Erica Synths’ Zen Delay gets a software successor in the shape of the ZDV plugin

Described as “not simply a digital replica or replacement” of its Zen Delay hardware, Erica Synths’ new ZDV plugin is instead billed as an “addition” and a “virtual successor” to it.

The reason? Because as well as adding the flexibility of DAW operation, such as full automation possibilities, there are also several new features to play with.

That said, ZDV does look very similar to the hardware, and it does indeed model the Zen Delay’s analogue filter and valve overdrive. And yes, its digital stereo delay has been recreated, too.

But ZDV offers more: a dedicated modulation page, custom routing options, triplet and dotted rhythms in sync mode and clean and soft clip modes at the input gain stage. There are presets, too, plus the option to save your own.

As such, it seems like the claim that ZDV is effectively a sequel to Zen Delay is justified. It’s available now for the introductory price of €99 and runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU formats. 

Find out more on the Erica Synths website.

Erica Synths ZDV plugin interface

(Image credit: Erica Synths)
Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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