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Blue Cat's Late Replies
Blue Cat's Late Replies
"The Creative Delay & Reverb Workstation"
Blue Cat's Late Replies - Creative Delay & Reverb / Multi FX Plug-In & Host (VST, AU, AAX, VST3)

Blue Cat's Late Replies is a powerful delay, reverb and multi effects plug-in that can be indefinitely extended by hosting third party VST, VST3 or AU plug-ins anywhere in the signal path.

Mac OS X 10.7+32/64-bit Universal BinaryWindows Vista or newerWindows x64 (64-bit)VSTVST3AAX64-bit AAXAudio Unit
Price: 129 EUR or $129 (tax incl.)
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Also in Bundles: All Plugins Pack / Axe Pack

Typical applications: Delays with built-in effects, rhythmic patterns, melodic patterns, third party plug-ins hosting, reverbs, shimmer, drones, creative effects, pitch shifting, modulation effects, looper, tape delays...

Detailed Description

With its unique topology, the plug-in is a full-featured delay machine with unlimited powers: both the 8 taps pattern module and the two nested feedback loops include plug-in slots that can host built-in effects or third party plug-ins.

So it's not just about delays! The plug-in includes 29 built-in effects to further manipulate the delay lines: modulation effects, EQ and filters, dynamics processors, pitch and frequency shifters, wave shaper...

With the integrated ducker and its side chain input, ducking delays or reverbs has never been so easy.

Blue Cat's Late Replies is delivered with hundreds of presets producing many kinds of audio effects: classic delays, rhythmic or melodic patterns, reverbs, vintage echoes, shimmer effects, sci-fi sounds...

Credits: this plug-in includes several factory presets created by Sink and Hans Van Even.

Features

Main Features

  • Powerful delay with built-in effects and third party plug-ins support.
  • 8 taps pattern section with integrated mixer and plug-ins slots.
  • 2 feedback loops with crossfeed and plug-ins slots.
  • 30 built-in effects: EQ, filters, pitch & frequency shifter, delays, modulation effects, compressor, gate, bit crusher, wave shaper and more.
  • Supports third party VST, VST3 and Audio Unit plug-ins, with latency compensation.
  • Tempo/Host Synchronization.
  • Global stereo spread control.
  • Several hundreds of fully editable presets.
  • Integrated ducking, with internal and external side chain.
  • Comprehensive visual feedback with detailed impulse response display.
  • Protect your ears with the included feedback and output brickwall limiters.
  • No latency.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available in most plug-in formats for Mac and Windows.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support, MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: processing shuts down when fed with silence (optimal the CPU usage).
  • Customizable user interface with transparency & zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: noiseless plug-in activation / deactivation.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances.
  • Any sample rate supported.

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User Comments & Reviews

"A fantastic, creative delay plug-in that enables a wide range of flexibility and experimental scope to your tracks." - MusicTech Magazine, September 2019. 10/10 - Excellence Award [read full review]

"Reaching far beyond its central remit as a multitap feedback delay, this epic-scale effect invites your whole plugins folder to the party. [...] Blue Cat have knocked it out of the park [...] Late Replies is their best plugin yet, and is an indisputable must-have!" - Computer Music Magazine, January 2018. 10/10, Editor's Choice.

"One of the best delay plug-ins on this planet, and probably other planets as well. [...] Is there such a thing as a gourmet delay? If so, this would be the equivalent of boeuf bourguignon, with a Chateau Lafite Rothschild." - Craig Anderton - [Axiom review].

"This plugin-hosting delay effect is as cool and fun to use as you'd expect, taking your echoes to experimental new heights." - Future Music, January 2018 - [read full review].

"I really like it - it's different. [...] In 2016 Blue Cat Audio released Destructor, a very clever amp/distortion plug-in, and that changed things for me.[...] I've got the feeling that this is going to change the way I work with delays. [...] This is a plug-in that can be as simple a you want it to be, or as complicated, which is quite nice. " - Pro Tools Expert Editor's Choice, August 2017 - [full video review].

"Offering a host of interesting delay effects split into 8 distinct chains with the additional ability to internally host external plugins, Late Replies is so intensely powerful that it almost becomes an instrument unto itself." - Richard Chycki - Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith. Alice Cooper, Skillet.

"Be aware it's probably the most powerful delay you've ever seen.[...] If there were a best-FX-of-the-year award, Late Replies would be in serious competition for that prize, it's that inspired, innovative, flexible, powerful and ground-breaking." - SoundBytes music magazine - [read full review].

"Late Replies is one of the greatest delays in the world. [...] Late Replies can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. That is what I love about it, everything is up to the user." - Blayne Stone - [read full review].

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System Requirements

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • Any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel processor.
  • Mac OS 10.7 or newer.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX compatible application.

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • 5 instances of the plug-in allowed per session.
  • The effect is bypassed for half a second every minute.

Versions History >subscribe to our newsletter

V1.41 (2020/01/06)

New Features & Improvements:
  • Navigate presets and create new tones easily with "Tone Maps" for 9 built-in effects: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Wah, Sweep Filter, EQ, Freq Shifter, Reverb and Waveshaper.
  • New presets for the built-in wah plug-in.
  • Built-in EQ: improved impulse response convolution performance (long reverb tails are now supported, with low CPU usage).
  • Mac: faster GUI rendering on recent Mac OS systems (up to 5x faster).
Fixes:
  • Mac: fixed user interface not properly shown on retina displays in some applications built with the 10.14 Mac OS SDK (Cubase 10.5 for example).
  • Mac: fixed settings panel rendering issues in dark mode on Mac OS Mojave and newer.
  • Fixed issue with some VST3 plug-ins that failed to initialize when loaded (Roland Cloud VST3)
  • Fixed built-in Wah plug-in that could exceed selected range in reverse mode.

V1.4 (2019/07/01)

New features:
  • New presets (and sub-presets) browser with built-in search.
  • Added more than 100 presets and sub-presets including reverbs, modulation effects, vintage delays & reverbs, special effects...
  • PRE and POST effects strips now have their own presets.
  • MIDI Program Change preference is now saved into session instead of global preferences, so each instance can now use different MIDI channels. It is also saved in the user default preset.
  • VST3: added program change support for VST3 plug-in format.
  • VST3: added MIDI output support for VST3 plug-in format.
Built-in plug-ins:
  • New Level (volume control) and Micro EQ built-in plug-ins.
  • Added a gain parameter to several built-in plug-ins to avoid volume changes when switched on/off (pitch and frequency shifters, modulation effects, delays).
  • Increased knobs precision for pitch shifter and waveshaper built-in plug-ins for smoother control.
Third party plug-ins host:
  • VST and VST3 plug-ins previously displayed as missing because of name changes are now relocated automatically (Waves major updates, 32 and 64-bit plug-ins with different names etc.)
  • Improved auto-relocation performance when a large number of plug-ins have moved.
  • VST3 Host: added MIDI output and program change support for recenlty updated VST3 plug-ins.
Other fixes and improvements:
  • Fixed an issue with hosted plug-ins editors not always restored in the right position in Cubase on Windows.
  • VST: the user interface is now properly resized in Cubase on Windows.
  • Mac: fixed issue with Magic Mouse that could trigger drag and drop instead of mouse click.
  • Spectrum analyzer display of built-in EQ will not take priority over DAW or other plug-ins user interfaces.
  • Changing the slope of lowpass and highpass filters in the built-in EQ is now smoother.
  • Miscellaneous user interface performance improvements.

V1.31 (2018/12/06)

  • Spectrum analysis is now performed in the background and does not affect audio performance (built-in EQ).
  • Improved convolution performance for the impulse response loader on multicore processors (built-in EQ).
  • Fixed modulation plug-ins that did not always properly set rate when used in host sync mode (sweep filter, flanger, tremolo).

V1.3 (2018/11/12)

  • Drag and drop support (same as in our video for PatchWork):
    • drag and drop plug-ins between slots.
    • hold the alt key on Mac and Ctrl key on windows to copy (duplicate) a plug-in instead of moving it.
    • drop the plug-in before another to insert it in the chain.
    • drag and drop plug-ins between several instances of Late Replies or accross plug-ins (compatible with the latest preview of PatchWork, MB-7 Mixer and Axiom).
    • drag and drop .dll, .vst, .vst3, or .component files directly from the Finder or Explorer onto plug-in slots.
    • drag and drop .plgnfo files (previously saved from the software) directly from the Finder or Explorer onto plug-in slots.
  • Built-in EQ plug-in can now load and manipulate impulse responses (IR).
  • Fixed: effect tail not processed anymore when just inserted on a track (avoids using CPU when not necessary).
  • Fixed: built-in multitap delay plug-in could get out of sync in some host applications.
  • Improved performance of the built-in EQ plug-in.
  • Improved performance when saving preset/session with many built-in plug-ins.

V1.21 (2018/06/07)

  • Fixed missing files for new reverb and wah built-in plug-ins introduced in v1.2.

V1.2 (2018/06/05)

  • New built-in plug-ins borrowed from Axiom: harmonizer, wah, reverb, mute.
  • 40 New presets using the new effects.
  • Fixed bitcrusher plug-in that sometimes still applied anti-aliasing when set to "none".

V1.1 (2018/04/05)

  • The GUI can now be zoomed from 70% to 200%.
  • Input and output effects strips can now be locked.
  • Last loaded preset is now remembered in session and displayed in the presets menu.
  • Plug-in state can now be reverted to the last loaded preset.
  • Default preset now also saves the state of locks (when using "save as user default").
  • Major presets loading improvements: hosted plug-ins are now reloaded only when changed, and updated otherwise. Improves performance and audio rendering when loading presets using the same plug-ins.
  • Faster GUI loading / instantaneous GUI display after it has been opened once.
  • Limiter on/off state is now independent from presets ("always locked").
  • New option to keep plug-ins windows always on top.
  • Performance and memory usage improvements.
  • Improved Pitch Shifter built-in plug-in (fixed aliasing artefacts and added new modes).
  • VST3: factory presets are not exposed to the host application anymore.
  • Fixed minor compatibility issues with Mac OS High Sierra.
  • Fixed: changing bypass in the Audio Unit version did not update host application's bypass state.
  • Fixed: bypass buttons are now in sync with the hosted plug-ins' state.
  • Mac: fixed presets directory not properly created for built-in plug-ins, breaking the save preset feature.
  • Win: fixed copy/paste that sometimes stopped working until next app restart.

V1.0 (2017/08/24)

First release.

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