Audiothing Outer Space REVIEW
I love the instant mono and stereo switching (add 15ms different between left and right signal) on the Outer space, it really speed up the process by flipping a switch, but I wish they have a ping pong function!!
- “Randomize” function is very innovative, you can get some really crazy sound. You can right click the parameters and take them out from the “Randomize” function if you want to save some settings on certain parameters while “Randomize” the rest.
- “EQ” defaults to process the Delay signal but it can also be switched to process both Reverb and Delay signal.
- The built in Spring reverb sounds beautiful, it’s everything you can ask for. Highly usable in the mix, it is lush, warm, lo-fi & subtle. I found it sits better in a mix as you don’t hear the exaggeration of the bounciness of the spring. With the EQ you can easily shape it the way you want it, getting rid of the extra low and high frequency.
- Mode selector could be a bit confusing, different mode represents the combination of reverb and number of delay heads, mode 1-4 are just delay only, and there’s reverb only mode. Reading the manual will clear that up for you.
- Input and Output volume are great to overdriven the unit in conjunction with the limiter function to enhance the clipping effect. Activate built in limiter on the “more” tab will generate more soft clipping to the audio, resulting a dirtier, distorted sound.
- Having 3 different tape heads (Input, repro & record) to choose is a very thoughtful design that generates slightly different tone between the heads. Here is my description for the 3 different tape modes, they are all lo fi sounding (high end rolled off with some saturation to it)
- RT: Smooth and light, less aggressive, less punch than New
- New: Very present and rich tone.
- Old: More modulation, more tremolo/vibration sound, thinner, inconsistent sound simulating an old tape.
- Changing the wow/flutter it creates certain subtle pitch shifting and tremolo type effects, that create a certain color, vibe & motion to the delay then just plain filtered repeats.
- “Noise” in this plugin is very fascinating, the EQ will shape the noise as well as the delay, the amount of noise can be adjusted by the volume control. The “Envelope On/Off” functions as a noise gate, when it it in On mode, any delay signal will activate the noise. I prefer this because It eliminate the annoying background noise across the entire mix, while you preserve the noise in the delay, that creates “pseudo-hardware” illusion.
Here is a tip to use it in a cool/weird way. Put the delay in sync mode, long intensity (feedback) and automate the repeat rate to get some kind of DJ scratching/pitching shifting effects, it could be cool in production or mixing.
They should add Undo and Redo function that prevents pressing the randomize function by accident. The on/off button on the upper right corner is reductant when I have the bypass plugin function in Pro tools, it sometimes confused me on whether the plugin is activated. Lastly I couldn’t find the Pre-Emphasis function on the interface while it appears on the manual.