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New saturation/distortion effect - Expresso

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Effects discussion

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cytospur
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737 posts since 25 Jun, 2002, from London, UK

Postby cytospur; Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:31 pm New saturation/distortion effect - Expresso

My first ever release of a VST effect. Made in Synthmaker v2.0, so, sorry, no Mac version. Most of the modules are my own (rather simple) code rather than stock modules. I've been using it a lot and thought I should give something back to a community that's given me a lot over the years. You can download it from here:

http://www.box.net/shared/zdgyouov21

The first knob is called offset and this adds DC offset to the input signal (the mod LED below changes the direction of offset). The next knob is labelled fold and adds some fold back distortion. The next knobs are sat (saturation), feed (feedback - the mod LED changes the signal slightly), delay (for the feedback), HPF (high pass filter), H-REZ (high pass resonance), LPF (low pass filter), clip (hard distortion), followed by a dry/wet control and finally gain (for output). The feedback path actually goes after the clip module and re-enters before the fold back distortion stage, so maybe a future update will change the knob order to reflect this (it's like it is for chronological reasons). Beware that on settings where all settings are high that you will get proper high squealing feedback. I've kept that as a feature and the tone can be changed with the delay knob when it appears.

Anyway, I hope someone else finds a use for it. I've used it as an effect for specific instruments, but also on the master channel (mostly using the saturation, HPF and LPF modules). Finally, this has only been tested (successfully) in Orion.

Feedback welcome!

Cheers,

Mark
Algorithmic tunes: http://snd.sc/o15cKD

DUNE soundbank: http://markholt.moonfruit.com/

Free saturation/distortion VST: https://www.box.com/shared/zdgyouov21
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RunBeerRun
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7347 posts since 2 Aug, 2005, from Guitar Land, USA

Postby RunBeerRun; Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:49 pm

Cool, I'll check it out. I like to make distortions in Synthmaker, too, using weird math equations and float variables, without any knowledge of why. Usually works.
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cytospur
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737 posts since 25 Jun, 2002, from London, UK

Postby cytospur; Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:10 pm

I understand the maths behind it, but it is good fun to mess around and see how far you can change the maths. Can't go wrong with wave-shaping really though, but let's see :D

I've tried to make it so that it can be used for a wide variety of things from subtle to not so. Anyway, thanks for taking a look.
Algorithmic tunes: http://snd.sc/o15cKD

DUNE soundbank: http://markholt.moonfruit.com/

Free saturation/distortion VST: https://www.box.com/shared/zdgyouov21
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RunBeerRun
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7347 posts since 2 Aug, 2005, from Guitar Land, USA

Postby RunBeerRun; Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:30 pm

Pretty cool, pretty weird. I like the colors/knobs. The preset manager could use some custom coloring.
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cytospur
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737 posts since 25 Jun, 2002, from London, UK

Postby cytospur; Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:49 pm

RunBeerRun wrote:Pretty cool, pretty weird. I like the colors/knobs. The preset manager could use some custom coloring.


Thanks, cool and weird sound like my kind of descriptors :D

The knobs are from an osm file I got at the SM website. I need to fish out the name, so that I can give a proper acknowledgement. I think it was the Vector Knob maker by pall that I adapted to my own purposes. I also used Andrew J's oversampling toolkit to help reduce aliasing. Work's a charm, I used the 2x oversampling polyphase IIR module.

Yes, I did want to spend some time on the preset manager (including presets) to make it fit in better, I just haven't had that time. I'm off on holiday tomorrow for ten days, so I'll work on that when I get back.

Thanks again!
Algorithmic tunes: http://snd.sc/o15cKD

DUNE soundbank: http://markholt.moonfruit.com/

Free saturation/distortion VST: https://www.box.com/shared/zdgyouov21
Kriminal
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18498 posts since 1 Oct, 2001, from England

Postby Kriminal; Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:56 am

wheres the fuckin screen shot ? :wink:
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v1o
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600 posts since 1 Oct, 2004

Postby v1o; Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:52 am

Kriminal wrote:wheres the fuckin screen shot ? :wink:


what he said
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Holophonic
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442 posts since 22 Nov, 2005

Postby Holophonic; Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:46 am

Thanks for the plugin man ! :D
cytospur
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737 posts since 25 Jun, 2002, from London, UK

Postby cytospur; Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:07 pm

Kriminal wrote:wheres the fuckin screen shot ? :wink:


Sorry. Here it is:

Image
Algorithmic tunes: http://snd.sc/o15cKD

DUNE soundbank: http://markholt.moonfruit.com/

Free saturation/distortion VST: https://www.box.com/shared/zdgyouov21
Kriminal
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18498 posts since 1 Oct, 2001, from England

Postby Kriminal; Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:13 am

looks good
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cytospur
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737 posts since 25 Jun, 2002, from London, UK

Postby cytospur; Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:06 am

Thanks! Sounds good too :D
Algorithmic tunes: http://snd.sc/o15cKD

DUNE soundbank: http://markholt.moonfruit.com/

Free saturation/distortion VST: https://www.box.com/shared/zdgyouov21
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Tp3
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1578 posts since 7 Feb, 2007

Postby Tp3; Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:53 pm

As it is, Norton Security deletes the files, based on its "reputation" :roll:
The whole notion of Analog vs Digital emulation has long gone haywire...
cytospur
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737 posts since 25 Jun, 2002, from London, UK

Postby cytospur; Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:07 am

Files? There's only one. Where did you download from? What does Norton mean by 'reputation'? The DLL is exported directly from Synthmaker, so I can't see what the problem would be. Do you get this with other Synthmaker derived plug ins?
Algorithmic tunes: http://snd.sc/o15cKD

DUNE soundbank: http://markholt.moonfruit.com/

Free saturation/distortion VST: https://www.box.com/shared/zdgyouov21
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Tp3
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1578 posts since 7 Feb, 2007

Postby Tp3; Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:26 am

FILE.

Sorry.

Norton has a reputation based system (among other thing) in which it checks if the file is "OK" with the users. maybe put it in a zip and/or contact symantec in order to make this file available to Norton users.

Thanks !
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Dean Aka Nekro
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6116 posts since 4 Oct, 2007, from Escaped At Last

Postby Dean Aka Nekro; Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:18 pm

Thanks Mark, Really like this as having such industrial strength squeling feedbacking distortion ITB/a plug-in is great. I have not tried it subtle yet but at extremes its alot of good fun/useful

All the best

Dean
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