This is a very expensive effects unit. I assume that if you're reading this review you've already accepted that if you want this plugin, it's going to cost you. There are cheaper delay/reverb combinations available on the market. I cannot answer whether or not this plugin will be worth it for you specifically. That's completely up to your own finances and production needs. What I will say is that this plugin sounds really, really good.
It has most of the things I want in a "spatial" type effects send chain. A distortion (or "grit") section, delay, and reverb (in this case, a very spaced out "plate-ish" sounding verb). Every one of these sections sounds excellent. The character you get from the amplifier section serves to both liven up the reverb while also allowing it to blend into the song, almost paradoxically. This effect, which I like to call "push/pull" inside my head, is a sign of a good saturation. The reverb I think I read somewhere is based on a Lexicon? I have no idea about that but I know it sounds excellent and gives a sense of space without necessarily making it sound like you're in a distinct room. It just gives the sound a generally lush spacey vibe that sounds awesome.
I do wish there were more filtering options but as I use this on sends almost exclusively, it's not a problem to do some filtering before the plugin when it's needed. It also really needs sync and pre-delay in the version publicly released as of this review time, but those issues are solved in a version that is coming out in a few days.
All in all the plugin is very simple. There are not too many moving parts or things you need to think about. Despite its simplicity, what it does, it does with extremely high quality. If that's what you're looking for, and the price doesn't make you flinch, then you should try out the demo of Lunar Lander.
I've been using Lunar Lander for a few days. Using Logic Pro X exclusively. Activating the demo wasn't as straightforward as I thought it would be, however. When I first instantiated it in LPX, there were no popups requesting activation. I didn't see the activation option show up until I launched it in HostingAU. After that, it worked fine in Logic.
I'm a big fan of character plugins with a simple, yet effective parameter set, and Lunar Lander doesn't disappoint in that regard. It has 3 clearly-defined sections: Analog Delay, Plate Reverb, and Input/Output gain (with selectable saturation circuitry).
The unit as a whole has a very rich sound, which can be dialed back with wet/dry controls in both the Delay and Reverb sections.
Pros: -The aforementioned rich sound. It's hard to get a bad sound out of it regardless of what is fed into it. -Intuitive controls and nothing wasted in the GUI. -Ducking control, which is crucial for deep-sounding effects like this, as clears a lot of space to allow the original signal to breathe.
Cons: -Would've appreciated some resonant filters on the low and high end similar to PSP Echo. It allows for quick and extreme dub feedback on both ends of the sonic spectrum -No ability to synch the delay with the host tempo. It offers a tap, but it can drift out of sync quite quickly. It lends itself to a more old-school workflow, which is probably what they were aiming for. :) -Relatively high price.
I want to expand a bit on the price concern. Though this is an excellent-sounding effect, I've been using plugins for 20 years now and have amassed an embarrassing number of others that can compete quite nicely with Lunar Lander. Perhaps if I were starting out and didn't have any other plugins I might pay $149 for Lunar Lander. But I'm in the former camp, and as result I can't justify that high price.
Loving this plugin already very much. The combination from Delay Saturation & Plate is very unique and not seen in many other Effects. The sound quality is very professional with same as using the plugin is easy and a very good experience. I used it on the Melody parts of my Trap Beats and it gave instant gratification for me, from totally spaced out to more subtle settings, I did find good use and lots of pleasure using this great plugin. Can only recommend it.
Wow I am loving this thing the more I use it... There's very little reason to NOT throw this on tracks just for the great tube saturation but the reverb is just on a whole other level. I've been pitting this plugin against my usual contenders for 80s-style spatial FX and I can't deny how much depth this plug gives and how easily. It's a bit pricey, but considering the low-CPU and zero latency, it's definitely going to be used all over my projects whenever I need instant space and fatness.
I'm really impressed with this plugin. The sound and feel is exceptionally organic and exciting. Putting the plugin on dry synth presets, piano, guitar (or anything else) makes it sound so much better.
The plugin including three units, analog delay, plate reverb and saturation (summing amp). You can switch the order of the delay and reverb modules. This is really useful feature and can be used to get some pulsing reverbs. Few things to note about the delay are that it emulates a BBD (bucket bridge delay), it has feedback dial and modulation. Some creative sounds can be achieved when pushing the regen (feedback) above 8 and wet signal. You will get a self oscillation which sounds very musical to my ears. (but watch out for too much feedback).
The reverb sounds lush and very smooth. You have three sizes of plate reverb emulating Lexicon plate reverb. make sure to set the input/output gain when setting the reverb dry/wet so the signal is not lost in the verb.
The saturation module is also very musical and can add grit and organic feel to the whole sound with or without the delay and reverb.
You can download the free demo for 20 days of fully functional plugin.