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Chow Centaur

Chow Centaur by Chowdhury DSP is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and a Mobile Audio App for macOS, Windows, Linux and iOS. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and a LV2 Plugin.
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ChowCentaur is a digital model of the Klon Centaur guitar pedal. The pedal emulation is created using a variety of circuit modelling methods including nodal analysis, wave digital filters, and recurrent neural networks.

A full technical paper summarizing this project is available on the ArXiv.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 4 reviews
Chow Centaur

Reviewed By Mark Wilkins [all]
January 5th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

I love this plug in. I have never ever played a Klon and most likely never will so I can't speak to that. nonetheless it's a great little bit of kit.

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Chow Centaur

Reviewed By DennisTrovato [all]
March 9th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.3.0 on Windows

It may not look like the hardware but I advise you too get this plugin if you don't wanna spend half a million bucks.

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Chow Centaur

Reviewed By Ripthorn2 [all]
December 26th, 2020
Version reviewed: 1.2.0 on Windows

A great little plugin for putting before an amp sim to give it a little extra something. It is well done and sounds great, and it's free, so stop reading and just go get it.

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Chow Centaur

Reviewed By Faydit [all]
November 30th, 2020
Version reviewed: 1.2.0. on Windows

One of these plugins, for which I've been waiting for years.

Not only is it long overdue, that especially this pedal gets a good sounding plugin release, this one also sounds excellent. As it is also usable as standalone solution, it even sounds fantastic without any additional amp simulation or cabinet IR.

Great, very natural tone and response. Convincing alternative to Tube Screamers and other pedals. Should also work well with bass, synthesizers, organs, ... I think.

All I miss is an on-off bypass-switch.

(One issue(?) I've noticed is, that in neural mode the display shows porcessing but sometimes the signal is not routed to the output, you don't hear anything, or sometimes only after some time, or the signal routing stops abruptly. The same happens sometimes, if you switch from traditional to neural mode. Also in neural mode some plugins, which are connected to the output of the ChowCentaur seem to receive a signal, other don't. But in traditional mode everything always works fine.).

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