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About FabFilter Timeless 3

When producing and mixing your music, a delay is one of the effects you'll probably reach for every time. From short slap backs on a vocal, to long and dreamy echos on a synth lead, FabFilter Timeless 3 delivers.

At its heart there are two independent, programmable delay lines. Together with high-quality effects and filters and a super-flexible modulation system, you can create any type of delay... in no time!

New in Timeless 3

The first thing you will notice when you open Timeless 3 is the brand-new look. We have put a lot of effort into redesigning the interface, making it much more pleasant and efficient to work with. All the goodness of Timeless version 2 is still there of course, but we've added a lot more:

  • Fully redesigned, highly simplified interface, with an easier workflow, including a new design of modulation sources and floating slot panel.
  • Up to 6 filters, which can be either the original, creative LP/HP/BP filters (with Style setting) or Bell/Shelving/Notch EQ filters. Filters can be created and deleted in the display, just like in FabFilter Pro-Q or Pro-R.
  • Up to 16 delay taps, which can be controlled and modulated individually.
  • Improved overall sound quality of feedback, filters and internal saturation.
  • Ping-pong mode, with the option to start in either the left or right channel.
  • Added five effects, enabling you to color the delayed sound in different ways:
    • Drive effect to add warm, vintage saturation and keep feedback under control.
    • Lo-Fi effect to pleasantly degrade the signal from very subtle to totally crushed.
    • Diffusion effect to beautifully blur the delayed and feedbacked signal.
    • Dynamics effect to either gate or compress the incoming audio.
    • Pitch Shift effect, which can be routed either inside or outside the feedback path. The Pitch Shift Mirroring option lets you pitch channels in opposite directions, to easily create chorus-like effects.
    All effect amounts can be modulated of course!
  • Delay Freeze can now be modulated.
  • Interactive delay display that visualizes the delay settings, input and feedback and lets you edit delay time and taps.
  • Vastly improved filter display, including a spectrum analyzer.
  • Added 6 dB filter slope option.
  • New Stereo Width control.
  • Mix slider replaces the previous Dry level.
  • Live modulation visualization for targets and sources.
  • Envelope generators now have a curve slope setting for their attack, decay and release curves, opening up a much wider range of possible shapes, from very snappy and aggressive to gentle and smooth.
  • Added Transient mode for envelope followers, which turns them into transient detectors.
  • Introducing Slider mode and a range setting for XY controllers. In Slider mode, the XY controller only works in vertical direction, taking up much less space. The range setting toggles between bipolar (-1 to 1) and unipolar (0 to 1) behavior.
  • Increased the number of XY controllers/sliders to 6.
  • Modulation sources can now be renamed to make their use easier to understand.
  • The XLFO Balance and Frequency Offset parameters are now modulation targets.
  • XLFO MIDI triggering now offers a new Legato mode.
  • The EG Threshold parameters are now modulation targets. In addition, the incoming signal level is displayed in a meter around the Threshold knob, and it's now possible to audition the external side chain input.
  • The EGs now have an Range setting, toggling between Normal (a range between 0 and 1) and Neutral Sustain (a range around the Sustain level, where EG outputs 0 when it's in the sustain stage).
  • Added the ability to hide modulation sources except for XY controllers and Sliders. This is often useful, since most presets use XLFOs, EFs, EGs and MIDI sources to create certain effects, which in turn can be controlled by XY controllers and sliders.
  • Various interface sizes and Full Screen mode.
  • New factory presets, smartly organized and meticulously designed.

FabFilter Timeless 3 can load presets from version 1 and 2. Due to changes in version 3, they might sometimes sound a bit different. See Upgrading to Timeless 3 for more information.

FabFilter Timeless 3 is available in VST, VST3, AU (Audio Units), AAX Native and AudioSuite formats.

Windows requirements

Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista

64-bit or 32-bit

VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

macOS requirements

macOS 10.10 or higher (64-bit only)

AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

Intel or Apple Silicon processor


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See Also
Using FabFilter Timeless 3

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