The sound of heat
Many of music's most legendary guitar riffs, iconic vocal lines, and soul-stirring mixes simply wouldn't have been possible without the humble vacuum tube.
These decades-old components are temperamental in their behavior, fragile in their operation, and limited in their lifespan. Yet their ability to produce a beautifully even harmonic response gives any valve-processed sound a rich, warm, smooth character that's hard to match.
Couple this with their unique ability to dynamically distort incoming sounds with varying levels of grit and aggression, and you've got a formula that remains irresistible to musicians, producers, and audio trailblazers to this day.
Whether it's a vocal line in need of some extra color, a drum bus that needs some crunch, or your guitar & synth tracks begging for some edgy crunch, Dist TUBE-CULTURE puts this sought-after sonic attitude in your hands. Experience the stunning sound of a modern studio classic reimagined in virtual form.
Authentic studio immersion
Emulating the sound, circuitry behavior, and straightforward layout of its hardware predecessor, Dist TUBE-CULTURE makes you feel like you're working with a genuine bit of studio hardware.
But Dist TUBE-CULTURE doesn't stop at authenticity; we've retrofitted this distortion workhorse with a selection of useful and creative features designed to work seamlessly with your workflow.
Producer / Rihanna, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, O.T. Genasis.
"The Dist TUBE-CULTURE is a BEAST. I don't think I've ever heard of a plugin that breaks up your sound as beautifully. A little bit added into your 808's or completely crushing a synth, breaking it apart bit by bit, then gently adding it back in, goes a long way."
Producer / Engineer (Culture Club / Beach Boys).
"Turn the drive up and then the creamy magic kick is in on the stems and the mix"
Recording & Mixing Engineer.
"These plugins are amazing. The results that I'd achieve with the combination of two or even three different distortion plugins can now be done with only Dist Tube-Culture."
A modern crunch classic
In an age of digital precision and demanding hi-def audio, sometimes you just want good old fashioned analog fatness.
In the late '90s, as the music production world was becoming ever more focused on the flexibility of working with computers and the DAW was beginning to dominate, some manufacturers sought to buck the trend.
Enter UK-based Thermionic Culture, a small company committed to the belief that valve-driven gear couldn't be beaten on sound. In 1998, they released The Culture Vulture, an all-valve stereo distortion rack unit, designed to counter the increasingly sterile world of digital music production.
Offering up a proverbial rainbow of saturation, coloration, and distortion applications, this unassuming piece of handwired gear ultimately became one of the world's most coveted bits of studio hardware, used by everyone from Deadmau5 to Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. Now you too can explore this modern classic, faithfully emulated and tastefully enhanced.