Other Desert Cities is an AUv3 delay effect plugin for your digital audio workstation.
Other Desert Cities, named after a famous sign on the I-10 highway leaving Los Angeles, is a workshop for creativity. As its namesake implies, there are many strange and wonderful things lurking inside. With six algorithms, each with its own unique personality, and extensive modulation capabilities, Other Desert Cities can fill multiple niches, from basic stereo dual delays to never-before-heard granular pitch-shifting chaos.
Desert Shores Stereo Delay. This is a standard dual delay, with basic EQ, saturation, crossfeed, and spread.
Mecca Reverse Delay. A normal dual delay, except the repeats play backwards.
Cactus Dual-Delta Delay. This is more like a pair of tape delays in use, with individual speed controls and pitch quantizing.
Thermal Mullti-Tap Delay. A dual multi-tap, with spread, crossfeed, and basic EQ.
Mirage Multi-Head Delay. Imagine if you had a tape delay, but the head was like the rotating head in a VCR. Experimental, strange, and wonderful.
Sky Valley Granular Delay. A pitch-shifting granular delay, with control over grain size and scatter, and with EQ.Algorithms:
Other Desert Cities includes a full suite of modulation. Using two tempo-synced variable waveshape LFOs and an envelope follower sourced by either the main inputs or a sidechain input, nearly every control in the entire user interface can be modulated extensively, opening up new dimensions of sonic possibility.
Other Desert Cities also includes a diffusor, for "smearing" the feedback path, and bringing ODC near the realm of reverb (especially with the Thermal multi-tap algorithm.)
Other Desert Cities' secret superpower is its I/O control. Every aspect of the signal chain's gain structure can be controlled and modulated. You don't have to wish for ducking in this delay. Anything can be ducked, panned, oscillated, enveloped, and controlled to your heart's content. Note that the Mute and Input Level controls are input levels to the delay block and do not affect the dry signal; this enables "tails" behavior, and the ability to use an insert effect like a send.
Ratings and Reviews
Evocative and inspiring
I could hardly believe the expressive possibilities $6 opened up with this app—sending my classical guitar through it. It appears to cover the sonic territory of Crystalline (which was slightly annoying not being AU) and Granulizer along with Apple's Delay Designer (lost when my MacBook died). Among other tricks, it offers the lowest latency I’ve ever had in a pitch shifter.
Dreamscapes to another world!
I am traditionally a hardware guy and avoid DAW’s as they quell my creativity. So AUM and various synths and effects on iOS are acceptable when I am away from my studio.
Trying to duplicate this app alone in hardware would be costly.
Other Desert Cities sounds phenomenal. I’ve only had it a half hour and I’m already on Arrakis.
Beautiful and musical
Much more than just a delay. This will turn your music into a lush dreamy work of art. I use it to some degree on almost every track.
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- Audio Damage, Inc.
- 7.4 MB
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
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