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Studio One: Exploring Analog Delay

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques By Robin Vincent
Published December 2020

Screen 1: A distorted slapback effect, perfect for adding thickness and grit to vocals.Screen 1: A distorted slapback effect, perfect for adding thickness and grit to vocals.

Analog Delay has been a stock Studio One plug‑in since the beginning, pumping out cool vintage echoes with its previously vanilla GUI, but with version 5 it received a bit of an interface upgrade.

It’s amazing how much difference a little ’70s reskinning can make. I swear that just giving an effect a vintage looking knob makes it sound better to me — and I’m only half joking. Analog Delay looks fantastic in its new threads and so let’s check out what it’s been hiding all this time.

Analog Delay emulates a single‑headed tape delay, and it’s that visual connection to real‑world tape delays such as the Roland Space Echo that brings it to our attention. While multi‑head tape delays bring in their own distinct sound and way of working, the advantage of only having the one head means that Analog Delay works just like any other delay you’ve ever used. It’s easy, straightforward and is going to work brilliantly in far more scenarios and still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. 

On The Menu

Let’s check out the different sections. Delay is where you set the main business of delay Time and Feedback. The Time knob can dial in a delay time of between 1 millisecond and 3 seconds. If you engage the Sync button then the time is expressed in reference to the project tempo. It can range from 1/64th note through to four notes (4/1), and has triplets and dotted notes along the...

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Published December 2020

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