delay

Delay is a very versatile effect. It’s essentially an echo, and depending on the length of time before the echo is heard, it can have a very different effect on the sound. A short delay can make a sound seem wider, a slap-back delay can make a sound seem bigger, slap-back and medium delays can fill up a space and are a great alternative to reverb, and a long delay can add interest to a key moment in a song. Then there’s ping-pong delays and multi-tap delays which can add neat rhythmic textures to your mix. Delay is also how flange and chorus effects are made. This info-graphic is for beginner and intermediate levels to understand how each control and feature of a delay works. The delay shown is a stereo delay, but they can be mono, too. It all depends on the sound you want.