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Best Delay Plugins

In the hunt for tones, a vital role is the reverb and delay. Now some people may wonder, “What’s the difference?”.

Think of reverb as repetitions so close together that they cannot be distinguished from one another, and think of delay as repetitions that can be distinguished from one another.

So there is a big difference between the 2, and you wouldn’t want to have copious amounts of reverb when you only need one or 2 iterations of delay.

Top Delay Plugins to Consider Adding to Your DAW

What To Look For When Choosing a Pitch Shift or Detune Plugin

For the list that we put together, we went off of multiple facets. Here is what we look for in the best delay plugins and what you should keep an eye out for when doing your own research.

Pricing

Budgets are sometimes a barrier that stops engineers from getting the next level of equipment. That being said, you sometimes need to push out a larger amount of money to get the quality you are looking for. 

Compatibility – System Requirements

Generally speaking, almost every plugin out there will work with DAWs on both Windows and Mac. However, you just need to pay attention to updates and know that you are up to date yourself. 

DAW Compatibility

Just like the os requirements, you will find plugins are compatible with almost every major DAW out there. But again, make sure you are up to date and the workstation you use will work with the plugin. 

If you are looking for a new DAW or just simply curious about what else is out there, we have a lot of great insight available for you here.

Frequency of Use

No one wants to buy a plugin for a project then never use it again. So you want to see if what this plugin does will be useful on tracks down the line as well. Chances are that you might find the specific effect can be found in another plugin that features more options that will help you. 

Skill Level

Always look at tutorials and the user interface when you buy plugins. You want to feel comfortable when you pull it up in your DAW and are changing parameters to get the sound you desire. 

5 Best Delay Plugins

From here on we will be looking at our choices for the best delay plugins. They are listed with no specific

1. H-Delay – Waves

H-Delay
H-Delay – Waves

H-Delay is one of my favorite delay plugins that I have used countless times. I use it primarily on vocals but it can work on any instrument.

  • Who’s it for? Intermediate Level Engineers
  • Price: $179
  • DAW Support: All popular DAWs supported, good for Pro Tools

System Requirements: 

MacWindows
Memory8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive
Operating System10.12.6-10.15Windows 10 64 bit

2. Echoboy – Soundtoys

Echoboy
Echoboy – Soundtoys

I have had the opportunity to use this delay on a few projects and it felt like so much more than just a delay. It added character to the sound design that I did not expect and could not replicate with other delays.

  • Who’s it for? Intermediate to Experienced Engineers
  • Price: $199
  • DAW Support: All popular DAWs supported, good for FL Studio

System Requirements: 

MacWindows
Memory8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive
Operating System10.10 or laterWindows 7 or later

3. Manny Marroquin Delay – Waves

Manny Marroquin Delay
Manny Marroquin Delay – Waves

Manny Marroquin is an award-winning engineer who was able to work with waves to make a fantastic line of plugins, all of which are easy to use and understand. The sounds and tones that come from his plugins are some of my favorites.

  • Who’s it for? Intermediate Engineers
  • Price: $99
  • DAW Support: All popular DAWs supported, good for Logic

System Requirements: 

MacWindows
Memory8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive
Operating System10.12.6-10.15Windows 10 64 bit

4. DDLY Dynamic Delay – iZotope

DDLY Dynamic Delay
DDLY Dynamic Delay – iZotope

The software company iZotope has become one of my favorite plugin companies since I got out of college. The attention to detail right down to their amazing designs for the covers just blows me away. This delay is so creative in how it can be shaped to match both analog and electronic music so well.

  • Who’s it for? Experienced Engineers
  • Price: $49
  • DAW Support: All popular DAWs supported, good for Reason

System Requirements: 

MacWindows
Memory8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive8 GB RAM8 GB free disk space on the system drive
Operating System10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)10.15 (Catalina)Windows 7 – 10

5. Replika – Native Instruments

Replika
Replika – Native Instruments

Right off the bat, you see the sleek and streamlined design which sets you up to think this will be a clean and solid delay. And you thought correctly. From simple short delays to long swelling echoes you get nothing but quality from Native Instruments here.

  • Who’s it for? Intermediate to Experienced Engineers
  • Price: $49
  • DAW Support: All popular DAWs supported, good for Studio One

System Requirements: 

MacWindows
Memory4 GB RAM2 GB RAM
Operating System10.12 – LatestWindows 7, 8, 10

Delaying the Inevitable

Every single one of these delays are tried and true quality plugins that I will one day be adding to my own collection. Just remember with a little patience you can get a better deal than full price. The best quality plugins do not always have to come with the highest price. I hope all of this was helpful to you and got you connected with your next plugin purchase.

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