After creating this video explaining inserts and sends in Pro Tools, I thought it would be good to follow that up with something a little “meatier.”

Delay is a fairly simple effect, but it can have a huge impact on your music. Sometimes a delay can be the defining sound of a song or an artist. (Think: Edge from U2, with his dotted eighth note delays.)

If you’ve spent much time with delays, then you know that digital delays (like the delay plugins that are included with Pro Tools) can be very precise and accurate, but they sometimes lack the character of their analog counterparts.

Can a basic, run-of-the-mill delay plug-in sound anything like some of the fancy Moog delays out there? 

The answer is yes, and Matt Fordham at RecordReady.com has a great video explaining this called “Better Delay Feedback.” 

A Little Feedback

The feedback control on a delay lets you determine how much of the signal you want to “feed back” into the delay. In a basic delay plug-in, as you turn up the feedback the signal gets delayed over and over. However, this repeated signal sounds exactly the same each time.

The beauty of an analog delay is that when you turn up the feedback knob, the signal sounds different every time it is fed back into the delay. This is the character that’s missing from the basic delay plugins out there.

Matt does a great job of explaining this, and he demonstrates a very cool trick for getting a better delay sound without going out and buying more delay plugins. 

You can check out the video here: “Better Delay Feedback”

Let me know what you think. Leave a comment!