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Cubase Tips & Tecniques
By John Walden

Cubase’s unique Quadrafuzz v2 plug-in is useful for so much more than guitar processing...

These files accompany the Cubase Notes article in the February 2016 issue of SOS

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Cubase’s Quadrafuzz v2: Audio Examples

These audio files accompany the Cubase feature that appears in SOS February 2016. As with all this sort of processing, how much of the effect is ‘right’ is very much an artistic decision made in the context of the full mix, and there are plenty of different sounds to be had by experimenting, but the examples below are illustrative of the range of possibilities Quadrafuzz v2 offers.

Example 1a (Electric guitar): The same guitar part is heard five times: (1) unprocessed, (2) single-band operation using the Tape option, (3) single-band mode using the Tube option, (4) single-band mode using the Amp option and (5) multi-band mode using the Tube option for both the lower-mid and upper-mid bands with the other bands bypassed.

Example 1b (Bass guitar): The same bass guitar part is heard four times: (1) unprocessed, (2) single-band operation using the Tube option, (3) single-band mode using the Amp option and (4) multi-band mode using the Tube option, for both the lower-mid and upper-mid bands and with the other bands bypassed.

Example 2 (Stereo drum loop): The same drum part is heard four times: (1) unprocessed, (2) multi-band mode as per the screenshot shown in the main article with the three upper bands using the Distortion option, (3) as for (2) but using the Amp option for the lower-mid and upper-mid bands and with the high band bypassed, (4) using the Scene feature to switch between different Quadrafuzz v2 configurations.

Example 3 (Vocals): The same song extract (from Cristina Vane’s ‘So Easy’ Mix Rescue article in SOS September 2013) is heard twice: (1) with the vocal unprocessed, (2) with the vocal processed as per the screenshot in the main article using multi-band mode, but with only a single-band operational.

Example 4 (Stereo mix mastering): The same song extract (again, from Cristina Vane’s ‘So Easy’) is heard twice: (1) with mix unprocessed, (2) with the mix processed as per the screenshot in the main article using multi-band mode but with only the lower-mid and upper-mid bands subject to processing and using the tape option in both cases. The processing is perhaps a little over-cooked here to make the effect more obvious.

Published February 2016