HorNet HDD1

HoRNet HDD1 1.1.0 is available, this update is free for owners of the plugin and includes:

  • Added support  for Apple Silicon

Classic lo-fi eighties digital delay for guitar

HoRNet HDD-1 is an emulation of the very first guitar pedal digital delay.

This guitar effect is born at the beginning of the 80s when digital became affordable and has some interesting usage as delay and effect unit.

The internal ADC is a 12bit one that stores the sampled data in some RAM banks, but the level, feedback and the rest of the circuit is completely analog. This kind of scheme allows for some funny low fi effect as the signal is degraded more and more each time is resampled in the feedback loop. In addition to this, the frequency response isn’t flat at all with a sharp cutoff at 7kHz and the pre-emphasis and de-emphasis filters that plays an important part in the tone of the plugin.

We also recreated the analog saturation characteristic and hiss of the original effect, as with every plug in we make hiss and saturation can be turned off separately.

The stereo mode can be used to create a fake stereo effect, this is a guitar pedal so is mono in its nature, but turning stereo mode on puts the dry signal on the left channel and the wet signal on the right. When the effect is set to the 12.5ms – 50ms the delay time is so short that it actually creates a sort of fake stereo using the Haas effect.

The “Hold” mode records the last milliseconds of sound (from 200ms to 800ms) while the effect is not turned on and repeats them when the delay is activated.

To be more helpful to DAW users we also added a ”sync to host tempo” feature that syncs the delay to the specified number of 16th.


The demo is fully functional except for the fact that every now and then it will silence out, you cannot save parameter values with your session and the plugin will not respond to automation coming from the host.


  • Delay times from 12.5ms to 800ms.
  • Adjustable effect level, feedback and delay time.
  • Hold mode repeats from the last 200ms to 800ms.
  • Analog emulation.
  • Stereo mode.
  • Tempo sync by multiples of 16th.
  • Mac OS X (>=10.13) and Windows support
  • 64bit compatibility both on Mac and Windows
  • Audio Units, VST, VST3 and AAX format
  • Apple Silicon native support

Copy protection

The HoRNet HDD1 has no copy protection, I don’t believe in copy protection, they are always cracked and they are annoying for the users, we all know you are not going to give away the plugin on the internet…

So simply download the plugin and enjoy your recordings!

3 thoughts on “HoRNet HDD1

gsus76 says:

I love this delay because it's simple and to the point. It has few parameters and allows you to place yourself in the context of a delay as we musicians know it. Thank you!!

As proposals for improvement:

1.Let it be on by default.

2. Create a Clean or Modern mode on the same pedal but adapted to these times, clean sound without volume losses. The sound of Hornet Deelay in this pedal, simple and practical format would be an added value.

I like it as is, but with these two things it would be better!!

FranRoca says:

Thank you for bringing this legendary Pedal Delay back. I used it at the end of the 80s, it was my first effects pedal and I even used it as an effect for the DJ mic, and I also used it with Piano and Synthesizers.
For the price I recommend it. I appreciate the 64Bits version to be able to use it in Daw and current projects.

Ricky Scott says:

Very cool delay to use on all kinds of sources, not just limited to guitar. Cracking on piano! Analog sat and hiss switches are a very nice addition as is the luxury of including the stereo mode. Pocket money price, you'd be daft not to buy it.

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