XILS-lab has announced availability of Le Masque: Delay 1.5, a major update to its 'ultimate mangling' timeline-driven delay effects plug-in. Here's their press release with all the details:
Besides being on the receiving end of a graceful graphical makeover that is intuitive as it is easy on the eye, Le Masque: Delay 1.5 obviously offers several new innovative features that further increase its functionality and musicality, benefitting both existing and new users alike:
The all-new FREEZE/DUB button repeatedly reads the delay 'loop' until disengaged -- perfect for creating dub-type delays, as well as generating all kinds of interesting loops and textures, while users can continue performing or improvising over the loop itself.
The lockable WET/DRY button enables preset browsing while preserving whatever wet/dry ratio has been set -- handy for experimenting with the varied 120-plus presets now readily available in the latest Le Masque: Delay 1.5 factory library.
Le Masque: Delay 1.5 increases the number of masks (or grid zones that are processed by the delay) from the original plug-in release's eight to 16 -- meaning more possibilities for flexible delay creation, especially when combined with the new MultiSelect and MultiEdit features of the masks themselves.
Several masks can now be simultaneously selected to move their locations or change their locators with a single mouse drag using a combination of different techniques -- namely, dedicated ALL MASKS, ODD MASKS, and EVEN MASKS buttons, or a CTRL + CLICK keyboard combination to select continuous or discontinuous masks, with background colour and shape changes reflecting the (selected, unselected) status of each mask.
INCOMING AUDIO SIGNAL DISPLAY
The incoming audio signal is now displayed within the grid area of Le Masque: Delay 1.5, drastically improving workflow and both speed and ease of use since its instant visual feedback greatly helps positioning masks while playing a musical part. And it looks great, too!
IMPROVED MASK LOCATOR MANAGEMENT
When approaching the right locator of a mask it now gradually turns red so it can be safely moved without changing its length (as could occasionally prove problematic in the original version of Le Masque: Delay); to further avoid any confusion, the right locator is now colour coded green.
MASK LEVEL TOGGLE
Engaging the new level toggle switch for the mask's LEVEL parameter acts as a threshold level, resulting in the delay signal only being audible if the incoming signal level is above the mask level -- helpful for finding the best mask configurations while moving them on the grid.
The 4x zoom function makes accurate editing of mask positioning and length easier than ever -- time to throw away those 'rose-tinted glasses'!
Pricing and Availability:
Le Masque: Delay 1.5 is available to purchase from the dedicated XILS-lab online Store for the time limited, 25% discounted introductory price of €44.00 EURO/$58.00 USD until February 20 (rising to €59.00 EURO/$77.00 USD thereafter).
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