Creating a Dub Style Delay

Creating Dub style effects using Waves H-Delay

Creating a Reggae dub style delay using the Waves H-Delay.

Creating Dub style effects using Waves H-Delay

I got this from an article titled 3 Essential Plug-Ins for Dub Style Delay at

Waves H-Delay is a hybrid delay plug-in, which can be used to create great sounding dub delays. It’s a part of the Waves Hybrid Line, which focuses on creating analog sounds with a digital interface and processing. It can also be used to make classic Lexicon PCM 42 style effects like filtering, flanging, phasing, slap back echo, ping pong delay and tempo sync. The H-Delay is capable of producing up to 3500 ms of delay time for tripped out effects. It’s worth mentioning that the H-Delay has an attractive GUI that’s bright and well-designed, which makes it fun to use in sessions.
In the middle of the faceplate is the delay time display, which can be set either in milliseconds, by BPM or synced to the host tempo. The delay time can be adjusted by using the large Delay button (located to the left of the display). The tap button allows you to set the rate of the delay, which is useful if you don’t know the exact time you want the delay to follow. There’s also a Lo-fi button which can dirty up the sound and is useful for creating trippy sounding dub FX. The Feedback knob determines how many times the delayed signal is heard. Low feedbacks acts more like a slap delay, while longer feedback continues on for an increased amount of time. To create dub delays, you’ll want to adjust the feedback knob so that longer delays are heard. One of H-Delay’s best features is its ability to emulate hardware-style pitch behavior. At the bottom of the H-Delay are the modulation knobs and the filters. The modulation is used to add an LFO to the delayed signal and the rate and depth can be adjusted. Adding modulation can create truly awesome sounding effects. The HiPass and LoPass filters are used to change the delayed signal. There’s a Dry/Wet knob, (20 Hz to 20 kHz) which affects the amount of the signal that is put through the plug-in, and a link knob to adjust them simultaneously. The output is the overall volume output of the unit and the analog knob gives you four options to control the overall tone of the plug-in. With a bit of experimentation, the H-Delay can be tweaked to produce dub delay effects. In true Waves plug-in fashion, it’s a cross-platform plug-in that’s simple to use and sounds fantastic.”
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