I got the 608 MultiDelay a while back and it is definitely an interesting piece of gear. For most simple Delay tasks it's not my go-to, but for something a little more creative it is definitely a good tool.
It's a powerful delay and at first glimpse is quite scary-looking. Simply put, you have an incredible amount of control with this plug-in. That's why I said it's not my go-to, because it's frankly unnecessary for a simple slap-back or stereo delay function. That being said, it can certainly do those things and the sound is quite good. It comes with a large library of presets that really show off the more complex functionality, for users who might feel overwhelmed, as I first did, with the sheer amount of options on this thing.
What I particularly like about this plug-in is the tape saturation and reverb features. These can really help give some warmth and depth to your delay sound without needing to reach for any other tools.
I haven't had any issues or bugs with this particular product and, although it takes up a bit more CPU than a simpler delay would, I don't normally have problems running this, even on a CPU heavy project. That being said, I don't normally have or need more than one instance of this thing open so I can't comment on it being used on many tracks simultaneously. It's a solid product and if you're a delay freak then you will likely have endless hours of fun dialing in weird and complex patterns in the eight channels, which are all separately controllable and include features like gain, stereo field width and balance, delay time, filtering and modulation.
Price was decent. If you are looking for something like this, get it and go nuts!
- Did you have any problems during the installation?
No problems at all. I only pressed a button and everything was done automatically...pretty normal, I'd say.
- Did you have any incompatibility problems?
None, I didn't install it on many systems, only WinXP and Cubase SX3. It works awesome.
- Is the overall configuration easy?
HahaAAA! It's a Rube Goldberg machine. You can adjust so many things... It takes quite sometime to get familiar with it. I recommend using a snare hit in loops and a click, and in 2-3 hours you ought to know how it works. You end up noticing it's not that complicated... Everything can be automatized, which is good :D
Why is there no TDM version? This plug-in is very resources-intensive and there's no TDM version? That's not cool, Mr. PSP... 7/10 because there's no TDM
- What's your computer? (motherboard/CPU/RAM/HDD/sound card..)
WinXP with Core2Duo 3.2GHz, 2Gb RAM CORSAIR, Motu 2408MK3 soundcard
- Does the software work correctly with your setup?
- How is the performance?
- What about the hardware/software configuration stability?
Everything works fine. But it's very resources-intensive, so 8/10 for that.
- How long have you been using the product?
I've had the demo version for not so long, but I plan to buy the real one.
- Which features do you like the most / the least?
Pros: This plug-in is magical. The algorithm is very meticulous, the delays you can get from it are simply magical. Actually, I liked the plug-in so much that I searched whether there was a hardware version. Apparently, this is no emulation of a pre-existing unit, like the psp42 for example.
So, yes, I'd say this is THE delay for music creation, electronic, dub and many other styles...
- Did you try any other models before buying it?
I tried out hardware and plug-ins, including the Waves 6TAP delay in TDM version, and I think this one is more evolved, much more meticulously conceived and with a better overall audio quality. It has a warmth and depth that the 6TAP lacks.
- How would you rate its value for money?
I haven't bought it yet, but I've seen it costs $145 online, together with other great delays. I think it's a good value for money if you want a delay pack up to the job.
- Based on your experience, would you choose this product again?
I actually chose this product based on my experience :D
9/10, because, apparently, even after using it for a long time, it's hard to get to the limits of its possibilities.
The PSP 608 MultiDelay plug-in is an eight channel delay plug-in for systems of almost all types. It's compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems, as well as RTAS, AU, and VST plug-in formats. You shouldn't have any issues installing the plug-in if you have a compatible system as most will. Learning the interface won't be as quick as with some other plug-ins, but the 608 is put together in a way that it isn't too complicated in light of how much is going on here. Each of the eight bands of delay includes parameters for feedback, delay time, filter, modulation, drive, and reverb. It also has main parameters for input, mix, and output levels, as well as a whole section for reverb and a screen to monitor your levels and control other parameters. It will definitely take users a good amount of use to get the full value of the plug-in, but it isn't difficult to get quick sounds if you don't go too in depth. A manual might be helpful for a beginner, but most of what goes on here is self explanatory.
I don't own the PSP 608 MultiDelay plug-in as I've only used it in a professional studio with a Pro Tools HD rig. We never had any problems running any plug-ins at all, so judging how well this plug-in will run probably isn't too accurate when comparing it to the system that I ran it on. It seems to be somewhere in the middle in terms of the processing power that it takes up, which didn't tax the system that I was running it on at all. I'd encourage that those really interested in the plug-in try out the demo to get a better idea of how well this will run on your own system.
While I've only used the PSP 608 MultiDelay plug-in on a handful of occasions, it isn't hard to tell that this delay plug-in has a whole lot of potential. In general the sounds aren't the warmest out there, but for a digital delay plug-in it definitely sounds above average. The best part about this plug-in in my opinion is simply the vast array of parameters that are here to work with. Having eight different bands of delay might seem like overkill, but if you're one who uses a lot of delay and likes to get creative with it, you'll definitely love playing with this plug-in. While it isn't as inexpensive as many of the other PSP plug-ins, it's still reasonably priced. I don't think that I would choose this as my first delay plug-in to buy, but at this price it's definitely one worth considering.
Yes, it installed without any problems at all. As for compatibility issues it has had none so far. It does seem to take a lot of "thought" by my computer to get it open but no problems once it is there. The configuration and setup is very simple. I pretty much figured out how to use this device in a matter of minutes. It pretty much is a bunch of faders each set up to start playing the selected audio again. You use the fader to select when the "replay" is going to start and then tweak the volume, effects, etc.. for each one of those replays. In all honesty, I have not needed to reference the manual yet. I am sure there are a few things that would increase my efficiency on the plugin, but so far I can do what I need very easily.
I have a MacBook (2.2ghz, 4gb ram, 320HD) running Logic 8 with a Presonus Firepod and Firebox. So far there has been no problems with the plugin. As for performance, as I mentioned earlier, my computer seems to have to work fairly hard to get it open, nothing crazy like super long wait times or anything, it just takes two to three times longer than most of other plugins. Just seems kinda strange. Other than that it works great 10 out of 10 times i use it. I have had no crashing or problems saving presets so I say its Stable.
I have been using the 608 for about a month. What I like about it the most is its surprising ease of use. It looks very complicated and I am sure it probably does more than what I think, it took me only minutes to learn the basics myself. Another plus is that it lets you get into delay options you could never have with a traditional delay pedals. I mean you can effect each delay or "repeat" in so many ways that each "delay" can sound entirely different. One fun thing to do is set up the 608 to delay a vocal, but instead of just repeating the last phrase quieter each time, you can also increase the amount of distortion and reverb so that by the time you hear the last echo you will have heard a voice go from clean delay to just a distorted "wall of sound" kinda thing. Cool stuff. I have a few delay plugins as well as a few hardware ones but I have never really messed around with a "multi-delay" set up like this before. It really elevates the delay effect to another level. Psp offers pretty good stuff for not so huge prices, so thats good, but it is hard to shell out more than $100 dollars for a single effect, even when you got a good studio budget. But, all in all, it does its job very well so I think it is worth it. This has become a staple for me to run a idea through, so I would definitely make the same choice again.