Plugin Alliance intros bx_saturator by Brainworx

The Plugin Alliance has announced the release of bx_saturator, a multi-band M/S saturation and distortion effect plug-in by Brainworx.

Brainworx bx_saturator

The bx_saturator is an M/S & multi-band saturation tool which can be used for mastering, mixing and sound-design.

It offers a warm and subtle distortion which works wonders on individual signals and can even be applied to the stereo master channe in the M/S stereo model. Brainworx´ NEW “True-Split” crossover technology ensures that Mid and Side channels are perfectly in phase.

The bx_saturator belongs to the new „Brainworx Rock´n´Roll line“ of creative plugins. Technical excellence for the creative musician and engineer.

Although we offer a mono / multi-mono version of the plugin we consider the stereo M/S plugin the main version which will enable you to thicken and boost any stereo signal or mix in a more discrete way than ever.

The bx_saturator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $179 USD (regular $229 USD).

More information: Plugin Alliance / bx_saturator

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Matteo Pellino Music Producer Packs releases Distortion Beats Vol. 1

Matteo Pellino Distortion Beats

Matteo Pellino Music Producer Packs has released Distortion Beats Vol. 1, a collection of loops.

‘Distortion Beats’ from Matteo Pellino Music Producer Packs brings you a collection of 50 royalty-free, ready-to-use WAV loops for your Electro tracks (or any other genre you want to use them in). The awesome pack includes 35 Drumoops and 15 Bassloops recorded at 128 BPM.

Matteo Pellino Music Producer Packs’ newest release, ‘Distortion Beats’ includes a total of 50 WAV loops. The 35 Drumloops included have been filtered with a nice Distortion effect and will add to the power of your beats. Also included are 15 Bassloops for use in your productions.

Distortion Beats Vol. 1 is available to purchase from Roqstar for $9.95 USD.

More information: Distortion Beats Vol. 1

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Samplecraze releases Harmonic Distortion production video

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Samplecraze has announced the release of their latest production video on the subject of Harmonic distortion – Odd/even harmonics, valve driving and tape saturation.

Samplecraze Harmonic Distortion

Today, more and more producers are turning to the wonderful world of tape saturation and valve driving to attain warmth and a full bodied texture for their production and sound design projects.

However, one needs to understand the subject of harmonic distortion to get the best out of any active gain staging equipment, be it for tape saturation or over-driving valves/tubes.

To do this it is crucial to understand the theory and application behind harmonic distortion, so this comprehensive video tutorial covers all the following topics:

  • What is harmonic distortion? How does it occur in tape and valve based systems?
  • What are active gain stages?
  • What are odd and even harmonics and how do they affect the sound?
  • How to create odd and even harmonics and blend them to create new textures.
  • What is hysteresis?
  • What is bias?
  • What are triodes and pentodes and how do they affect harmonics?
  • What is tape saturation and how do you process it?
  • What are the characteristics of tape?
  • What is saturation compression?
  • What is magnetic threshold?
  • What are grids?
  • What are valves and how do they work?
  • How to use tape saturation and valves plugins (ferox/ psp vintage warmer/ psp tape sat2/ voxengo tube amp/ nomad tape warmer/christortion)

The Harmonic Distortion production video is available as a digital download for £3.99 GBP.

More information: Samplecraze / Harmonic Distortion

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TC Electronic introduces Dark Matter Distortion and MojoMojo Overdrive

TC Electronic has introduced Dark Matter Distortion and MojoMojo Overdrive, two hard-punching guitar pedals that take overdrive and distortion to whole new levels.

TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion

Dark Matter Distortion is all about that powerful, super-musical roar of an early plexi – a sound that will satisfy even the pickiest players.

From cleans with an attitude and warm, bluesy tones to a crunch with grit for days and fully saturated lead sounds full of harmonics and overtones, it’s all there in spades and instantly available by riding the guitar’s volume knob.

An all-analog circuit, dual-band tone controls, level and drive knobs and a voicing switch to tweak the bass response ensure plenty of gain to suit any kind of musical style while maintaining an extremely open and clear sound that never gets muddy. All Dark Matter Distortion does is add degrees of distortion without affecting the fundamental tone.

TC Electronic MojoMojo

MojoMojo Overdrive will breathe life, magic and that certain something into any sound.

Guitarists everywhere are always looking for that little extra push over the cliff, a touch of extra bite, body and tone. MojoMojo Overdrive will add that flash of perfection, providing a crisp and clear overdrive with a rock-solid bottom end.

The aim was to create a pedal that sounds like an amp, having a very open character and little compression. The pedal should be alive, have an attitude and pick up on playing subtleties in a dynamic way. Also, the ideal was not just any old amp. MojoMojo Overdrive needed to offer that sweet, glassy and purely musical cranked tweed sound – the magic, spine-shivering feeling of an amplifier working hard and delivering pure valve tone. Quite simply, MojoMojo Overdrive is like adding another channel to the amp, and it will sound like it always belonged there.

Dark Matter & MojoMojo features

  • Sound quality – First-class guitar overdrive and distortion tones right out of the box.
  • True Bypass – Maximum tonal integrity.
  • Flexible inputs & outputs – Accepts instrument as well as line level/FX Loop signals.
  • Easy battery access – Unique one-screw battery access for lightning fast battery changes.
  • Compact and cool – A small footprint makes it fit on any board, and the sheer look guarantees
    that it will turn some heads once it sits there!

Dark Matter and MojoMojo are expected to ship in March 2011, priced at $177 USD / 122 EUR List (excl VAT) each.

More information: TC Electronic

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Fsynthz 4Evar, the Fuzziest Organ Evar

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Fsynthz has released 4Evar, a free instrument plug-in described as the “Fuzziest Organ Evar”.

OK, here’s what you (desperately-) need… Play heavy distorted riffs, chords and solos. Benefit from Fsynthz distortion unit: no shitty dirt @ totally crunched sounding!

Who needs those heavy guitars when heavy organs rule, now and 4Evar?? DL this meanie & happy shredding!

Fsynthz 4Evar
Fsynthz 4Evar

4Evar features

  • wave draw synthesis
  • double oscilloscope
  • ultimate distortion, yep
  • interactive detune (Xtravoice)
  • and surprisingly, very CPU-friendly

4Evar is available to download as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Fsynthz

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