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Overview

Since its release, Unfiltered Audio's Sandman has wowed mix engineers, sound designers and DJs alike with its slice-and-dice genius. A delay plugin with a severe narcoleptic bent, Sandman uses its Sleep mode to freeze its delay buffer to create stunning loops and grains that can be re-pitched, down-sampled, played in reverse, dirtied with noise and modulated— transforming and mutating sounds beyond all recognition! Using very short delay times, the shape-shifting Sandman alternately becomes a flanger, stutter generator, wavetable synthesizer or percussion resonator. But Sandman also excels at producing traditional echo and stereo ping-pong effects, providing delay times ranging from slapback to longer than a coffee break.

Never satisfied for long, the mad scientists at Unfiltered Audio have pushed Sandman's versatility up several notches. The new Sandman Pro adds seven new delay modes— each fitted with its own set of adjustable controls—that greatly expand its sonic palette while driving maximum delay times to a staggering 16 minutes. Use Classic Tape mode to lather echoes, loops and grains with virtual tape saturation, wow and flutter. The artifact-free Multi-Tap mode gives you a whopping 16 simultaneous delay lines to bless vocals and guitar solos with mammoth doubling and stadium-size echo effects. Use the ultra-smooth Reverse mode to produce click-free, haunting reverse echoes. Unlike with using other delays, you can modulate Sandman Pro's delay time in Modern Instant mode without producing audible pitch artifacts—great for cleanly transitioning vocal effects from doubling to echo trails at the end of a phrase. Use the dual-mono Pitch Shifter mode to create vocal harmonies, classic shimmer effects, metallic textures and more. Or use Glitch Shifter mode for funky pitch shifting that sounds, um, just plain wrong! Not messed up enough? Modulate the Sleep button in No Echo mode for crazy stutter and glitch effects. Sandman Pro can sound squeaky clean, severely damaged or anything in between.

But there's more. Sandman Pro now includes Unfiltered Audio's flagship modulation system, tripling the number of fully automatable modulation blocks to six and adding input followers and macro knobs. Every one of Sandman Pro's controls is automatable. Using high feedback levels, the new diffusion network layers reverb with your echoes and multi-tap delays. And with stereo delays, you can offset the left and right delay times and apply cross-channel feedback to create intricate polyrhythmic ping-pong echoes and phase-y Sleep-buffer loops. Reverse the Sleep buffer to transform grains with backward envelopes. Or lock the length of the buffer and adjust its start and end points to change the grain's pitch. Built-in lowpass and highpass filters sculpt your mad creation's timbre, while the new Soft Clip function adds analog-style saturation. M/S mode works with the Width control to blend mid and side channels in left- and right-channel outputs, transforming Sandman Pro into a mid-side encoder. M/S Width control adjusts the wet signal's stereo field from mono to stereo to super-wide stereo.

Brimming with new features, from beautiful to bizarre, Sandman Pro is the indisputable Swiss army knife of the delay world.

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Features

  • Seven new delay modes: Classic Tape, Modern Instant, Pitch Shifter, Glitch Shifter, Multi-Tap, Reverse and No Echo
  • Produces an unparalleled variety of time-based effects, including flanging, phasing, chorus, ping-pong delays, 16-tap delays, automatic double tracking, reverse echoes, reverb, pitch shifting, harmonizing, granular synthesis, percussion resonator, stutter generator, glitch effects and many other effects that defy description
  • Professionally designed presets from Richard Devine, Julius Dobos (a.k.a. forgotten future), Simon Stockhausen, and Toby Pitman of Air Studios
  • Delay times range from 5 ms to a whopping 1,000 seconds when used in conjunction with Sample Rate reduction
  • Sleep buffer can be reversed, re-pitched, down-sampled, trashed with noise, modulated and shaped with built-in lowpass and highpass filters
  • Every control—including the Sleep and Kill (panic) buttons—can be automated
  • Unfiltered Audio's flagship modulation system provides six freely assignable and fully automatable modulators (sine LFO, sawtooth/triangle LFO, square-wave LFO, input follower, sample-and-hold noise, and macro control knob), with intuitive drag-and-drop patching to each and every one of Sandman Pro's controls
  • Left and right channels can have cross-channel feedback and filtering applied and their delay times linked, offset or independently adjusted
  • Feedback, X-Feed and Diffusion parameters to create thick delay tails or even reverbs
  • M/S mode outputs Mid and Side signals on left and right channels, transforming Sandman Pro into a mid-side encoder
  • M/S Width control adjusts the wet signal's stereo field from mono to stereo to super-wide stereo
  • Soft Clip function provides analog-style saturation at Sandman Pro's inputs and outputs
  • Waveform display shows the effect of your control tweaks in real time

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Jody Wisternoff
    Jody Wisternoff

    Sandman Pro is really hands-on and intuitive, feels very organic and has some great features unseen before in delay plugins. Dubby and trippy to the max!

  • Julius Dobos
    Julius Dobos

    Easily my favorite Plugin Alliance plugin.

  • Soundprank/Colin E. Fisher
    Soundprank/Colin E. Fisher

    What made Sandman great is clearly present in this new iteration, but with the additional features that further transform this delay into something that spits out all kinds of happy… Read More

  • Thomas Gold
    Thomas Gold

    Sandman is a crazy tool; loving playing around with it! I like the basic delay functions, but it gets really creative when adding the LFOs. I'm really into the ‘Sleep’ section; you can… Read More

  • Stonebridge
    Stonebridge

    LOVE this delay - been looking for something like this since the Roland DEP5 days. Radical if you want, more polite works too. BRILLIANT!

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Innovating Delay
    by Gilligan Reload
    I love these products from Unfiltered Audio always on point and innovating. This delay does so much thing you can't imagine. Great for design new kind of sound and effect.
  • ★★★★★
    BUY THEM!
    by Nimrod7
    Stunning, creative, amazing plugins! Ended up buying anything from unfiltered audio within a month!
  • ★★★★★
    Fabulous Tool
    by m2
    Sandman is a fine product, but Sandman Pro takes everything to a new level. I love that it can handle basic delay duties with class, but also elevate into astonishing soundscaping territory. Best of… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Great Great Great
    by Soy Sos
    Like the subject says,
    Great sound.
    Great user interface.
    Great features.
    Great modulation options.
    So so good!

Awards

  • Gearslutz 5 Star Review Award
    Gearslutz 5 Star Review Award

    "Sandman Pro is the Brian Eno of plugins in that it fully encourages experimentation. It simply begs to be explored." - Funkybot

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.11 Windows 7 through 10 Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Downloads

With the Installation Manager, you can select, download and install just the Plugin Alliance products and formats you need for your system. During this initial release, we at Plugin Alliance look forward to hearing the feedback of our valued customers, as your input will help shape future versions of this utility.