UVI is one of those developers that deals in almost everything, from orchestral sample libraries to pianos and drums, as well as synthesisers, sound design, and effects plugins. Recently, the latter family has received a new addition, a beautiful baby named Relayer. Think of it as a delay effects unit on steroids, and in this video review, Eli Krantzberg takes a good look at what it does.
“An advanced creative engine housed in an intuitive and easy to use interface, Relayer represents a new benchmark for digital delay effects. Relayer was designed from the ground-up to provide an efficient and inspiring workflow that enables users to dial in everything from basic delays to radical rhythmic multi-effects with speed, precision and natural musicality.
Relayer was designed with a unique set of features that make it remarkably versatile, producing everything from simple delay effects to pure sonic decimation. Despite its diverse capabilities, Relayer is extremely easy to understand and use. A single UI screen elegantly presents global and modulated parameters and a dynamic patch visualizer, giving you clear, time-based graphical representation of your current settings. You’ll find Relayer incredibly easy to master and it’s dynamic feedback will help you achieve even the most complex sounds effortlessly.
At Relayer’s core is a variable multi-tap engine, providing up to 32 delay lines. Delay times are initially set with a typical free or host-synced time parameter and then modulated by swing and warp controls, allowing for quick and easy bouncing ball-style effects. By clicking through the central tabs, Relayer reveals a number of per-tap modulation editors for an unprecedented level of control and flexibility. Explore and experiment with each section as you need it, exercising precise control over time, gain, pan and 2 variable multi-effect units. Freely draw sequences for each parameter or use the built-in presets and listen as your sound modulates over time, then tweak and transform to taste.
Relayer functions exceptionally well in both studio and live settings. A playable Input Gate allows you to feed the delay with signal momentarily, perfect for adding dub-outs, builds or deconstructions to your performances or applying delay to specific lyrics with ease and precision. Master low and high-cut filters along with discrete wet and dry controls provide many creative mixing options, and even at high repeat values Relayer provides rock-solid and CPU efficient performance making it a reliable force in the most demanding environments.
In addition to the two multi-effect units, Relayer includes a unique Color section that can process your sound through a wide range of custom, high-quality IRs. Choose from a variety of dedicated instrument amps, discrete effect amplifiers or lo-fi devices like hand-held radios, laptop speakers or telephones to immediately change the character of your sound. The effect can range from adding a subtle layer of dirt to a complete and dramatic alteration of the perceived sound source.
Both an efficient utility and powerful creative mangler, Relayer is a versatile and inspiring musical effect. Its unique combination of features, incredible sound quality and easy to master interface help to make it an indispensable tool, both live and in the studio.”
Watch Eli’s review below:
UVI Relayer is available as VST, AU, and AAX, and is compatible with current versions of all major DAWs (and “minor”, I suspect, whatever they are!). It comes in at 176 MB for Windows (32- and 64-bit) and 154 MB for Mac OSX, and is priced at USD 129.00. It is available for purchase and download directly from the UVI website.