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 BigRock by ArtsAcoustic is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
BigRock
BigRock
Product BigRock
Developer ArtsAcoustic
Price (MSRP)
€79 / $79
Type / Tags Distortion / Overdrive / Amp
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1.0.7
 
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BigRock is an authentic, accurately modeled emulation of the legendary Electro-Harmonix Small Stone, a phase shifting stomp box, of which its first revision was released in 1974.

However, being 2010, ArtsAcoustic has of course overcome most of the limitations of the original and equipped BigRock with the necessary features in an special advanced mode. For example, BigRock allows stereo input and processes the signal in stereo, while the original Small Stone was strictly mono. Essentially, you now have the ability to edit BigRock in most of the common phaser parameters such as the dry/wet mix, the center frequency, the LFO amount and the stereo phase offset of the LFO. You can also sync the LFO frequency to the host, always in phase to the sequencer's play position.

ArtsAcoustic also equipped the BigRock with a highpass/lowpass filter section, so you can balance out the signal, before it enters the phaser stage. The two resonance states on the original Small Stone are actually two different designs, it's not just more or less resonance by far. On BigRock ArtsAcoustic implemented a continuous parameter, so you can now morph between the original high color and low color mode, or adjust anything in between. Of course, as all parameters in the BigRock are automatable, this opens a tremendous amount of creative possibilities, all of which were not possible with the original Small Stone.

  • Easy to use.
  • Authentic sound.
  • Very low CPU usage.
  • Full stereo.
  • Host sync in phase.
  • Sync phase adjustment.
  • Stereo l/r offset.
  • Add. filter section.
  • Continuous color adjustment.
  • Dry/wet mix.
  • Amount adjustment.
  • Center frequency adjustment.
  • Fully automatable.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By blueghost
October 28, 2010

I'll begin by telling you that there are two kinds of phaser effect: those that are, and those that aren't - nearbeer designs to the smallstone are rare as dodo's because there's only one smallstone - and not just in the real world either.

You can search google and wiki to find precisely why, but artsacoustic have managed to create 'the' version.

Why other companies have transmogrified the notquite design of boss/ibenez phasers is a mystery sort of answered on their website. The main thing is that they've managed to do it where no-one else seems to have even bothered.

Smallstone wasn't the first/original phaser - just the best. And the BigRock for all intents and purposes is also the best: the best vst phaser.

How they arrived at the realisation that there was something needing addressing is as irrelevent as the cause of art. They've succeeded in making a lot of people very happy.

So to this mysterious sound - it's Lush, Rich, Opulent, Shimmering, Chinese Silk, Blueberry Milk, Redolent, Whipped Honey, Vanilla Cream, Porter, Wine, Whiskey, Opal Ruby Emerald Amethyst Sapphire, Oceanic, Rain Forest, Purple Haze, Middle Earth, Rainbows at Night, Hubble Telescope, Apple Blossom, Summer Sunsets, Minor Chords, Morning Snowflakes, Chocolate Coffee, Autumn Mists, Starfields, Golden Syrup on Devilled Ham, Spring Showers, Valley Breeze, Alien Disco, Beef Stroganoff, Orange Juice, Halfsleep, Exotic Holiday, Venus, Saturn, Reflective Lakes, Beautiful Girls, Gotham City, Blade Runner, The King's Banquet, Scotland, Irish Castles, Siberia, Sahara, Australian Outback, Amazon River, Lasagna, Mudcake, Afterdinner Mints, Perfume of the Girl Who Just Left The Room...Read more
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JerGoertz
JerGoertz
15 May 2016 at 6:50pm

Blueghost's review is, I believe, the most poetically evocative I've read here.

So, thanks for that.

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BigRock

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