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Exploring Bitwig Studio 3.4.3's New Delay+ Device

Tutorial | May 11, 2022

In this video, I show off the new Delay+ device in Bitwig Studio 3.4.## I demonstrate how it behaves like a tape echo or delay plug in, and show off its features, like ducking, repitching, cross-feed modulation, and diffusion networks. I also show how it can be used for sound design, and give some ideas on how to use it.

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Questions & Answers

Maybe you dont watch the video, here are some important takeaways:

What is the Delay+ device?

The Delay+ device is a delay and reverb plug-in for Bitwig Studio 3.4.3, released yesterday. It allows you to create synchronized delays, feedback, ducking, pitch shifting, cross-feedback, and more.

How can I use the Delay+ device for sound design?

The Delay+ device can be used for sound design by layering effects like filters, pitch shifters, distortion, convolution, and more. You can also modulate the delay times and mix knob to create unique atmospheres and sounds.

How does the ducking feature work?

The ducking feature on the Delay+ device reduces the mix knob every time an input signal is sent into the delay plug-in. This allows you to hear the dry signal and then the wet signal once the dry signal has ended.

How does the fade setting work?

The fade setting on the Delay+ device creates multiple instances of the delay plug-in and fades between them when changes are made to the settings. This allows for pitch changes to be avoided when manipulating the


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[00:00.000] Hey folks, welcome back to another video. Today it's about the Delay+ device. Everything
[00:05.720] I know so far, Bitwig Studio 3.4.3 released yesterday, so it's probably not much, but
[00:12.800] I want to show you anyway. So if you're pulling more running with a small little sign partial,
[00:17.760] this is how it sounds dry. Just a sign, nothing special. And you have the new Delay+ here,
[00:25.160] and I go back to the default setting here. And it behaves normally like a tape echo or
[00:33.320] delay plug in, you know, from somewhere else. So we have some synchronized delay tabs here.
[00:39.560] We have a feedback setting. And if you bring up the mixer to 100%, it don't really hear
[00:59.000] the dry signal anymore. You can see here, sound is going in and then we have the delay of 16 notes.
[01:09.400] And then we hear the output. So you don't hear any input at all. But we have now here this envelope
[01:14.520] for lower called ducking. So when we bring this up every time we bring in a sound, the mix knob
[01:20.280] is dialed down. So we hear the dry signal. And then after the dry signal is ended, we bring in
[01:26.920] back the wet signal. So now you can hear here the sound going in. We bring this down.
[01:37.880] You need to wait until you hear the wet signal. So the ducking basically brings down the mix,
[01:42.840] knob, every time an input signal is going into the delay plug in. We don't need to use an
[01:56.600] sidechain modulator for that. So it's perfectly nicely integrated with this. Another difference
[02:04.040] thing is when you have the laytops running and you change the late times.
[02:20.680] Can hear there's no pitch change happening. That's because when you select delay plus and go
[02:26.520] into the inspector of the left side, you can see on changes fade and on changes 3 pitch are the
[02:32.200] these two options you can choose from. So fade is basically what we have right now. So every time
[02:38.040] a change happens, we fade between the different settings and different outcomes of these settings.
[02:45.800] When you switch the repitch, we can hear pitch changes. So
[02:52.200] it behaves kind of like a tape delay and in my head it's more like a repitch is just one.
[03:05.960] Instance of delay plus and fade creates multiple instances of delay plus in the background
[03:12.360] and fades between these different instances. So we can't hear any pitch change. So every time you
[03:20.840] make a change to the delay plus device, you recreate in the background basically a new instance
[03:26.040] with this new setting and with this new outcome and then you blend between these different instances.
[03:33.320] That's how I imagine it. I don't know if it actually works that way, but this is how I imagine it.
[03:40.200] So the fade setting is pretty nice for when you want to modulate the delay time, of course.
[03:46.600] So here's your random mod. You can change this one here and just play along and then we change
[03:56.680] here, as you can see, the delay times and we have no pitch alteration whatsoever. So it's a nice,
[04:19.080] nice rainmaker basically and maybe we also just switch between these two options here. Let's go for that.
[04:37.640] And when we change this back to the repitch, you can hear that we have basically just one
[04:48.280] tape delay and when we change the delay speed, then of course we change the pitch.
[04:58.520] That's maybe not that, not that great in all cases.
[05:03.800] We switch this to repit to fade and then and then we have the update rate and this is basically
[05:14.840] how to explain the update rate is probably that's what I imagine. How often delay plus checks
[05:22.840] when something changes in the settings here. So we have modulated here basically the delay times
[05:29.240] and it checks here in two hertz. I think this is two times per minute, but not wrong, two times per
[05:38.200] minute or second, I have no idea. If something is changed here and if something is changed,
[05:46.680] then it creates a new iteration or a new instance of the delay plug in and applies the new changes
[05:53.320] to that new device and then fades between these devices.
[06:06.760] This probably becomes also more interesting menu modulate here the manual time setting.
[06:14.280] Also we have here stereo to detune which is kind of interesting so you can
[06:19.160] apply some difference between the delay times on the left and the right channel which makes it
[06:23.640] probably super stereo here. Just two milliseconds difference between the left and the right channel.
[06:54.600] There's also free setting here so we can freeze the delay loop or the feedback loop.
[07:05.720] And we can also modulate this which is nice. We have occasionally some reasons happening here.
[07:35.720] It's beautiful, I love this device. It's probably now my favorite reverb and delay plug in
[07:56.040] or device in particular studio. It will probably replace my supermassive addiction probably.
[08:11.320] Now that we have this modulate here we have also cross feed modulation or cross feed a feedback.
[08:17.880] Which probably means that you feed the left channel into the right and the right channel goes
[08:25.880] into the left and so on. Let's look at the help here. Cross feed stereo pattern
[08:33.560] roads feedback from the left channel to the right and vice versa. Yeah you basically
[08:37.800] doesn't, you have not one channel left and right goes left and right so you basically cross
[08:43.080] feed which makes it sometimes more interesting. Okay we have also here a feedback FX box
[08:52.840] and we can put everything in there. We have available inside Bitwig Studio and this can become
[09:00.280] quite interesting when you switch it to manual times and you can create some interesting
[09:27.400] atmospheres with this or sounds even.
[09:29.640] Maybe switch this to pitch here.
[09:45.560] I haven't touched even yet the diffusion networks because diffusion
[10:05.080] morphs your delay plus or delay plug into a reverb. So we have your multiple options
[10:10.840] soft white still space and reverse like go with soft and I show you this here with the delay.
[10:21.320] We have a normal delay running and then we can use a diffusion network to bring in the fusion
[10:27.320] to the delay delay tabs. There we go for space.
[10:47.240] You can hear it's kind of a reverb now. We can blend between a delay or echo, normal echo and
[10:54.200] delay plug in to a reverb. So this is the diffusion network. I kind of like all of these
[11:06.600] settings here because soft is more like short and it's nice for maybe snare drums or shorter sounds or
[11:12.600] plug sounds. There you go to fade here again. So let's modulate all of these parameters here randomly.
[11:32.360] So we have this. We have this here let's go to ## Also modulate here the diffusion.
[11:44.040] Maybe go for white. It may be a bit here off the back. Not too much.
[11:51.160] Backing is a bit on so we can still hear the dry signal.
[11:55.240] And now we can lay on the keyboard or maybe actually make your note clip as we can see what's going on.
[12:25.240] Tiling a bit of smoothness here for the modulator so we don't have
[12:45.400] not that instant changes. So the click goes away, clicking goes away. Maybe also modulate at the freeze.
[13:15.400] Let's fit back here.
[13:25.320] I can see just with these simple modulations here of this plug in you can create so nicely. So nice white spaces.
[13:47.480] And all of these settings are changing constantly randomly and it sounds like it's almost alive.
[14:17.720] Let's bring in the pitchfdier.
[14:33.640] Oh let's switch this here to a different diffusion network. Maybe it's still reverse.
[14:37.880] Sadly you can't modulate here the network selector and only modulator the mount.
[14:51.480] Yeah it's a perfect delay for me. Perfect delay revert plug in for me.
[15:09.960] You have also on the left side your level control soft clip hard clip and compressor
[15:21.880] what output and threshold. I think this is the same as this button yeah crossfit stereo.
[15:45.000] So this is nice but you can also show you that's not interesting only for revert and delay effects you
[15:59.720] can also use this for sound designing. So I did this yesterday and I started here with some
[16:07.480] yeah just just a noise person noise going into envelope and then to the output here and then in
[16:17.000] the chain the magic happens. I have some filters here delay plus it's the first one and
[16:23.640] I have Xbox I have pitchfdier frequency shifter so you can see modulated here of course.
[16:29.080] Convolution also here it's modulated by the step mod the distortion filter texture on top so
[16:40.520] we get some metal plastic rattling on top and then I have also some convolution again another
[16:50.200] convolution plug in also modulated here the mix knob then we are using a spiff to bring out
[16:56.040] the transients in the top end again another delay plus some different settings another convolution
[17:05.800] device and then I have a extra light on multiple convolution devices in there with different
[17:14.440] different impulse responses and switch between them and at the end you're just a compressor
[17:21.560] with a band compressor and yeah this is how it sounds like
[17:27.800] so when at the stable some devices
[17:57.800] you can hear it's white noise or pink noise all the rest is coming from all these delay and
[18:18.520] convolution devices
[18:48.760] okay so it's not only for reverb it's making also nice rooms nice tonality now nice texture you can
[18:58.520] use it for sound designing that's all around useful
[19:06.360] okay so back to our initial project here so I want to give some inspiration at least with this
[19:13.480] video to show you that this is an interesting device and I love it and there will be a lot of
[19:20.680] tutorials probably in the future to describe how everything works but as of now the description
[19:28.600] here and the help menu says a lot every parameter is described pretty clearly what it does
[19:37.240] and yeah it's up to you what you do with it so yeah that's the first delay plus video on my channel
[19:45.640] I hope you liked it please if like subscribe to the channel and I see you in the next video
[19:50.200] thanks for watching and bye