-DelayRob Papen never ceases to amaze. I own his ROMpler kit for drums. I own some of his synthesizers. Now he brings me a top-notch delay.

The delay has a mock LCD display. While some might say it’s a bit dark for them, I like it! The fact that you can do some reverse delays and multiple pattern delays with effects is everything I’d like with this little plug-in.

Multiple-pattern delays are useful for those moments you just need some additional harmonization that is unconventional. While in the hands of an amateur it can cause troubling sounds. A professional can create some really great soundscapes.

I’m not a pro at this plug-in, but a friend of mine uses this mostly for acoustic instruments and percussive synthesizers. And it sounds fun!


SoundToys Echoboy

SoundToys EchoboyMade up by former Waves team members, they created a classically-inspired echo unit. While it’s a bit massive and contains lots of controls for professional users, you can just use the basic Echo Time, Feedback and Mix knobs where necessary. But then, there’s the Tweak or Style Edit buttons that function to give your presets a personality like no other.

And personality does it give. It sounds fairly close to an Eventide H8000 if used properly. Filters work like a charm for almost any type of audio situation, but they still sound thick as anything!


Tritik TK Delay

Tritik TK DelayI know you have your own preferences for delays. Even Reaper’s cheap-looking Readelay is capable of delivering massive delay sounds when you need it. It even has a reverb engine. So why get the TK delay?

Tritik’s TK delay has very useful filters. The LP/HP/BPM filters are spectacular in action. Automate them and you’ll see what I mean. Filter delays used with percussive synthesizers or acoustic instruments are one thing, but using them with an LFO feature from TK delay is another.

The delay is thick. It may have distortion but it brings out a clean delay. This gives you ample opportunity to try out all your options.


ValhallaDSP UberMod

ValhallaDSP UberModValhallaDSP may be well-known for ValhallaRoom, but the UberMod can do more than its older brother.

Standard delays only have feedback controls. However, advanced delays have those reverb-type diffuse effects. This generates an artificial environment that allows you to throw your delay back into the mix respectively with the frequencies associated with a real environment.

Yes, I know this can be done with any type of equalizer and saturator, but to do it with a simple mouse point or touch is another.

Features include the 2TapChorus based on the Roland Dimension C and D Choruses when you want an ensemble with you.

SuperSix is the falling-stairs sound of detuning algorithms you’re probably familiar with on the Roland JP-8000 and 16Tap for rich choruses or plentiful delays.


u-he MFM2

u-he MFM2MFM stands for More Feedback Machine. And now, Urs Heckmann, the producer and developer of this plug-in, is now at the second stage of his delay monster.

It’s a bit CPU hungry, but it’s a sound designer’s tool if there needs to be a spatial relationship between your delay, reverb and instrument so deep you want it to sound as fresh as it can be. A guaranteed semi-modular routing system enables you to generate pad synths in an instant.

Perhaps the only setback beginners and professionals like me would find is the complex appearance of an interface. While Heckmann prefers every parameter on every effect he knows put in his plug-ins (which make his works really awesome and worth buying for the price).


u-he Satin

u-he SatinTape emulation is a staple for any delay sound. Why I’m including the u-he Satin here is because you might want to color your DAW delays with some beautiful coloration. Digital delays take less toll on your CPU because they’re not emulating tape artifacts.

Tape machines are powerful yet expensive as hardware. They’re also messy. Imagine lining out your digital recordings and delays into these tape machines. Now, virtual tape machines give you a chance to do this and Satin is flexible enough than the older machines too.

Satin allows you to find your specific tone with lots of options to control almost every aspect of it.


UA Roland RE-201 Space Echo

UA Roland RE-201 Space EchoThe original Roland RE-201 Space Echo was a big machine. It looked like the controls of a Roland JC amplifier for guitars. Or that’s just the product’s signature.

Universal Audio’s digital release of its original Space Echo retains the analog appearance of the famed echo machine.

The device was known for using multiple tape heads and its spring reverb to achieve a thick, smooth sound that is warm and powerful. However, it was prone to “noob disasters” because just a little tweak can give you a solid sound, or maybe not at all.

If you’ve heard Pink Floyd guitar delays and synth pads, they’ve used this in recording.


UVI Relayer

UVI RelayerRelayer rhymes with delayer and both achieve the same thing. But layers make me think of an icing cake with cream in the middle. UVI’s philosophy of delay stems from sound layers. UVI’s Relayer is not too complicated because of this relaying concept, that is different from the cake idea I mentioned.

It uses a multi-tap engine that provides up to 32 delay patterns. Each of these delay lines are completely editable and syncable with your host’s parameter. Just like MIDI notes, you can even set these to change tempo and mood through a swing/groove control.

In my opinion, a great section to add is the “color” section. Through a list of high-quality IRs, you can get an environment for your advanced delay patterns to bounce about.


Waves H-Delay

Waves H-DelayThe Waves plugin Hybrid line of triode, tube and transistor audio processors offers flexibility with the power of digital and analogue combined.

According to Waves, it is approaching the standards of Bel, TC Electronic and the legendary Lexicon PCM 42 in creating the plug-in.

A 3500ms delay is useful for so many things. If you’re a synth player, this is a powerful double-up for pad synths. Meanwhile, having the option to do slapback echoes, flanging and phasing effects using the included filters make this plug-in worth buying.

If you’re a bit lazy to fix your delay tempo, you could always synch your delays to tempo.


Waves SuperTap

Waves SuperTapThe SuperTap is similar to H-Delay, except it has more analog than digital in its blood.

SuperTap has all that H-Delay has, including versatile delay and echo effects. Similar to the UVI Relayer but only for a bit, it has a two and six tap component. You also get a tap pad for tempo tapping and pattern switching.

The echo component of this plug-in is quite powerful. Add some effective LFO modulation and you can get some space-sounding delays. A slapback delay sound is possible here.

Another thing about SuperTap is its vector display. From here, you can observe the emulated space of your environment and delay.


Final Words

It won’t be easy choosing one from this long list of delays.

But at least it gives you an idea about what delays can do, what tweaks and parameters you’re going to need and the CPU power it’s going to eat.

Delays are also some of the more-expensive plugins on the market. While not as expensive as real delays, they still pack quite a punch.

Good luck!