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MSpectralDelay is a unique creative delay plugin, which works in the spectral domainand lets you perform various transformations on the delayed signal - from changing pitch to arbitrarily transforming individual frequencies. It's complex, but it is still easy-to-use for the beginners.

20 delay plugins in one

MSpectralDelay is extremely powerful, therefore also complex. So we have exploited its features and created 20 active presets on the easy screen, each as versatile as a dedicated plugin. These make using the plugin easy even for complete beginners.

The power of spectral processing

Traditional delay plugins feature a simple feedback delay, which produces identical copies of the original signal, sometimes with a possibility of filtering, distortion or other basic effects. MSpectralDelay lets you transform individual frequencies. First it lets you control the delay time, feedback, panorama and level (EQ) for each frequency. MSpectralDelay also provides complex spectral transformations - pitch, frequency shift, formants, plus an actual frequency to frequency transformation and level to level transformation.

MeldaProduction goodies

Isn't transforming pitch, formants, levels and more advanced stuff enough to satisfy your creative needs? It wouldn't be a Melda plugin without the signature modulators, multiparameters, channel modes, A-H presets, ABCD morphing and more.

Key features:

  • The most advanced user interface on the market - stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated.
  • Dual user interface, easy screen for beginners, edit screen for professionals.
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs.
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands.
  • Modulators.
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology.
  • Multiparameters.
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing...
  • Smart randomization.
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC).
  • Safety limiter.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x.
  • Synchronization to host tempo.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn.
  • 64-bit processing and an unlimited sampling rate.
  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX2 capable processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange.
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit.
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation.
  • Free-for-life updates.
User Reviews Average user rating of 3.80 from 5 reviewsAdd A Review

Reviewed By Robert Kanaan
May 24, 2018

Hello, I must say, the rating of ONE STAR pushed me to write a comment with some opinions. Actually I am a fan of good delay effects - got Echoboy, Unfiltered Audio Sandman Pro, PSP Stomp Delay, some Valhalla stuff etc - so one might say, what get another delay for? But obviously free intro offer encouraged me to install this exceptional plugin. Maybe this was a good idea to promote other commercial plugins, because compared to free Melda plugins, this one shines. I must say, I use a lot free Melda plugins (perfect stability, very usefull functions), but no one complains with free stuff, does one? Anyway, this is like space rocket against bicycle.. I love deep manipulation options, love tweeking possibilities, graphical response. Very usefull chain shines.. I love the clarity of eq-ing, The control I have over all the parameter is fantastic, intuitive, encouraging for creativity. The presets offer so different potential, that it absolutely deserves 5*. The sound obviously unquestionable. Perhaps this is not my ne go-to delay, I got accustomed with other plugs, but certainly there will be situations, where MSpectralDelay will be the obvious first choice delay. That's a 5 star plugin! Thank You Melda for the opportunity to get it free with all the benefits of professional series.

Best, Robert.

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Reviewed By connmach
May 23, 2018

A very good sounding creative machine, with a beautiful GUI which parts with the "As a company we decide what you want"-doctrine disguised with those cheap clichés in wrong contexts as "less is more". The GUI lets the user who knows what she/he wants do what is more in his or her context.

MSpectralDelay excels big time in creativity and sound.

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Reviewed By RobinWood
May 23, 2018

This was the first plugin from Meldaproduction I'm actually interested in. Their other free stuff is pretty basic "bread and butter" stuff but this seemed special.

Unfortunately MSpectralDelay is a real CPU hog. The bigger the fft size the more CPU it uses. I then experienced it needs higher fft sizes to sound good. Using some modulators in addition will result in even more CPU usage. I bet the latter can be optimized by ourself if you're into their system. I tried to dig deeper but after opening the manual I instantly closed it again.
NI Spektral Delay (which was obviously the inspiration for this plugin) was not that hungry when using similar basic settings. Another difference is the smearing of transient material. This is more prominent in the melda plugin.

Some things other users experienced as well: randomizing settings blew up my speakers, audible distortion and artefacts in the higher frequency range "like mp3 codec noise". Downloading a big installer that copies many more files and presets than needed and AV warning aren't a good thing either.
Someone wrote it runs out of sync but I couldn't reproduce this in real use scenarios. Registering at their website to get the free license is something I can understand.

A downside of the plugin is the ui and workflow (sorry I just can't get used to it, it doesn't make fun opening them) and their exaggerated marketing phrases.

IMO the problems are not acceptable from someone who "reinvented" the delay. It will not replace anything in my setup and it is not usable in production. I might use it offline for soundscapes or so. I'm sure there are users loving it, especially melda customers who are used to it. It is free but please understand that doesn't mean we can't criticize it.

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Reviewed By SparkySpark
May 23, 2018

This is the first plugin I review in years. I just felt the need to do that since it is, in my mind, such an awesome and uniquely creative product.

I am obviusly very impressed. Here are my findings:

Sound: it sounds great of course, but on top of that, it sounds so musical. I created a video (https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=138&t=505273&p=7084899#p7084899) in which one can here how well it treats a drum loop. No muddyness or harshness - it just does cool stuff whatever preset I throw at the loop, somehow separating the bass drum from the hihats and share, for instance.

UI: this is perhaps the best Melda UI I have seen. It is very clearly laid out and the graphics are super cool (think FabFilter Pro-R). It's really easy to make the plugin "your own", since it really screams at you that it wants to be experimented upon.

Versatility: is this plugin useful? Well I think that it can be used very creatively but also as a more normal delay effect, to add some surprising elements to a specific sound.

All in all, this is, to me, a clear winner and absolutely worth checking out.

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Reviewed By R0bins0n
May 18, 2018

I already have Valhalla Uber mod and Fabfilter timeless 2, and for the style of music I make they cover all bases. However, who doesn't want to take a look at a potential freebee.

I don't like the Melda's "Microsoft Excel" UI. They offer the option to tweak the colours of it, but it needs a total graphic overhaul. It's like the people at Melda think musicians working in a bank. Look at what Fabfilter did with Pro EQ2 THATS designing a UI with a view to productivity AND creativity.

I spent many years making experimental music, soundscapes and aural installation art, and can imagine that this plug in would have been a joy to use in those contexts.

My overriding feeling after playing with it for about an hour is "so what". The 2 awesome delays I already have (and Uber Mod can do much more than just delay fx) are designed with so much more thought.

There's a reason why someone made up the saying "less is more", because in some circumstances it is, and for me Mspectral Delay suffers from 'too much' that has been lazily applied. If you want to make a plug in deep, don't just throw tonnes of options onto tabbed screens. Think of ways you can achieve the same deptht via a simpler UI. Once again, as a guide, I'd say look at what fabfilter do with their plug ins .

If you want to make some FX or do experimental soundscapes, MspectralDelay might give you some joy, and as it's free for the next 10 days I would say its worth a try. But I would not recommend anyone spend cash on it until they've seriously played the hell out of the demo version. Fabfilter Timeless 2 and Valhalla uber mod are vastly better value for money (IMHO)

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