Valhalla DSP Intros ValhallaDelay

Valhalla DSP has introduced ValhallaDelay, their take on classic and modern delay and echo units.

They say that “ValhallaDelay offers the classics, and expands them into new dimensions, with the unique Ratio and Quad delay styles, the Ghost mode (which adds frequency shifting), and a powerful diffusion section that can create anything from smeared echoes to ethereal reverbs.”

ValhallaDelay has seven different delay Modes:

  • Tape: Modeled after vintage tape echoes, with all the features and quirks that were loved in the old hardware.
  • HiFi: A higher fidelity tape echo, where the ability to precisely sculpt the sound is in your hands. .
  • BBD: A dark, low fidelity bucket brigade delay model.
  • Digital: A cleaner, higher bandwidth delay, with the ability to dial in digital dirt.
  • Ghost: A Valhalla DSP original! Combines the tape model from the HiFi mode with frequency shifting and a unique diffusion algorithm, for sounds that will split your skull in two.
  • Pitch: A digital delay with added pitch shifting. Perfect for micro-shifting vocals, adding harmonies to synths, creating vast shimmering soundscapes, or shrieking sounds that forever spiral upwards or downwards.
  • RevPitch: Reverse pitch shifting! Everything that goes in, comes out reversed.

Five tape Styles, for controlling the number of delay voices:

  • Single: Same delay length & modulation for left and right channels.
  • Dual: Independent delay lengths for left and right channels.
  • Ratio: The right channel is set to a ratio of the left channel, and the feedback of left and right channels is mixed. Perfect for sounds that slowly transition from delay to reverb-esque.
  • PingPong: A delay that bounces between the left and right channels, with the ability to set the left and right delays independently.
  • Quad: Models the multi-head tape echoes of the 1960s and 1970s, with up to 4 delay taps on tap.

Other features:

  • Delay lengths ranging from 0 msec to 20 seconds. Dial in choruses and flangers, slapback echoes, longer delays, or long Frippertronic loops.
  • Sync the delay to the beat, with straight/dotted/triplet options. Or, control the length via milliseconds.
  • Age control, for adjusting the artifacts of the delay mode. Clean and shiny, old and dusty, or anywhere in between.
  • Powerful Diffusion section, that can be used to smooth out the attacks of delays, or can be an amazingly smooth and lush reverb in its own right. Up to 20 seconds of diffusion time possible.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

ValhallaDelay is available now for US $50

16 thoughts on “Valhalla DSP Intros ValhallaDelay

  1. Valhalla DSP has been consistently impressive in the quality of plugins they deliver at unbeatable prices As a “hardware” guy…. whatever that is… it isn’t of any real importance…Valhalla DSP has always been an affordable must buy that hasn’t ever disappointed.

    I love the FX on my Eventide Eclipse…Valhalla hasn’t only filled the gaps… its created spaces…worlds.
    I am grateful for the quality and quantity that Valhalla DSP Delivers.

    I look forward to digging into this delay.

  2. I’m glad the shimmer-sounding launch video from a while back was just a hint of what the full thing is capable of.

    The demo is a lot of fun to play with, and inspiring too. I’ll definitely be buying in the future.

  3. I have given it a test spin. The only algorithm I looked at was the pitch shifting one; this is a very classic sounding glitchy pitch shifter akin to the old H910 they used in Star Wars, on Moroder’s records (a H910 is all over the soundtrack to “Midnight Express”), or Berlin-era David Bowie. This is a chromatic, not diatonic shifter, so unless it’s being used only on drums, expect things to quickly become an atonal mess — useful mainly in places where a lot of tension needs to be build up.

  4. I’am a Valhalla shimmer user, and when I bought it i found it so good that I wanted to use it live, unfortunately I don’t want to bring computer on stage so I bought an Eventide H9, which is good imho but not as good as Valhalla plugin, please Valhalla dev make a patnership with eventide to bring your algos to their boxes, also by judging delay’s sound examples, i’ll be buying this for sure

    1. They Tiptop Audio makes a eurorack module called Z-DSp – It has several “plug-in” cards available and some are from Valhalla, including shimmer. Maybe you could grab that if you have the $$ and use that live? Would offer more teakability as well I’d think.

    2. It’s actually possible to use some Valhalla algorithms without a computer, via the Tiptop Audio Z-Dsp Eurorack unit with Sean’s “Halls of Valhalla” cartridge and/or Z-Dsp Shimmer cartridge. A eurorack and the Z-DSP is needed.

      That said, I would love for there to be a DAW-free ValhallaDSP unit out there. My current workaround is to use a tiny GPD Pocket 7 computer on top of an audio interface (the Roland Rubix 2×4 one) used as a dedicated Valhalla audio effects unit.

  5. i’m a simple guy. If it’s not analogue I WONT use it! Getting kind of sick of all this new VA stuff coming out these days

    1. I had a similar opinion. However, whe Arturia rebased thier recent Synclavier and Fairlight updates, I bought the V Collection which included them for less money than buying only the two. Since I had access to a bunch of other soft-synths I tied them out. The Matrix 12 and CS80 sound very, very good. And TBH, the Novation Supernova is as much my favorite VA, as my Moog’s are my favorite real analog. Waldorf micro-Q is awesome too!

      It’s all just sound, music, noise, opinion, talent, skill, luck, stupidity, brilliance, and Just-Hard-Work(tm) to create something you’re proud of. Why make it out to be anything else?

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