Grenoble, France (February 4, 2013)—Music software company XILS-lab has debuted its Le Masque: Delay 1.5, an updated version of its ‘ultra mangling’ timeline-driven delay effect plug-in.
Le Masque: Delay 1.5 offers several new features to increase its functionality and musicality. The all-new Freeze/Dub button repeatedly reads the delay ‘loop’ until disengaged—intended for creating dub-type delays, as well as generating 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. There are now 120-plus presets now available in the latest Le Masque: Delay 1.5 factory library.
The plug-in increases the number of masks (or grid zones that are processed by the delay) from the original release’s eight to 16, allowing more possibilities for 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, like dedicated All Masks, Odd Masks and Even Masks buttons, or a CTRL + CLICK keyboard combination to select continuous or discontinuous masks, with background color and shape changes reflecting the (selected, unselected) status of each mask.
The incoming audio signal is now displayed within the grid area of Le Masque: Delay 1.5, aiding workflow since its visual feedback helps position masks while playing a musical part. 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 color coded green.
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.