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Valhalla Delay is creating some unique sound-design effects for me - what plugins do you use to creatively morph sounds?

ManicMiner

in the Skylab landing bay
I am demoing Valhalla Delay right now and impressed by it.
Not just the delays but the way it can transform, for example, a piano sound into a pad.

Are there any plugins you use to creatively make new sounds from existing ones?
Pads and ambiance interest me , but other sound design too.
 

AdamKmusic

Active Member
Basically almost exclusively soundtoys at this point (crystalizer / echo boy) but with some valhalla shimmer. I would recommend checking out a company called puremagnetik who do some cool sound design plugins too!
 
Basically almost exclusively soundtoys at this point (crystalizer / echo boy) but with some valhalla shimmer. I would recommend checking out a company called puremagnetik who do some cool sound design plugins too!
Can't go wrong with Soundtoys, but, fyi, Valhalla Delay is less expensive and can do some of what both of those 2 plugins do as well as other things/better (but of course Soundtoys does some things better, too!). So far, I'd put Valhalla Delay at the very top of the Top Effects Plugins of 2019. Given the price/performance ratio, I'd also add it near the top of the Top Effects Plugins of All Time. Pretty much, everyone should own it and have it in their toolbox.

I'd say one of the top things it's lacking is controllable taps (4 is good, but more is better) and ducking. However, to date, those are left out to maintain simplicity and usability. I'm OK with that, but it does mean, to me, that I need a reverb with those features (which is why I have Replika XT, but Soundtoys can do quite a bit when you tinker in the advanced panels).

I have been using Valhalla Delay with Ghost and Reverse mode - very nice effects are possible. Different from Blackhole/Shimmer. More like a blend between those and Crystallizer, among other things.
 

KarlHeinz

Senior Member
I am definitely no expert when it comes to reverb/delay cause I really have difficulties to think in "rooms" or even worse "times" for reverb/delays so that I really depend on something with "imaginable" presets. Just latley I found MY definite Reverb: Comet. As it is not so common and relatively new so far here is the link:


These presets just "talk" to me and I can imagine what I will get and try them out. The categories are enough for me and the presets just great for evrything. When I bought comet I was mainly thinking about adding that "something" to the mix/master or maybe the pad/athmo but now I realized how great some sounds are for bass or drums.

And, what leads to the topic, "creatively morph sounds", you can even morph between 5 presets but I must say I have not really mastered this so far. Great support I have to complete. I dont know if it really can compete with the Valhalla stuff which really seems to be standard but its the first reverb I "UNDERSTAND" (at least the preset part :) )
 
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ManicMiner

ManicMiner

in the Skylab landing bay
Thanks for the feedback so far, - I am checking out whats been mentioned and looking at demo videos.
I was excited to look at MMorph by Melda, - such a good idea of combining two audio sources and mixing them creatively into new audio.
The concept excited me, but the demo video deflated me.
Zynaptiq is another one.
I might also check out PaulXStretch, looks interesting.
 

Living Fossil

Senior Member
Thanks for the feedback so far, - I am checking out whats been mentioned and looking at demo videos.
I was excited to look at MMorph by Melda, - such a good idea of combining two audio sources and mixing them creatively into new audio.
The concept excited me, but the demo video deflated me.
I guess you're mixing up two things. "Morphing" like with a long delay that softens signals until they are pads is one thing.
MMorph does a completely other thing. It combines the spectral content of two signals.
I own MMorph and find very few use for it. In order to really work, spectral morphings had to be much more complex and take e.g. into account interfering vibratos in the sources.

When it comes to delays that make really magic "living" pads out of signals, i love u-He's Carbon Copy Cloner. However, since you have Valhalla Delay, you may have covered that area.
 

Patrick de Caumette

Senior Member
Just got this.It seems that it is generating a bit of a noise floor, even when no audio is going through it.
Depending on presets it can actually get pretty strong.
Any thoughts on that?
 

Hadrondrift

New Member
it is generating a bit of a noise floor
Yep, that is by design and depends on the "Age" setting. Try an "Age" setting of 0% for minimal/no noise. A bit of noise is needed for a nice self oscillation. Here the statement of the developer:
S. Costello: A brief explanation of the noise floor: Valhalla Delay was designed to have analog-style behavior. That means, when the feedback is above 100%, the plugin will eventually self-oscillate. In order to have that self oscillation sound decent, there has to be noise in there.
(source)
 

S.M Hassani

CodeUltra Sounds
Got this from S.C yesterday:

New in Valhalla Delay 1.1.2:
  • Lower noise floor with feedback values <100%.
  • Fixed bug where some PT users would experience AAE 9173 error when adding the plugin to a project with the transport running.
 

kgdrum

Senior Member
Zynaptiq Adaptiverb is really an amazing tool for these kind of things.Although it's not a budget plugin Zynaptiq usually has sales around BF or the holidays.





 
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CGR

Pianist, Composer & Arranger
I second the suggestions above of Eventide's Blackhole and the unique (and very well priced) sound-morphing plugins by Puremagnetik. Also, the Dmitry Sches (DS-Audio) Tantra plugin never fails to inspire me by transforming sounds.
 
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