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Digital Performer Stompboxes

MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques
By Craig Anderton

Screen 1: MultiFuzz recreates my old QuadraFuzz. It's flexible in its own right, but EQ can make it even more so.Screen 1: MultiFuzz recreates my old QuadraFuzz. It's flexible in its own right, but EQ can make it even more so.

Many of DP's emulated guitar pedals offer even more than the real thing!

In the SOS January 2019 DP column, we covered the virtual amps and amp rooms that were introduced in Digital Performer 8. But that's not all that DP has to offer guitarists: there are also stompboxes, and some new processors introduced in DP9. As we'll see, one or two of DP's other plug-ins can also prove unexpectedly useful with guitars...

The Stompboxes

Many of DP's stompbox plug-ins pay homage to vintage models, but there's more to the story, because some of them reproduce not only the original circuit but also popular modifications to it — so even if you're using a third-party amp simulator, it's worth checking out the MOTU versions of the stompboxes. For example, the Tube Wailer and Über Tube distortion pedals have a switch for choosing between the characteristics of the stock silicon diodes and the germanium diodes that some users replaced these with. Germanium diodes clip at a lower level that gives less output, but produce more distortion over a wider range of input levels. The Distortion Plus pedal, meanwhile, has a Load Z control, which varies the simulated output load from a low-impedance combo amp at one end of the scale to a 1MΩ high-impedance input at the other. Likewise, a Source Z control emulates input impedance changes. The effect of both controls is extremely subtle.

The MultiFuzz is new to DP9, and as the documentation says, it's a "spot-on reproduction of Craig Anderton's legendary QuadraFuzz multiband distortion kit from...

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Published March 2019