The d16 Group has announced the next addition to its "Silver Line" of products: Decimort, a high quality bit crusher.
Electronic music producers (especially in Hip-Hop) have always been aware that classic samplers (such as early Akai and E-MU units) had a character and sound of their own. They added a "grit" and "colour" to the samples and loops they played back which made them sound "Fat" and sit well in a mix. This sound colouration was due to the encoding techniques, lower sample rates, lower bit rate and conversion circuits which these early samplers used.
Low quality sometimes is desired
The complex and advanced signal processing algorithms within Decimort simulate the behaviour of the whole sampling path which exists in every AD/DA converter. Decimort has no internal aliasing. The only aliasing effect present in the system is the modelled aliasing of the classic samplers d16 modelled when creating it. Undesired artifacts are not present in the processed signal. Only wanted artifacts remain. A further very steep low-pass filter, synchronised to the signal frequency, can be applied at the end of the signal path to absolutely ensure that no unwanted out-of-band signals remain.
Two in one
Decimort is also equipped with analogue-like filters with adjustable resonance that allow further sculpting of the signal. These can be used to smooth the sound or remove more of the sonic artifacts introduced into the signal path by the modelling process.
Decimort can process the right and left channels of a stereo signal completely independently. This allows all path parameters to be set differently for each channel. This can be used, for example, to create the impression of a wider stereo stage. Alternatively, both channels can be linked to set path parameters to the same value for both right and left channels.
- Ultra accurate resampling algorithm (ADC emulation, no harmonics above 22kHz).
- Anti-alias lowpass filter conjugated with resampler.
- Analogue-like filters with adjustable resonance and cutoff.
- Two independent process paths in stereo mode with different parameters per each channel.
- Presets organised into groups.
- MIDI learn function.
- 64-bit internal processing.
- No harmonic distortions at output (unwanted).
Pricing & Availability
Decimort is expected to be released in the first week of October for Windows (VST) and Mac OS X (VST & AU Universal Binary). It is now available for pre-order for €29 - this offer is available until the official release, when the price will rise to €35.