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DJ Swivel Big Distortion Engine

Distortion Plug-in By Sam Inglis
Published March 2021

BDE, or Big Distortion Engine for long, is the second plug‑in from producer and engineer Jordan Swift. Better known as DJ Swivel, Jordan is not one of those celebrity mixers who slaps his name onto anything going so, as with his previous offering The Sauce, BDE has been developed by his own team to his own specifications.

The GUI looks clean and simple, but packs in quite a few more controls than is apparent at first sight. Like Heavyocity’s Punish, it’s based around a central ‘magic eye’ control that grows redder and angrier as you crank it up. In this case, the central control governs the Drive of the selected saturation algorithm. There are six of these, with names ranging from Cherry Bomb to Nuke to reflect the level of sonic destruction on offer.

What emerges from the saturation algorithm also depends on several other parameters. Two sliders labelled...

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Published March 2021