As we approach 2021, and begin our journey into the holiday season, there’s a lot happening in the industry. Although Black Friday is behind us, Waves graced us with a new free plugin over the weekend. In collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge, the team created a delay and reverb processor all operating under one roof. Its name is CLA EchoSphere, a mini alternate version of the larger CLA Epic plugin. It combines plate reverb, and slap delay effects meant for blending and using together for a quick, effective time-based effects experience.
Waves CLA EchoSphere Features
Overall, the Waves CLA EchoSphere plugin has a very simple layout. It contains two main internal components — a slap delay, and plate reverb. Users can switch between which effect they’d like to tweak by selecting either at the bottom, as well as change the output levels of each. At the top is a screen which switches between either the plate or slap’s internal features. Here, users can adjust the delay time, feedback, or modulation of the slap effect. Alternately, plate adjustments include pre-delay, reverb time settings, and more. Finally, each effect can be soloed or muted in case the engineer only wants to hear, or use one at a time.
While the Waves CLA EchoSphere plugin doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, that serves as its primary charm. Those who are frequent users of Waves plates or simple delays now have a great go-to plugin on the fly. Waves announced this processor via its email newsletter, as a free Black Friday promotion. Although we are now past that point, knowing Waves, we’ll likely see its parent plugin CLA Epic advertised at a discounted price again in the future. We happened to get a copy of it in time, and definitely think it lives up to the hype. Both plate and slap effects sound very clean and pleasant, even when adjusting settings. For those interested, and reading this in time for the last few hours of Cyber Monday, you can still get the larger CLA Epic plugin at a discount. Anyone who first wants to learn more about the plugin can also visit that page before buying.