Native Instruments has released Effects Series – Crush Pack, featuring three plug-ins, covering a wide array of tonal distortion effects – bit-crushing, stompbox-style distortion, ring modulation, amplitude modulation, frequency shifting, and more – and each with innovative new creative features, such as allowing external sidechain sources as modulators.
Crush Pack consists of three VST/AU/AAX plug-ins: A bitcrusher and sample rate reducer called Bite, a distortion effect called Dirt, and a multi-mode modulating device called Freak. 234 carefully designed presets showcase the huge range of tonal distortion possible.
Bite recreates the sonic imperfections that defined hip-hop and dance music's first golden era, but it takes things much further. It allows a wide sonic palette, from authentic 80s organic digital crunch to depth-charged extremes. Modern features like auto-input/output compensation ensure controlled chaos.
Dirt offers organic-sounding distortion, crafted by sound designers. Flexible signal routing, blending, and other carefully crafted parameters allow unusual levels of control. Unlike the stompboxes upon which its sound is based, Dirt's controls are calibrated for subtle tone-shaping (even when delivering extreme sonic results), and powerful features such as wavefolding allow complex, dynamic timbres, even from simple sources like sine waves.
Freak (derived from 'frequency shifting') delivers three sound-bending modulation types in one plug-in. Innovative modes like retro radio lo-fi, stereo modulation, and wild sidechain ability sit alongside classic AM, ring mod, and frequency shifting techniques. This range allows detuned horror-style vocals, rich metallic timbres, rhythmic sidechaining, the sound of vintage broadcasts or alien transmissions, and more.
Pricing and availability
Effects Series – Crush Pack is available now at the NI Online Shop for €69 / $69 / £59 / ¥ 8780 / AU$ 99.
Mod Pack owners can upgrade to Crush Pack now at the NI Online Shop for €44 / $44 / £37 / ¥ 5600 / AU$ 60.