With the download and voting stage of the KVR Developer Challenge 2014 in full swing we're posting a series of news items highlighting each release. You can download the entries for free and make a donation to the prize fund if you wish to do so here.
fa FractionalDelay by forward audio is a phase alignment and time manipulation VST effect plug-in for Windows. It uses an oversampling and interpolation algorithm to apply signal delays with a precision of 0.000001 Samples. With this possibility it does phase alignments between microphone signals even with varying microphone or sound source distances during the recording. It gives you the ability to improve your post-production of live/studio recordings when moving musicians or microphones can complicate phase relations. In that case, use your DAW automation to smoothly fade between single delay amounts.
Nevertheless, with a correct DAW routing and multiple instances of fa FractionalDelay, you can also apply stereo effects like moving haas delays, create colorful filter textures like a moving comb filter (similar to a really slow phaser effect) or do manual artificial double tracking with varying delays.
The plugin user interface is specially designed to quickly find and compare the right delay value. Therefore, you're able to determine the applied delay in samples, milliseconds, meter and foot. For quick setting comparisons use the A/B Switch and if you want to have fine adjustments the Min-Max-Editfields let you change the control range of the delay knob.
Remember: This is NOT a regular delay effect with several duplicates of an original signal. It's a phase alignment tool which also needs to be applied on different tracks with an existing phase relation. If you apply it to a mixdown or on tracks without phase relation you will hear NO AUDIBLE DIFFERENCE. A tutorial video on using fa FractionalDelay will be published in mid-August to show the right usage of this plugin:
- Signal delaying with a precision of 0.000001 Samples (Maximum of 100,000 Samples).
- Phase alignment of varying microphone distances via DAW automation.
- Oversampling with 2x-8x.
- A/B comparisons.
- Enter delay values in samples, ms, meter & foot.
- Editable Min-Max-Values of the Delayknob.
- Unique flexible user interface.
- Available as VST 2 for Windows (VST/AU for Mac currently in development).
Advanced Audio + Application Exchange
New this year is a grand prize from KVR Audio and A3E (Advanced Audio + Application Exchange). The winning developer will have the opportunity to present their entry at the A3E show in Boston, September 23-24, 2014.
The winning developer will be provided with transportation to Boston, two nights stay at one of the A3E host hotels for the nights of Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
The winner will also receive a complimentary A3E Audio Developer Conference pass, special recognition on the A3E website and at the A3E event in Boston, as well as a dedicated announcement and press release to A3E's global industry communities.
We have several additional sponsors this year. Remember, anyone who enters, donates or votes will be eligible for the prize drawing for any of these (and more to come) prizes.
Thanks to the following for their donations of additional prizes: