We're currently living in the age of digital audio. Distortion is an incredibly powerful tool that is essential to any music producer.

But there are so many different Distortion plugins in the music production landscape, so we decided to create the ultimate list of the top Distortion plugins today that will help you find the perfect fit.


BDE: Big Distortion Engine

Distortion by DJ Swivel



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Description


BDE is an earth-shattering distortion plugin featuring several distortion styles, complimentary effects, M/S and Frequency control over the distortion effect, along with the worlds first user-definable dynamic preservation control function, allowing you to maintain the dynamic range of any signal while still applying a distortion effect.

Distortion Styles

BDE features 6 different distortion styles with each getting progressively more destructive. From Cherry Bomb to Nuke and everything in between, BDE offers all the distortion styles you could ever hope for, perfect for Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, and EDM music.

Dynamic Distortion

The worlds first dynamic preservation function in a distortion, allowing up to 96dB of dynamic control. Simply put, if you want your reverb tail to sound distorted without raising its volume and altering the dynamics, BDE is the right plugin for you.

Easy to Use

BDE has an auto-levelling function, allowing you to perfectly level out your signal in under 2 seconds. Simply click the detect button, press play on the desired sound, and click once again to lock in the perfect signal level for optimal use.

Complete Control

BDE features a bandpass function allowing you to apply distortion to specific sections of frequency while keeping the rest of your signal clean. In addition, there’s an M/S function allowing you to apply distortion across any aspect of the stereo field. If you want your sides distorted, with the middle portion of your signal clean, BDE has got you covered.

Complimentary Effects

Bit crushing, downsampling, compression, colour, and filters, BDE has a number of supplementary effects to help you quickly dial in the exact sound you want.




Features

  • 6 Distortion Styles
  • Dynamic Preservation Control
  • Complete control over the distortion field (Bandpass, M/S)
  • Bit Crushing & Downsampling
  • User-friendly auto-levelling function

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Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later (64-bit only)
  • AAX, AU, VST3
  • Minimum 44.1 KHz, Maximum 192 kHz Sample Rates.

PC

  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • AAX, VST3
  • Minimum 44.1 KHz, Maximum 192 kHz Sample Rates.

Supported Hosts:

  • Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, Reaper, Studio One, Nuendo

Important Notes:

  • This plugin does not support VST2 or earlier formats.
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.
  • Each purchase of a DJ Swivel plugin includes 2 personal licenses, allowing users to install the plugin on 2 different machines. DJ Swivel plugins also include unlimited deactivations, allowing you to transfer the plugin to a new machine if desired.

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Ravage Lite

Distortion by SoundSpot



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Description


When you’re striving to get that big & full sound like you hear on commercial releases, often the key ingredient in the mix is distortion.

Distortion adds additional harmonics to a signal, which increases the perceived volume. By increasing the perceived volume, you are able to reduce the peak levels in your mix which translates into more headroom for better masters.

Ravage Lite is a scaled-back version of our forthcoming Ravage Creative Distortion plugin, which is perfect for when you just need a touch of extra warmth and sparkle in a highly CPU friendly way.

The Ravage Lite has just one flavour of distortion which is a combination of the 6 distortion styles found in its big brother. The Ravage Lite also includes up to 16x oversampling.




Features

  • Intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media
  • Lightweight system for low CPU load
  • Up to 16X oversampling
  • Retina Ready GUI

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macOS:

  • 10.12 – 10.15 (older OS versions may work but are not tested)

Plugin Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Plugin Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Formats: In theory any 32 or 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX compatible host application should work.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

DAW Compatibility:

  • Ableton Live
  • Cubase
  • Logic Pro
  • Nuendo
  • Pro Tools 10-12
  • Reaper
  • Reason
  • Sonar
  • + many more

Important note: An internet connection is required to activate this software. 

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MDistortionMB

Distortion by MeldaProduction



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MDistortionMB is an extremely versatile distortion plugin designed mainly for guitars and synths. Thanks to its multiband core, it can be used on any track or even applied to the whole mix. Subtle or be over-the-top, it produces everything from mild clean amps to completely sick devastated disturbances.

Features

  • Generalized amp simulation - MDistortionMB implements a generalized amp simulation, rather than providing particular existing amps. It can simulate a whole set of amps and contains a set of 12 predefined sounds organized by styles, such as metal or rock.
  • 5 purely digital distortion algorithms are provided as a supplement for those who really need a unique sound. All of them are combined together and with the amp simulation, can provide the power you always dreamed of.
  • Dual user interface - the plugin is not only extremely versatile, but also quick and easy-to-use thanks to 2 graphical user interfaces. First there is a simple default one with several predefined modes, but just a few controls, which lets you start quickly and easily without any knowledge. All you need to do is choose what you want and use a few knobs. And the plugins also has an advanced mode, which provides all the extreme features the plugin offers.
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands built on 3 perfectly transparent crossover algorithms (analog, linear-phase and hybrid) with fully adjustable limits and input gains. Includes peak meters for all bands and the master.
  • Continuously adjustable oscillator shape - every oscillator in our plugins is defined by a mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic postprocessing. It is the most advanced approach for defining oscillator shapes.  
  • 4 global modulators - in each instance you can have up to 4 fully-featured modulators that can modulate any set of parameters including other modulators! In this way you can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. Each modulator works as LFO, follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR envelopes, a pitch detector or even a combination.
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing - our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Full randomization - using a single button you can generate completely new settings. By clicking the button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you! And if that's too much, you can just hold ctrl and MDistortionMB will only slightly modify existing settings.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x to minimize aliasing and get an even clearer sound.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface - our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI's.
  • Automatic synchronization to host tempo - every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronize to the host providing as natural a sound as possible while not offending other tracks.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn - you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange - using a title button you can save your settings (which are shared on the computer) so you can easily access these in other songs. Moreover all plugins can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers (if this feature is enabled). We are building a community and you can be a part of it!
  • Fully Automatable.



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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (64-bit only)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support or Apple Silicon processor

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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Tantrum

Distortion by Creative Intent



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Tantrum is a new take on digital distortion plugins that uses unique phase distortion for a powerful, dynamic sound. Tantrum features two distortion stages. First, a wave shaping stage, featuring five classic curve shapes from soft tape saturation to aggressive foldback distortion. Next, a completely redesigned phase modulation distortion, taking the original input signal through a stereo delay to modulate the phase of the distorted signal, bringing new subtlety to “warmth” and new aggression to “overdrive.” Finally, Tantrum offers a gorgeous interface with reactive and interactive visualizations to help you get to the sound you need.




Features

  • Two distinct distortion stages
  • Five classic wave shaping curves
  • Redesigned stereo phase modulation distortion
  • Split band processing for careful tone control
  • Reactive wave visualization
  • Interactive Particle XY Pad
  • (New in v1.1.1) Toggle between a dark and a light interface design
  • (New in v1.1.1) Over 40 artist presets

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Mac

  • macOS 10.9 or newer (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon compatible)
  • AU, VST, VST3, AAX

Windows

  • Windows 8.1 or newer (64-bit only)
  • VST, VST3, AAX

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Screamo

Distortion by W.A. Production



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Loud & Proud

Sometimes the wildest ideas are the best and Screamo is proof... a crazy concept that just works! We’ve taken distortion to the next level by wrapping up several familiar ideas within one plugin, resulting in a talk-box / screamer hybrid that can groove along with your track. Forget about complex audio routing and syncing up multiple LFOs. With Screamo that’s handled for you as half of the plugin interface features a dedicated waveform shaper which can modulate resonant filters, distortion and gain to add life to any audio. Bring your bass lines out from the shadows with some subtle movement or make a synth line scream with in-your-face rhythmic overdrive - the choice is yours.

Smear

Two resonant shelving filters give a talk-box-like effect when used with restraint or full-on screamer when pushed hard. 3 different styles of smear effect can be switched: either upward, downward or two-way frequency modulation.

Drive

Use the Drive control to make your percussion loops crack or synths cut through the mix. Push your signal from subtle saturation to extreme overdrive. Soft, medium and hard style distortion modes can be activated.

Sync Everything

The Smear, Drive and Makeup controls are all synced together allowing you to create tempo-synced scream effects that would normally be very complex to achieve with normal plugin routing.

Use the bottom row of Shape, Speed and Smooth dials to design your waveform, controlling the 3 parameters on the top row. It’s totally possible to create a slowly evolving talk-box effect, or crazy fluttering overdrive - and everything in between.

All in one

Use the simple controls to dial in your individual style or utilise the onboard presets for one-click transformations. The 25 factory presets are designed to get you up and running quickly, with settings that veer from subtle saturation to wild overdriven rhythms. These are all easily accessible from the plugin menu and of course, you can save your own settings as user presets too.

A real-time level monitor and gain control are essential for accurate A/Bing to check the results of Screamo’s processing power.

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio-quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • 25 Creative Presets for one-click transformations
  • 3 Smear modes
  • 3 Distortion types
  • 5 Sync modulation wave shapes with adjustable start points
  • Sync speed control with straight, triplet and dotted rhythms
  • Real-time output level display and gain
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video
  • Resizable user interface

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  • VST Windows 8 or later (32 / 64-bit) 
  • VST / AU macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)

Please Note: AAX format requires ProTools 11 or higher.

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Heavy Pedal

Distortion by Audiority



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Important Note: This is not a physical product and is a music software plugin available for online download only.

Heavy Pedal is a faithful analog modeled simulation of the infamous Swedish Chainsaw distortion stompbox introduced in the mid 80s and that sculpted the guitar tone of many metal guitarists. This high gain pedal is definitely the dark side in the panorama of distortion pedals.



Features

  • Independent Tone, Distortion and Level controls
  • Pre and Post effect gain
  • Mix control
  • Noise Gate
  • Resizable interface

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PC

  • Windows 7 or later
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX 64-bit host
  • Note: 64bit Only

MAC

  • OSX 10.8 or later
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU and AAX 64-bit host
  • Note: 64bit Only

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Grind

Distortion by Audio Damage



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A true powerhouse of audio warfare, Grind puts the "damage" in Audio Damage. From subtle tube-style saturation to full-on mangled wavetable distortion, Grind is a Swiss Army Knife of sound design. 

Grind consists of three main blocks: wavetable lookup, into algorithmic saturation/distortion/, and finally to a multi-mode filter. The wavetable module uses the amplitude of the incoming signal to replace the sample with one from 15 different linearly-interpolated wavetables, chosen for their mangling potential. Window size and phase controls provide further tone-shaping possibilities. 

The next stop is the algorithm module, with eleven different distortion and saturation algorithms, from simple soft-knee saturation on up to full-on sine warping. 

After this, the signal passes through a multi-mode filter stage, with eleven different filter models to choose from, including "vintage digital" versions from the early days of plugin development, on up to our modern analogue-modelled MS20-style lowpass and highpass synth filters. A tempo-synced LFO provides motion for the filter frequency, and a final stage of soft clipping and DC filtering tames the output. 

Make no mistake: this is not a subtle, polite tool. With careful tuning of the provided presets, it can be tamed to normal filtering and saturation duties, but on the whole, it is a noisy, snorting beast of a plug-in, and is happiest with Full Metal audio destruction. 



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Windows

  • Windows 8.1 or newer and a 32-bit or 64-bit DAW.
  • VST 32/64-bit
  • VST3 32/64-bit
  • AAX 64-bit

Mac

  • macOS 10.12 and above
  • VST 64-bit
  • VST3 64-bit
  • AAX 64-bit
  • AudioUnit 64-bit
 

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TrapDrive

Distortion by Diginoiz



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A Distortion VST for Trap

Diginoiz are proud to present their new distortion plugin dedicated especially to the heavy side of trap music and every genre that is related to it! TrapDrive is tough, rough, harsh and possibly even drastic. At the same time, it will give your tracks that desirable edge, adding extra spice and making them stand out in a wild way!

If you get excited by the sounds heard in tunes like XXXtentacion – Look At Me, Scarlxrd – Heart Attack, Bones – HDMI and need an uncompromising distortion in your productions, this plugin is for you!

TrapDrive is perfect for distorting 808/Bass type sounds, is great on vocals and very suitable for crushing guitars or making synths more exciting. If you feel brave enough you can use it on the whole buses, or even mixes!

Trap Drive has 8 types of distortion to choose from, based on such operations as arctan function, hard clipping, bipolar exponential, unipolar exponential, bit-crushing and some more that only Diginoiz's own programmer can denominate, but do you really care about the theory? Just throw it on a track, turn up the Amount knob up and listen to the sound of violence!

Diginoiz wish you many exciting moments with this distortion purely dedicated to trap music and they are sure you’ll love it!



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PC

  • Windows 7 and higher (64-bit only)
  • VST3 only

Mac

  • MacOS 10.12 or higher (64-bit only)
  • AU/VST3

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CrushStation

Distortion by Eventide



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Drive your Tone from Creamy Saturation to a Brutal Sonic Assault

CrushStation is a versatile, best-in-class, stereo distortion platform for your Mac or PC. Its controls can drive your tone from creamy saturation to a brutal sonic assault. But distortion is just the starting point. CrushStation brings multi-effects to the mix by adding a three-band EQ, Compression, Octave Mix and, Eventide’s unique take on failing hardware, the Sag control. Use the MIX Control to blend your dry signal with CrushStation to create parallel compression, distortion, and other creative effects.

Fix, Fit & Feature

CrushStation’s combination of ingredients creates a plugin that excels at the three broad ways distortion effects can be deployed. FX expert and author, Alex Case, refers to them as the “3Fs”: FIT, FIX and FEATURE:

  • FIX” a weak snare track by adding just a bit of Grit & Compression.
  • “FIT” finesse the lead into your mix by adding a bit of warmth and bottom.
  • “FEATURE” the lead by crushing it ‘til it hurts.



Features

  • 35 PRESETS painstakingly tailored to cover all the bases.
  • DRIVE from shallow subtle boost to deep overdrive distortion.
  • GRIT and SUSTAIN push into fuzz territory.
  • SAG was inspired by Eventide's experience of the sound of dying analogue gear; the power rail sags and the amp starts sputtering, cutting out and sounding 'broken'.
  • MIX in higher and lower OCTAVES then turn up the DRIVE and SUSTAIN to crush them together to form massive new textures.
  • GRIT for low-end, gritty, chugging sounds.
  • 3-Band EQ to shape your tone.
  • GATE your signal to tame an aggressive distortion output, or get aggressive with high threshold gating and dry MIX for parallel gated crunch.
  • RIBBON lets you ‘play’ the effect in real-time and provides dynamic and fluid control to morph back and forth between the settings of your choice.
  • HOTSWITCH allows you to instantly switch between two different distinct settings within the same preset at the push of a button.
  • MIXLOCK keeps MIX control constant as you audition presets.
  • Available for Mac and PC as VST, AAX, and AU plug-in.
  • Play It Live

  • Originally developed for the Eventide H9 Harmonizer® pedal, CrushStation has been enhanced for experimentation and live performance and fine-tuned for your desktop, laptop or iPad. Like all H9 series plug-ins, CrushStation is designed to 'play'. The Ribbon lets you sweep the effect between two completely different settings. On one end you can have a gritty dark EQ, and on the other a wall of sound using heavy Compression, Sag, and Octaves during a solo or intense transition. Even a dramatic effect can become boring if it remains static throughout a track. Use the Ribbon to add a bit of 'life' while you're mixing. For desktop users, plug in a MIDI keyboard and gain control of the Ribbon via the mod wheel for tactile and nuanced morphs and sweeps.

  • Presets Make It Easy

  • The plug-in comes loaded with 35 Factory Presets that cover the many ways that you'll want to use it. Presets capable of adding spice, flair, crude and crunch to suit a variety of production styles. Get guitars, bass and synth to sit perfectly in the mix by dialling in warmth and depth with "PunkRock Lobster." The Grit control in "Fat n Snappy" adds preamp-style distortion that can help bring out kicks in the mix with. "Big Pop Octaves" adds subtle distortion and lower octaves for unique pitch blending vocal effects. Further fine-tune your sound using the three-band EQ to tame cymbals and vocal sibilance. 


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Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (64-bit only) (Windows 11 supported)
  • AAX, VST2, VST3 (64-bit only)

Mac

  • macOS 10.9 and later (64-bit only) (macOS 12 Monterey and M1 Apple Silicon supported)
  • AAX, AU, VST2, VST3 (64-bit only)
  • Please Note: AAX format is only compatible with Intel Macs (until Avid adds native M1 Apple Silicon support).

Important Notes:

  • Eventide tests their desktop plugins in Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Studio One (However, our plugins should work with any compatible host.)
  • No iLok dongle is required to run this software - only a FREE iLok account/Manager is required for authorisation.

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FabFilter Saturn 2

Distortion by FabFilter



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A Crush On Music

Distortion and saturation play a very important role in music production. From subtle, clean and warm tube or tape saturation to the wildest multiband guitar amp effects: FabFilter Saturn 2 delivers.

Saturn 2 introduces a host of new features such as a redesigned interface with modulation visualization, new subtle saturation and linear phase processing for mastering, many new distortion styles, and more.

Warmth, Harmonics, Colour and Dynamics

FabFilter Saturn 2 offers a range of different high-quality distortion models, inspired by the vintage sound of tubes, tape, transformers and guitar amps. In addition, you get five creative FX distortion styles to mangle your sounds in weird and unexpected ways.

With its multiband design and per-band feedback, dynamics, drive, tone and modulation options, Saturn 2 will bring a unique flavour to your music.

Bring Your Sounds to Life

Add life and depth to your music using the extensive modulation section. By applying subtle modulation to crossover frequencies, dynamics, band levels or tone controls, great warmth and definition can be achieved.

With all the XLFOs, EGs, XY controllers/sliders, envelope followers and MIDI sources you will ever need, you get practically unlimited modulation possibilities. Creating new modulation connections could not be easier: just drag and drop. And Saturn 2 visualizes all modulation in real-time to show exactly what's going on.

FabFilter Goodies

Finally, FabFilter Saturn 2 contains all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, interface resizing and full-screen mode, support for Avid control surfaces, GPU-powered graphics acceleration, extensive help with interactive help hints, SSE optimization, and much more.




Features

  • 28 different distortion styles, from subtle tube saturation to heavy guitar amps and bit crushing.
  • Optional HQ modes: Good (8x oversampling) and Superb (32x oversampling).
  • Multiband processing (up to 6 bands), with optional linear phase processing.
  • Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers/sliders, envelope generators, envelope followers, and MIDI sources you will ever need.
  • Fully redesigned, easy-to-use interface, including a new design of modulation sources and floating slot panel.
  • Adjustable slope for the crossovers, offering 6, 12, 24 and 48 dB/oct options.
  • Live modulation visualization for targets and sources.
  • Curve control in EGs and transient detection in EFs.
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.
  • Various interface sizes and Full-Screen mode.
  • Additional Features

  • Interactive multiband display.
  • Per-band drive, mix, feedback, dynamics, tone and level controls.
  • Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 50-slot modulation matrix.
  • Per-band solo and mute options.
  • Mid/side processing.
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration.
  • Unique per-component presets.
  • Interactive MIDI Learn.
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation.
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints.
  • Undo, redo and A/B switch features.
  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (64-bit and 32-bit on Windows, 64-bit only on macOS).

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Windows:

  • 64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista
  • 32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP
  • VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

macOS:

  • 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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All FabFilter plug-ins are available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats.

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Green Reaper GR9

Distortion by Audiority



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Analogue Modelled Vintage Overdrive Plugin

Important Note: This is not a physical product and is a music software plugin available for online download only.

The first incarnation of the Tube Screamer series, the TS-808, was first released in the 1979 and hand-wired by MAXON® engineers, who have been Ibanez’s production partners until 2002.

This pedal quickly became wildly popular due to its ability to deliver one of the smoothest and most responsive overdrive tones ever with just three controls. That’s why, still today, this is one of the most cloned and modified pedals ever.

Audiority carefully modelled the original pedal and added some goodies, including several modified versions of the circuit, to further shape your guitar tone.




Features

  • Analog Modelled Overdrive
  • Drive, Tone and Level controls
  • Pre and Post effect gain
  • Mix control
  • Noise Gate
  • 12 different circuit types
  • “To Amp” output mode
  • Resizable interface

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PC

  • Windows 7 64bit or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX 64-bit host

Mac (Intel)

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX 64-bit host

Mac (Silicon)

  • macOS 11.0 or later (64-bit only)
  • Apple M1 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU 64-bit host
  • PT11 or higher, AAX 64-bit host

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MISHBY

Distortion by Freakshow Industries



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Description


The Tape Abomination

MISHBY, little tape machine that couldn't. Twisted by forbidden science. Manipulated by the parasitic consciousness of a long-forgotten terror. It is a tape emulation disaster inspired by cheap cassette decks that nobody cared about, from companies that no longer exist.

Dare to explore its desynchronizing analogue sections, glitching digital schemes, "cassette" "tape" "emulation", whatever a "self-care" control is, at least one actual ghost and that's just the start.




Features

  • MISHBY uses industry-participating vaporware technology in conjunction with the latest advancements in anti-user interface design to present the final face of analogue vs digital destruction.

  • Cheap cassette quality, noise, soft and harsh distortions
  • Multi-band phase-desynced tape wow
  • Broken and destructive digital decode
  • Band focused glitch with length and reset probability.
  • Inspirational quotes and general life advice.

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Format (64 bit only):

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST 3
  • AU

Operating System:

  • Mac OS 10.10.5+ (Catalina supported)
  • Windows 7+

DAW:

  • Pro Tools 11+
  • Logic Pro X
  • Live 9+
  • Cubase 9+
  • Studio One 3+
  • Reaper 5+
  • FL Studio 12+

Important Note: This product's format is 64-bit only and will not function on 32-bit systems.

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Ravage

Distortion by SoundSpot



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Get heated overdrive with added life and movement – choose from six types of distortion, shape your signal with filtering and gain, and modulate the results with custom-drawn LFO shapes.




Features

  • Heat things up with 6 distortion types: Digital, Tube, Diode, Lin Fold, Zero Sq and Rectify
  • Add movement to parameters using custom-drawn modulation shapes
  • Destroy parameter pushes the signal even harder through the distortion processor
  • Pan the distortion across the stereo field 
  • Tailor the distortion response with filtering, input/output gain, and dark/bright weighting
  • Reverse, Smooth and adjust Pulse Width for modulator signals
  • Auto output control compensates level when Drive is increased
  • Oversampling is set intelligently behind the scenes to ensure the best sound quality
  • Select from six modelled distortion algorithms: Tube, Digital, Diode, Linear Fold, Zero Sq and Rectify, each with a different personality for adding grit and dirt to audio. Use the Drive control to push the signal harder, and use the Destroy parameter to fully smash up any audio. There are high- and low-pass filters onboard, as well as a Dark/Bright slider to weight the distortion’s energy.

  • Animate your distortion in Ravage’s Movement panel, which lets you assign modulators to one of eight destinations including Drive and Pan. With draw-your-own modulator shapes, you can customize an LFO’s movement using nodes and curves to whip up customised patterns. To take your modulation further, Ravage offers playhead reversal, waveform smoothing and pulse width manipulation.


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macOS:

  • 10.12 – 10.15 (older OS versions may work but are not tested)

Plugin Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Plugin Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Formats: In theory any 32 or 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX compatible host application should work.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

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DriveShaper

Distortion by Cableguys



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Get the complete ShaperBox 2 Bundle and save 62%!

The Ultimate Distortion Toolkit

Dynamic • Rhythmic • Multiband

From laser-focused harmonic warmth and sizzle to massively modulated mayhem that reacts and breathes in synergy with your music, DriveShaper does it all – and more. Animate any of 10 exciting shaping algorithms using easy, drawable LFOs and simple 1-slider Envelope Followers.

Create magical distorted rhythms, pulsing analogue warmth and hard-edged patterns. And for mixing, target specific hits with the LFO and Envelope Follower, and home in on precise frequency ranges with multiband control. Quickly dial in reactive heat and subtle harmonic motion.

Running inside Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use DriveShaper on its own or with other Shapers — they all work in exactly the same way, stacking up to create elaborate, multilayered effects that'll make your productions stand out.

Try it now — download the ShaperBox 2 demo and use DriveShaper in your tracks today.

Do all this with DriveShaper

  • Make 808s punch harder
  • Enhance kick attack
  • Make your treble sizzle
  • Energise melodies
  • Design monster basslines
  • Distort hits in a loop
  • Rhythmise pads



Features

  • 10 distortion Styles

  • Choose from 10 diverse Styles of distortion: Soft/Hard Clip for classic analogue-style clipping. Soft/Hard Square for fizzy, distorted zero crossings. Soft/Hard Rectify for octave-up FX. Skew/Sine/Triangle/Extreme Fold for wild wavefolding transformations.

  • Grip. Push. Accent. Tone.

  • Take total control with four specialised distortion parameters. Grip prevents quiet elements like reverb ambience dominating the distortion. Push generates asymmetric drive. Accent and Tone level and EQ the distorted parts only, slotting them into the mix – or making them punch even harder.

  • Amazing Visual Feedback

  • You always see exactly what is happening in DriveShaper. The unique animated distortion transfer curve shows just how your waveforms are being shaped. And the built-in spectrum view, large oscilloscope, visual LFO and Envelope modulation trace give instant audio insights.

  • LFOs that you design

  • Animate distortion over time with Cableguys' famous LFO drawing system. Create throbbing, stepped, ramped drive patterns in seconds – use easy-to-grasp Pen tools or classic node-based editing. Shift patterns in time, double them up, even randomize them. Any shape you can imagine, just clicks away.

  • Cableguys Quality

  • Like all Cableguys plugins, DriveShaper uses top-quality DSP, for seriously good sound that professionals rely on. Oversampled algorithms reduce harsh digital aliasing. Sample-accurate LFOs give perfect timing. And carefully calibrated internal gain compensation keep your levels under control.

  • Flexible Envelope Followers

  • Wouldn't it be great if the distortion could also react to the flow of your music? That's where the Envelope Follower comes in. Using one easy slider, create dynamic distortion that responds to beats, loops, melodies – anything. A pop-out control panel gives full access to attack/release and more.

  • Multiband Distortion

  • Split your audio into up to three frequency bands. Enhance the bass, mids and treble with a different Style, LFO and Envelope for each. Just drag in the Bands area to set up – it's fast, easy and powerful.

  • Runs in ShaperBox 2

  • DriveShaper runs in Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Crush, Filter, Volume, Pan and Width Shapers for multilayered effects. Buy DriveShaper on its own — or save 62% and get all 7 Shapers with ShaperBox 2 Bundle.

  • More Features

  • Retina/HiDPI interface, resizable from 75% to 200%
  • Built-in help — hover over any control for description
  • Expandable LFO for detailed editing
  • Set LFO loop length in beats and bars, or Hertz
  • LFO loop length from 1/128 to 32 bars, with sample-accurate sync
  • Audio-rate modulation up to 5.24kHz for extreme sound design
  • Trigger LFO in any rhythm via MIDI
  • MIDI Trigger activity LED to aid setup
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when switching/triggering Waves
  • LFO Smoothing parameter to remove clicks/pops, or for creative effect
  • 1-click Quick Presets
  • Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click
  • Selection skewing, for easily increasing intensity over time
  • Snap a single point, a selection, or each point within a selection
  • Flip/resize/move/randomize wave or selection
  • Draggable parameters to shift the entire wave up/down
  • Copy/paste waves between any Shapers
  • Unlimited undo/redo for LFO wave edits
  • Dozens of Wave Presets covering all common uses
  • 9 slots to store User Waves, saved with the patch
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI
  • Dry/wet mix for each band
  • Solo bands for easy setup
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option
  • Magnitude oscilloscope graph
  • Easy 1-slider editing of Envelope Follower
  • Input/Output Gain controls for gain staging and manual levelling

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Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later (64-bit only)
  • VST, AU or AAX host sequencer.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)
  • VST or AAX host sequencer.

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Instinct

Distortion by Inertia Sound Systems



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A Living Organism of Drive, Dynamics and Tone

Instinct is not just another distortion, dynamics processing,  or tone shaping audio engine.

It is a sonic monster that can create new worlds from the sound you feed it with, varying from smooth analog warmth or dynamics processing to total destruction, aggressiveness and alienation.

Buttery Smooth

Instinct can deliver results that vary from smooth saturation or mild dynamics processing, to extremely distorted and noisy breathing sounds, with wide dynamics and a very rich frequency spectrum.

High quality, Transistor and Tube models

That can be tweaked, interchanged and modulated in depth.

A wide response transient shaper "SCULPT"

This is the modulation source that pumps the heart on Instinct. With controls overtime response and character, it can modulate many circuit parameters, achieving unique dynamics and distortion shaping. SCULPT is able to operate on auxiliary buffers as it supports an external sidechain.

VA Resonant Filters

High-quality zero-delay feedback analogue modelled drive and tone filters, with internal saturation, and self-oscillation.

Versatile signal flow

Instinct provides a lot of freedom regarding which modules are active or inactive. This creates different signal flow choices with different characters and a wide sound result palette.

Morph

Models, and model parameters can be smoothly tweaked.

High-quality Resampling

With bandlimited sync interpolation. Operating at 4x or 8x oversampling for pristine sound.

Preset System

Instinct comes with many built-in presets varying from smooth warm dynamics and drive to more creative/wild /noisy ones. These can be a good starting point both for mixing and sound design.




Features

  • High quality, Transistor and Tube models.
  • Versatile signal flow, with one or two drive circuits in series.
  • VA Resonant Filters
  • A wide response transient shaper "SCULPT" with an optional external sidechain.
  • Morph across circuit models and circuit model parameters.
  • Transparent high-quality Boost Filter.
  • High-quality resampling.

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Mac

  • macOS 10.12 - 10.15
  • AU / VST & VST3 (64 bit only)

PC

  • Windows 10 or later
  • VST / VST3 (64 bit only)

Linux 

  • GLIBC: 2.29
  • VST / VST3

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Rift 2.0

Distortion by Minimal Audio



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Cutting-Edge Hybrid Distortion

Minimal Audio has packed even more into their flagship product. Introducing an all-new experience with dark mode and multiband features.

A New Type Of Distortion Is Here

Rift's groundbreaking effects, extensive modulation, and all-around musical mindset put sought-after sounds at your fingertips.

Flexible Multi-Band Effects

Send any combination of distortion, feedback, and filtering through the multi-band crossover to keep the effect exactly where you want.

Dark Mode

Now built for night owls. Switch between light and dark modes with the click of a button.

Multi-Polar Processing Engine

Create massive distortion effects and animated harmonic movements with unprecedented control.

Far Beyond Traditional Distortion

Physical modelling feedback and advanced morphing filters make Rift much more than another multi-effect plugin.

Tune Absolutely Everything

Intuitive pitch snapping, scale presets, and MIDI tracking blur the line between effect and instrument.

Powerful Curve Sequencing

Effortlessly draw modulation shapes and assign them to any parameter. Save and load presets, randomize, edit, and undo.

Endless Preset Library

Get inspired by 400+ presets and intelligently randomize them into infinite variations




Features

  • 400+ presets with deep macro control
  • Easy-to-use Play View and extensive Advanced View
  • A ground-breaking multi-polar distortion engine
  • 30 distortion types and up to 6 stages of processing
  • Physical modelling feedback and delay
  • State-of-the-art morphing filters
  • Flexible multi-band effects routing
  • Powerful modulation sequencing
  • Pitch snapping, transposition, and MIDI tracking
  • Beautifully designed dark and light UI modes
  • Intelligent randomization for endless preset variation
  • In-app tooltips make learning Rift a breeze
  • High-quality oversampling
  • CPU optimized algorithms and more

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Mac

  • macOS 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)
  • AU, VST, VST3, AAX

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • VST, VST3, AAX

Please Note: An internet connection is required for activation.

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The Overseer

Distortion by Audiority



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Analog Modeled Vintage Distortion Plugin

The Overseer is an analog modelled simulation of the vintage *Marshall® Guv’nor™, overdrive stompbox introduced in the 80s to replicate the drive tone of the Plexi™ and JCM800™ amps.

The Guv’nor has been in production from ‘88 to ‘91 and it was the first “amp in a box” series of pedals that Marshall released during the ‘90s.

Furthermore, we added new exciting mods to the original circuit for more tonal possibilities!




Features

  • Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble and Level Controls
  • Pre and Post Effect Gain
  • Mix Control
  • Noise Gate
  • 5 Different Pedal Circuits
  • Resizable Interface

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  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

Mac

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur and M1 Mac Supported)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

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The Bluesman

Distortion by Audiority



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Analog Modeled Vintage Overdrive Plugin

The Bluesman is an analog modelled simulation of the vintage *Marshall® Blues Breaker™, low gain overdrive stompbox introduced in the 90s to replicate the tone of the 1962 Blues Breaker amp.

The Bluesbreaker has been introduced in ‘91, along with the Drivemaster and the Shredmaster. Its round and smooth overdrive made this pedal one of the most sought after stompboxes by vintage gear collectors and boutique pedal designers.

Furthermore, Audiority added new exciting mods to the original circuit for more tonal possibilities!




Features

  • Gain, Tone and Level controls
  • Pre and Post Effect Gain
  • Mix Control
  • Noise Gate
  • 3 Different Pedal Circuits
  • Resizable Interface

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  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

Mac

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur and M1 Mac Supported)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

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The Driver

Distortion by Audiority



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Analog Modeled Vintage Overdrive Plugin

The Driver is an analog modelled simulation of the vintage *Marshall® Drivemaster™, overdrive stompbox introduced in the 90s to replicate the drive tone of the JCM800™ amp.

The Drivemaster has been introduced in ‘91, along with the Bluesbreaker and the Shredmaster, as part of their “amp in a box” series.

Furthermore, Audiority added new exciting mods to the original circuit for more tonal possibilities!

Features

  • Gain, Tone and Level Controls
  • Pre and Post Effect Gain
  • Mix Control
  • Noise Gate
  • 4 Different Pedal Circuits
  • Resizable Interface



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  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

Mac

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur and M1 Mac Supported)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

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Trash 2 + Expansions EDU

Distortion by iZotope



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Distort. Mangle. Transform

Trash 2’s multi-band, dual-stage distortions and advanced post-filtering enable immediate sonic transformation. Trash any track: not just guitars and basses, but drums, synths, pads, vocals, brass, woodwinds, and more.

Trash 2 offers dual distortion modules and a slew of multi-effects for creative, uninhibited music production and sound design. Chain two distortion algorithms in each frequency band for up to 8 different flavors of destruction. Choose from over 100 impulse responses with the Convolve module, explore new sonic dimensions with the Delay and Dynamics modules, or add movement to your audio using 2 Filters, each with 20+ evocative filter types to shape your tone.

Meet the Trash 2 modules

Multiband Trash Module

The heart of Trash is its dual-stage multiband waveshaping distortion—allowing you to chain pairs of distortions together for sonic manipulation. Split the signal into multiple bands and apply distortion independently to individual frequencies, each with their own custom waveshape. Use the new Waveform Trace to see exactly how you're mangling your waveforms in real-time, and DC offset filtering to keep them centred and on track. Be extreme or be benevolent: the power of audio annihilation is completely within your control.

  • Apply different distortion types to up to 4 frequency bands.
  • Chain two distortion algorithms for each frequency band for up to 8 different flavours of destruction.
  • Choose from over 60 different distortion algorithms. 
  • Design and edit your own distortions using the new graphic-based Waveshaper.
  • Filter each stage with the included Filter 2.
  • Further refine your distortions with the DC Offset Filter and Logarithmic Distortion modes.
  • Delay, Dynamics, and Output Limiter features.

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Filter Modules

Each stage offers 60+ gain algorithms for up to four independent frequency bands...

With distortion, tone is everything. Trash 2 gives you two new redesigned Filter modules to drive the frequencies you want into distortion or tame the ones you don't want. Shape the tone and make it your own with re-engineered Filter shapes and new Vowel Filters.

  • Experiment with 20+ sweepable filters for a variety of clean, juicy, and harsh tonal options.
  • Get twice the filter action with brand new Filter 1 and Filter 2 modules.
  • Add LFO and envelope modulation per node to get wahs, wubs, tremolos, and other sweeping effects. 
  • Let your Filter settings react dynamically to other incoming audio with new sidechaining support.
  • Put both Filter modules in parallel to achieve different combinations of filter settings simultaneously.
  • Delay, Dynamics and Output Limiter features.

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Convolve

Authentic spatial and object simulation...

Trash features extremely realistic amp, device, cabinet, effect and speaker convolution modeling, freeing you to place your audio into another space (or object) entirely. Choose from classics, combos, boutique models, and stacks, or play with creative synthetic impulses from a number of different sources. There's a tone and character for any situation—let Trash bring you outside the box with telephones, clock radios, sheet metal, plexiglass tubes, piano cabinets, tin cans, and more.

Still want more? You're in luck! With the Convolve module, you can teleport your sound wherever you please by loading in your own audio files.

  • Explore over 100 redesigned Impulse Responses, to capture the audio characteristics of another space or object. 
  • Load your own custom Impulse Response using any .wav or .aiff file.
  • Adjust stereo width and placement using stereo imaging controls.

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Multiband Dynamics Module

Fully-equipped compressors and gates are available for up to four frequency bands...

Controlling distortion goes far beyond simple filtering and limiting. To get the most out of your tracks, Trash 2 includes a multiband Compressor and Noise Gate to squash the peaks, add grit and character, silence the noise, or draw out sustain. With the addition of sidechaining support, multiband processing, and an updated compression algorithm, the Dynamics module is sure to be among the most powerful tools in Trash 2.

  • Get analogue-modelled and grit-filled compression and gating from the redesigned Dynamics module.
  • Apply Dynamics to different frequency ranges independently with 4-band Multiband support.
  • Trigger the Compressor or Gate via external sources with sidechaining support–even to individual frequency bands in Multiband mode.
  • Keep an eye on extensive Dynamics metering for immediate visual feedback. 
  • Determine exactly which frequencies trigger Dynamics processing using the new Detection Filter, or exploit the Filter's resonance for more creative applications of compression.
  • Dig deeper into additional Dynamics options like Hard or Soft Knee compression, RMS or Peak level detection, and Auto-Gain compensation.

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Delay

Six different delay types offer even more sonic possibilities for your audio...

Unlock even more potential for texture and space with Trash's Delay module.  With a selection of tape, tape/tube, analog, digital and lo-fi digital delay types, input filtering, the ability to add additional distortion and width, along with parallel controls, Trash 2's Delay module can add that final finishing touch, or take your sound out of this world.

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Output Limiter

Unyielding final level control...

Trash 2's built-in limiter helps you control the chaos and prevent output clipping. It comes loaded with a steadfast output Limiter to help you tame dramatic distortion effects and prevent sound degradation from analog clipping. In short, the Limiter allows you the peace of mind to tweak and distort to your heart’s content, without having to worry about blowing up your speakers. Multiple behaviour options in the Options menu allow you to tweak and alter the timbre and performance of the Limiter:

  • Quiet: A transparent limiting with neutral character and slower release times
  • Loud: More aggressive limiting while still keeping transparent as possible and medium release times
  • Clipping: Aggressive limiting with very short release times

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Expansion Libraries

Increase your distortion potential with new presets and impulses in our versatile Expansion Packs, each designed for exclusive with Trash 2.

Classic Textures

Trash 2 can unleash sonic mayhem on any signal that runs through it, but with that power comes great responsibility. With a sophisticated sense of restraint, Classic Textures is Trash 2's most responsible pack yet. Explore 30+ new impulses, from dark vinyl to classroom projectors to crackling fires, and discover a wide palette to gently texturize any track. Or, choose from 70 new presets to coat your mix in everything from 80's synth grit to warm wax to earthy, retro moods. It's easy to get a feel for Classic Textures—give your sound the subtle nuance it deserves.

Features:

A Sampling of 30+ Impulses:

  • 1940s Explosion, Reel To Reel, Classic Film, Gas Burner, Lo Fi Arcade...

A Peek at 70 Patches:

  • UV Harmonics, Old Tele, Mason Jar, Fuzz Factor, Vintage Soundtrack, Cassette...

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Trash 2 Expansion: Edge

The Edge Expansion Pack is full of extra-exotic and extra-gritty presets for a broad range of sonic treatments, perfect for unconventional guitars, synth basses, synth pads, drum mangling, and more. Bit-crushed, filtered, and filled with an extra-dirty vibe, the Edge Expansion presets offer a more angular, vintage, and experimental "edge" to your Trash 2 experience. With 30 new Impulse Responses for further tone colouring and 70 new Presets built directly for these impulses, the Edge Expansion content was born to bring out the best of Trash 2's warm, jagged, nasty, subtle, classic, out-there sound.




Features

  • A Sampling of 30+ Impulses:

  • Voodoo, Muck, Gravel, Big Wheel, Magnum, Taxicab, Powerman, Ignite...
  • A Peek at 70 Patches:

  • Electric Blaze, Hard Cider, Parasite, Filter Shred, Bleached, Ugly Couch...

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  • Mac: OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion – macOS 11 Big Sur
  • *Intel-based Apple computers only (not yet ARM / M1)
  • PC: Win XP (32–bit Service Pack 3) – Win 10

Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX (64–bit), AU, RTAS (32–bit), VST, VST3

Supported Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9–10, Cubase 9.5, Digital Performer 9, FL Studio 12, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8, Pro Tools 10–12, Reaper 5, Reason 10, Studio One 3–4

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Corrosion v2

Distortion by Sinevibes



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Corrosion v2 Distortion

Corrosion is a multi-algorithm distortion effect plugin for Mac. It is based on a DSP engine built with 4x oversampling, which uses analog-style anti-aliasing filters for an unusually smooth but robust sound character. Corrosion includes a wide selection of different distortion algorithms, from classic clippers and folders to very unique curves invented at Sinevibes.

Distortion gain can go up to 24 dB and has a tilt control for natural stereo width effects, plus the plugin also features an exponential gate which can be used for both for noise reduction on analog recordings - as well as more creatively to “chop” audio. With its special ability to adjust the upsampling filter’s cutoff frequency and mix in the dry input signal processed via a steep high-pass filter, Corrosion delivers a huge variety of sophisticated distortion effects, from subtle boosting and drive all the way to dramatic waveform bending, warping and destruction - and it does so via extremely simple controls.




Features

  • Sound Engine

  • Distortion engine with 15 different algorithms and 4x oversampling
  • Flexible frequency crossover capabilities with simultaneous control of distortion upsampling filter and dry signal high-pass filter
  • Gain tilt control for stereo width effects
  • Built-in exponential noise gate with variable threshold, attack, and release
  • Lag filters on all continuous parameters for smooth, click-free adjustment
  • Supports mono › mono, mono › stereo, and stereo › stereo channel configurations
  • Graphic Interface

  • Color-coded graphic elements
  • Consistent name, mapping, value, and unit implemented for all parameters in both graphic user interface and host control/automation
  • Built-in preset management functions
  • Supports window size scaling up to 200%

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  • macOS 10.9 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel or M1 Apple processor.
  • AU / AAX / VST3

Windows

  • Windows 8.1 or later (64-bit only)
  • PC computer with x86 processor.
  • AAX / VST3

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Heat by 22Bullets

Distortion by W.A. Production



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Heat by 22Bullets - Smokin’ Saturation

With millions of Spotify plays under his belt, Thai-born producer 22Bullets is a dance music legend in the making. His high-profile list of collaborators includes Fedde Le Grand, Timmy Trumpet, Kura, and Vinai. W.A Production are proud to collaborate with him on a plugin that really shoots from the hip.

Presenting Heat. With a unique look, this bone-crunching plugin brings out the big guns. Load the revolver barrel with two of your favourite distortion and saturation models, and blend them together with a spin of the chamber. You can shape the two signals with high and low pass filters, resulting in a more musical output than many other types of distortion plugins. Feel the Heat of sweet saturation and intense amped-up overdrive as you tweak the parameters to your personal taste.

Also included is loads of factory presets to kickstart your distortion discoveries, from extreme settings for smashing your audio, to more tempered values for vocals, bass, and drums. Use these presets as jumping-off points and then adjust the drive, blend, filters, and other parameters to create a sound that’ll blow the competition away.

Bonus Sample Pack from 22Bullets

As an additional treat, with every purchase of Heat you’ll also get a 2GB pack of samples, stems, MIDI, and synth presets. Everything you need to recreate the signature sound from 22Bullets, from slamming bass lines to mutated FX, fat synths to pounding drums. Drop these files into your DAW to discover exactly how this top-tier producer constructs his own tracks. 
 
Blend 10 Devastating Distortion Types

The whole concept of Heat is to apply twin distortion and then shape the signals so that your audio is powerful, yet retains musicality. The starting point for this are the 10 different types of modeled distortion. These 10 models can be loaded into the two chambers, each with adjustable drive levels. With a wide range of different distortion types, from Browning to Bazooka, you can easily craft everything from subtle saturation and harmonics to blow-the-doors-off distortion. Each of these 10 types of processing will produce a different character and timbre, so experiment by blending between them with a flick of the bullet chamber. 


 
Twin Filters

These two filter controls allow you to shape your distortion far more musically than stock plugins. Separately adjust the High and Low frequency cut off parameters for the two different distortion chambers. For example, you might only want to crush the mid-range of a synth part, giving it more crunch and power. Or maybe just distort the lowest frequencies of a fat kick drum. Combine two different types of distortion with two different filter shapes and get your audio production-ready with the precision of surgical saturation. 
 
Input, Output & Mix Ratio

Use the Input and Output sliders to compensate for any gain boost or reduction caused by the distortion chambers with up to +/- 48dB attenuation. This allows for very accurate comparisons when A/Bing. Use the Mix ratio control at the centre of the interface to dial in as much (or as little) of the distortion types as you need. Apply a conservative ratio for subtle saturation and sweetening or push the control further to hear the 100% destroyed signal. 
 
Visual Feedback

The live visual meters around the perimeter of the interface show exactly what’s happening to the signal as it’s being processed in real time. This allows for accurate monitoring each time you decide to make a change to the distortion type or level. The output of the right-hand chambers is shown as a bouncing orange waveform, the output of the left-hand chamber shown in yellow. This makes it easy to tell the difference between the two types of distortion that you’re applying to the signal and exactly which parts of the signal the filters are targeting. 
 
Presets

With many included presets, it’s easy to lock-and-load starting points to create your own distortion drama. Tailored to specific instruments, genres, and effects, these factory options can be used on many types of audio. The presets include everything from delicate distortion to all-out smashed saturation.
 
W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • Artist Curated Plugin from 22Bullets
  • Filtered Saturation & Distortion 
  • 10 Unique Distortion types
  • Signal Blending & Frequency Filtering
  • Visual Feedback
  • Responsive & CPU friendly
  • Click and Pop-free Bypass
  • Factory Presets
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video
  • BONUS 2GB Sample Pack from 22Bullets

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Windows

  • Windows 8 or later (32 / 64 bit)
  • VST, AU, AAX
  • AAX format ProTools 11 or higher

Mac

  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)
  • VST, AU, AAX
  • AAX format ProTools 11 or higher

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HEAT 2

Distortion by W.A. Production



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Fire It Up

Presenting HEAT 2 - the original twin distortion powerhouse, now with a stunning refresh. This face-melting plugin features an intuitive new interface, more accurate frequency monitoring and a host of under-the-hood improvements. 

Choose two of your favourite distortion and saturation models, and blend them together for fuzz-box fun. You can shape the two affected signals with high and low pass filters, resulting in a more musical output than many other types of distortion plugins. Tweak the parameters to your personal taste within the refreshed interface, newly designed to sit right alongside W.A. Production's other inspiring plugins. The audio processing is now much clearer, with a top-to-bottom approach so it’s now easy to follow the signal flow and create amped-up overdrive.

Of course, W.A. Production also included loads of factory presets to kickstart your distortion discoveries, from extreme settings for smashing your audio to more tempered values for vocals, bass and drums. Use these presets as jumping-off points and then adjust the drive, blend, filters and other parameters to create your unique sound.

Blend 10 Devastating Distortion Types

The whole concept of HEAT 2 is to apply twin distortion and then shape the signals so that your audio is powerful, yet retains musicality. The starting point for this is the 10 different types of modelled distortion. These models all have adjustable drive levels. With a wide range of different distortion types, you can easily craft every timbre from subtle harmonics to blow-the-doors-off distortion. Each of these 10 types of processing will produce a different character and timbre, so experiment by blending between them using the central dial.

Twin Filters

These two filter controls allow you to shape your distortion far more musically than stock plugins. Separately adjust the High and Low frequency cut off parameters for the two different distortion modules. For example, you might only want to crush the mid-range of a synth part, giving it more crunch and power. Or maybe just distort the lowest frequencies of a fat kick drum. Combine two different types of distortion with two different filter shapes and get your audio production-ready with the precision of surgical saturation.

Input, Output & Mix Ratio

Use the Input and Output sliders to compensate for any gain boost or reduction caused by the distortion chambers with up to +/- 48dB attenuation. This allows for very accurate comparisons when A/Bing. Use the Mix ratio control at the bottom centre of the interface to dial in as much (or as little) of the distortion types as you need. Apply a conservative ratio for subtle saturation and sweetening, or push the control further to hear the 100% destroyed signal.

Visual Feedback

The new and improved live frequency meters at the top of the interface show exactly what’s happening to the signal as it’s being processed in real-time. This allows for accurate monitoring each time you decide to make a change to the distortion type or level. The output of the right-hand module is shown as an orange waveform, the output of the left-hand module is shown in yellow. This makes it easy to tell the difference between the two types of distortion that you’re applying to the signal and exactly which parts of the signal the filters are targeting. 

Presets

With many included presets, it’s easy to select starting points for your own distortion adventures. Tailored to specific instruments, genres and effects, these factory options can be used on many types of audio. The presets include everything from delicate distortion to all-out smashed saturation.

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • Filtered Twin Saturation & Distortion 
  • 10 Unique Distortion Types
  • Signal Blending & Frequency Filtering
  • Responsive & CPU-Friendly
  • Click and Pop-Free Bypass
  • Resizable Interface
  • Factory Presets
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial Video

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  • Windows 8 and later
  • macOS 10.15 and later
  • Formats: VST, AU, AAX

Please Note: AAX Format requires ProTools 11 or higher.

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Pyros

Distortion by Audiority



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Aggressive Multi-Mode Distortion Unit

Extreme Distortions

Pyros is an aggressive distortion effect ideal to give you a unique sound to your guitars, bass, synthesizers, drums and much more. 

Audiority programmed a rich sounding distortion to fit in both vintage and modern music styles.




Features

  • 20 Algorithms
  • Pre Distortion LF Cut
  • Input Biasing
  • Bipolar Feedback
  • Bipolar Envelope Follower
  • Hard / Soft Clipping
  • Input / Output / Mix Controls
  • Input / Output Metering
  • Resizable Interface

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Windows

  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 × 768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX (requires Pro Tool 11 or higher).

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later (Intel / M1 Apple Silicon supported) (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 / Apple M1 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 × 768
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX (requires Pro Tool 11 or higher).

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Faturator

Distortion by Kilohearts



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Grit, oomph, fatness, raw, color, or just that certain something. Sometimes your sounds need a shovel of dirt. Faturator is standing ready to tear whatever you throw at it apart violently, and then gently (but firmly) put it back together fatter and rawer than ever.

Faturator can do everything from adding subtle and warm gritty character to your sounds to slam them into a wall of heavy saturation and digital fuzz. Contrary to many distortion effects, Faturator will preserve the dynamics of your sound and work its wonders on it regardless of input gain.

For the heck of it, it can also color the input to emphasize a specific tone of the sound, or throw some stereo width into the mix. Everything to give you a fast and easy way of making any input come alive.

What's a Snapin?  

This plugin is a "snapin". That means you can use it as a regular VST/AU plugin, or you can use it with our snapin hosts Multipass and Snap Heap where you can combine effects in amazing ways.



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These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running kHs ONE:

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you have many instances of Faturator running, all playing many voices at the same time the CPU usage will increase accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that Faturator will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.

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Trash 2 + Expansions

Distortion by iZotope



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Distort. Mangle. Transform

Trash 2’s multi-band, dual-stage distortions and advanced post-filtering enable immediate sonic transformation. Trash any track: not just guitars and basses, but drums, synths, pads, vocals, brass, woodwinds, and more.

Trash 2 offers dual distortion modules and a slew of multi-effects for creative, uninhibited music production and sound design. Chain two distortion algorithms in each frequency band for up to 8 different flavors of destruction. Choose from over 100 impulse responses with the Convolve module, explore new sonic dimensions with the Delay and Dynamics modules, or add movement to your audio using 2 Filters, each with 20+ evocative filter types to shape your tone.

Meet the Trash 2 modules

Multiband Trash Module

The heart of Trash is its dual-stage multiband waveshaping distortion—allowing you to chain pairs of distortions together for sonic manipulation. Split the signal into multiple bands and apply distortion independently to individual frequencies, each with their own custom waveshape. Use the new Waveform Trace to see exactly how you're mangling your waveforms in real-time, and DC offset filtering to keep them centred and on track. Be extreme or be benevolent: the power of audio annihilation is completely within your control.

  • Apply different distortion types to up to 4 frequency bands.
  • Chain two distortion algorithms for each frequency band for up to 8 different flavours of destruction.
  • Choose from over 60 different distortion algorithms. 
  • Design and edit your own distortions using the new graphic-based Waveshaper.
  • Filter each stage with the included Filter 2.
  • Further refine your distortions with the DC Offset Filter and Logarithmic Distortion modes.
  • Delay, Dynamics, and Output Limiter features.

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Filter Modules

Each stage offers 60+ gain algorithms for up to four independent frequency bands...

With distortion, tone is everything. Trash 2 gives you two new redesigned Filter modules to drive the frequencies you want into distortion or tame the ones you don't want. Shape the tone and make it your own with re-engineered Filter shapes and new Vowel Filters.

  • Experiment with 20+ sweepable filters for a variety of clean, juicy, and harsh tonal options.
  • Get twice the filter action with brand new Filter 1 and Filter 2 modules.
  • Add LFO and envelope modulation per node to get wahs, wubs, tremolos, and other sweeping effects. 
  • Let your Filter settings react dynamically to other incoming audio with new sidechaining support.
  • Put both Filter modules in parallel to achieve different combinations of filter settings simultaneously.
  • Delay, Dynamics and Output Limiter features.

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Convolve

Authentic spatial and object simulation...

Trash features extremely realistic amp, device, cabinet, effect and speaker convolution modeling, freeing you to place your audio into another space (or object) entirely. Choose from classics, combos, boutique models, and stacks, or play with creative synthetic impulses from a number of different sources. There's a tone and character for any situation—let Trash bring you outside the box with telephones, clock radios, sheet metal, plexiglass tubes, piano cabinets, tin cans, and more.

Still want more? You're in luck! With the Convolve module, you can teleport your sound wherever you please by loading in your own audio files.

  • Explore over 100 redesigned Impulse Responses, to capture the audio characteristics of another space or object. 
  • Load your own custom Impulse Response using any .wav or .aiff file.
  • Adjust stereo width and placement using stereo imaging controls.

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Multiband Dynamics Module

Fully-equipped compressors and gates are available for up to four frequency bands...

Controlling distortion goes far beyond simple filtering and limiting. To get the most out of your tracks, Trash 2 includes a multiband Compressor and Noise Gate to squash the peaks, add grit and character, silence the noise, or draw out sustain. With the addition of sidechaining support, multiband processing, and an updated compression algorithm, the Dynamics module is sure to be among the most powerful tools in Trash 2.

  • Get analogue-modelled and grit-filled compression and gating from the redesigned Dynamics module.
  • Apply Dynamics to different frequency ranges independently with 4-band Multiband support.
  • Trigger the Compressor or Gate via external sources with sidechaining support–even to individual frequency bands in Multiband mode.
  • Keep an eye on extensive Dynamics metering for immediate visual feedback. 
  • Determine exactly which frequencies trigger Dynamics processing using the new Detection Filter, or exploit the Filter's resonance for more creative applications of compression.
  • Dig deeper into additional Dynamics options like Hard or Soft Knee compression, RMS or Peak level detection, and Auto-Gain compensation.

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Delay

Six different delay types offer even more sonic possibilities for your audio...

Unlock even more potential for texture and space with Trash's Delay module.  With a selection of tape, tape/tube, analog, digital and lo-fi digital delay types, input filtering, the ability to add additional distortion and width, along with parallel controls, Trash 2's Delay module can add that final finishing touch, or take your sound out of this world.

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Output Limiter

Unyielding final level control...

Trash 2's built-in limiter helps you control the chaos and prevent output clipping. It comes loaded with a steadfast output Limiter to help you tame dramatic distortion effects and prevent sound degradation from analog clipping. In short, the Limiter allows you the peace of mind to tweak and distort to your heart’s content, without having to worry about blowing up your speakers. Multiple behaviour options in the Options menu allow you to tweak and alter the timbre and performance of the Limiter:

  • Quiet: A transparent limiting with neutral character and slower release times
  • Loud: More aggressive limiting while still keeping transparent as possible and medium release times
  • Clipping: Aggressive limiting with very short release times

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Expansion Libraries

Increase your distortion potential with new presets and impulses in our versatile Expansion Packs, each designed for exclusive with Trash 2.

Classic Textures

Trash 2 can unleash sonic mayhem on any signal that runs through it, but with that power comes great responsibility. With a sophisticated sense of restraint, Classic Textures is Trash 2's most responsible pack yet. Explore 30+ new impulses, from dark vinyl to classroom projectors to crackling fires, and discover a wide palette to gently texturize any track. Or, choose from 70 new presets to coat your mix in everything from 80's synth grit to warm wax to earthy, retro moods. It's easy to get a feel for Classic Textures—give your sound the subtle nuance it deserves.

Features:

A Sampling of 30+ Impulses:

  • 1940s Explosion, Reel To Reel, Classic Film, Gas Burner, Lo Fi Arcade...

A Peek at 70 Patches:

  • UV Harmonics, Old Tele, Mason Jar, Fuzz Factor, Vintage Soundtrack, Cassette...

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Trash 2 Expansion: Edge

The Edge Expansion Pack is full of extra-exotic and extra-gritty presets for a broad range of sonic treatments, perfect for unconventional guitars, synth basses, synth pads, drum mangling, and more. Bit-crushed, filtered, and filled with an extra-dirty vibe, the Edge Expansion presets offer a more angular, vintage, and experimental "edge" to your Trash 2 experience. With 30 new Impulse Responses for further tone colouring and 70 new Presets built directly for these impulses, the Edge Expansion content was born to bring out the best of Trash 2's warm, jagged, nasty, subtle, classic, out-there sound.




Features

  • A Sampling of 30+ Impulses:

  • Voodoo, Muck, Gravel, Big Wheel, Magnum, Taxicab, Powerman, Ignite...
  • A Peek at 70 Patches:

  • Electric Blaze, Hard Cider, Parasite, Filter Shred, Bleached, Ugly Couch...

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Operating Systems:

  • Mac: OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion – macOS 11 Big Sur
  • *Intel-based Apple computers only (not yet ARM / M1)
  • PC: Win XP (32–bit Service Pack 3) – Win 10

Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX (64–bit), AU, RTAS (32–bit), VST, VST3

Supported Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9–10, Cubase 9.5, Digital Performer 9, FL Studio 12, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8, Pro Tools 10–12, Reaper 5, Reason 10, Studio One 3–4

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RP-Distort

Distortion by Rob Papen



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SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase RP Distort and get the RP-AMOD (multi-effect) plugin FREE!

RP-Distort is not just a distortion unit, but much more. The distortion unit inside RP-Distort can be combined with an analog modelled filter, compressor and widener unit.

These units can be re-ordered, but can also be turned on or off. So in case you only want a great analog modelled filter... RP-Distort can offer this. Or only the unique widener unit which is great for widening a boring mono track.

On top of that, the controls can be modulated using midi sources or by one of the 4 build in LFO’s that can sync to your host tempo..

The distortion unit offers 22 distortion types included ring modulator and lo-fi. Inside this section you can also find the EQ and noise-gate.

RP-Distort is in fact a wicked FX unit that will distort or alter your tracks in an inspirational way.?




Features

  • Presets Section:

  • Uses sound banks composed of 128 presets.
  • Preset handling with copy, paste, clear and compare function.´Quick Browser´, ´Recently Browsed´ and ´Favorite´ functions.All settings are stored inside each preset.
  • Presets are stored in clear categories banks.
  • External controller hardware (fader-box) settings can be saved and restored.
  • Distortion Section:

  • Amp Simulator
  • Amplifier simulation effect. Several types of amp types are simulated. Great for creating edgy sounds.Type of amp simulation. Settings are:- None, 4x10" guitar speakers, 4x12" guitar speakers, Bass speaker, Combo speaker and Radio speaker. Distort amount of distortion added to the sound.
  • Cabinet Simulator:

  • Several types of cabinet types are simulated. Great for creating edgy sounds.Type of cabinet simulation. Settings are:- None, Fender, Marshall & Off Axis. Distort. Amount of distortion added to the sound.
  • Hard clipper, this limits output which is to above or below the set clipping levelNegative The clipping level for the negative signal. From 0% (no clipping) to 100% (maximum clipping).Positive The clipping level for positive signal. From 0% (no clipping) to 100% (maximum clipping). The amount of clipping from 0% (no clipping) to 100% (fully clipped).
  • Cosine distortion effect. Frequency, Frequency of the cosine effect. Amount, Amount of cosine distortion
  • Cross, Position for cross distortionAmount, Amount of cross distortion
  • Negative Cross distortion position for the negative signalPositive Cross distortion position for the positive signal.Amount, Amount of cross distortion
  • Fold-over distortion, this amplifies and then ‘folds over’ the sound. Frequency Frequency of the fold-over distortion. Amount, Amount of fold-over distortion
  • Fuzz-box distortion, Frequenter Frequency of the fuzz-distortion effect amount, Amount of fuzz distortion
  • Gapper distortion, Frequency Frequency of the gapper distortion effect amount, Amount of fuzz distortion
  • Hard-Limiter:

  • Hard limiter, this limits output which is to above or below the set limit level and thenboosts the signal.Limit The clipping level for the signal. From 0% (no limiting) to 100% (maximum limiter). Amount, The amount of post-limiting boosting.
  • Low-Fi effect, this reduces the sample & bit rate & adds noise to the signal.Bits Bit level of the signal.Sample Rate Sample rate of the signal.Noise Amount of noise added to the signal.
  • Over-drive effectDrive, Drive for the over-drive effectAmount Over-drive mixing amount.
  • Octave effect, this shifts the sound up an octave,Negative Mixing for the negative signalPositive Mixing for the positive signal.
  • Octave effect type 2,Frequency Frequency of the octave effect.Amount, Amount of octave effect.
  • Power wave-shaping effect.Drive, drive for the power effectAmount, Power mixing amount.
  • Rectifies the signal, by multiplying the negative signalRectification Rectification of the negative signal, from -100% (no rectification), 0% (half rectification) to 100% (full rectification) Amount, Rectification mixing amount.
  • Ring Modulation:

  • The ring modulates (multiplies) different signals together depending on the type.Type Sine, Saw, Sqr & Tri, multiplies the input with the set oscillator.Frequency Sets the oscillator frequency.Amount Sets the ring modulation amount.
  • Saturation effect.Saturation Saturation levelAmount Saturation mixing amount
  • Soft-limiter effectAmount Soft-limiter amount
  • Squares the signal (turns it to a square wave), and then lowpass filter it.Negative Amount the negative signal is turned to a square wavePositive Amount the positive signal is turned to a square waveFilter Amount this square wave is lowpass filtered.
  • Distorts the transients, i.e. the beginnings of sounds.Range Transient rangeAmount Transient distortion amount.
  • Tube Simulator:

  • Tube distortion effect, by saturating, limiting, rectifying and bandpass filtering the input.Limit, Hard limiter threshold.Rect Amount of rectification, from -100% (no change), 0% (half) to 100% (full).Saturate Amount of saturation..Tone Frequency of the band pass filter.Emphasis Bandwidth of the band pass filter.
  • EQ Unit (Inside the Distortion Section):

  • 4 Band Equalizer effect.
  • On/Off The “EQ” label turns on & off the EQ effect.
  • Low 125 Hz volumeMid 1 500 Hz volumeMid 2 2 kHz volumeHigh 8 kHz volume
  • Noise gate (inside the distortion section):
  • Noise Gate Unit, the Noise-Gate is an audio effect that removes any sound (‘gates’) that is below a threshold volume.

  • On / Off The “Gate” label turns on / off the noise-gate effect.
  • Threshold This sets the threshold on which the noise-gate starts to work.
  • Attack This sets how fast the noise-gate returns to normal after the input volume is over the threshold.
  • Hold This sets how long the input volume has to below the threshold volume before the noise-gate is triggered.
  • Release This sets how long the noise-gate takes to reduce the volume to zero after the noise-gate is triggered.
  • Filter Section:

  • RP-Distort has a low & high pass filter, in the order low-pass filter then high-pass filter
  • 12 / 24dB Selects between a 12dB and a 24dB filter
  • Low Frequency of the low pass filter
  • Low Q Resonance of the low pass filter
  • High Frequency of the high pass filter
  • High Q Resonance of the high pass filter
  • Compressor:

  • Audio compressor with on/off selector
  • Threshold, ratio, attack, release and volume parameters
  • Modulation:

  • 4x free modulation routings with amount control
  • 4x LFO with, tempo based sync mode, waveform, speed, human feel, symmetry control
  • Bypass button for all active modulations
  • Global amount control for all active modulations

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Windows

  • Windows 7 / 8/ 10 / 11 (32 / 64-bit)
  • VST3, VST, AAX

Please Note: AAX format is 64-bit only and requires Pro Tools 12 or higher.

Mac

  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra - macOS 12 Monterey (64-bit only)
  • AU, VST3, VST, AAX

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MBitFunMB

Distortion by MeldaProduction



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MBitFunMB is a serious tool for extreme distortion lovers. It converts incoming audio into limited fixed-point precision of 1-16 bits per sample and lets you access each bit with several operations and finishes the processing with a low-pass filter. All with up to 6 independent bands, 4 modulators...

FROM LIGHT DISTORTION TO MAXIMUM BRUTALITY

Bit changing 16th bit you won't do much, but it can still give you the missing character. The true power is however in the brutality the plugin is capable of. 4 processors can mess up any bit,merge them with shifted versions of the same sample, a delayed sample or even anything you send through the plugin's sidechain. Limitless creativity and mainly fatal results.

MODULATION HEAVEN

Looking for a little extra variation in your sound? Look no further than our extensive modulation options. Modulate any parameter from sources such as an LFO, audio level follower, envelope generator, randomize, or pitch detector. Your sound will never be static again.

MELDAPRODUCTION GOODIES

You can also expect to find the standard MeldaProduction goodies: 16x upsampling, M/S, surround support as well as other channel modes, A-H presets for easy comparisons, and our easy to use integrated help system.




Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market - stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated

  • Modern user interfaces must not only be easy and quick to use, but also versatile and the whole visual appearance should inspire you. MBitFunMB features the most advanced GUI engine on the market. It is still the first and only GUI engine, which is freely resizable and stylable. It also lets you choose between knobs, sliders or buttons, whichever you like the most. 
  • The plugin can look as an ancient vintage gear, if you are working on old-school rock music. Or as super-modern futuristic device if you are working on modern electronic music. 
  • If your display doesn't have a high resolution, you can make the plugin smaller. If the fonts are too small, you can make the plugin bigger and save your eyes. 
  • All the graphics is accelerated using your GPU, graphical interface, providing ultimately quick response and keep your CPU focused on the audio.
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs

  • Your ears should always be the main judge, but a smart metering system can often be a huge help. MBitFunMB provides the most advanced metering system out there. The plugin can display the measurements of all relevant values using classic meters, or it can even show them in time using the time graphs. Everything is customisable as usual.
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands

  • MBitFunMB provides 3 perfectly transparent crossover algorithms (analog with slopes from 12dB/oct to 120dB/oct, linear-phase and hybrid) with fully adjustable limits, input gains and input panoramas. The audio quality of all of these algorithms is the maximum money can buy. The plugin provides metering for each of the bands and the master.
  • 4 exceptionally versatile modulators

  • MBitFunMB provides 4 fully-featured modulators which can control any set of parameters including other modulators. Each modulator works as an LFO, level follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR enveloper, randomizer or pitch detector, or even a combination and can listen to the plugin's side-chain. 
  • You can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. You can make various parameters depend on the input (or the sidechain) level or even listen to the input pitch.
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology

  • Every oscillator in MBitFunMB uses the most versatile oscillator algorithm on the market. It provides mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), a step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic postprocessing. 
  • It also provides a harmonic mode, which lets you control the harmonic content instead of oscillator shape. This is especially useful for high frequency oscillators.
  • 4 multiparameters

  • MMultiBandBitFun lets you control multiple parameters using a single so-called multiparameter. This may not only come handy for automation for example, but the multiparameters are very smart units and you can use them to smartly morph between banks of settings for example. All in the name of creativity!
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing...

  • MBitFunMB can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also mid/side encoding for stereo field processing, separate left & right channels, separate mid or side signal and up to 8 channels of surround audio. It is perfect for audio production for music, movies, games...
  • Smart randomization

  • Being creative is sometimes complicated and one often needs an inspiration. By clicking a single button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you. The smart randomization algorithm wisely selects good sounding combinations of parameters. It can even randomize modulators for you. And if that's too much, you can just hold ctrl and MBitFunMB will just slightly modify existing settings.
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)

  • Most plugins change loudness of the output audio, which makes browsing presets inconvenient, not mentioning randomization. MBitFunMB includes automatic gain compensation, which quickly adapts to current settings and ensures the output sounds as loud as the input. This even protects you from thinking that something sounds better in cases it is just louder.
  • Safety limiter

  • Some plugins can intensely increase gain when exposed to specific audio materials. MBitFunMB provides a safety brickwall limiter, which ensures the output stays below 0dB and prevents your equipment and your ears from potential danger automatically.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x

  • Digital audio provides very superior audio quality compared to ancient analog gear, but there are problems too. The main problem is the aliasing, which may be noticeable, when using nonlinear processes such as compression or saturation. MBitFunMB includes both minimum-phase and high-quality linear-phase upsampling algorithms, which avoids the aliasing.
  • Synchronization to host tempo

  • Every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronize to the host. But it can be out-of-sync if you want of course.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn

  • MMultiBandBitFun contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime.
  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX capable processors

  • Computers are now extremely fast, but the algorithms are more complex and projects bigger, so we still need to use the processing power with care. MBitFunMB uses the fastest algorithms, takes advantage of the newest processor capabilities, lets your GPU hangle the graphics, and shares the resources with other MeldaProduction plugins. The plugin is among the fastest on the market, yet it provides the best possible audio quality.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange

  • MMultiBandBitFun presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access then from any project in any host. The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers. We are building a community and you can be a part of it!
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit

  • MBitFunMB supports all major hosts on both platforms. Check system requirements for information about compatibility and installation.
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation

  • How many times did you forget your USB dongle? We are an honest company and expect the same from our customers. Our software uses licence files to activate your software. And the licences are to-person, so you can use it on all your computers as long as you are the user.
  • Free-for-life updates

  • When you buy the software you are entitled to free updates, forever. No more money wasted on major upgrades like it is with other companies. And we upgrade our software a lot!

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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (64-bit only)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support or Apple Silicon processor

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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Devastor 2

Distortion by D16 Group



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The Sweet Spot in the Distortion Domain

Devastor 2 is the second generation of D16’s first FX Plugin from the SilverLine Collection series. Devastor is a deceptively simple yet remarkable Multiband Distortion Unit. It is an enhanced version of the distortion unit you can find in Phoscyon, but with full control over multiband processing. This elevates its sonic mangling capabilities to an entirely new level!

Structure

The plug-in consists of four essential blocks:

  • Dynamics-flattener module (one-knob controlled input signal compressor)
  • Diode-clipper distortion
  • Three multi-mode filter sections
  • Optionally activated signal limiter

The plug-in offers nine different connection topologies between its filters and diode-clipper. Filters can process the signal before or after it gets fed into the diode-clipper, but some of the configurations even allow the filters to work alongside the clipper, which greatly increases the possible sonic palette.

Devastor’s filters are not simply the peaking EQ type that is commonly used in classic multiband distortion units: rather, they are like those found in analogue synthesizers (low pass, high pass, bandpass and band reject) with adjustable resonance and cutoff parameters. As a result, Devastor has a completely unique sound. Just check out the factory content and hear for yourself!

Versatile and advanced

Devastor can be used to distort and enhance a wide range of sounds, from full-on acid synth sounds to guitar fuzz or an analogue amp with speaker combo. It can even be used with drums to make them sound dirtier and more dynamic! Devastor isn't just good at creating distorted, monster sounds: it can also be used subtly to improve the timbre and character of gentler sounds. For example, reducing the preamp gain, increasing the threshold, and selecting a soft knee for the dynamics will bring out more warmth and detail in a sound without introducing distortion.

When designing Devastor, we applied special antialiasing techniques to the output signal to make sure it was devoid of aliasing (one of the reasons why digital distortion units can sound so cold and un-musical). As a result, Devastor has a warm, musical, and very high-quality sound.

We would like to invite you to listen to the audio examples to whet your appetite and to check out the demo version for yourself if you need any more convincing. Devastor uses algorithms of such high quality that you'd be forgiven in a blind test for wondering if the sound has somehow been sent from the computer to an external analogue distortion unit and back into the computer again!

Features

  • Probably the best diode-clipper emulation on the market today
  • Analogue-modelled filters of extremely high quality (refined filter models)
  • Dynamics flattener (with improved peak detection and more natural envelopes)
  • Optional output limiter
  • Tag-based preset browser
  • Two alternative GUI sizes
  • MIDI-learn functionality throughout
  • 9 different topologies of connections for filters and the diode-clipper
  • 64bit internal processing
  • Ultra-low aliasing output



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Windows

  • Windows 7 - 10 (32 or 64-bit)
  • CPU - Single-core 1.5 GHz SSE (Multi-core 2.0 GHz SSE recommended)
  • RAM - 8 GB (16 GB Recommended)
  • Plugin Formats - VST2, VST3, AAX

Mac

  • macOS 10.9 - macOS 12 Monterey (64-bit only)
  • CPU - Intel 1.5 GHz / Apple M1 (Intel 2.0 GHz / Apple M1 recommended)
  • RAM - 8 GB (16 GB Recommended)
  • Plugin Formats - VST2, VST3, AU, AAX

Please Note: This is not a standalone program - a host application (DAW) is required to use it.

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Subvert

Distortion by Glitchmachines



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Multi-Channel Distortion

Subvert is a Savage 3-Channel Distortion Processor Designed to Decimate the Frequency Spectrum

Based around 5 effects; multimode distortion, FM ring modulator, digitizer, metalizer and multimode filter, Subvert generates anything from subtle harmonics to relentlessly brutal distortions. Offering three parallel channels of each effects chain as well as a wealth of modulation and routing options, Subvert is our take on signal decimation with a twist.

Subvert’s multi-channel layout and per-effect bypass option make it possible to reconfigure the order of effects in each chain in a variety of creative ways. Between the unconventional routing options, 15 effects processors, global EQ, numerous modulation options and global randomizer, Subvert makes it possible to achieve mind-bending destructive effects.

While Subvert’s primary focus is on Distortion, it features four additional effects that can be configured in various ways across its three channels. Driving its core are 2 envelope followers and 4 LFOs with optional tempo sync, which can have their output inverted or combined using up to 4 mixers. The final output of the plugin can be sculpted with the master EQ.

With a multi-mode filter as the first processor in each chain, it is possible to set up multi-band effects patches where each channel is processing a different frequency range of the incoming signal. Bypassing certain effects within a chain allows you to globally reconfigure the order of effects, thereby giving you many options in setting up parallel and serial processing patches.




Features

  • Multi-Channel Distortion
  • 3 Parallel Multi-Effects Chains
  • Extensive Routing Options
  • Extensive Modulation Options
  • Global 3-Band Equalizer
  • Scalable User Interface
  • Win/Mac  VST/AU  32/64bit
  • While Subvert’s primary focus is on Distortion, it features four additional effects that can be configured in various ways across its three channels. Driving its core are 2 envelope followers and 4 LFOs with various wave shapes and optional tempo sync, which can have their output inverted or combined using up to 4 modulation mixers. The final output of the plugin can be sculpted with the global 3-band EQ.

  • With a multi-mode filter as the first processor in each chain, it is possible to set up multi-band effects patches where each channel is processing a different frequency range of the incoming signal. De-activating effects within a chain allows you to globally reconfigure the order of the processors, thereby giving you many options in setting up an assortment of parallel and serial processing patches.


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Mac:

  • OS X 10.8 or higher (32 & 64-Bit / PPC not supported)
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST/AU host such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, etc.

Windows:

  • Windows 8 or higher (32 & 64-Bit)
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST host such as Ableton Live, etc.

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MWaveFolderMB

Distortion by MeldaProduction



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MWaveFolderMB is a powerful distortion module, inspired by analog, taken to a whole new level using digital processing. It has a unique character ranging from mild harmonic enhancement to a complete sound destruction.

6 Bands of Maximum Versatility

Distorting a broadband signal may be useful, but it's usually too overpowering and doesn't give you many options. MWaveFolderMB lets you split the input signal up to 6 bands and use a different custom shape in each of them. You can even modulate the shapes for a real distorted madness.

Modulation Heaven

Looking for a little extra variation in your sound? Look no further than our extensive modulation options. Modulate any parameter from sources such as an LFO, audio level follower, envelope generator, randomize, or pitch detector. Your sound will never be static again.

MeldaProduction Goodies

You can also expect to find the standard MeldaProduction goodies: 16x upsampling, M/S, surround support as well as other channel modes, A-H presets for easy comparisons, and our easy to use integrated help system.




Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market - stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Dual user interface, easy screen for beginners, edit screen for professionals
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands
  • 4 exceptionally versatile modulators
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology
  • 4 multiparameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing...
  • Smart randomisation
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x
  • Synchronisation to host tempo
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • 64-bit processing and an unlimited sampling rate
  • Extremely fast, optimised for newest AVX capable processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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Overdrive 5

Distortion by Stagecraft



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Design Your Own

Our Overdrive Plug gives you 5 high quality distortions. Scaling in each distortion gives you a wide range of distortion possibilities, from light sweet distortions to heavy, dark or grungy growl distortions.

EQ and Compression

After the distortion phase is a four band EQ and compressor. Using these you can shape the sound, bringing out the sharper high tone portions, or the smoother deeper tones. Overdriving the compressor gives you another level of overdrive for an intense, thick sound.

Automation

The Overdrive 5 plugin features full automation of all parameters. This powerful feature unlocks the full potential of the plugin, allowing you to create more complex and expressive sounds than possible with manual tweaking.

Presets

Save presets and (optionally) share them with other Stagecraft users online.



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Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or newer

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST
  • VST3

Windows

  • ­Windows 7 or newer 

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3

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Distortion Snapin

Distortion by Kilohearts



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Distortion: Versatile Distortion Effect

Ever since mankind invented music, there has been a desire to make it heavier. Distortion can take your sound from zero to sword wielding hero in seconds.

5 different distortion shapes are available to add a tinge of edge or rip things apart.  In stereo, if that's what you're into.

What's a Snapin?

This plugin is a "snapin". That means you can use it as a regular VST/AU plugin, or you can use it with our snapin hosts Multipass and Snap Heap where you can combine effects in amazing ways.



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These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage willincrease accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.

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MultiDrive Pedal Pro

Distortion by Audified



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"Stomp it Down to Kick it Up"


Sharpen your sound with the set of 12 legendary stompboxes.

You can never have enough pedals in your studio. There are thousands of stomp boxes on the market of different sound, purpose and quality. 

We chose 12 legendary pedals to revive the legacy of the famous DSound Stomp Boxes and Audiffex Pedals and created MultiDrive Pedal Pro – the perfect combination of distortion, overdrive, fuzz & boost is the right blend for your studio developed by professionals.

  • Selection of legendary pedals
  • Authentic feel of the real stomp boxes
  • Precise circuit models
  • 12 legendary effects in a plug-in
  • Internal oversampling
  • True analog sound

The Perfect Blend

MultiDrive Pedal Pro was originated for guitarist to kick up their sound. The team of Audified engineers created the perfect simulation of the legendary pedals which every musician should have in the studio.

  • Overdrive for power.
  • Distortion for complexity.
  • Fuzz for fuzziness.
  • Boost for hearing every detail.

The improved Pro version offers even better sound and features than the legendary original version which is used by thousands of musicians and studios. With 32 killer presets chosen by guitarist, the Pro gives you many options to kick up your sound!

20 years of Experience

Audified celebrates 20 years of development under brand names DSound, Audiffex and Audified.

One of our first products was a set of Stomp Boxes. From the beginning, we were a company focused on guitar software. The product was very successful, creating a base for M-Audio guitar bundles.

Now we are releasing pedals developed in a completely different way, using precise circuit modulation taking into account every single part of the circuits. The progress on these pedals reflects the progress of modeling methods, computer performance and 3D graphics techniques in 20 years.


All In One Pedal Pro

You don't have to buy dozens of stompboxes separately or download imperfect simulations. The company with more than 20 years experience on the market offers you the right mix of pedals of the true tone. Just perfect for your studio.

In our lab, we unscrewed every last screw from every modeled effect pedal and measured every part of it. Therefore you cannot tell the difference between our software simulation and the real world stomp boxes.

Looking For The Right One

There are thousands of modeled stompboxes on the market of different sound, color and purpose.

Choosen By The Professionals

MultiDrive Pedal Pro is the bundle of the most famous and legendary stompboxes on the market. This is the third generation of our stompbox models, created with completely new modeling technology. So they simply sound perfect.

MultiDrive Pedal LE vs. MultiDrive Pedal Pro



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macOS:

  • Mac OS X 10.9 - Mac OS X 11.1
  • AAX (64-bit), AU (64-bit), VST2 (64-bit), VST3 (64-bit)

Windows:

  • Windows 7 - Windows 10
  • AAX (32 & 64-bit), AU (32 & 64-bit), VST2 (32 & 64-bit), VST3 (32 & 64-bit)

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EFEKTOR DS3603 Distortion

Distortion by Kuassa



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The Red Hot Chilli for Your Tone - Distortion FX Engine

Note: Also available in in the EFEKTOR Distorion Bundle.

There are always demands for more 'gain’ - the search for the perfect distortion sound that never ends. DS3603 brings five types of massive amount of gain for demolition.

DS3603 Distortion clips the input signal by increasing the signal to maximum overload. Adding musical harmonics and overtones while still maintains the characteristics of the originalsound, or not. You choose. For heavy metal guitars or abrasive and pounding industrial drums, seek from five types of distortion:

  • Lead Distortion: Ringing mids for screaming leads
  • Heavy Distortion: Penetrates from mild to heavy
  • Metal Distortion: Dark and thick, the solid metal gear
  • Classic Distortion: Singing leads and rockin’ hard
  • Pro Distortion: Fat and sharp edge for your tone



Features

  • Five types of distortion
  • Gain, Tone, and Output volume controls
  • Bypass switch button
  • Dry-Wet control
  • Up to 8x oversampling
  • CV inputs for automation

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Mac

  • OS X 10.5 or later (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX compatible Host Software
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • VST3

PC

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, or Later (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3

Note: This product is a plugin and a VST/VST3/AU/AAX compatible host/sequencer is required to run this software.

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EFEKTOR FZ3603 Fuzz

Distortion by Kuassa



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The Good Old Fuzzy Woolly Distortion Box - Fuzz FX Engine

Note: Also available in in the EFEKTOR Distorion Bundle.

Probably the most primitive type of distortion device. Instantly recognizable from the wooly, gritty, and compressed ‘artificial’ sound. There are five types of buzzy tone benders on the FZ3603.

Kuassa Efektor is a new line of plug-ins which consists of several of most requested effect units. The grandfather of ‘artificial’ effect units. Recognizable from its distinct sound, heavily clipped and compressed to the point where the waveform is squared, adding harsh and complex harmonics and inharmonics, almost synth like. Select from five models of fuzzboxes:

  • Big Fuzz: The gritty and wooly sustaining note
  • Sustainer Fuzz: Blistering rhythm and singing leads
  • Trans Fuzz: The familiar fuzzy transistor sound
  • Vintage Fuzz: Modern recreation of the sound from the 60s
  • Zepp Fuzz: The vintage british rock sound



Features

  • Five types of distortion
  • Gain, Tone, and Output volume controls
  • Bypass switch button
  • Dry-Wet control
  • Up to 8x oversampling
  • CV inputs for automation

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Mac

  • OS X 10.5 or later (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX compatible Host Software
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • VST3

PC

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, or Later (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3

Note: This product is a plugin and a VST/VST3/AU/AAX compatible host/sequencer is required to run this software.

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EFEKTOR OD3603 Overdrive

Distortion by Kuassa



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The Warm, Crunchy, Cranked Amp Tone - Overdrive FX Engine

Back in the early days of electric guitars and amplification, guitar players didn’t care if their guitar sound were altered to ‘breaking’ by the very limit of their amps. They pushed the gain on their amps for just one thing LOUD. It resulted in crunchy saturated sound, added sustain, raw, but responded very well to the dynamics of the playing. Straight for rock n roll in a box, you may choose from five models of overdrive:

  • Blues Overdrive: Imitates overdriven British amps
  • Boutique Overdrive: A custom made overdrive, sounds fat and dynamic
  • Mad Overdrive: Hard, thick and retains the dynamic of your playing
  • Modern Overdrive: A new model of overdrive that can be pushed into dense distortion
  • Pro Overdrive: Warm and tight, the classic screamer sound
  • Zepp Fuzz: The vintage british rock sound



Features

  • Five types of distortion
  • Gain, Tone, and Output volume controls
  • Bypass switch button
  • Dry-Wet control
  • Up to 8x oversampling
  • CV inputs for automation

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Mac

  • OS X 10.5 or later (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX compatible Host Software
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • VST3

PC

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, or Later (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3

Note: This product is a plugin and a VST/VST3/AU/AAX compatible host/sequencer is required to run this software.

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Wave Box

Distortion by AudioThing



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Wave Box is a dynamic dual waveshaper plugin that can be used for both symmetrical and asymmetrical distortion. A waveshaper is a type of distortion in which the input signal is mapped to the output by applying a fixed or variable shaping function.

Wave Box features two separate waveshapers that can be mixed together while being modulated by 2 LFOs and 1 Envelope Follower. You can design your own waveshaping curves by combining and adjusting 6 pre-defined functions (tanh, sinh, sin, linear, floor, round). Wave Box can range from mild tube-flavoured overdrive to extreme digital harshness.

Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical Waveshaping

When a shaping function is applied equally to both the positive and negative part of the signal (symmetrical waveshaping), odd harmonics are generated. Instead, when a shaping function is applied only to either the positive or the negative part (asymmetrical waveshaping), even harmonics are generated.

In Asymmetrical Mode (± on), the first shaping function is applied to the positive part while the second shaping function is applied to the negative. The Bias, in this case, controls an offset added between the positive and negative part of the signal.

In Symmetrical Mode (± off), both shaping functions are applied to the whole signal. The Bias, in this case, controls the mix between the two functions.




Features

  •  2 Waveshapers
  •  6 Shaping Functions
  •  2 LFOs with 6 Waveforms
  •  Envelope Follower
  •  Oversample up to 16x
  •  30 Factory Presets
  •  Preset system with randomizer
  •  Formats: VST, AU, and AAX (64-bit only)
  •  Platforms: OSX, Windows

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Mac:

  • OS X 10.9 – macOS 11 (Big Sur)
  • 2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • 2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, or AAX (64-bit only)

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FutzBox HD

Distortion by McDSP



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Note: This product is the HD version. You can purchase the Native version HERE.

FutzBox is a distortion and noise generator plug-in for creating low fidelity versions of audio signals.

Typical post productions require distorted, or ‘futzed’ versions of dialog and other tracks. Simulations of radios, cell phones, and televisions are now available in a single software product. These simulations, called SIMs (Synthetic Impulse Models) provide accurate modeling in an extremely optimized format, allowing FutzBox to use less DSP power than conventional convolution based products. Furthermore, SIMs can be scaled in real-time and changed on the fly.

In addition to the SIM library of sounds, FutzBox also includes filtering and EQ, distortion, a noise generator, and gating to complete the sonic destruction required. Original and distorted audio can be mixed in real-time to accommodate scene changes or other automation requirements.




Features

  • Library of Synthetic Impulse Models (SIMs)
  • Configurable ‘futz’ effects including filtering, EQ, and distortion
  • Flexible noise generator with ducking capability
  • Hyper-sensitive gate for signal dropout effects
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

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Mac:

  • macOS 10.10 or higher (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur compatible)

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8 & 10 (64-bit only)

HD v6 Software Supports

  • AAX DSP & AAX Native
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • Audio Suite
  • VST3

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 12.x or higher and also support Pro Tools 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.3.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X or higher
  • VST version recommended for Cubase 9.x, and 10.x, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher
  • McDSP plug-ins require a v6 license (or Demo) on an iLok2, iLok3, or iLok Cloud to authorize the installers. Latest iLok drives are recommended. Cloud support requires v6.5 or higher

Compatible DAW's

McDSP HD and Native plug-ins are compatible with Pro Tools, Logic X, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, MOTU Digital Performer, Studio One, Sonar, and other DAWs that support AAX, AU, VST and/or VST3 plug-in formats.

Activation:

  •  Active internet connection required OR physical iLok USB Dongle required.

Important note: McDSP plug-ins require either a physical iLok2 or iLok3 USB Dongle or an iLok License Manager account and an iLok Cloud session for authorization.

This is an HD/HDX plug-in that is intended for use with the DSPs of an Avid HDX system to prevent the software from taxing your host processor. There is no difference in sound quality between the Standard and HD/HDX versions. If you do not own an Avid HDX system, all you need is the Native version.

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FutzBox Native

Distortion by McDSP



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Please Note: This product is the Native version. You can purchase the HD version HERE.

FutzBox is a distortion and noise generator plug-in for creating low fidelity versions of audio signals.

Typical post productions require distorted, or ‘futzed’ versions of dialog and other tracks. Simulations of radios, cell phones, and televisions are now available in a single software product. These simulations, called SIMs (Synthetic Impulse Models) provide accurate modeling in an extremely optimized format, allowing FutzBox to use less DSP power than conventional convolution based products. Furthermore, SIMs can be scaled in real-time and changed on the fly.

In addition to the SIM library of sounds, FutzBox also includes filtering and EQ, distortion, a noise generator, and gating to complete the sonic destruction required. Original and distorted audio can be mixed in real-time to accommodate scene changes or other automation requirements.

Features:

  • Library of Synthetic Impulse Models (SIMs)
  • Configurable ‘futz’ effects including filtering, EQ, and distortion
  • Flexible noise generator with ducking capability
  • Hyper-sensitive gate for signal dropout effects
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions



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Mac:

  • macOS 10.10 or higher (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur compatible)

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8 & 10 (64-bit only)

Native v6 Software Support:

  • AAX Native
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • Audio Suite
  • VST3

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 12.x or higher and also support Pro Tools 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.3.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X or higher
  • VST version recommended for Cubase 9.x, and 10.x, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher
  • McDSP plug-ins require a v6 license (or Demo) on an iLok2, iLok3, or iLok Cloud to authorize the installers. Latest iLok drives are recommended. Cloud support requires v6.5 or higher

Compatible DAW's

McDSP HD and Native plug-ins are compatible with Pro Tools, Logic X, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, MOTU Digital Performer, Studio One, Sonar, and other DAWs that support AAX, AU, VST and/or VST3 plug-in formats.

Activation:

  •  Active internet connection required OR physical iLok USB Dongle required.

Important note: McDSP plug-ins require either a physical iLok2 or iLok3 USB Dongle or an iLok License Manager account and an iLok Cloud session for authorization.

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Big Goat

Distortion by Audiority



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Analog Modeled Vintage Distortion Plugin. VST, AU and AAX.

Big Goat is an analog modelled simulation of one of the greatest fuzzbox ever made in the mid ‘70s and used in countless records.

Important note: This is not a physical product and is a music software plugin for online download only.

The signal passes through 4 cascaded amplifier stages, where 2 of them are clipping stages. The result is a sustained fuzz, very rich in harmonics, with a unique tone.




Features

  • Independent Volume, Tone and Sustain controls
  • Pre and Post effect gain
  • Mix control
  • Resizable interface

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PC

  • Windows 7 (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3 64-bit host
  • PT11 or higher, AAX 64-bit host

MAC (Intel)

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU 64-bit host
  • PT11 or higher, AAX 64-bit host

MAC (Silicon)

  • macOS 11.0 or later (64-bit only)
  • Apple M1 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU 64-bit host
  • PT11 or higher, AAX 64-bit host

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Blue Face

Distortion by Audiority



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Analog Modeled Vintage Fuzz Plugin. VST, AU and AAX.

Blue Face is an analog modeled simulation of a classic BC108 silicon vintage fuzz pedal made in the late ‘60s.

Important note: This is not a physical product and is a music software plugin for online download only.

This is one of the best-known fuzz pedals ever made, used to fully blast amplifiers tube stages.

We modified the original circuit to get more bite even at minimum settings.




Features

  • Independent Volume and Fuzz controls
  • Pre and Post effect gain
  • Mix control
  • Resizable interface

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PC

  • Windows XP SP3 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i3 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, AAX 32-bit or 64-bit host

MAC (Intel)

  • OSX 10.7.5 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i3 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, AU and AAX 32-bit or 64-bit host

MAC (Silicon)

  • macOS 11.0 or later (64-bit only)
  • Apple M1 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU 64-bit host
  • PT11 or higher, AAX 64-bit host

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Distortion 1

Distortion by Audiority



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Analog Modeled Vintage Distortion Plugin

Important Note: This is not a physical product and is a music software plugin available for online download only.

Distortion 1 is an analog modelled simulation of an iconic distortion stompbox introduced in the late ‘70s and behind the signature sound of many guitar legends.

This is one of the best known (and modified) distortion pedals ever made.




Features

  • Independent Tone, Distortion and Level controls
  • Pre and Post effect gain
  • Mix control
  • Noise Gate
  • 8 different circuit types
  • Resizable interface
  • New 1.1 Version Changelog  (November 2019)

  • NEW: 8 different pedal circuits
  • NEW: Noise Gate
  • NEW: HQ Mode
  • NEW: Notifications System
  • NEW: VST3 plugin format
  • NEW: Mac OSX 10.15 Catalina support (64-bit only)

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PC

  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, AAX 32-bit or 64-bit host

MAC (Intel)

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, AU and AAX 64-bit host

MAC (Silicon)

* macOS 11.0 or later (64-bit only)
* Apple M1 or higher
* 2GB RAM
* Screen resolution: 1024×768
* VST2, VST3, AU 64-bit host
* PT11 or higher, AAX 64-bit host

Important note: this software is 64-bit only and will not function on 32-bit systems.

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Redoptor 2

Distortion by D16 Group



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High-Quality Vintage Tube Distortion effect

Overview

The organic sound of a tube amplifier being pushed into breakup has been the gold standard for overdriven and distorted tones for as long as musicians have been intentionally distorting their signals. The gentle natural compression and rich blend of even and odd harmonics produced by analogue tube circuitry make any affected signal feel more powerful, punchy, and alive.

Unlike solid-state transistor and fuzz circuits which only produce odd harmonics and limit the incoming signal in an unnatural and unresponsive way, Redoptor smoothly and dynamically responds to the changes in the volume of incoming audio, just like a real tube amplifier. This means that louder sounds are saturated with more crunch and delicious harmonics, while softer and naturally decaying sounds clean up gradually. This creates a very sonically pleasing distortion.

Exact Circuit Emulation

In addition to its spot-on modelling of hot vacuum tubes being pushed into glorious, creamy distortion, Redoptor packs several features that allow it to accurately mimic the behaviour of a complex analogue circuit with all its interactive and complementary components.

Redoptor’s adjustable tube bias parameter creates subtle amplification of even harmonics and gentle transient reshaping in the signal. Every individual element of the plugin’s signal chain has similarly been designed to capture the subtleties and dynamics of proper high-quality analogue tube distortion.

Completely Adjustable Preamp

Redoptor expands on classic tube guitar amplifier circuit design by offering total control of the preamp’s frequency range. The cut-off point for both high and low tones may be set before the signal is amplified and distorted, allowing for incredible versatility in sound shaping – from lo-fi to full-spectrum.

Parametric EQ

While many typical amplifiers and emulations rely on a fixed graphical equalizer offering limited control, Redoptor features a powerful parametric equalizer with independent gain and frequency control of 4 bands.

Independent Stereo Channel Processing

Although based on the mono signal paths of vintage guitar amplifiers, Redoptor is a fully functioning stereo tube distortion with an independent path for each channel in the stereo signal. This allows each side to have completely different harmonics and distortion added to it. So, synth sounds, for example, can benefit from enhanced definition and stereo imaging in addition to the analogue feel offered by the tube distortion emulation.

Dynamics Under Control

A built-in pre-gain compressor module and master output limiter provide even more freedom to sculpt the perfect saturated sound. These two elements are studio essentials for creative gain staging. The preliminary compressor adds punch and controls your signal’s dynamic range before it hits the highly responsive distortion stage. The master output limiter tames unruly peaks and polishes your signal as it leaves the plug-in.

Unique Character

Redoptor perfectly emulates the behaviour of classic hot-rodded tube guitar amplifier circuits, allowing it to sound just as good as its real-world analogue ancestors.

Guitarists working in the digital realm will feel perfectly at home with Redoptor. Those who have played through an excellent high-gain tube amp will find the plug-in’s warmth, crunch, responsiveness, and singing overtones immediately familiar.

Producers and electronic musicians will also find Redoptor indispensable for the high-quality distortion, rich harmonics, and attitude it brings to their sounds.

Use it to re-amp guitar parts, fatten drum loops, sweeten arpeggiated synths, beef up bass lines, or heat up any sterile audio and you’ll feel the difference from its warm, rich, and truly unique character brings to your music.




Features

  • Exact tube and tube's coupled circuits emulation.
  • Preliminary filters.
  • Preamp with built-in compressor.
  • Output limiter.
  • Fully equipped parametric equaliser.
  • 64bit internal processing.
  • Tag-based preset browser.
  • Two alternative GUI sizes.
  • MIDI-learn functionality throughout.

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Windows

  • Windows 7 - 10 (32 or 64-bit)
  • CPU - Single-core 2.0 GHz SSE (Multi-core 2.4 GHz SSE recommended)
  • RAM - 8 GB (16 GB Recommended)
  • Plugin Formats - VST2, VST3, AAX

Mac

  • macOS 10.9 - macOS 12 Monterey (64-bit only)
  • CPU - Intel 2.0 GHz / Apple M1 (Intel 2.4 GHz / Apple M1 recommended)
  • RAM - 8 GB (16 GB Recommended)
  • Plugin Formats - VST2, VST3, AU, AAX

Please Note: This is not a standalone program - a host application (DAW) is required to use it.

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Thermal

Distortion by Output



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Interactive Distortion Plugin

A Sound Designer’s Best Friend

THERMAL makes it easy to experiment and dial in new distortion sounds. A user-friendly experience is key to controlling the deeply powerful, multi-stage engine.

More Than Distortion

THERMAL goes far beyond traditional multi-band distortions. The XY control is highly interactive, providing an easy interface to enhance harmonics by tapping into its layered engines, each with analog and digital distortion algorithms, effects, modulation and imaging.

Explore the Details

Dig into THERMAL’s Advanced Page to get into the nitty-gritty.

Advanced

Go beyond the presets and interact with the distortion on the waveform display, tweak modulation envelopes and add effects.

Waveform Display

Hone in on a specific frequency range by dragging the handles on the waveform and adjust volume using the slider. Turn band split on to activate the crossover filters.

Distortion & Effects

Choose from 19 analogue and digitally modelled distortion algorithms. Add harmonics and grit, shape amplitude, and add frequency modulation.

Width & Tone

Add a final touch to each stage by adding Mid Side and time-based width, then shaping highs and lows using the Tone panel.




Features

  • 250+ presets for instant playability
  • A circular XY control linked to distortion parameters
  • Multi-stage distortion and effects processing
  • Mid-Side and time-based width
  • 15+ custom distortion types
  • 9 built-in FX with an additional master compressor and filter
  • Value readout panel for better understanding of controls
  • Favoriting feature in Presets menu
  • Built-in ToolTips on Advanced page

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Mac

  • 64 bit compatible only
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
  • 4GB of RAM required, 8GB recommended.
  • At least 400 MB of free drive space.
  • AAX, AU, VST and VST3 versions included.

PC

  • 32 and 64 bit compatible.
  • Windows 7 or higher.
  • 4GB of RAM required, 8GB recommended.
  • At least 400 MB of free drive space.
  • AAX, VST and VST3 versions included.

DAW Support

  • Ableton Live 9.2.2+ / 10.1 (Mac & PC: AU, VST)
  • Bitwig 1.3.9 + (Mac & PC: AU, VST)
  • Cubase 8 + (Mac & PC: VST)
  • Digital Performer 8 + (Mac & PC: AU, VST)*
  • FL Studio 12 + (PC: VST, VST3)
  • Garageband 10+ (AU)
  • Logic Pro 9+ (Mac: AU)
  • Native Instruments Maschine 2.4 + (Mac & PC: AU, VST)
  • Pro Tools 10.3.5 – 12 (Mac & PC: AAX)
  • Presonus Studio One 3.2.2 (Mac and PC: AU, VST, and VST3)
  • Propellerhead Reason 9.5+ (Mac & PC: VST)
  • Reaper (Mac: AU, VST)
  • Cakewalk by BandLab (PC: VST3)*

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Blue Cat's Destructor

Distortion by Blue Cat Audio



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The Distortion & Amp Sims Factory That Actually Goes To 11 And Beyond!

Blue Cat's Destructor is a powerful distortion and amp sim modelling tool capable of simulating any kind of distortion: from harsh digital destruction to smooth compression or guitar amp simulation (works for clean tones too!), and most importantly, yours!

It is delivered with hundreds of presets and predefined models, either inspired by existing gear (guitar & bass amps or cabinets, compressors, pedals, tape machines...) or created by our destructive minds.

But the plug-in is not limited to these predefined models: all parameters of existing presets are fully editable, which gives you access to an unlimited number of distortion simulations - no need to purchase extra presets or amp models to build your custom tone. And if you want to keep it simple, use tone maps to create new sounds without diving into the details.

Based on a perceptual model rather than on electronic designs or impulse responses, the signal chain is reduced to its bare minimum, simplifying the process of tweaking the tone and making it fit into the mix. You can also load and transform your own impulse responses to add colour to your tone.

Thanks to its exclusive adaptive shaper, it is reactive to the playing of instrumentists, providing a very natural feeling, similar to analog gear.

To make the look and feel of the plug-in fit with your favourite tones, it is bundled with more than 1600 visual styles that can be selected separately for each module.

It is also possible to import reference curves measured with Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi to quickly match existing tones.

If you are looking for a complete amp simulation solution with effects, check out Blue Cat's Axiom. For frequency-selective or multiband distortion, the plug-in can be used in combination with Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer.

Typical applications - Distortion modelling, guitar amp simulation, non-linear tone-shaping channel strip, overdrive, bit crushing, analog compression, hard & soft clipping, colouring, tape saturation, Lo-fi, fuzz, digital noise, aliasing, filter effects.




Features

  • Powerful distortion and amp modelling tool.
  • Simulate any kind of distortion: analog or digital, guitar and bass amps, saturation, clipping, compression, bit crushing...
  • Works for "clean" sounds too.
  • Get started with several hundreds of fully editable presets, inspired by real gear.
  • More than 1600 visual styles to customize the user experience.
  • Control the dynamics with the input gate and compressor.
  • Control the tone with the pre and post-filters.
  • Exclusive shape dynamics control: adapt the tone to the dynamics of the signal.
  • Tone maps: explore and morph presets in 2D to create new tones.
  • Use the internal or external side chain to trigger the distortion.
  • Load your own cabinet or reverb impulse responses, transform and mix them with built-in simulations.
  • Protect your ears with the output brick-wall limiter.
  • Comprehensive visual feedback: real-time spectrum analysis, dynamic distortion curve display with embedded signal histograms.
  • Load reference curves for tone matching.
  • No latency.
  • Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-VST, Mac-VST3, Win-AAX, Win-VST, Win-VST3, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-VST, Win x64-VST3.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Customizable user interface with transparency management and zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.

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Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Windows Vista or newer.
  • Any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

macOS

  • Intel or Apple Silicon (M1).
  • OS X 10.9 or newer.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible application (64-bit only).

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Red Light Distortion

Distortion by PreSonus



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Turn on the red light and get as dirty as you like with Red Light Distortion; an analog distortion emulator with six selectable distortion models: Soft Tube, Hard Tube, Bad Tube, Transistor, Fuzz, or OpAmp. Whether you just need a little grit and warmth or enough distortion to bring Atari Teenage Riot to their knees, Red Light Distortion delivers. With six models to choose from, two EQ controls, a Mix control, and independent Drive and Distortion controls, you’ll be able to design a unique, signature distortion that is completely your own!  

A long-time favourite of Studio One users, Red Light Distortion is now available for use in other DAWs in VST3, AAX, and AU formats!

You can also get Red Light Distortion as part of the cost-saving PreSonus Analog Effects Collection Bundle or in Studio One Professional.




Features

  • Analog-style distortion tones with six selectable modelling modes.
  • State-Space Modeled Drive stage for analog-style saturation.
  • Intuitive and vintage-styled UI lets you dial in a wide range of drive and distortion effects from mild to wild.
  • Compatible with any major DAW or plug-in host application (VST3, AU or AAX format, 64-bit only).
  • Easy installation, authorization, and updates from PreSonus Hub plug-in manager application.
  • Included with Studio One Professional and PreSonus Sphere.

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Windows:

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core™ i3 / AMD A10 processor or better
  • VST3, AU or AAX compatible host application
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection (needed for installation and activation) 
  • Monitor with 1366 x 768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended) 
  • PreSonus Hub 1.3 or later (included)

macOS:

  • macOS® 10.13 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core™ i3 processor or better
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB or more recommended)
  • VST3, AU or AAX compatible host application
  • Internet connection (needed for installation and activation) 
  • Monitor with 1366 x 768 resolution (Retina display recommended) 
  • PreSonus Hub 1.3 or later (included)

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Blue Cat's AcouFiend

Distortion by Blue Cat Audio



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Creative Feedback is Not Evil

Blue Cat's AcouFiend is an acoustic feedback simulator plug-in that can make your guitars scream, growl, or sing, even at low volume or through headphones, and it gives you total control over it!

AcouFiend simulates the acoustic feedback (a.k.a "Larsen effect") well known to guitarists playing loud and close to their speaker... Except that here, you have total control over the effect.

You can choose when and how to trigger the feedback, on sustained notes or chords. The plug-in lets you select the main harmonic of the feedback, and you can even choose to transpose it for more creative effects. Of course, it can be entirely automated or controlled via MIDI. And since it is a plug-in, it is not just for guitars: create screaming synths, sustained vocal harmonies and more.




Features

  • Acoustic feedback simulator.
  • Total control over the feedback: adjust the rise and fall time, the sensitivity to pitch and amplitude changes, and the generated harmonic.
  • Supports chords.
  • Limit the range of notes that can produce feedback.
  • Transpose the feedback signal to create harmonies.
  • No latency.
  • Additional Features

  • Available in most plug-in formats for Mac and Windows.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support, MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: processing shuts down when fed with silence (optimal the CPU usage).
  • Customizable user interface with transparency & zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: noiseless plug-in activation / deactivation.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances.
  • Any sample rate supported.

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Windows

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 or 64-bit)
  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64-bit).

Mac

  • macOS 10.9 or newer (Intel or M1 Apple Silicon processor) (64-bit only).
  • Any VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible application (64-bit).

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BIAS Pedal Distortion

Distortion by Positive Grid



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The Tone that Re-Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll

All about Fuzz, Overdrive, and Distortion.

For over half a century, distortion has defined the sound of Rock and roll. From the first fuzz stompboxes to the latest high performance distortion racks – that unmistakable sound of an overdriven electric guitar has conquered millions generation after generation. With this heritage in mind, BIAS Pedal reinvents distortion in a whole new way, changing the way musicians perform, record, and create on the guitar.

Complete BIAS Suite

BIAS Pedal uses the same logic of our revolutionary BIAS Amp designer, allowing you to virtually create your own distortion pedal from circuit guts to the transistors, tone match any distortion pedal. And you can create, share and download custom distortion pedals on ToneCloud.

BIAS Pedal is seamlessly integrated with BIAS FX, now you can add your custom distortion to your BIAS FX pedalboard.

Tone Match Any Distortion Pedal

Dive into your dream tone instantly by matching your favorite distortion, overdrive, fuzz, and boost pedals.

BIAS Pedal Tone Match technology analyzes and compares your currently selected pedal and the sound of a target tube pedal. It then executes the tonal compensation and enhancements needed to make your pedal’s sound accurately match that of the target pedal.

Design Your Dream P

For the first time ever, you can easily design and modify your custom distortion pedal at the most detailed level – from the input volume, to the distortion stages and gain control, to pre and post EQ and much, much more. You can even change the pedal’s virtual guts as you would do with a real distortion pedal: modify your boost pedal’s germanium transistor or tweak your fuzz pedal’s silicon transistor.

BIAS Pedal’s extremely intuitive operation uses the world’s most famous distortion pedal circuit layouts, so you can create your custom distortion pedal in a breeze.

BIAS FX Integration

BIAS Pedal seamlessly integrates with your BIAS FX mobile and desktop effects arsenals.

It automatically imports your custom design and Tone Match distortion pedals into BIAS FX dual signal chains and dual-amp tone – a dream rig that will make your music creation reach new heights.

Features:

  • The most accurate, thorough and versatile pedal modeling software available in the world.
  • 17 component-level emulation of distortion, overdrive, fuzz and booster pedals included with the introductory release.
  • Tone Match Technology captures any distortion pedals or recorded track and creates a matched model.
  • Coming soon: Share and download Tone Matched pedals created by signature artists and your fellow guitarists on ToneCloud.
  • Fully customizable clipping stage, output stage, power stage, parametric EQ, graphic EQ and studio EQ.
  • Seamless integration with BIAS FX,create and add custom distortion to dual signal path.
  • Customize the look and feel of your own pedal; change the name, box, panel and knobs.
  • Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and germanium parts, and shape the tone with different equalizers
  • Included noise gate and amp room simulator
  • Create a virtually unlimited number of custom pedals
  • Quick preset facility recalls each of your 8 favorite settings in turn with just one mouse click



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Mac OS X:

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Format: Audio Units, VST, RTAS, AAX Native
  • 4GB of RAM minimal, 8GB or more recommended
  • 700MB free disk space
  • BIAS Pedal requires A DAW software (Digital Audio Workstation) to host, however it now has a Standalone version too.
  • Internet connection is required to activate license and access Tone Cloud, BIAS Pedal doesn’t support offline activation at this moment. It can run under offline mode after activation and disable Tone Cloud

Windows:

  • Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8
  • Format: VST, RTAS, AAX Native
  • 4GB of RAM minimal, 8GB or more recommended
  • 1.5GHz Dual core processor minimal, 2.0GHz Dual core or more recommended
  • 250MB free disk space for per version (32 or 64 bits)
  • BIAS Pedal requires A DAW software (Digital Audio Workstation) to host, however it now has a Standalone version too.
  • Internet connection is required to activate license and access Tone Cloud, BIAS Pedal doesn’t support offline activation at this moment. It can run under offline mode after activation and disable Tone Cloud

Please Note: Internet connection is required to activate license and access Tone Cloud, BIAS Pedal doesn’t support offline activation at this moment. It can run under offline mode after activation and disable Tone Cloud

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The Shredder

Distortion by Audiority



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Description


Analog Modeled Vintage Overdrive Plugin

The Shredder is an analog modelled simulation of the vintage *Marshall® Shredmaster™, overdrive stompbox introduced in the 90s to provide the high gain distortion of a tube amplifier.

The Shredmaster has been introduced in the ‘91, along with the Bluesbreaker and the Drivemaster, as part of their “amp in a box” series.

Furthermore, Audiority added new exciting mods to the original circuit for more tonal possibilities!




Features

  • Gain, Tone and Level Controls
  • Pre and Post Effect Gain
  • Mix Control
  • Noise Gate
  • 3 Different Pedal Circuits
  • Resizable Interface

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PC

  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

Mac

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur and M1 Mac Supported)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher)

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