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Destructor V2

Distortion / Overdrive / Amp Plugin by Blue Cat Audio
Destructor V2
Destructor V2 by Blue Cat Audio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Blue Cat's Destructor is a powerful distortion and amp sim modeling tool capable of simulating any kind of distortion: from harsh digital destruction to smooth compression or guitar amp simulation (works for clean tones too.), and most importantly, yours.

It is delivered with hundreds of presets and predefined models, either inspired by existing gear (guitar & bass amps or cabinets, compressors, pedals, tape machines...) or created by our destructive minds.

But the plug-in is not limited to these predefined models: all parameters of existing presets are fully editable, which gives you access to an unlimited number of distortion simulations - no need to purchase extra presets or amp models to build your custom tone.

Based on a perceptual model rather than on electronic designs or impulse responses, the signal chain is reduced to its bare minimum, simplifying the process of tweaking the tone and making it fit into the mix.

Thanks to its exclusive adaptive shaper, it is reactive to the playing of instrumentalists, providing a very natural feeling, similar to analog gear.

To make the look and feel of the plug-in fit with your favorites tones, it is bundled with more than 1400 visual styles that can be selected separately for each module.

It is also possible to import reference curves measured with Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi to quickly match existing tones.

Changes in Version 2.0:

  • Revamped 3D HD Graphics: Enjoy an enhanced visual experience with additional knobs and backgrounds that add a touch of sophistication to your sound crafting journey.
  • Rack Designer: Customize presets like never before with our brand-new Rack Designer, offering a staggering selection of over 600,000 styles. Tailor the look and feel of your presets to match your unique artistic vision.
  • Random GUI Component Selection: Get creative effortlessly with the option to randomly select GUI components in the Rack Designer.
  • Enhanced Filtering Precision: Elevate your sound precision with added peak and comb filters in the Preamp and Post Filter modules, giving you more control over your sonic canvas.
  • Drive Dynamics Parameter: Fine-tune your distortion dynamics by adjusting the influence of the drive parameter on the waveshaper curve, ensuring your tones hit just right.
  • Perceived Loudness Control: Choose the gain reduction applied when increasing the drive parameter to keep perceived loudness equal.
  • Tailored EQ Controls: Select the EQ controls to display in easy view (pre, post filter, or no EQ).
  • New BASS/MID/TREBLE parameters that follow the eq displayed in easy view for MIDI or automation control.
  • Hundreds of presets and module settings have been updated to take advantage of the new DSP capabilities.
  • Guitar & Bass Presets Overhaul: We have given our guitar and bass amps and pedal presets a makeover, enhancing filtering, drive response, EQ frequencies, and EQ placement for an even more authentic and satisfying experience.
  • High-Gain Tone Revamp: Explore high-gain guitar tones that have been meticulously rebuilt from the ground up.
  • New Guitar Amps and Pedals: Dive into new creative possibilities with our latest additions to the guitar amps and pedals presets.
  • Improved tone maps computation efficiency.
  • Synchronize multiple MIDI controllers: when "all channels" (0) is used for MIDI input control and "send MIDI events when parameters values change" is active, the plug-in now sends MIDI events to all other channels.
  • Fully compatible with Destructor V1.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
Destructor V2

Reviewed By privatesalt [all]
December 18th, 2016
Version reviewed: 1.01 on Windows

Even though this plugin can be use for MANY things, if you are a guitar player, grab it NOW..It is a no brainer. It is a whole new way of modeling and gives amazing control of the tone, overdrive, distortion, dynamics, and alot I don't even know yet. One of the great things is how it reacts to your playing and volume knobs, and you can even set how much it reacts, when (at what level), and what it reacts to! It can model ANY amp (vintage or modern), distortion/OD pedal, speaker cab, tube, transistor..whatever you are after. It can do them ALL and very good. LOTS of presets.

FINALLY someone made a modeler that is a modern CREATION tool, rather than just another modeler aiming to model the same old amps in the same old way (although it can do that VERY well too!).

It can do everything from FAT cleans, to soft edge of breakup, to high gain rectified. Jazz, blues, all the way to metal. GUI and visual feedback is top notch, next generation. It has 'easy' mode so it looks like the familiar amps, and it is even skinable! Create your own amp face. Or switch to 'advanced' mode for an incredible amount of tools and sonic control. Create your own signature tone. It's like Photoshop for amp, pedal, cabinet tone, and much more.

Sound quality is as good or BETTER than anything on the market. Soft warm tube sound, to heavy OD and distortion. The new creation and perceptual approach is refreshing. It can take you into new sonic territories, as well as the old familiar ones.

This will be one to watch! Beware.. If you download the demo, you will have to have it! Use it on anything..guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals.

GREAT JOB DEVELOPERS!!! This has taken top spot in my amp sim arsenal. Can't wait to see where the upgrades take it! (Although this is more like version 5 than version 1 already). You knocked this one out of the park! Can't wait to see the community grow around it, trading presets, skins, etc. Although already many! This is the way of the future in sound and tone design, and GUI.

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Comments & Discussion for Blue Cat Audio Destructor V2

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Blue Cat Audio
Blue Cat Audio
29 December 2016 at 8:36am

Thanks for the review! Glad that you like it! It took five years to build, so it is indeed almost already version 5 ;-)

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