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.
Now You Can:
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
Take a Listen
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
August 14, 2019
Close to the real deal...
I own the the real oldie from the 80's, the plugin has the same vibe. Awesome for ambient guitar sounds!Read More
July 24, 2019
I love delay plug ins, and the UA sdd-3000 is just so cool, it gives me that clean digital delay with the 13 bit color which just gives it that special something which sits in the mix so...Read More
July 21, 2019
It's so fat and juicy...... yummy!Read More
July 20, 2019
I'll say very briefly, great delay, I use it everywhere and always it finds its place on every track! Thanks UAD!Read More
July 8, 2019
Looking for something different? Have Chambers, Have Reverbs, Have Tape Emulators? This was shockingly good with such a different color. I used in a recent mix on the Lead Vocals and it...Read More
June 24, 2019
Really good emulation. Well worth the price. If you have used the hardware you won't be disappointed.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
Close to the real deal...
I own the the real oldie from the 80's, the plugin has the same vibe.
Awesome for ambient guitar sounds!
I love delay plug ins, and the UA sdd-3000 is just so cool, it gives me that clean digital delay with the 13 bit color which just gives it that special something which sits in the mix so well. So far I’ve used on synths and vocals with great results.
It's so fat and juicy...... yummy!
I'll say very briefly, great delay, I use it everywhere and always it finds its place on every track!
Looking for something different? Have Chambers, Have Reverbs, Have Tape Emulators? This was shockingly good with such a different color. I used in a recent mix on the Lead Vocals and it really made them pop. Highly recommend.
Really good emulation. Well worth the price. If you have used the hardware you won't be disappointed.
I really love this delay, nice job!
High Quality Delay
Loving this delay. The sound is very good!
Awesome vintage digital delay.. Opamps, 3d echo, crunch galore !
Duh duh duh lay lay lay
Having owned the original rack version, I really appreciate this amazing plugin!
where's the dual mono delay preset panned wide used in the product demo?
Flexible and great sounding delay!
I own the SDD2000, which I still use(d) in much of my production work. The UAD plugin of its "big brother" has allowed me to get the same delay/modulation effects and sound in a much more convenient (and much more flexible) format without any loss of sound quality or character when compared to the hardware.
set and forget
My favorite delay, great sound and with karakter.
All good Korg 3000
I am electronic music producer and works really well, with vocals and breakdowns.
perfect recreation of a classic
this is really spot on to the hardware. exactly what i needed!
Sound fluctuation is great.
I used to have this machine before.
So I remember the characteristics of the sound.
This one of delay sound and the feeling of feedback feel the same as the real device, perfect!!
Nice delay with a large range of sweet spots. Very useful.
With respect to the U2 sound.
Deley in the heart.
I cannot be able to recognize differences with the original. Amazing in all the features.
Just waiting a Vox Ac30 plug in to play straight on the UAD.