NI Reaktor: Jesse Voccia on the “Ass Fister”

August 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Jesse Voccia collaborating on the Reaktor “Metasonix Ass Fister Distortion Module”

Winkl – new free foldback distortion effect plug-in from Tek’it

July 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Tek’it Audio has announced the release of Winkl, a free foldback distortion effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Winkl is not a subtle distortion, this is well suited for bass and leads, made to make scream your sounds.

Winkl features

  • Foldback distortion.
  • Drive and Output Gain controls.
  • Bypass switch.
  • x16 Oversampling.
  • 64-bit internal processing.
  • Full MIDI automation support.
  • Works in mono or stereo.
  • Zero-latency.

Winkl for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to download as freeware.

Get it here >>

Sound Magic releases Neo Distortion VST for Windows

December 5, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sound Magic tells us that Neo Distortion is a distortion effect unit which features a 2-stage distortion Overdrive, followed by 4 optional distortion units including a Waveshaper, Fuzz, Soft Distortion and Contour.
They say that it provides meticulous controls for the 4 distortion types and combined with the Overdrive unit, you can build your own style of distortion to feature your unique sound style.

Features

  • Internal 64-bit floating point precision.
  • 2 Stages Distortion, First OverDrive, Followed by 4 optional distortion units including a Waveshaper, Fuzz, Soft Distortion and Contour.
  • Support up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

Pricing and Availability:
Neo Distortion costs €49

More information:

FXpansion Maul Tutorial

November 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Maul: a multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plugin with advanced modulation.

http://www.fxpansion.com/index.php?page=193

FXpansion is proud to present Maul: a multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plugin with advanced modulation. Maul is suited to all music requiring powerful sound-sculpting abilities – everything from subtle warming and loudness generation to shredding distortion and experimental creative effects. Maul features 3 separate drive stages, each of which can act on a different frequency range with any of 32 distortion types. The available algorithms include DCAM-modelled germanium diode, tube and transistor-based circuits, clippers, overdrives, waveshapers of various kinds and bit-crushing devices for digital distortion flavours. Each drive stage also features control over transient-shaping, saturation circuitry and additional post-process tone filtering.

Availability & Pricing

Maul is available as a download-only product from the FXpansion web shop!
Pricing is USD $99.00, EUR €79.00, GBP £69.00 inc VAT where applicable

How to make your Moog Voyager sound FAT, overloaded, unstable, about to lose it…etc

October 12, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a simple “overload” trick that’s been posted on the Moog Music Forum for some time now (http://forum.moogmusic.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14154), and the author of this video found it to be really helpful. you totally dont need a distortion pedal if you have a Moog Voyager. The whole thing IS a distortion pedal.

Piana – the Raspberry Pi Synthesizer – Filters and Modulation

September 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More details on the Pi Synth:

A short demo showing filter cutoff, resonance and more LFO- and EG-driven Phase Distortion.

Raspberry Pi Synthesizer – live demo (Oscillators and Phase Distortion)

September 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video information below:

You lot should be happy that it was a grim, wet, windy Bank Holiday as I got to plug in my Pi and make a video. Sorry the frame rate of the second half is low, it’s my Mac not being fast enough to capture everything.

So – here’s an indication of quite how rich a single-oscillator synth can be (as in, I left OSC B cranked down to zero throughout). OSC A is set to a ‘sin’ wave (which does actually have a *little* bit of harmonic content as it’s not really a sin, it’s a short power series), but all the amazing richness comes from manipulating the phase of the oscillator during each cycle of the waveform. An EG is used to stretch and squash the phase over the lifetime of each note, then the LFO is pulled in to add a warbly, squishy immenseness.

And no explicit frequency manipulation – everything here is being induced by messing with the phase within each cycle of the waveform, the fundamental is not being manipulated, at all. Things get beyond awesome when you add in pitch modulation at the same time as Phase Distortion.

But messing about with frequency is for next time – for the time being, let’s get PHASEY!!!!

Expresso – new free distortion effect plug-in for Windows

March 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mark Holt has released Expresso, a free distortion effect plug-in for Windows.

My first ever release of a VST effect. Made in Synthmaker v2.0, so, sorry, no Mac version.

Most of the modules are my own (rather simple) code rather than stock modules. I’ve been using it a lot and thought I should give something back to a community that’s given me a lot over the years.

The first knob is called offset and this adds DC offset to the input signal (the mod LED below changes the direction of offset). The next knob is labelled fold and adds some fold back distortion. The next knobs are sat (saturation), feed (feedback – the mod LED changes the signal slightly), delay (for the feedback), HPF (high pass filter), H-REZ (high pass resonance), LPF (low pass filter), clip (hard distortion), followed by a dry/wet control and finally gain (for output). The feedback path actually goes after the clip module and re-enters before the fold back distortion stage, so maybe a future update will change the knob order to reflect this (it’s like it is for chronological reasons). Beware that on settings where all settings are high that you will get proper high squealing feedback. I’ve kept that as a feature and the tone can be changed with the delay knob when it appears.

Expresso for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.

Get it here >>

Saturn – new distortion and saturation effect

March 7, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

FabFilter has introduced its latest audio processing plugin Saturn, a distortion and saturation effect. In this tutorial, Dan Worrall explains the basics of FabFilter Saturn. He starts with a simple single-band saturation example explaining the available algorithms and most important controls of the plug-in. Finally, he explains some more complex setups, using multiple bands and making use of the extensive modulation section.

FabFilter Saturn is a high quality multi-band distortion and saturation plug-in. From subtle, clean and warm tube or tape saturation to the wildest multi-band guitar amp effects: FabFilter Saturn delivers!

Saturn will be available March 8th, 2012.

More information: FabFilter

Ableton Live – Kasio-M4L virtual phase distortion synth

November 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Ableton has released Kasio-M4L, a free Max for Live instrument by Oli Larkin.

Like its namesake CZ-series synths, Kasio-M4L uses Phase Distortion synthesis – in which the phase of a sine wave is modified in various ways to produce new waveforms. Kasio-M4L builds on its digital legacy, producing plastic basses, sharp bell-like timbres and shimmering resonant pads. Utilizing two CZ-style oscillators, ring modulation, three Envelope Generators and an LFO, a wide variety of timbres are possible. Kasio-M4L serves to bring the classic sounds of Phase Distortion to all Max for Live users.

Kasio-M4L comes with 32 presets inspired by the original CZ-synths. All controls are laid out on one easy-to-use panel for instant tweaking. Select from eight CZ waveforms for each oscillator in the “Wave” section. Different waveforms can be set for each alternating cycle; the second oscillator can also be detuned and mixed as a ring modulator signal. The ADSR Envelope Generator sections control amplitude, pitch and the all-important DCW (digitally controlled wave-shaping) which varies the amount of phase distortion. Vibrato is controlled via the LFO section.

Kasio-M4L is a free download from Ableton. Requires Ableton Live 8.2.6 or higher and Max for Live.

More information:Kasio-M4L

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