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    United Plugins Urban Puncher

    Saturation Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    This plug-in’s primary role is in beefing up drum and percussion sounds, though it can also work well on bass parts or to add a sheen of analogue warmth to other instruments.

    Reviews Oct 2021
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    Minimal Audio Rift

    Distortion & Filter Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    If your sounds need a lift, perhaps you need Rift?

    Reviews Oct 2021
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    Becos CompIQ Twain

    Dual-band Compressor-Saturator

    Love stompboxes but find pedal compressors frustratingly untweakable? This one’s designed with you in mind...

    Reviews . Sep 2021
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    Source Audio Ultrawave

    Multiband Distortion Pedal

    This powerful digital stompbox is far more than just a distortion pedal...

    Reviews . Jul 2021
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    Intensive Care Audio Vena Cava Filter

    Filter & Ring Modulation Distortion Pedal

    While the Vena Cava Filter is a distortion pedal at heart, the main functions of this unit are an auto-filter and ring modulator.

    Reviews Jun 2021
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    Holy Island Audio Super Freq

    Auto-filter & Fuzz Pedal

    The Super Freq by Holy Island Audio is not for the subtle tone seeker, as it is wild and unruly — but in the most wonderful way!

    Reviews May 2021
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    Delta Sound Labs Fold

    Distortion Plug-in

    There are many types of distortion that can be pressed into service in the name of musical creativity, ranging from soft...

    Reviews Apr 2021
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    Vox Valvenergy

    Amp-emulation Pedals

    We check out four pedals that emulate classic amplifier types.

    Reviews Apr 2021
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    Acustica Audio Gainstation

    Distortion Plug-in

    The kings of dynamic convolution take on producer Mike Dean’s signal chain.

    Reviews Mar 2021
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    DJ Swivel Big Distortion Engine

    Distortion Plug-in

    BDE, or Big Distortion Engine for long, is the second plug‑in from producer and engineer Jordan Swift.

    Reviews Mar 2021
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    Denise Audio God Mode

    Tunable Distortion Plug-in

    Delving into multiband distortion territory, God Mode offers three types of overdrive that can be dialled in at the same time.

    Reviews Oct 2020
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    Soundevice Digital SubBass Doctor 808

    Sub-bass Generator Plug-in

    SubBass Doctor 808 is designed to add sub-bass to sounds that already reside in the sub-50Hz low-frequency register.

    Reviews Sep 2020
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    Output Thermal

    Parallel Distortion Processor

    From subtle warmth to full-on modulated mayhem, this plug‑in covers a lot of ground.

    Reviews Sep 2020
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    Babelson Audio FD Bundle

    EQ & Saturation Plug‑ins

    Warmth is the name of the game for these three EQs, which boast modelled Marinair transformers and a range of different virtual vacuum tubes.

    Reviews Aug 2020
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    FabFilter Saturn 2

    Distortion Plug‑in

    There's rather more to FabFilter's redesigned multiband saturator than a slicker GUI.

    Reviews Aug 2020
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    Radial HDI

    DI Box & Distortion Processor

    This studio DI box goes further than most, adding character to a range of sources.

    Reviews Aug 2020
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    Gamechanger Audio Plasma Rack

    Distortion Processor

    With more control and functionality than the Plasma pedal that preceded it, is this box the new king of controllable carnage?

    Reviews May 2020
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    Drawmer 1976

    Stereo 3-band Saturation & Width Processor

    Could this be the ultimate analogue 'vibe box'?

    Reviews Apr 2020
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    Euterpe Vertice

    Hand-built Analogue Filterbank

    They say they don't make 'em like they used to, but in the case of this Italian boutique filterbank, they do!

    Reviews Apr 2020
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    Spectral Design Quadrafuzz

    Mac VST/PC VST & DirectX

    Originally designed by SOS author Craig Anderton as a DIY hardware circuit, Spectral Design have now turned this into a software plug‑in. Unlike most other distortion effects, it splits the signal into four frequency bands and distorts each one individually.

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    SPL Charisma Dual-channel

    Valve Signal Processor

    Though this Charisma has only two channels instead of eight, it's lost none of the original charm.

    Reviews May 1998

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