Soundtoys PrimalTap

Delay Effects Plug-in - Mac/PC AAX, AS, VST, AU
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A Classic Delay from 1978 Returns

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The Soundtoys PrimalTap plug-in serves up all the vintage delay goodness you could ask for. Based on the Prime Time hardware delay from 1978, PrimalTap delivers everything from subtle chorusing and flanging to complex multi-tap delays. It's perfect for lo-fi echo effects. The Freeze mode allows you to loop audio as you manipulate the Time controls for wild pitch-bending effects. A VCO section lets you modulate the delays for animated, evolving effects. In short, the Soundtoys PrimalTap plug-in is a powerful delay processor with an undeniably vintage character.

Soundtoys PrimalTap Delay Plug-in at a Glance:
  • Two delay taps for more creative options
  • Make your delays sound as hi-fi or lo-fi as you want
  • Powerful VCO section for modulation effects
Two delay taps for more creative options

With two delay taps, the Soundtoys PrimalTap delay plug-in can create some cool rhythmic effects. And each delay tap can be modulated individually for even more creative potential.

Make your delays sound as hi-fi or lo-fi as you want

The Multiply control on the PrimalTap delay doubles the delay time with each increment, and it achieves this by halving the audio's sample rate - just like the original Prime Time delay that it's modeled after. Each time you halve the sample rate, the fidelity drops as you'd expect. At extreme settings, PrimalTap sounds gritty and lo-fi, yet it always sounds musically pleasing.

Powerful VCO section for modulation effects

The VCO section in PrimalTap allows you to add motion to your delay effects. It also makes it possible to create chorus and flanger effects. And because you can have full VCO control over each of the two delay taps, you can use one tap to create a flanger effect and feed that into the other tap for an echo effect.

Soundtoys PrimalTap Delay Plug-in Features:
  • Dual-tap delay plug-in with extensive modulation capabilities
  • 6 algorithms give you Classic, Series, Parallel, Criss Cross, Reverb, and Ping Pong delay and echo effects
  • 4 LFO shapes for modulation can be applied to each delay tap separately
  • Freeze mode lets you capture up to 2.5 seconds of audio in a loop for sonic manipulation
  • Multiply control halves the sample rate as it doubles delay time for lo-fi effects
  • Modulation lets you create chorus, flanger, and ring-mod effects
Soundtoys PrimalTap is a go-to plug-in for vintage delay effects!

Tech Specs

Software Type Vintage Delays
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Format AAX Native, VST, AU, AudioSuite
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel processor, 4GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel compatible processor, 4GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number PrimalTap 5

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