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ValhallaÜberMod by Valhalla DSP is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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ValhallaÜberMod is a unique multitap delay and modulation plug-in. With up to 32 modulated delay taps, extensive diffusion and overdrive sections, and parallel slow and vibrato LFOs, ÜberMod can be used to create lush dimensional choruses, classic string ensembles, tape and BBD echoes, non-linear and reverse reverbs, and a bunch of sounds that defy categorization.

Feature List:

  • True stereo signal path, for maintaining the spatial image of stereo inputs. Mono/stereo inputs, stereo outputs.
  • Delay times that can be synced to tempo, to create modulated delays and non-linear reverbs at specific beat rates.
  • Unique WIDTH control, that varies the spatial image from mono to stereo to "super-stereo".
  • Separate parameters for the detune and vibrato oscillators, to have high level control of up to 32 independent LFOs.
  • OverMod control, to turn up modulation depth beyond the bounds of sanity.
  • A high level DEPTH parameter, for quick adjustments to the overall chorus modulation amount.
  • A large number of chorus tap modes (2/4/6/8/16/32 Taps, Dual Ensemble, 16Phase) for dialling in specific chorus, ensemble, and non-linear reverb sounds.
  • Diffusion section (with adjustable amount, size, mod width and mod depth) for creating delays that smear over time, diffusion choruses, and modulated reverbs.
  • Drive section (with pre-gain, post-gain, and noise gain) for emulating tape saturation & analog delays.
  • Taps menu, for adjusting the spacing, slope, left/right skew, and randomization of the output taps.
  • A simple yet powerful EQ section, for rolling off the high and low frequencies, and switching between bright and dark color modes.
  • SPEED control, to double the delay time and drop the pitch of the signal within the delay buffers.
  • All parameter changes are smoothed to avoid clicks, and to generate tape echo-esque effects. The smoothing time can be adjusted to create a variety of swishing, whooshing boing sounds.
  • Resizeable GUI influenced by NASA Human Interface specifications & Swiss School of graphic design. Minimalist GUI, Maximalist Sound.
  • High level controls have dedicated sliders, while the "tweakier" controls are selected via their own panels.
  • Cross platform/DAW preset mechanism, that allows presets to be easily exchanged with other ÜberMod users via text based copy and paste.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Quietinthedark [all]
April 1st, 2013
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

The full feature list on the first tab is very informative so I can't add much to that. It delivers those features as promised.

A couple reasons for a very high rating:

One, don't be fooled by the simple looking interface. This is an extremely deep plugin. The description as a chorus/delay/reverb/ensemble is no exaggeration. Each of the 6 pages has a few knobs and each could lead you down a different experimental or tweaking perfection path.

But don't despair. The tooltips that pop up at the bottom of the plugin are helpful. Even having a good understanding of modulation and delay, this plugin took me a half-hour to fully grasp and would have taken much longer without the tooltips.

With every parameter aimed at the above functions, my impression is that the author intended to do that, but turn it up to 11. This can go from very subtle to ridiculous (in playing with it I made a whole soundscape from the sound of my guitar switch being turned on). Putting wetness to a lower percent I was enjoying having random sounding pitch trails floating around the source like a drunken choir.

Last, the promised 'parameter smoothing.' I frankly am not sure what is under the hood in terms of coding for this but the effect is noticeable. Routing this to my DAW controller and/or automating it thru the DAW, I could produce very smooth sounding pitch bends a la a tape cassette slowing down. Not that I ever had noticeable clicks with other delay plugs, but there was something a little more 'realistic' to the operation here - I think correctly described as smooth.

After installing this, I removed several other plugins from different categories.

- Quiet in the Dark AKA Scott Sinner.

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