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Wow & Flutter
Reviewed By swillhite
January 28, 2021

I loved this plugin, unfortunately I can't use the 32-bit version. Would love it if someone would develop a 64-bit version.

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Reviewed By sjm
January 23, 2018

It's 2018, and I still find myself reaching for this plugin (or its successor, Bionic Supa Delay) whenever I want something a bit more interesting that a bog-standard delay. I think it's safe to say this is my favourite free delay plugin by miles, and one of my favourite delays in general.

I don't use it much for standard delays - it's a bit wasted on that. What I love about Bionic Delay is its sound (it's a flavour delay for sure) and its interface. The interface is really well laid out, and dialling in your delay settings is child's play. There's the usual stereo tape delay settings you'd expect, with different (note-based) delay times to choose from, a ping pong mode, flutter etc. There are also handy low and high cut filters to help shape the sound of your delay.

While the delay settings are note-based, i.e. eighths etc., you can actually set the delay to other times as well using the groove knobs at the top. But really, IMO this thing shines when you want the tempo-synced delay effect. If anything, I use these options to create triplets/dotted delays, or very minor adjustments for the R and L channels so they aren't quite in sync. If I want a time based (rather than tempo-based) delay, I'll probably look elsewhere.

I recently made a dub tune, and Bionic Delay is all over that track. It's absolutely made for this kind of music, and the updated Supa Delay was developed together with dub producer Russ D. In the context of dub, it works great on anything and everything. Drums, sax, sirens etc. The key is obviously to automate the feedback.

And automating the feedback brings me to my other favourite use of Bionic Delay: it's brilliant for transitional effects. Great if you want one word of the vocal to ring out into the next section, for example. Automating the other parameters (e.g. play with the speed) also gives you nice effects that may or may not suit your track. It's worth experimenting. While I generally use this on vocals, it also works very well on impact sounds or anything else you want to sound big and filling up the room and with a lot of movement.

Downsides? Yes, there is at least one bigger issue. I don't know if it's my host (FL Studio), but Bionic Delay doesn't clear its buffers when you stop playing the track. It keeps the delay buffer stored and then plays it the next time you start the track, irrespective of where you are in the song. This is a particular problem when rendering tracks. There's often a burst of delayed sound at the start of every render. I generally leave a few empty bars at the start to deal with this. But if the feedback settings are high, the delay can actually continue to get louder and play over the entire render. Can be a bit of a bummer...

It's also a SynthEdit plugin, which may mean you'll furl your nose and say no thanks. That also means 32-bit only, but bridging seems to work fine for me.

All in all it's a great plugin, albeit best used for particular applications rather than a bread and butter delay. I was very happy to make a donation for Supa Delay.

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Night Flight
Reviewed By sfd
June 8, 2014

I was introduced to Night Flight by a friend of mine, who is a real synthesizer enthusiast with a lot of knowledge about synthesizers. At first I was a little sceptical to this low priced string machine. But I couldn't be more wrong. Don't let the price mislead you. Night Flight is a very, very good synth.

My first reaction when I tested this synth was that it really sounded like it came right out of Jean Michel Jarre's famous record Oxygene. Jarre actually used an Eminent 3100 a lot on this and other records.

If you want the sounds of an Eminent 3100 this synth is an obvious choice. There are sampled string machines out there. But compared to Night Flight they sound very static. Night Flight is really an instrument that feels and sounds alive.

With Night Flight it's very easy to tweak the sounds. There's also a MIDI learn function for easy assignment. Apart from the main panel, that looks pretty familiar, there are another six sections (ensemble panel, VCO, LFO, phaser,delay etc...) for in depth tweaking.

The sounds are amazing. I just dreamed away for hours just playing around with the presets.

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Wow & Flutter
Reviewed By quayquay17
September 1, 2012

UI: Ugly, like a synthedit plugin with "wood" paneling. That said, there are no menus, and everything is accessible and easy to see/read/use. Even the calibration controls are on the front panel, and the mirrored layout makes a lot of sense! An extra feature that shows how much effort was put into it is that controls will go transparent if they aren't influencing the sound, which is REALLY USEFUL.

Sound: Surprising. There are a lot of "FSU" and "LOFI" synthedit plugins out there. This one really stands out as a gem. From a simple subtle tape flutter on a piano bus to full out warbling brian eno-esque synth pads, there is nothing else that can achieve quit the same effects.

Features: Everything to do with pitchbend, wobble, wow, and flutter, this has it. You can have multiple variations going at different speeds, with multiple time modifiers per, as well as operate it in a L/R configuration, or use it as tape style flange!!! It goes from authentic vibes to crazy layers just by moving some sliders.

Documentation: Not needed. Turn it on, pull the sliders, and enjoy!
Presets: There are a few presets, which give you an OK idea of what this plugin can do, but I've never used any of them. The best sounds are made by starting from scratch and tweaking for each song!
Customer Support: It's freeware, so don't expect a call center. On the flip side, I can't think of any reason you'd need it.

Stability: Use it regularly in ableton live with various buffer sizes. It never causes issues, and has a very low CPU hit.

If you like the sound of old electronic albums, with warbling loops and bending pads, or just want a little bit of vintage widening on a guitar track, snatch this thing. It's a freeware gem.

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Reviewed By Tony Ostinato
December 30, 2009

I added echolive to my already stacked up and near power limit rack of vstis that i use live on my laptop and ive been using it almost half a year thru about 100 shows now and its behaved very well, no crashes and no hiccups. i run at 64 samples latency and 48k.

getting right to the fun part the tap tempo works great. just exactly as youd expect a hardware tap tempo delay to work and i found it pretty easy to match up to a live drummer. in fact the first time i used it live it lined up great and was quite fun.

it reminds me a lot of my old echoplex and behaves in somewhat the same way with a fairly similar sound.

gui isnt exactly sexy but i do like the blacklight green on a dark stage, that looks nice. controls are laid out fine and its easy to program what you want.

feedback knob might be a little touchy at the point of overload, seems like its goes overloading way too fast when you move the knob one pixel and it would be nice to have a smoother transition here for bringing things to overload and then back again subtly. still others might like it just fine how it is now.

but really i grabbed it because of the tap tempo function and i did not think it would be as nicely done as it is, very impressive.Read Review

Reviewed By FrankOtheMountaiN
October 3, 2009

This is a great sounding virtual echoplex. Closest thing to an analog tape delay that I have found. Been happily using it for years. Sometimes the best plugins are free. A must for your arsenal! The de-generation sound is unique and convincing. Being able to control runaway precisely is a beautiful thing. You can slam the feedback/runaway on this thing and it sounds interesting and full. Not digital sounding at all. Warm!!

This is a great sounding virtual echoplex. Closest thing to an analog tape delay that I have found. Been happily using it for years. Sometimes the best plugins are free. A must for your arsenal! The de-generation sound is unique and convincing. Being able to control runaway precisely is a beautiful thing. You can slam the feedback/runaway on this thing and it sounds interesting and full. Not digital sounding at all. Warm!!

This is a great sounding virtual echoplex. Closest thing to an analog tape delay that I have found. Been happily using it for years. Sometimes the best plugins are free. A must for your arsenal! The de-generation sound is unique and convincing. Being able to control runaway precisely is a beautiful thing. You can slam the feedback/runaway on this thing and it sounds interesting and full. Not digital sounding at all. Warm!!Read Review

Reviewed By bduffy
February 5, 2007

Oh my God, what's wrong with me? I haven't reviewed my #1 favourite delay! Right then, here we go:

I first stumbled upon Bionic Delay when I was frantically searching for a solid tape delay to get a Pink Floyd/Animals-style effect for a song. The interface is tremendously bright, and although I like the big sliders for the feedback and effect level, the controls on the bottom are a serious setback. They're simply too small and it's very hard to dial in just a little bit of modulation or flutter, but with trial and error you can get more subtle effects (I guess the developer wasn't shooting for that!)

Now I understand the main purpose behind Bionic Delay is to get that dub sound, and that it does extraordinarily well. But I've found this to be a superior day-to-day delay, with a thick sound that manages to "stick" to your material better than most VST delays, most of which I find too soft or downright nutty to use. There's something about Bionic Deay; it just works like some cherished vintage outboard gear, and I find myself reaching for Bionic time and time again, over high-end payware delays quite often!

It is very simple to use, and it isn't really necessary to consult a manual for this one. It is very limited in the times it can do, though, restricted to tempo-synced notes and percentages in between. That's generally fine by me - I usually use tempo-synced delays anyway, but it would be nice to have more control over the times. I find this puppy has a sweet spot between 30% and 60% feedback, where it sounds best and doesn't overload. Then, if you want the dub feedback, it does this very well after 60%, and really has a nice degradation of the delay line. WARNING: it gets out of hand quick, and some solid limiting is required if you want an infinite repeat without squealing at -0db.

The presets included are excellent, very useful, give a good idea of its capabilities and come in "insert" and "send" flavours.

Another helpful element is the include low and high pass filters. As you may know, as secret to getting a delay to sit well in a mix is cutting some frequencies so it doesn't bunch up in the mix, and Bionic Delay starts up with a (unknown) percentage of EQ knocked off the bottom and top, and I find this setting is usually just right already, but you have full control here and you don't need to insert an EQ after this puppy.

The CPU could be a bit better. This is an old Synth Edit plugin, and it shows. A few of these in your project, and the CPU meter will be significantly raised, and I find Cubase gets a little choppy when I'm running many of them. But it's not bad enough to worry about, it's worth it.

Because of its great sound, and despite any shortcomings, this delay is literally on every song on my album and will be used into the future, unless I find something very similar, with better modulation, controls and lighter CPU. Until then, I urge everyone to check out Bionic Delay. Truly a classic VST effect.Read Review

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January 5, 2006

I can't believe that nobody has ever reviewed this! This is simply an amazing delay box. For anybody not using Logic but making dance music - you should have this plugin. Its very easy to work with, and its definatly one of the best sounding delays in terms of its filters and its special magic as the signal decays. Features wise it has everything you might want, although tempo/time controls would have been a nice addition, as it stands you can only delay by the four set note timings and you can choose between normal notes, or their appropriate diminished and extended versions - just would be nice to delay by say 8bars. It does automate wonderfully though, and that is proberbly the most important thing about it, I'm sure that anybody reading this will understand why... I don't rate the presets, but then thats my opinion so don't take it to heart. Its so easy t work with thought that I'm sure you'll make your own sounds with it anyway.
Customer support, I'm not sure, but they still develop their plugs so I'm sure they'd be helpful. VFM? Its free, how much cheaper do you want it?

Only issues I have is that firstly it really could do with a KILL button, as it tends to slowly creep up in volume if you have been using it, then go to a section of the project where the feedback on the plugin is higher than about halfway, although it can be shut-up with either the power button in the host or a track mute. Also the feedback control doesn't work as it should, it seems to be set to either 'short' or 'infinity' although it should be a sliding scale...

Putting them aside though (and they don't really hinder its performance) it is a great plug. If you want to have perfectly timed tempo delays that are serval bars long, or have precise control over when the delay ends this is proberbly not for you, but if you want a booming, evolving filtered delay that goes on forever with amazing morphing capabilities then it is. You choose...Read Review

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