Review: Nembrini Audio Shimmer Delay Ambient Machine
Serving up an atmospheric slice of 80s rackmount multi-effects, this plug-in provides shimmering space and swelling pitch-shifted delays for guitars, synths and more.
⊕ UI makes it easy to operate without limiting creativity
⊕ Separate dry and delay-feed paths from the swell module
⊕ Undo/redo and A/B banks
⊖ Swell sensitivity can be fiddly to set
⊖ No input/output gain trim or dB values on metering
From shoegaze and stadium rock to glitchy beats to bouncy synth leads, Shimmer Delay can sprinkle magic dust in various creative ways without option bloat.
Price $79 ($29 intro, until 31 May)
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The new sonic possibilities afforded to musicians and producers in the 80s by Eventide and Lexicon are revisited in Nembrini Audio‘s Shimmer Delay Ambient Machine. The plug-in comprises four effects blocks: swell, delay, octave down, and shimmer, covering upward pitch-shifting from 1 to 12 semitones.
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The combination generates a swelling, somewhat crystalline ambience that suits a range of sources, from guitars to beats. The UI is straightforward and scalable with a logical left-to-right signal flow and colour-coded effects blocks that are bookended by input and output meters. Shimmer Delay is easy to set up and adjust, which may feel at odds with the complexity of the sound which emerges from the plug-in.