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    Eventide Riptide

    Overdrive & Uni-Vibe Pedal

    Eventide’s take on the legendary Uni‑Vibe adds modern conveniences and a classy overdrive.

    Reviews Jul 2024
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    iZotope Trash

    Multiband Distortion Plug-in

    A much‑loved creative distortion plug‑in is back from its sabbatical, and it looks like the break has done it good!

    Reviews Jun 2024
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    Universal Audio Verve Analog Machines

    Saturation Plug-ins

    These plug‑ins are all about warmth and distortion, and the flavours on offer range from gentle saturation at the subtler end of the scale through to crunching overload and squelchy obliteration.

    Reviews Jun 2024
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    Warm Audio Warm Bender

    Fuzz Pedal

    The Warm Bender, by Warm Audio, offers users three distinctive fuzz voicings in one robust pedal.

    Reviews Jun 2024
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    Electro-Harmonix Pico Triboro Bridge

    Overdrive Pedal

    EHX have used digital technology to coax three different characters of drive from a single pedal.

    Reviews May 2024
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    Mixwave Coil Audio CA-70S

    Saturation Plug-in

    Coil Audio’s CA‑70 valve preamp is based on classic Western Electric and RCA designs dating back as far as the 1930s.

    Reviews Mar 2024
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    Old Blood Noise Endeavours Beam Splitter

    Multi-stage Distortion Pedal

    Just when you thought it had all been done with distortion and overdrive pedals, Old Blood Noise Endeavours have put a new spin on the concept...

    Reviews Feb 2024
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    Strymon BigSky & Deco

    Plug-in Effects

    Strymon’s reputation for making top‑quality digital effects pedals is second to none, but now they’ve made some of their creations available as DAW plug‑ins.

    Reviews Jan 2024
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    Warm Audio ODD Box v1

    Overdrive Pedal

    The latest pedal from Warm Audio pays homage to one of the all‑time pedalboard favourites, the Fulltone OCD pedal.

    Reviews Nov 2023
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    Rupert Neve Designs MBT

    Stereo Bus Processor

    For the first time, the Red and Blue bands of RND’s popular Silk circuit can be used together in the same device — but there’s more to the MBT than purple Silk!

    Reviews Nov 2023
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    Soundevice Digital Plamen

    Multiband Saturation Plug-in

    Plamen is a five‑band saturator, in which each band can be processed using one of five different saturation algorithms.

    Reviews Oct 2023
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    S-CAT Double Trouble

    Distortion Pedal

    This dual‑distortion box is equally at home with guitars,synths and drum machines, on a dusted‑daily desktop or a filthy stage pedalboard...

    Reviews Oct 2023
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    Origin Effects Halcyon Gold

    Adaptive Overdrive Pedal

    Still searching for an ‘always on’ overdrive that works with your guitar’s volume control turned up or backed off? Your search might be over...

    Reviews Oct 2023
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    McDSP KD1 Kinetic Drive

    APB Saturation Plug-in

    With the KD1 saturation effect, McDSP show that their analogue plug‑in system can deliver more than just dynamics processing.

    Reviews Aug 2023
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    Electro-Harmonix Lizard Queen

    Octave Distortion Pedal

    Designed in collaboration with the JHS Pedals team, EHX’s Lizard Queen is a slightly unusual distortion pedal...

    Reviews Jul 2023
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    New Harmonics

    The Art Of Audio Fermentation

    We look at the processes that can add harmonic content to a sound, for subtle warmth or radical transformation.

    Techniques Jul 2023
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    Softube Bus Processor

    Dynamics & Saturation Plug-in

    As a traditional bus compressor, this plug‑in sounds great — but there’s much more to it than that!

    Reviews Jul 2023
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    Malcolm Toft Punishr

    500-series Distortion & EQ

    Controllable carnage is the name of the game, but the Punishr can do warmth and subtlety too!

    Reviews Jun 2023
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    Malcolm Toft Punishr | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany the SOS June 2023 review of the Punishr analogue harmonic distortion 500-series module by Malcolm Toft.

    Reviews Jun 2023
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    Waves Magma Tube Channel Strip

    Dynamics, EQ & Saturation Plug-in

    Magma offers a one‑stop shop for analogue‑style attitude and warmth.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Hardware Plugin

    Distortion Pedal & USB Audio Interface

    Want to use a real Big Muff Pi in your DAW session? With this one, you can just plug and go...

    Reviews Feb 2023

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