Native Instruments SPEKTRAL DELAY

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 Native Instruments Available from 11/30/1999 until 11/30/1999

The NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY differs from the many other audio effects in that it uses real-time FFT (Fast Fourier Transformation) to split up each channel of a stereo signal in up to 160 separately modifiable frequency bands (even up to 1024 bands internally). The level, delay time and feedback amount for each of this bands can be set separately. Additionally, various modulation effects can be applied to the signal in the frequency domain, which allows for even further sound manipulation.

Extended information

The NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY offers exceptionally great possibilities for creative sound design - from subtle corrections and rich effects to the total alienation of the input signal. Never the less, the NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY is easy to use since all parameters are controlled intuitively and comfortably from a sophisticated graphical user interface. The NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY runs either stand-alone or as a plug-in. It offers professional sound quality and can be fully controlled by MIDI.

Creativity and Comfort
Edit Graphs which are intuitive to use and packed with comfortable edit functions are used to set up the delay times and feedback levels for the bands: each of the up to 160 bands per side can be delayed separately and fed back to the delay input with an individual amount. The delay times can be set freely or according to the rhythm via a selectable note grid. The maximum delay time is 12 seconds. The effects achievable with this band delay include rather subtle colorings as well as rhythmic courses of the partial tones and dense, atmospheric sound textures.

The modulation effects of the NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY which are expandable by plug-ins are applied in the frequency domain of the audio signal and offer many unusual processing options - such as rotation of the frequency bands or reverb simulation by 'smearing' the amplitude courses of the bands. The modulation effects make a big contribution to the unique sound possibilities of the NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY.

The amplitudes of the bands are also controlled intuitively by drawing in an Edith Graph with the mouse. In opposite to those of conventional filters, the filter curves resulting from this can have any shape and therefor make possible even very extreme filter settings and sweeps. It is for example possible to completely filter all frequencies while some very narrow frequency bands are still audible. The filter curves can be drawn commonly or separately for the two channels of a stereo signal.

Effects Processor and Performance Tool
Separate feedback delays for up to 160 bands per stereo side, unique modulation effects and freely drawable filter curves make the NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY an exceptional flexible, powerful and creative effects tool. All parameters such as filter, delay and feedback settings can be modulated with an integrated LFO or via MIDI. This makes it possible to create very organic and lively effects which can easily be played live.

The NI-SPEKTRAL DELAY runs on MacintoshŸ or under WindowsŸ, either stand-alone with MMEŸ, Direct SoundŸ, Sound ManagerŸ and ASIOŸ or as a plug-in with a VSTŸ- or DirectXŸ - compatible host program. Many presets for different applications (e.g. guitar, vocals, drums, ambiences, reverberations, spacial effects) are included.

Technical specifications

Effects processor for real-time manipulation of audio material of any kind
Produces unique delay effects
Real-time Fast Fourier Transformation is used to split up each side of a stereo signal in up to 160 separately modifiable frequency bands
Level, delay time and feedback level for each of the bands can be set separately
Up to 1024 bands are calculated internally
Intuitive Edit Graphs with comfortable edit functions for setting up the parameters
Modulation effects applied in the frequency domain offer many processing options
Any frequencies of the signal can be attenuated or filtered completely
Runs stand-alone with MME, Direct Sound, DirectX, Sound Manager and ASIO or as a VST plug-in
Completely MIDI-controllable


Mac OS 8.6 or higher, G3 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM

Windows 98, Pentium 400 MHz, 64 MB RAM

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