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
July 8, 2022
Great For Sound Design
Use it on pads and synth lines!Read More
June 12, 2022
Great for layering synths and vocalsRead More
January 17, 2022
Great on all sources.Read More
January 3, 2022
best for vocal
The sound very nice, I always use for a vocal buss!Read More
December 23, 2021
Really nice delay unit! Love different modes which have different style stereo delays. Nice sounding modulation and very easy to test with different note values....Read More
November 21, 2021
This my favorite thing for make things sound thick and warm but not dark. I put this in anything that sounds too thin and it...Read 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
Great For Sound Design
Use it on pads and synth lines!
Great for layering synths and vocals
Great on all sources.
best for vocal
The sound very nice, I always use for a vocal buss!
Really nice delay unit! Love different modes which have different style stereo delays. Nice sounding modulation and very easy to test with different note values.
This my favorite thing for make things sound thick and warm but not dark. I put this in anything that sounds too thin and it fixes it every single time. The only Uad plug-in i can’t find a alternative too and I have mostly all the uad plugins
Not what I thought.
If there was ever prudence to doing the demo period on things, this is it. I am not a big demo guy. I got this purely cause it was a delay, a famous one at that, and cause I had a need for a delay. This is not as much of a delay machine, at least far as I can tell, as it is a special fx unit that utilizes delays to attain. If you were looking for a good gen purp delay, this would not be it. I only gave 3 stars simply bc of my misconception. I have no need for what it does, therefore I can't rate how well it's doing it, tho I assume it's 5 star like most ua stuff. But will be using demo prior to buying from now on.
I Love the Sound of the 80's
This is an awesome delay, and the unison preamp makes this plugin a keeper!
Good for guitar, vocals. I like it very much
MY GO TO DELAY! ITS THE TRUTH
uad transforms korg sdd-3000 didgital delay
UAD, once again, excellent transformation as always ,performs perfectly consistent as do all my over 70 UAD plug ins and hardware
thanks again UAD staff
Nothing else like it.
One word to describe this: EPIC!. Adds amazing rhythm and fills gaps like no other delay so easily. Can add astronomical width and the distortion, the distortion really gets you in the aww yeah feels!.
This is so cool.
This is bad-ass. It works as a great all-purpose delay but many of the presets really give that 80's sound to just about anything you run through it - drums, guitar, vocals...
An amazing delay!
I purchased this plugin after watching the tutorial video. I have been looking for a great sounding delay and this one does not disappoint. I’m familiar with the original unit and this is spot on. Thanks for such amazing sounding tools for us musicians out here trying to make something great!
Buy it, you’ll be as happy as I am.
Nice for guitare !! !!
Excellent sounding delay
Lots of cool features.
Over the Edge
Sounds like an actual SDD 3000 and you can run 2 for stereo. I should have bought this a long time ago. You can drive it into the red like the original. If you want the sound of U-2's Edge run this with a Vox AC30 and you're there. Love it.
The perfect delay
Was working on a new track and was looking for for the perfect delay for a piano. Tried all the usual suspects and nothing was satisfying me. Decided to demo the Korg and within a few samplings of the presets found exactly what I was wanting to hear. Have always loved The Edge’s use or delay on his guitar but am finding this adds great texture to so many different instruments!
Delay for all Situations
Good for all delay styles, very nice for Guitar, i like it very much
I like it alot for hihats,synths leads.
I use this everyday with galaxy plug in for some extra delay and it works in unison mode.