D16 Group Audio Software officially launched in 2006 with the aim of producing top-quality virtual instruments and effects to inspire musicians and producers.
Today, D16 Group Audio Software is known for creating premium audio plug-ins. Our sustained desire to maintain the highest level of quality pushes us to deliver virtual instruments that set a new standard for sound, and effects that take creativity to the next level. The trust and respect we've built for our products in the audio community has set D16 Group as the company of choice for musicians the world over.
Complementary to what has already been said before: I would suggest to call this Plugin "Saturating Filterbank". It is what I have been looking for some Time already: an analog Filterbank with "Warming-Capabilities". Nothing I have tested yet matched my Requirements - Devastor convinced me within Minutes. Endless Analog Depth, Warmth, Character. This Beast is an endless Playground and oscillates from soft Excitment to total Destruction.
Thumbs up for this one ... The Depth is really breathtaking (for a VST). It'll be a Joy to revise some GiGaB's of Sample Content with it!°.
This sounds really great, hard to fault. But getting the plugin is a real hassle and the site is very cryptic. The only way i could get it was by having an account and also by gettiing a demo of another product but they dont really tell you this at all. I think they are missing out on customers because i have read of people on forums giving up on even getting this because they cant figure it out.
INTRO PunchBox by d16 Group is the ultimate bass drum synthesizer, combining synthesis, sampling, and FX into a modular structure.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS As with all d16 plugins, this one has a cool name — "PunchBox!" The purchase, download, install, and authorize procedure is painless — without any dongles. The GUI looks like a vintage rackmount modular system. At first, it seems like there's a lot of parameters for a bass drum synth, but once you break it down, module by module, it's actually very straightforward, user friendly, and powerful.
WHY THIS? Finding the right bass drum is important in any genre, especially for EDM. Dance tracks live and die largely based on the pound of the beat. Producers, whether it be a million dollar studio or simple bedroom setup, endlessly search for the perfect kick. We look in sample folders; we scan synth presets; we experiment with effects. We may even layer sample, synths, and FX to create something unique to drive a beat. There are a few good bass drum generator synths on the market, and there are loads of sample libraries out there. I have a modest collection of over 100k bass drum samples, and I know a few producers who have much, much more! So, how do I find the perfect kick drum? My Typical workflow: Create a basic kick sound via synthesis, find a sample for layering fatness, and then use an assortment of effects to bring it to life. This process takes a long time and rarely nails the sound on the first try. Wouldn't it be cool to have it all in one place — one plugin? Enter PunchBox.
WHO IS THIS NOT FOR? • Genres using a standard acoustic drum kit with corresponding (matching) snare, toms, etc.
WHO IS THIS FOR? • Everyone else.
IN ACTION This modular system plugin features sound generators that work independently and can be used in parallel. The center module, called KICK is the foundation of the sound. PunchBox provides a wide variety of 1100 samples and synthesis that features 909, 808, 606, and sine sources. This is where the meat of the madness is created. *It should be noted that user have a great deal of control over the sounds, especially the synthesis choices. From here, other modules can be employed to further shape/layer the sound — Click (short attack samples), Tops (high frequency samples), and Tools (longer mid-range samples). There are also built-in FX units that boast state of the art algorithms. Users can choose between bit crusher, distortion, EQ, filter, and limiter. Punchbox gives users lots of control over the amount of FX for each layer, and generators can be placed in any order via drag-n-drop. In total, there are over 800 presets created by a pair of infamous sound designers — Sound of Revolution and CFA Sound. The presets sound great out-of-the-box or serve as an excellent start point by which users can tweak and twist to their ear's desire.
FAVORITE FEATURES • Flexibility and possibilities • THE SOUND! • Randomizer • Multiple instances — multiple uses for this single instrument • Drag-n-drop into DAW • Clear, concise manual • Priced right • Great developer.
OTHER THOUGHTS • Overall, the knobs and sliders are responsive and easy to manipulate; however, I have a little trouble toggling the Velocity off/on and Keytrack off/on. I contacted the developer about this issue, and they assured me it would soon be addressed. • Browser is easy to use and reveals neatly labeled patches, but the way it scrolls from page to page might take a little time to get used to.
SUMMARY PunchBox combines virtual analogue technology, high quality samples, and otherworldly effects to deliver a powerful, dedicated bass drum workstation. Despite the complexity and flexibility, it's fast and fun to create zillions of bass drums from scratch with this fine instrument. According to another, "[PunchBox is a] beautiful fusion of synthesis & sampling." I completely agree, and best of all — the sound is fantastic, which comes as no surprise for anyone who has used d16 Group's high quality drum machine emulations, i.e., Nepheton, Drumazon, Nithonat, etc.. All-in-all, PunchBox is another excellent release — these guys never fail to impress and inspire.
Forgive my writing style, which often seems like a billboard ad. I can't help myself. — Tz.
INTRO Decimort-2 by d16 Group is even more fantastic than it's predecessor. It boasts several new features, improvements, and extra control over the bit crushing process.
The technological limitations (low sample rate, bit depth, etc.) of vintage samplers helped to create their charm. I owned them all — Emu, Akai, Roland, Sequential Circuits, Ensoniq, etc. and this helps ease the pain of buying and selling those beasts. D2 brings back to life all the quirky, idiosyncratic noises, pleasing grit, grind, thickness, overtones, and harmonics without any ear-piercing shrillness. The vintage AD/DA converters tone is all there! Also included are analog-ish filters with resonance that are much wetter than most of the before-mentioned hardware samplers.
This plugin is often categorized as a bit crusher, but I think of it as a sound sculpting tool that offers high quality low quality color. As with all d16 offerings, this also has a cool name, sharp-looking user friendly interface, fantastic sound quality and functionality a la top-notch algorithms, and the support of an amazingly creative development team.
FAVORITE USES • Low end and leads. I am loving this thing on bass lines, drum loops, and NIN-esq lead lines.
FAVORITE FEATURES • Sleek GUI with size options. • User-friendly. • CPU friendly considering the serious crushing power. • Excellent low-fi sound quality. • Zero internal aliasing and no unwanted artifacts. • Lots of control without the confusion. • Re-sampler module provides deep shaping. • Jitter enables ear-pleasing harmonic distortions. • Price! • Gotta love the D16 Group development team — they are cool, creative cats.
OTHER THOUGHTS • Great sampler profiles/presets. Please add more! I could never have enough. • Independent stereo channel processing has been dropped in a favor of adding the extra features like (advanced quantizer, images and approximative filters). D16 chose to go with advanced processing instead of independent stereo. I process in mono, so this is not a concern for me. Those who process in stereo will need to use two instances of Decimort-2 on separate channels within their DAW. • After a week of noodling, I haven't looked at the well-written manual. • Controllable dithering reduces quantization errors, which allows users more freedom to crush audio to bits and bits.
SUMMARY D2 truly is "The highest quality low-quality effect you can buy." And, the price is great. I highly recommend this fine piece of audio software to anyone working with audio, who wants a bit of that vintage vibe. Used sparingly, this could become more than a tool — it could become a secret weapon! Tommy Zai gives Decimort-2, two mighty thumbs up that are ready, willing, and able to crush some audio. Thank you, D16 Group! Great stuff.
Disclaimer: I've given Devastor-2 a 10 rating. I cannot see where they could improve it, other than adding more presets. If there was a 9.5, I'd probably go with that just to leave room for improvement.
INTRO Devastor-2 by D16 Group is a flexible multi-band distortion unit that delivers exactly what it promises — "Endless mangling capabilities." It has two independent signal processing paths per channel. The interface is divided into two sections, configuration and preset management. There are three blocks: Diode-clipper distortion, dynamic gain module, and three filter sections that help shape the tone by emulating analogue filters. I read that Devastor-2 is inspired by the sound that's produced by diode-clipping circuits. Admittedly, I'm not familiar with that circuitry, but I did some research. Apparently, the Diode Clipper (limiter) is a wave shaping circuit that takes an input waveform and trims off its top half, bottom half or both halves together to produce an output waveform that resembles a flattened version of the input. I tried to understand exactly what this means, but gave up. Whatever it is and however it works, it helps to create a great sounding plugin, and that's what matters to me. ;-)
Over the years, I've owned dozens of distortion units, both hardware and software, and most of them were one-trick-ponies. I was expecting Devastor-2 to be a high quality fuzz box with some crunch options. So, initially, I was a little confused and had trouble understanding what exactly this unit was and how to use it. Yeah, it does basic distortion really well, but does so much more. This plugin is capable of adding a vast variety of processing, ranging from a gentle warmth to a violent mutilation. I now think of Devastor-2 as a dynamic tone shaper — it fattens, flattens, warms, cools, creams, crunches, etc. Although this plugin is capable of severe processing, I haven't been able to create any unwanted harsh sounds from it. For my taste — on the soft side, just a touch works wonders on acoustic guitars, piano, strings, etc.; on the rough side, it adds bite to electric guitars, bass, drums, etc.
FAVORITE FEATURES • Simple purchase, download, install, and authorize procedure.
• Attractive, two size interface.
• Useful presets that serve as an excellent starting point for tweaking.
• Responsive knobs and buttons.
• Nine routing options.
• Easy to read, accurate meter.
• Well-written manual (although I find haphazard experimentation more fun).
• Extreme versatility.
• CPU friendly.
• Great price.
• Bold, creative developer.
• What on earth does the term "Devastor" mean? These cats are inventing their own English words, and oddly they seem to make sense to me. LOL.
• More presets, please.
SUMMARY Devastor-2 takes the concept of distortion to a new level by providing unprecedented flexibility and control. This plugin can do so much; it's applications are virtually endless. At first, I was surprised by the versatility of this "distortion" unit, but I really shouldn't have been. All of D16 Group's releases are high quality and come with surprising features. They also come with unique names and an affordable price tag. I highly recommend this plugin to any eMusician, producer, film and game score, DJ, or sound designer looking for a multi-band distortion unit that can do a lot more to enhance tracks. Tommy Zai gives Devastor-2 two definite thumbs up. Thank you, D16 Group, for developing another audio plugin gem.
Bought it immediately, based on the reputation of their other Silverline Plugins. It's definitely a versatile box, with a nice smooth subtle flanging going on. I've never used the Mistress that this is based on, but I can confidently say that Antresol has a great sound and it can a great job of making a sound fit in the mix.