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DFX Buffer Override

DFX Buffer Override
DFX Buffer Override by Destroy FX is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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Buffer Override can overcome your host app's audio processing buffer size and then (unsuccessfully) override that new buffer size to be a smaller buffer size. It makes a lot more sense if you just try it out and hear what it does. It can sound like a stuttery vocoder or a stuck beat shuffler or many other delightful things. In certain hosts, you can also "play" Buffer Override via MIDI notes and even sync it to song tempo.

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Average user rating of 4.50 from 4 reviews
DFX Buffer Override

Reviewed By obo [all]
February 19th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1 on Mac

All of their plugins rock and they're all free. A hidden gem of a website. Worth checking out - they even pass Mac's BS "security checks".

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DFX Buffer Override

Reviewed By rob_crowdy [all]
June 4th, 2006
Version reviewed: 2.0 on Windows

Of all the “glitchy” effects this is my favourite. It is both fun to play with and useful. The GUI is excellent- built in help and clear delineation and arrangement of sections as well as good colours.

The presets are good, but you really need to work on them yourself. Just play. Nothing really subtle ever happens, although I find that the bottom left-hand corner of the rectangle gives the most useful effects. (And try tempo sync on the LFOs).
Listen to the mp3 demos first to see if you like the idea, but they really only scratch the surface of what is possible.

It should probably be called something else , although I have no idea how you would describe it adequately. (One of the DestroyFX people describes it as “… nothing more than repeating parts of recent audio … and applying some cross-fade in some cases. … though what makes it interesting is the ways that you can control how that happens”).

Stable, always works, but can be hard on the ears.

Not sure what support you’d ever need and although it is free I expect you’ll find yourself donating something.

VitaminD’s review (below) really says it better than I can, but I’d encourage its use on any kind of material.
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DFX Buffer Override

Reviewed By audio/fault [all]
August 6th, 2004
Version reviewed: 2.0 on Mac

i already had this plugin for a long time on my harddisc but never used it. i can't remember why but some months ago i discovered it again and since then it's used in nearly all of my productions. it's very easy to use because there aren't many parameters(and a really nice gui).
buffer override is great for all kinds of stutter effects(or pitch manipulation) used on drumloops(or any other source as well).
it has it's very own sound, thats why one should be careful to use it in every production(there's the danger that every track sounds kind of similiar), but i'm addicted so some of my music sounds kind of similiar.
on my ibook(osx) and my pc(win xp) i never had any problems with this plugin. there aren't many presets, but the few that are included are well programmed to show the potential of this fx.
all in all i couldn't live(or at least work) without this plugin.
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DFX Buffer Override

Reviewed By VitaminD [all]
May 11th, 2004
Version reviewed: 2 on Windows

I'm giving my first '10' in UI to Buffer Override.. I find it has _THE_ best gui I've ever used. Breathtakingly done and easy to use. I especially enjoy the help 'box' at the bottom of the gui. Fabulous!

I must admit that while this is a ~2 year old plugin, I only found out about this recently. It was while surfing for effects plugins to use for the Smart Electronix music competition that I found this gem.

Really useful in glitch/stutter effects - just load it to a track (preferrably that has a drumloop) as an insert and be amazed.

Also a treat to use on vocals.. you can get a looping sound that morphs into more of a glitch effect. amazing!

Has yet to crash on me.. even through some pretty unusual manipulations of buffer override. Don't be afraid to experiment with using different sound sources with this plugin. All in all it seems very stable.


* Brilliant GUI
* Easy to use
* Powerful tool
* Wonderful sound


* Few presets (however this isnt really a major issue since its so easy to use)

Final Thoughts:

Excellent work, I'm thoroughly impressed. :c)
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