Mixland has announced the release of a “steampunk channel strip plugin that sounds as demented as it looks”. Capable of everything from subtle warmth to complete obliteration, Steamdriver features 3 unique-sounding and easy-to-use modules: compression, distortion, and a EQ.

In typical Mixland fashion, we rebelled against traditional GUI’s that capture the look and aesthetic of hardware equipment, and instead went for something more fun: a steampunk torture factory from right out of a nightmare, featuring a hydraulic machine press that represents the compressor’s behavior and gain reduction, an electric shock chamber that represents saturation, high and low shelving filters (modelled after a deeply-colorful Class A hardware EQ), a gramophone that boasts a brilliantly useful Shape knob (for overall front-to-back placement and warmth), and many other switches and valves to turn and tweak the sound.

Steamdriver features

  • Pulverizing Channel Strip featuring Compression, Distortion, EQ, and an overall Shape knob.
  • Modeled after a very unique and brutal analog hardware chain.
  • Exceptionally punchy VCA Compressor module.
  • Saturation module produces sounds ranging from subtle warmth to downright obliteration
    • Switchable even/odd order harmonic modes
    • Switchable between transfer function and sinusoidal function.
  • Deeply colorful Class A EQ
    • Low and High shelving filters
    • Additional midrange Shape knob that helps with front-to-back placement.
  • Other features include Mix knobs for each chamber, A/B, undo, I/O trim, resizable GUI.

Available in VST, AU and AAX formats for Windows and Mac, Steamdriver is on sale for the introductory price of $14.99 USD until October 31st, 2022 (regular $29.99 USD).

More information: Mixland