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Timeless 3

Delay / Echo Plugin by FabFilter

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Timeless 3 by FabFilter is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a CLAP Plugin.
32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista
64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista (x64)
VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
macOS 10.12 or higher (64-bit only)
AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
Intel or Apple Silicon processor
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FabFilter Timeless 3 is a versatile, vintage-sounding tape delay, which will fully satisfy your everyday delay needs. And with its unique effects, filters, tap patterns, and unlimited modulation options, you can just as easily turn it into the ultimate sound-mangling machine.

Vintage filter and creative effects

The stereo delay signal is routed through five unique effects and up to six analog-sounding filters and then routed back to the input with adjustable feedback. Easily program your own delays using the well-laid-out controls and interactive delay and filter displays.

Easy drag-and-drop modulation

Easily setup ducking, wow and flutter, dynamic diffusion, or more creative effects, using Timeless's unique and versatile modulation system. Creating new modulation connections could not be easier: just drag and drop.

FabFilter goodies

Finally, you get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, extensive help with interactive help hints, CPU optimization, and much more.

Key Features:

  • Improved - Fully redesigned, highly simplified interface, with an easy workflow and new modulation engine.
  • New - Optional Drive, Lo-Fi, Diffuse, Dynamics, and Pitch effects to creatively color the feedbacked delay sound.
  • Analog tape delay or smooth time-stretching behavior when changing the delay time.
  • New - Up to 6 filters, which can be either the original, vintage LP/HP/BP filters or Bell/Shelving/Notch EQ filters.
  • New - Create rhythmic patterns using up to 16 delay taps, which can be controlled and modulated individually.
  • Improved - Improved the sound quality of overall feedback, the filters, and internal saturation.
  • Improved - Feedback and cross-feedback, and modulatable freeze option.
  • Mid/side processing.
  • New - Ping-pong modes.
  • New - Live modulation visualization for targets and sources.
  • Improved - Carefully designed and curated factory presets, plus support for earlier Timeless presets.
  • Improved - Interactive delay and filter displays.
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration.
  • Improved - Various interface sizes and Full-Screen mode.
  • New - Curve control in EGs and transient detection in EFs.
  • Easy drag-and-drop modulation with a 50-slot modulation matrix.
  • New - Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.
  • Interactive MIDI Learn.
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints.
  • Unique per-component presets for modulation sources and tap patterns.
  • Improved - Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers.
  • envelope generators, envelope followers, and MIDI sources you will ever need.
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation.
  • Undo, redo, and A/B switch features.

Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native, and AudioSuite formats.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.50 from 2 reviews
Timeless 3

Reviewed By zisser [all]
May 12th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

FabFilter - TimeLess 3 Review and Demo - vintage-sounding tape delay, reverb and echo.

This is another great plugin by FabFilter and it sounds great. The effects are great and the modulation options are the best part. really enjoying creating new soundscapes with few clicks. If you did deep and start modulate the filter and pitch you can get some creative sounds and that's the magic.


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Timeless 3

Reviewed By vata44 [all]
February 3rd, 2011
Version reviewed: latest on Windows

I am shocked beyond belief this plugin does not have a review yet. This has to be one of the most dynamic and capable delay plugins out there. However, because of it's depth and modulation capabilities I find it a bit overwhelming myself at times and often reach for simpler, straight forward bread and butter delays.

Like I have already mentioned, my only qualm with this plugin is the fact that it is so deep, I feel like because of it's depth I am often lured off into new directions, rarely ending up with something as basic as I desired.

Presets: Okay, I am a preset lover cause I love saving time and getting a quick, close approximation of what I am looking for, however I feel the presets in this Delay are good if not great, but I am ANNOYED how the presets upon initially opening this thing are so wildly out of this world and complicated. I wish they would have started with the basic stuff first and then build the complexity up over time/while searching through them.

All in all, I really think this could nearly be your be all, end all delay unit if you take the time to really understand it.

I believe that all FabFilter plugins are an amazing value... this is no exception.

My last and major gripe is CPU usage. At about 5%-7% CPU use on a Core 2 Duo 2ghz machine, it really takes a bite out of creativity as the song/project progresses. I imagine the new i7 wouldn't notice it, but currently I consider that quite high.
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Comments & Discussion for FabFilter Timeless 3

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31 July 2014 at 6:57am

agree with everything the above reviewer says except now the CPU usage is more than reasonable. look forward to learning a bit about it..

Im a sucker for plugin dials and switches that operate smoothly & the sound is insane.

surprised there arent producers or deejays out there creating third-party banks and patches.


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