Plugin Alliances releases ADA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay a 1980s Analog Delay and Modulation Effect Plugin. The delay plugin includes a comprehensive selection of six delays, versatile LFO and modulation controls, plus some flexible panning. Get richer guitar sound or add life to beats, vocals, synths and more.

A standard delay unit is often expected to be capable of producing long tails, ping-pong effects, and maybe even stutter repeats that come from the need to add time-based flair to your sounds. But while many units can produce longer echoes to some satisfying degree, they often lack the granular flexibility of time settings to practically catch and affect sounds as they manifest in the first few milliseconds of their lifespan. What they fundamentally miss is one of the most basic needs behind adding time to a signal–cleanly duplicate a sound to the ends of adding stereo width, tone, and timbre in a sonically constructive way. If you’re one who is apt to artificially widening an instrument by duplicating it onto two different tracks and offsetting the delay times or have ever wished your flange unit could add body to the sound instead of removing it, do read on.

ADA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay

By using a specific set of inharmonic delay times, coupled with independent stereo output, the STD-1 precisely delivers the lush bloom of body that your sounds have been looking for. Far from the standard delay effect, the STD-1 excels at producing slap-back echoes and short reverbs that are timed to perfectly allow each tap to overlap the previous decaying iteration, producing what so many throughout the years have called a ‘3-D layering effect’. Each of six taps can be assigned independently to a different stereo output, and adjusted to be delayed by a pre-set range of time in ms.

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Delays For Days

A hallmark staple in countless guitarist’s toolkits, the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay is now available in all major native formats. Featuring a great selection of six delays, versatile LFO, and modulation controls and the incredibly useful flexible panning, this is the delay to use when it comes to getting a richer guitar sound or adding life to vocals and much more! Emulated by Brainworx from the legendary rack hardware unit, the digital version of the A/DA STD-1 is a meticulously crafted recreation that can tackle all of your ultra-short delay needs. The A/DA STD-1 is a tapped delay, meaning that it has multiple delay outputs at enharmonic taps in the MN3011 bucket-brigade delay (BBD). It was originally designed for multi-voiced modulated delays (chorus, flange), doubling, ambiance effects, and crude reverb.

Dive Inside

One of the cool features is the bucket-brigade delay circuit that provides a unique way to add extra width and rich depth to your tracks, no matter what they may be. It’s all too easy to create lush soundscapes in your mixes or dial in unique spatial effects if that is what you are after. In case you are looking for more polished vocal tracks, the A/DA STD-1 offers tunable doubling and sweet chorusing. Take your vocal tracks to the finish line and upgrade your flat mono tracks to wide stereo sounds. This is what the STD-1 bucket-brigade delay circuit was made for!

Maximum Versatility

Now you can easily set the delay time and each additional tap will be adjusted to an offsetting value. This is an excellent way to create echoes and short reverb tones with rhythmically overlapping taps. Looking to define the stereo field over time? Route each tap independently to the left or right channels or go for further timbral enhancement by using feedback with a handy Regeneration section. And while it will work great on whatever you decide to use it on, the one special instrument which the A/DA STD-1 shines on a guitar. You can create a really gorgeous sound by tweaking the onboard analog delay and modulation tones. Everyone from Jimmie Vaughan, Kirk Hammett, Bill Connors to jazz fusion visionary Allan Hodsworth used the original A/DA STD-1 to handle their delay tasks and shape the detail in their sound.

On top of the luxurious delay possibilities, the A/DA STD-1 further pushes the envelope even further with the dual LFO circuit that offers an adjustable sweep rate. Here you can get creative and easily modulate the wet signal and arrive at some interesting opportunities for layering sounds and adding natural space in your mix.

ADA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay Features

  • Six variable delay taps, each with independent stereo assignment
  • Flexible feedback module produces ‘Regeneration’ from one of three taps
  • Powerful Delay section with internal modulation controls and precise mix parameters
  • Independent Dry/Wet mix control for each stereo output
  • Internal soft peak limiter option for feedback module (not on original hardware)
  • Simulated noise floor control allows full hardware artifact or completely clean sound
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