I’ve reviewed all iOS music apps from developers Timothy Barraclough and Paul Mathews at one stage or another on the blog. Cactus Chorus and Phlox Phaser were followed up with the equally floral themed Buttercup Bitcrush soon afterwards. There is also Saffron Saturator and Dahlia Delay in the same series.
The apps names give a clear indication of the effects types but don’t be put off by the flora theme or the very streamlined-looking user interface; these are all apps that punch well above their asking price in terms performance and sound. And when launch a couple of years ago, all the apps were universal, and supplied with Audiobus and IAA support… and, for the budget conscious, a pocket money price.
Anyway, as I’ve also reported over the last few week, the development team have been working their way through the series to add Audio Units (AU) plugin support to the apps. This has already been put in place for Saffron Saturator, Tiger-lily Tremolo, Buttercup Bitcrush and Phlox Phaser. The last of the ‘flora’ series – Dahlia Delay – finally got the same treatment over the weekend.
As with the other apps in the series, as well as AU support, the update brings preset saving, some noticeable performance improvements, improved stability and, of course, still a budget price. Having given the update a quick spin in both Cubasis and AUM this morning it seems to be working very well. And, yes, multiple instances of the app within a single project were possible. Equally, the preset system seemed to be worked well within AUM (not, as yet, within Cubasis) although it is of the ‘create your own’ variety; none are actually supplied with the app.
Dahlia Delay has received its first update (to v.1.0.1) and, while this is just a technical update – it brings lower CPU usage, lower memory requirements and a smaller download – it’s great to see Tim and Paul continuing the development of the apps. What hasn’t changed (thankfully; it’s one of the key attractions of the apps) is the streamlined control set. All the controls sit on a single screen and large chunky sliders so the app is easy to operate.
At UK£1.99/US$1.99, like all the apps in the series, Dahlia Delay is not going to stretch your budget too far so don’t overthink it :-). If you fancy the occasional bit of analog-style tape delay, Dahlia Delay is a low cost, low fuss, means of getting it and, with AU support now added, is even better value for money.