KORG® SDD-3000 Digital Delay
The delay that revolutionized modern rock and pop.
Introduced in 1982, the KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay was popularized by U2 guitarist, The Edge, to forge one of the most identifiable guitar sounds in the history of rock. Far from a one-instrument-pony, however, the SDD-3000 also found a home in early new wave and 80’s synth music. Fully endorsed by KORG, the KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay plug-in for UAD and Apollo interfaces exactly captures the original unit’s colorful analog circuitry, and burnished-sounding 13-bit delays.
Tap into the song‑inspiring sounds of the legendary KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay in a fully authenticated plug‑in
Add unique, chewy 13-bit delay, phase, flange, and chorus to guitar, synths, vocals and more
Get the dynamic interaction of the SDD-3000’s analog preamp stage with Unison™ technology for Apollo interfaces
Use Hold function to layer shimmering pads and soundscapes
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An Iconic Rack Unit
Beginning with U2’s The Unforgettable Fire, The Edge took his guitar textures to a whole new level using the KORG SDD-3000’s responsive dynamics and colorful sonic palette. The Unforgettable Fire sessions turned Daniel Lanois onto the unit, and it has since become a staple of his studio and live rig, as well as that of electronic music icon William Orbit.
With just over a second of old school, 13-bit delay, the KORG SDD-3000 is famous for its percussive, rhythmic repeats. Like the original, you can select any value up to 1023 milliseconds, or you can simply use the plug-in-only Sync control to line up the repeats to your DAW’s tempo. The plug-in’s Delay Time window also features a handy drop down menu for assorted routing variations.
An End-to-End Circuit Emulation
Universal Audio meticulously modeled a vintage "golden unit" KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay, immaculately capturing its famed analog preamp and output section. Filled with JRC-made op-amps — the same type as many classic preamp, boost, and overdrive pedals of the era — the UAD KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay plug-in precisely emulates this ultra-musical analog circuit.
The KORG SDD-3000 plug-in’s Modulation section is the secret to adding depth and motion to your echoes. Use the Intensity knob to adjust the pitch variation of your repeats, while the Frequency control conjures varying degrees of subtle movement and vibrato — crucial for long, Daniel Lanois-esque pillowy delays. Lastly, the Waveform selector lets you craft complex phase, flange, and chorus effects that are simply unobtainable with any other unit.
Feedback, Hold, and Filtering
The Regeneration section of the KORG SDD-3000 plug-in is an ambient effect lover's dream. You can dial in simple slapback to long trails, or instant oscillation using the Feedback control. And, if you like what you've created, simply hit the Hold button and freeze that sound in place. Finally, the Filter controls offer tons of tone shaping, letting you add air or chewy warmth to repeats— perfect for guitars, synths, drums, vocals, and more.
Unison Technology for Apollo Interfaces
Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the KORG SDD-3000 plug-in delivers all the analog and digital goodness of the original with the impedance, gain staging, and quirky behaviors that have made the rack unit legend.
While the original KORG SDD-3000 had to be cabled up for a mono and dedicated dry out, the UAD KORG SDD-3000 plug-in gives you five options from a drop down menu. Plus, you can use a dedicated Position control to place the effect anywhere in the stereo field.
“The new UAD KORG SDD-3000 works magic on both external and soft synths, creating a wickedly timed arpeggiated sound in seconds.”
– Dean Coleman
“Back in the day the KORG SDD-3000 was a bit of an oddball — was it a guitar effect or a studio processor? UA has captured all the idiosyncrasies and unique overdrive textures of the original hardware.”
– Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Soul Asylum, Reggie Watts)
“The KORG SDD-3000 plug-in gives you everything from standard delay taps to thick stereo widening. Also, set the input to -30dB and you’ll get a nice distortion, giving your soft synths some extra mojo.”
– The Glitch Mob
November 22, 2023
Loving this for those U2 delay tones.
I love plugging my Strat directly into my Apollo using 2 channels. That way, I can have 2 instances of this plugin in parallel. Great tones!...Read More
November 13, 2023
I often need a digital delay that delivers instant vibe and this one does just that, quick and easy ! Im hoping for a native version soon ! ;)Read More
October 18, 2023
i m very delighted about the preamp of this delayRead More
October 16, 2023
Sounds exactly as expected including the unisson preamplifier !Read More
September 19, 2023
Excellent delay for Lead guitar
Excellent delay for Lead guitar. Unique sounding different from Echoboy/TimelessRead More
July 30, 2023
Such a great digital delayer will use it over my pedals since it’s easier to programRead More
Complete circuit model of the famous KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay used by The Edge, Daniel Lanois, WIlliam Orbit, and more
Exacting emulation of the analog input and output analog preamp of the KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay
Filter circuit for shaping delay repeats
Comprehensive Waveform and Modulation section for phaser, flanger, chorusing and doubling effects
Unison technology allows for authentic guitar interaction with Apollo Interfaces
Sync mode for note value-based DAW tempo sync
Mono and discrete stereo operation
The only fully endorsed plug-in of KORG's most sought-after digital delay
Korg® SDD-3000 Digital Delay
Loving this for those U2 delay tones.
I love plugging my Strat directly into my Apollo using 2 channels. That way, I can have 2 instances of this plugin in parallel. Great tones!
I often need a digital delay that delivers instant vibe and this one does just that, quick and easy !
Im hoping for a native version soon ! ;)
i m very delighted about the preamp of this delay
Sounds exactly as expected including the unisson preamplifier !
Excellent delay for Lead guitar
Excellent delay for Lead guitar. Unique sounding different from Echoboy/Timeless
Such a great digital delayer will use it over my pedals since it’s easier to program
A great classic!
Great device! Unusual effects of delay
and overdrive effects. Very effective on guitar and unusual results on keyboards
Very, very cool!!!
Korg SDD-3000 Review
I have loads of delay plugins but nothing quite hits the spot like the UAD Korg SDD-3000 delay. I use it on almost everything now, and couldn’t be without it.
I really love this delay. It is particularly wonderful for guitar, and it works great for synths and vocals as well.
Super versatile delay
I can get a great variety of delY sounds, from clean and pristine to degraded and lo-fi
I like this plugin! I have used this in it's analog form and therefore know how to get around on it. Plus, I like its' sound. This is a good addition to my available UA plugins!
really good, especially appreciate the unison function of the preamp
Great For Vocal and GTR
Really nice delay unit!The sound very nice.
I never thought I’d be buying another delay until I demo’ed the Korg SDD3000…
Super happy with this delay. Does exactly what I need it to do. Great sound!
Great For Sound Design
Use it on pads and synth lines!
Great for layering synths and vocals
Great on all sources.