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    The History of Delay

    In this video, take a trip back to the origins of 'delay' as an effect and the technologies that led us to where we are today.

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    Automatic Double Tracking (ADT Delay)

    Automatic Double Tracking or ADT delay was created to offer an easier solution for artists rather than actually doubling their parts. The effect is a bit different but you will explore how to create this effect in DAW.

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    Chorus Delay

    In this tutorial Kenny adds some modulation to delay which starts to create lush sounding effects like chorus which do wonders for instruments like clean guitars and even vocals.

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    Flange Delay

    Continuing with modulation, explore the special effect that is known as Flange. While it’s very common effect, creating it faithfully in a DAW can be a bit tricky. Let Kenny show you how.

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    Rhythmic Delays

    Over the years, artists have explored delays as their own instrument in creating rhythmic patterns that alter the performance drastically and take on a life of their own. You will see some key examples of this technique in this video.

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    Slapback Echo

    Slapback Echo became one of the most common effects after the introduction of magnetic tape recording. It was popularized by rockabilly artists and used extensively by artists at Sun Studios. We describe this unique technique and show how to mimic it in the DAW.

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    Musically Timed Delay

    In this video, Kenny explores using timed delays which match song tempos. You will also learn about Ping Pong Delay and how to Automate your delay sends to create customized options.

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    Dynamic Delays

    Watch as Kenny creates an automatic way of using delay in just those moments where the signal is not present. Therefore, making room for the delays automatically in just the spaces.

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    Filtered & Distorted Delays

    By adding other plugins and FX, you can create an infinite amount of options in changing and sculpting the sound of our delays and how they react to EQ, Compression and Distortion/Saturation. Kenny also covers Panning FX.

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    Third Party Delay Plug-Ins

    In this video Kenny runs through some of the better third party delay FX that are on the market and how they can add to your delay repertoire.

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    Putting it all Together

    In this tutorial Kenny returns to many of the earlier FX and show how well they can all work together to create a custom finished sound.

Product Overview


The Delay effect is one of the oldest effects to be used on recordings, and there are many different types and ways to apply it. Multi-Platinum mixer / producer extraordinaire Kenny Gioia returns with a "must have" series for anyone recording, mixing, engineering or producing music. See how delay can be used to make tracks bigger, wider and just cooler! Learn the important fundamentals and advanced techniques of delay, and you'll find yourself using delay smarter and more creatively.

Kenny starts off with a tutorial on the history of Delay, so you know exactly what it is and where it originated from. Next, he gets into "Automatic Double Tracking" (ADT), then "Chorus Delay", "Flange Delay" and "Rhythmic Delay" to create delay lines that take on a life of their own. Kenny then studies the famous "Slapback Delay" sound and shows you how to dial it in just right.

Moving on, Kenny reveals ways to setup and automate "Musically Timed Delay", as well as make "Dynamic Delays" that fill only empty spaces! "Filtered and Distorted Delays" are next on the list, and Kenny demonstrates awesome ways to sculpt your delayed sound, as well as pan them interestingly. Wrapping up the series, Kenny goes over a boatload of "3rd Party Delay Plug-ins", discussing their strengths, and then finishes the series with a tutorial on "Putting It All Together" on a track.

If you record, mix, engineer or produce music, Delay is definitely a "go to first" effect. Hang out with Kenny as he shows you the ins and outs of Delay and how to apply it to your tracks. Your music will be worth repeating!


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Delay Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 22 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Don’t delay???? Kenny is clear, concise- wonderful overview on different ways to use delay! We all know reverb, great intro to delay!
Date published: 2021-04-28
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good Content, Bad Diction Undoubtedly, Kenny Gioa master the subjetcs, but his diction is terrible (sorry Kenny, this critique is for good) . Although english is not my mother language, I have no difficulties on understanding but it was hard for me to attend to this course up to the end, rewindind the videos all the time, trying to understand his words. Even if the great majority of students here have english as their mother language, Groove 3 might be aware that instructors with diction problems may turn learning experience harder, for who don't master english language. Anyway, in spite of these troubles, the course is fine and I've learned a lot about delays.
Date published: 2021-04-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful I now want to experiment with different flexbilities
Date published: 2020-11-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fire! Great explanations, and tips... very dope tutorial!
Date published: 2020-09-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Older, but great Watched in 2020. Recorded in 2013. Surprisingly modern, and still useful. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Answered a Lot of Questions for Me! Presented a number of popular delay types, their origins, and applications. Delay Explained helped me better understand how to use these delays and when to use them.
Date published: 2020-03-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial The tutorial is really clear and straight forward. There is everything you need to know about delays, their use and some tips and tricks.
Date published: 2020-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Resource Great resource for learning the different uses of a delay and the "How-To" uses.
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great selection of Delay uses to get you started! I like how he was not jumping from a bunch of plugins and he did not limit himself to showing a plugin for each topic but rather reusing the same plugin to give most of the demonstrations which is great and they are tools you can use on mos stock delays so you won't feel like you need to buy anything extra than what you already have in your daw. Definitely worth a good watch.
Date published: 2019-11-24
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful, informative and clearly explained. Real life examples are put in practice in the videos. I strongly suggest the delay explained to anyone.
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great explanation of delay Outstanding video series
Date published: 2019-08-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well done! This video opens the door of a fantastic world.
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very happy a lot off information i picked up on this tutorial
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from fundamental explain good. very good basic delay explanation.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It is helpful. I like to review the tutorials, watching them more than once, to really learn the material.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Insightful I never realised that there was so much to delay. Kenny explains each type and how to create them in an easy to follow format, in bite sized chunks that any lay person should understand. This is a series that you would keep going back to until having mastered the subject.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Learn something everyday Just made me a better mixer
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great content, lots of examples I really liked this series. Lots of clear explanations and examples of how numerous effects like chorus, flange, etc. can all be produced using a single simple delay plug-in. The narrator's phrasing is a little grating (5 words, pause, 5 words, pause...) but that's just my humble opinion. The content more than makes up for it. Audios
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial for fundamentals Great series on the basics of delay and how to incorporate it into your mix. I could follow along great and learned a ton!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Hard to Understand Sorry, but Kenny Gioia speaks so fast, and with a thick New York'ish accent, that I can't understand much of what he is saying.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sehr ausführlich und praxisnah Ich freue mich jeden Tag wieder, dass ich den All-Access Pass geordert habe
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great i love your videos, but this few content based on the Rnb Music genre
Date published: 2016-08-09
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