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Re: distortion vst's.20th May 2012, 04:06 #4
Manipulation of sound in any form is called distortion. Do you need a guitar amplifier emulator, overdrive effect, hard limiter, etc.? KVR Audio's database can help you out with a set of restrictions for effect type and price range.
Re: distortion vst's.20th May 2012, 06:41 #5
You're going to want to experiment with all different types of distortions, and even try layering different types. EQing (drastic or subtle) before, after, and between distortion plugins can really get great "complex sounding" results too. Also, oftentimes 4 or 5 different distortion plugins in a row set at subtle settings can sound better and richer than one distortion plugin set at an extreme setting.
Some great free choices:
http://www.camelaudio.com/camelcrusher.php <<<great for drums, though can suck out the bass a little
http://www.ohmforce.com/ViewProduct.do?p=Frohmage <<<great for basses and weirdness
http://www.audiodamage.com/downloads...php?pid=ADF001 <<<technically a fuzz effect, which is a bit different from distortion/overdrive
http://www.voxengo.com/product/tubeamp/ <<<good tube amp sim
http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=556 <<<multiband distortion
I think Variety of Sound (aka Bootsy) has some saturation and distortion/overdrive plugins, and all of his plugins are great. http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/vst-effects/
Guitar amp sims can be great for this sound also, as they add a lot of depth to the sound with things like cabinet modelling, guitar amp-style EQs, mic modelling, room modelling, etc... The free version of Amplitube can be great for tube and guitar amp style distortion and effects:
Voxengo's Boogex is another good guitar amp sim: http://www.voxengo.com/product/boogex/ FreeAMP is another pretty good amp sim: http://rekkerd.org/fretted-synth/ (scroll down on page for download link)
Also, check out this list:
Finally, what DAW are you using? If you are using Ableton Live, then there are a range of distortion devices included that will do what you want perfectly. Live's Saturator is a particularly good choice for what you're after, especially in "waveshaper" mode.
Last edited by scutheotaku; 20th May 2012 at 06:53.
Re: distortion vst's.21st May 2012, 04:53 #6
massive kudos for the huge input.
i just picked up amplitube and i'm having a bit of a mess around with it at the moment.
it seems like it'd be a solid piece of software for those who know how to use it.
surely, i'll be able to get the hang of it eventually. =]
Re: distortion vst's.21st May 2012, 05:46 #7
And yeah, Amplitube is a lot of fun. Don't forget to try running all sorts of things through it, even with little to no distortion. Amp sims like that, because of things like amp modelling, cabinet modelling, mic modelling, etc..., can give things a great "pro" sound. This is especially true for synths! In fact, in the 80's a lot (most?) of synths were run into amps that were mic'd (like how a guitar is traditionally recorded) instead of just direct into the mixer.
Also, let me stress one of the options I posted above - Frohmage! If you're looking for crazy distorted, filtery sounds, it's great! As a side note, it's also used by a lot of French House/French Touch artists, with Fred Falke being one example (he runs his famous basslines through it all the time).