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In use
The big question is, "Can't one do
everything the DDL-500 does with a
DAW plug-in... including those made by
Eventide?" The answer is, "Yes... sort of."
Yes, there are hundreds of delay plugins but the DDL-500 offers many advantages, first and foremost of which is its
utterly amazing sound. The DDL-500 is
ultra-clean and pristine, giving an exact
1:1 copy of your source if you wish, but
the analog signal path offers a similar
intangible "analog air" quality like you
get when comparing vintage hardware
to equivalent software models.
The second advantage is realtime use.
This is a delay that encourages creativity
and play like you would with a synth or guitar pedal-manipulating delay times, capturing on-the-fly loops and samples, and more.
I used it recently in a live electronica session
with live drums and a Moog Voyager synth;
it was fun and intuitive to add manipulated
delays, warped giddiness, and pull up
looped phrases. For my ambient friends, the
DDL-500 will do old school, long delay,
feedback-controlled looping! Besides that,
you'd be hard pressed to find a plug-in
delay that offers this amount of maximum
delay time, lo-fi or otherwise.
Note that this is a very modern-sounding
digital delay with a fast broad throw.
Grabbing the delay time knob and manipulating the delay in real time for syrupy, melted effects is great fun, but it's quite dissimilar
to older vintage units by DigiTech, Lexicon,
and others, where the delay can be manipulated slowly and delicately. On the DDL-500
it's more fast and furious-the sound jumps
and wobbles and bubbles... but, interestingly enough, you never get the nasty zipper
effect of an overstressed delay line!
Also note that unlike most older rackmount delays, the DDL-500 lacks its own
modulation section. However, as
described above, it's easy to add an
external LFO from an CV-equipped synth
or effects processor.
Conclusions
The only sobering downside to this
box is the price. At $900 street, this is
not a cheap stompbox that you can pick
up for spare change; it is a serious studio tool made by one of the world's
greatest effects companies.
Having said that, the DDL-500 is a
fantastic performance-based piece that
can add a great special spice to any
standard studio setup. You could also
take it with you in a lunchbox enclosure
for live use. It sounds great and does
things that few hardware or software
delays on the market do any more, all
with a sound that is second to none.
Price: $899
More from: Eventide, www.eventide.com
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