Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

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addi
KVRer
3 posts since 30 Mar, 2018

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:33 am

Greetings KVR family,

With so many viable options out there, I'm curious to know what your guys feedback on the best sounding and most authentic "reggae dub" style tube delay and spring reverb VST plugins?

As for hardware units, my understanding is the Roland RE-20 is the defacto dub delay unit used back in the golden days. Can anyone confirm this? If true, which VST plugin best emulates this sound? The Audio-Thing Space Echo VST plugin comes pretty close aesthetically.

Anyways, would love to hear your feedback, thanks!

neverbeeninariot
KVRist
84 posts since 3 Feb, 2015 from UK

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:45 am

Spring Reverb - Check out u-he's new Twangstrom spring verb, it's very tasty. There's also PSP Springbox, and Aegean does one called Spirit Reverb which is nae bad.

Delay - there are many (not sure about tubed versions...). Analogic Delay by Interrupter (32 bit only emulation of Logic's delay), it has a real nice vibe, also u-he (again) ColourCopy is a really really cool, as is TAL-Dub-X (there are free early versions of this too).

AudioThing's OuterSpace, tape delay and reverb combined, and reasonably close to those Roland units.

SoundPorn
KVRist
319 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:55 am

Softube Time and Tone series has both a tube delay and a spring verb

Funkybot's Evil Twin
KVRAF
5874 posts since 16 Aug, 2006

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:01 am

addi wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:33 am
Roland RE-201
FTFY

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KVRAF
5874 posts since 16 Aug, 2006

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:03 am

neverbeeninariot wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:45 am
Spring Reverb - Check out u-he's new Twangstrom spring verb, it's very tasty. There's also PSP Springbox, and Aegean does one called Spirit Reverb which is nae bad.

Delay - there are many (not sure about tubed versions...). Analogic Delay by Interrupter (32 bit only emulation of Logic's delay), it has a real nice vibe, also u-he (again) ColourCopy is a really really cool, as is TAL-Dub-X (there are free early versions of this too).

AudioThing's OuterSpace, tape delay and reverb combined, and reasonably close to those Roland units.
There's also Mod Machine's "Modnetic" which is another take on the RE-201.

mjudge55
KVRist
113 posts since 8 Sep, 2005 from Seattle

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:06 am

RE-20 is a modern digital pedal emulating the original Roland RE-201 tape delay. For vst I have and enjoy Surreal Machines Modnetic, which is modeled after the RE-501 successor to the RE-201 that also included chorus and reverb. Modnetic also includes a phaser and impulse responses for the RE-501 reverb and other spring and non-spring reverbs, and they sound great to me -- good one stop for dub, among other fantastic plugs like those mentioned above.

One thing about the RE-201 is it was mono, and Modnetic's stereo options are limited (though not absent) so I also like Valhalla's Ubermod for stereo control plus vintage-y vibes -- although it's capable of so much more.

Finally, NI's Replika XT has tape and analog settings that can definitely do dub, with lots of stereo control. No spring 'verb there though.

funky lime
KVRian
1224 posts since 17 Sep, 2002

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:29 am

You ask for tube delay but reference a tape delay. :)

Anyway, for those dirty, runaway feedback delay things, my goto is ArcDev ET-301. I think it's "inspired by" (as in, not a strict emulation of) some hardware unit, but I'm not sure which.

NastyDLA is highly regarded as well.

GSi made a Space Echo clone too.

Full Bucket Brigade is nice for dirty analog style delay as well.

Not sure about spring verbs as I don't really use them, but you might try certain guitar amp sims. I know of at least one Fender amp that had spring verb built in.

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The Noodlist
KVRist
476 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:39 am

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Hardware emulation list. I don't really need anymore effects, I need to learn how to use those I already have.

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sqigls
KVRAF
3485 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:40 am

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Tappistry
KVRian
1093 posts since 3 Aug, 2017 from San Diego, CA

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:54 pm

Audiothing Outer Space is what you're looking for.

It's a fantastic RE-20/RE-201 emulation. This demo video demonstrates (briefly) usage on a reggae drum loop around 1:20.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv5Up5LLxMI

There was an older video on YouTube that spent a lot more time on a Reggae style vocal with the plugin, but I can't seem to find it.

Halonmusic
KVRAF
1804 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:28 am

funky lime wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:29 am
You ask for tube delay but reference a tape delay. :)

Anyway, for those dirty, runaway feedback delay things, my goto is ArcDev ET-301. I think it's "inspired by" (as in, not a strict emulation of) some hardware unit, but I'm not sure which.

NastyDLA is highly regarded as well.

GSi made a Space Echo clone too.

Full Bucket Brigade is nice for dirty analog style delay as well.

Not sure about spring verbs as I don't really use them, but you might try certain guitar amp sims. I know of at least one Fender amp that had spring verb built in.
This. :phones:

dionenoid
KVRer
5 posts since 3 Jan, 2019

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:56 am

Audio Damage Dubstation 2 is also very nice

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The Noodlist
KVRist
476 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:33 pm

Hardware emulation list. I don't really need anymore effects, I need to learn how to use those I already have.

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Tappistry
KVRian
1093 posts since 3 Aug, 2017 from San Diego, CA

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:54 pm

Aha, found the Outer Space demo video I was looking for

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA9la61vOVs

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Tappistry
KVRian
1093 posts since 3 Aug, 2017 from San Diego, CA

Re: Best & Most Authentic Reggae Dub Delay and Reverb Plugins

Post Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:59 pm


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