Red Timbre Audio DelayCat [WiN]

DelayCat is a granular comb filtering delay plugin
  • Publisher: Red Timbre Audio
  • Product: DelayCat
  • Release: MOCHA
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Format: VST2/VST3/AAX

In the vast canyon of delay-based audio effects, most plugins tend to tread the same well-trodden territory – basic time-based echoes, perhaps some filtering, and the occasional wacky modulation tricks. Red Timbre Audio’s DelayCat, however, takes an altogether different approach that feels simultaneously vintage and violently futuristic. This is delay run frightfully, wonderfully off the rails.

At its core, DelayCat combines the fundamentals of an audio delay line with pioneering feature extraction and concatenative synthesis techniques more akin to granular processing. This allows you to progressively slice, splinter, and reconstitute incoming audio into constantly evolving, kaleidoscopic delay-scapes of utterly alien textures.

The plugin’s unassuming vector UI initially lulls you into a sense that DelayCat may be a relatively straightforward affair. But spend even just a few moments twisting its unique deterministic parameter controls, and you’ll quickly be sonically teleported into a hypnagogic realm of glitchy, eldritch ambience.

What’s most compelling is that despite DelayCat’s overtly experimental nature, it never feels overly chaotic or random in its output. Thanks to its deterministic engine, you can subtly nudge the granular delay iterations down distinct pathways, carefully exploring the phases between recognizability and complete disintegration.

Of course, you can absolutely push DelayCat into self-destructive extremes resulting in showers of spectral detritus and ethereal timbres untethered from their original sources. Applying it to drums, in particular, conjures disturbingly haunting yet rhythmically compelling flurries of metallic distortion and extraterrestrial crosstalk.

But where DelayCat truly shines is in its more nuanced, atmospheric applications. Blended into guitars or synth pads, it imparts a paradoxically misty yet highly dimensional quality that constantly hovers in a state of flux between presence and obfuscation. There’s an inherent sense of motion and dynamism even in its subtlest gestures.

The lack of traditional delay parameter representations like time and feedback Windows may prove initially disorienting to some sonic adventurers. DelayCat’s workflow is very much an exercise in ear-guided experimentation and improvisation more than scientific precision. However, this ultimately feels like an inspired design choice considering the wonderfully contrary textures it manifests.

For musicians jaded by stale, pedestrian delay effects, DelayCat represents an aural oasis of wildly unnatural yet profoundly inspirational sonic deserts to explore. It’s an endlessly mutating playground for soundscapes and ambient delusions – provided you’re willing to fully relinquish control to forces seemingly conjured by timeline aberrations and rogue A.I. systems. Let this ferocious feline paw at your delay habits.

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