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3 Sigma Audio releases Tactical Nuke - Distortion plugin

3 Sigma Audio has released a new distortion plugin, Tactical Nuke. Inspired by hybrid analog/digital wavetable distortion devices, Tactical Nuke was developed as a way to creatively explore audio destruction.

From more gentle analog style distortion, to absolute digital destruction, Tactical Nuke is designed to allow a user to turn any signal into something new and unique with 512 built-in wavetables, and the ability to import new ones.


  • Preamp distortion: Warm, analog style distortion that can range from subtle warmth to extreme guitar pedal distortion.
  • Tone: By-passable tone control to adjust the frequency characteristics of your signal. This is located before the preamp distortion to give the most tonal flexibility.
  • Sample reduction: Lowers the sampling rate of the incoming signal to create exaggerated aliasing and artifacts.
  • Oversampling: With heavy distortion comes heavy aliasing. Oversampling keeps the output free of aliasing.
  • Wavetable distortion: The centerpiece of Tactical Nuke; wavetable distortion uses a small clip of audio, a "wavetable", as a waveshaper for the signal. Tactical Nuke comes with 512 tables, up to two of which can be selected and blended between. Tables can also be imported for endless variety.
  • Bit manipulation: Tactical Nuke comes with 3 ways to manipulate the digital amplitude of a signal:
    • Bit crushing: Lowers the bit depth of the signal anywhere from 16-bits to a single bit.
    • Masking knob: Does a bit mask of the signal with a given integer based on the number of bits the knob is set to.
    • Bit buttons: The same as bit masking with a knob, except it gives full control over each bit to experiment with.
  • Output filter: Since extreme distortion can cause some unpleasant harshness, this two pole, slightly resonant output filter is there to tame high frequencies to desirable levels.
  • Multi-resolution UI: Tactical Nuke's UI is automatically adjusted to suit any display resolution. All modern resolutions are supported from 1080p to 4k.

Price: $35 on 3 Sigma Audio's website.



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