Eventide, a leading American manufacturer and developer of pro audio kit, today announced its first foray into the 500-series market with the DDL-500 Digital Delay.
The DDL-500 features 10 seconds of delay at a 192 kHz sample rate with a design that strictly limits the amount of digital circuitry to the bare minimum. Soft saturation clipping, low pass filter, feedback, insert loop, relay bypass, and +20 dB boost are all analogue.
“500 series is, by and large, analogue and we thought long and hard about introducing a digital product to that world. Our mantra was 'as analogue as possible'," said Ray Maxwell, vice president sales and marketing.
“The DDL-500s digital circuitry was kept to a minimum – just the chips necessary for delay. All of the other sound-shaping features are implemented in the analogue domain. The design goal was to create a digital delay with an analogue soul.”
Delay time can be varied smoothly either manually or by connecting an LFO to the remote input allowing short delays to be used for comb filter and flanging effects. The DDL-500 is also capable of extremely long delays (up to 160 seconds at a 16 kHz sample rate) allowing long passages to be captured for looping.