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17 months in the making, SDRR was built to satisfy almost all of your saturation desires. It provides a comprehensive set of controls to manipulate the character of the saturation to make it fit exactly. SDRR offers four different main modes: TUBE, DIGI, FUZZ, and DESK and reacts dynamically to the input signal. Each mode has its unique crosstalk behaviour, which can be switched off or exaggerated. A unique RMS level difference metering mode makes level matching an easy task.
SDRR can be different things: a saturation, a compressor, an EQ, a bitcrusher, a subtle stereo widener, or simply add some movement to your tracks with the DRIFT control.
The four main modes:
The TUBE mode consists of two different models of a 2 stage tube preamplifier. These two models can be blended into each other with the CHARACTER control. WARM focusses more on the transient smoothing and compressing character associated with tubes, while SIZZLE captures the harmonics generated, when driving the preamp without affecting the transients too much.
The DIGI mode: designed to precisely add even and/or odd harmonics to program material. Gives a very controlled sound. Again two models were created, which can be blended. The first one only generated the first 4 harmonics. DIGI is great for adding harmonics and excitement to your tracks without colouring the signal too much and might act as a proof, that digital saturation can sound pleasant.
Use the BIT->RATE control for bitcrushing/samplerate reduction effects. Combined with the DRIFT parameter it can get pretty wild.
The FUZZ mode: consists of two different models of classic germanium fuzz stomp boxes. Both are heavily modified for lower distortion levels to be suited even for mastering duties. The FUZZ mode takes advantage of the unique properties of germanium transistors and delivers a very warm, cosy sound.
The DESK mode: Klanghelm's version of a flexible mixing desk channel strip plugin with just a few controls. Features a sophisticated 2 band EQ with special designed curves to fit most material. Furthermore it offers control over the transient response of the saturation and the compression. The aim of the DESK mode is to be the only plugin needed for an at least OK recorded track to shine - all with very few controls.
Reviewed By Quietinthedark
September 27, 2013
This is a Swiss army knife for saturation. I have been A/Bing it with other saturation plugins on works in progress and it frequently replaced what had been on the tracks. What it doesn't beat are some compressors that have saturation and a couple tape sims. Of course, that is not a criticism because it does not purport to do these things really.
Two things I was confused about before trying it were digital and fuzz modes.
I guess I think of 'digital' as, assuming quality conversion and bits, as not adding much to sound so I was a blank as to what this mode would do. This mode, to me, sounds like a digital hardware unit. Okay makes sense. You are getting by this point I didn't read the manual.
fuzz - not your fuzz pedal fuzz unless cranked. Much more useful than I thought it would be for subtle de-digitalizing.
In sum, well worth my money, one of the more versatile saturation plugs I've used.Read more