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 Malefica by Evil Sound Lab is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin and a LADSPA Plugin.
Malefica
Malefica Malefica
Product Malefica
Developer Evil Sound Lab
Price (MSRP)
Free
Type / Tags Guitar PedalAnalog DistortionAnalog EmulationDistortionDistortion / Overdrive / AmpGuitar Amp and FX ModelingGuitar EffectGuitar Fuzz EffectGuitar FXGuitar Pedal EmulationGuitar StompboxHigh GainOverdrivePhysical ModelingStompStomp BoxStompbox
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)  
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
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1.0.1
 
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System Requirements
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or higher
OS: Windows XP or later
DAW: VST 2.4 compatible
Disk Space: 10 MB
RAM: 1 GB
Environment: installed Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment 8 (or higher, x86 version for 32-bit plug-in version and x64 version for 64-bit plug-in version)
 
1.0.0
 
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System Requirements
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or higher
OS: Debian-based Linux (i386 or amd64), tested well on Ubuntu 16.04.1 i386 (desktop), energyXT 2.7
DAW: VST 2.4 compatible, 32-bit (IMPORTANT)
Disk Space: 10 MB
RAM: 1 GB
Environment: installed Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment 8 (or higher, (IMPORTANT) x86 version)
Audio Demos
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionNone
Important Note
Q: Plug-in doesn't loading and alert me with next text "ERROR: Could not locate jvm.dll...". A: You doesn't install Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment 8 (next - JRE). To install plug-in properly perform Installation Notes step-by-step carefully. Q: Still... A: Maybe JRE installation was unsuccessful, re-install it. We STRONGLY recommend to download JRE in Online or Offline package versions (not just .tar.gz archive). Q: Still... A: Maybe you are using incorrect JRE version for your plug-in version (x86 version for 64-bit plug-in). Add the path where the jvm.dll of correct JRE is located to your PATH environment variable. Q: I followed all installation steps, but i don't see plug-in in my DAW/host/sequencer. A: Maybe you are using incorrect plug-in version for your DAW/host/sequencer. Use 32-bit plug-in version for 32-bit host and 64-bit plug-in version for 64-bit host only.

Malefica is a virtual high-gain distortion guitar pedal based on original schematic.

Let us tell you how we created Malefica:

Malefica Formulae
First of all we have analyzed circuits of ton of guitar pedals to design the darkest, most evil and mystic tone with unique character that would fit a wide range of extreme music genres.
After that, we have made its physical model on the tip of the pen and prepared it with most precise and modern mathematical algorithms.
Finally, our designer has added magical artwork, and that is it! Witchery is alive.

Features:

  • common output level (alias "Evil" in the plug-in), tone ("Witch"), dist ("Mist") and bypass controls;
  • 3 modes switch for the different sound colour;
  • 3 modes switch for the different clipping character;
  • additional tweak controls: pre-gain and focus frequency of tone control;
  • stereo/mono modes switch;
  • 8x oversampling switch for an extra high precision.

Installation Notes:

For Windows:

  1. Download plug-in archive;
  2. Unzip needed plug-in version directory from archive into your VST plug-ins directory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\Vstplugins\ for 32-bit version or C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Vstplugins\ for 64-bit version);
  3. (important) Download and install Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment 8 (or higher, x86 version for 32-bit plug-in version and x64 version for 64-bit plug-in version).
    You can found it by the link.
    We strongly recommend to download Online or Offline package versions (not just .tar.gz archive) (e.g. Windows x86 Online/Offline, Windows x64 Online/Offline), because they prepare necessary environment variables (PATH and JAVA_HOME);
  4. Rescan VST plug-ins directory in your DAW;
  5. Enjoy!

For Linux (without GUI):

  1. Download plug-in archive;
  2. Unzip content archive into your VST plug-ins directory (e.g. /usr/vstplugins/);
  3. (important) Download Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment 8 (x86 version). You can found it by the link. We strongly recommend to download Linux x86 *.tar.gz version;
  4. Extract downloaded Oracle JRE:
    sudo tar -xvf jre-8u111-linux-i586.tar.gz -C /usr/java
  5. Edit home .bashrc to export variables:
    export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jre1.8.0_111/
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:$JAVA_HOME/lib/:$JAVA_HOME/lib/i386/:$JAVA_HOME/lib/i386/client/
    source ~/.bashrc.
  6. Perform installation in plug-in directory:
    sudo -s
    /bin/bash install.sh.
  7. Rescan VST plug-ins directory in your DAW;
  8. Enjoy.

Note: All commands and directories listed above - just for example, use on your own risk!

User Guide
Please click on [HELP] button in the left corner of Malefica window to get Controls Help.

Change Log
1.0.0 Initial version.

1.0.1 Next bugs was fixed:

  • Traction 5 opens empty window plug-in (with nothing in it) and freezes;
  • Only left channel works in mono mode;
  • Cracking noise during rotation of the Volume (Evil) knob.

Outroduction
Thanks for reading up to this point and for using Malefica plug-in!
We hope that you will enjoy using it.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 1.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Skullverizor
November 11, 2018

Looked neat and I liked the description so I downloaded it. The installation sucks, I tried a few times and it's just more of a pain than it's worth. Why not make it easy to install like 99% of plugins?

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Discussion: Active
Vospi
Vospi
1 December 2016 at 6:16pm

Only left channel output in FL Studio 11 and REAPER 5.23.

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Evil Sound Lab
Evil Sound Lab
9 December 2016 at 4:49pm

Vospi,
thank for problem report again! We have fixed this issue in Malefica v.1.0.1 version! If you will try this one, please, let us know result in any case. Thank you.

DrSense
DrSense
11 December 2016 at 1:35am

Sounds really great! (used it in front of some Thermionik amps).

But I get quite random CPU spikes around every 10 secs or so (Studio One v2 64, Win 7 64, most recent Java Runtime Environment 8.112) after a while. Not complaining, just letting you know. It doesn't crash just hits the CPU for a sec (incl. noise/dropout).

Apart from that: if this is your first plugin I hope you'll do a Fuzz one day with some sort of resonator and an octaver. Would pay for that if it had Malefica's sound quality. Put a wizard on it and purple knobs...

Thanks for this great plugin.

Evil Sound Lab
Evil Sound Lab
11 December 2016 at 9:35pm

DrSense,
thank you for problem report and good words! We are happy to read this words.

We will try to tune perfomance in next version of Malefica plug-in (v.1.0.2). As a workaround you can try to turn off Java garbage collector, i think these spikes because of its doing. For this, please, edit Malefica.ini and add line:
JVMOption1=-Xnoclassgc
to the end of file. After that it's necessary to re-start your host (Studio One v2).
Speaking of which, this problem is not reproduced on our environments. It'd be very helpful if you would try this w/a and notify us of result :-) Thank you.

Yes, Fuzz pedal with octaver is in our roadmap! How did you guess it?)) But we don't know yet when we start build it... Please subscribe us to make sure not to miss it.

Thank you again for feedback.

DrSense
DrSense
12 December 2016 at 10:45am

Works a treat - thanks.

My system's a little dated (Phenom II X6, 16gig RAM) but it's good enough to run all the stuff. I have to say that I once had real trouble with Java when I had to install Eclipse for uni and it just didn't work properly. As I never changed something to Java I dismissed it as one of those random things you get every now and then and worked with a laptop instead...maybe there's something broken since the first installation of Java on my main system...

I didn't even guess it just wished for it - subbed.

Evil Sound Lab
Evil Sound Lab
17 December 2016 at 12:50pm

DrSense,
try to re-install Java with last JRE version.

Thank you again for report problem.

DrSense
DrSense
25 December 2016 at 11:13pm

Didn't change anything. I am quite sure that there is something messed up deep in the registry of Windows that configures a part of Java - especially since Malefica isn't the only Java-based piece of software that suffers from problems...some other things won't even start.

So...I just wanted to let you know that I used Malefica to test my software-demovideo setup. It's mostly a test of my setup but almost all presets and a little knob turning here and there are demoed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abyj3iw5V2g.

Evil Sound Lab
Evil Sound Lab
26 December 2016 at 9:52am

DrSense,
Nice video! We are very grateful for this demo!
I got few words from Malefica for you: "So exciting to see myself on the big screen! Thank to you!"

Please add this link to video description, if you please.

Big Thanks and Happy 2017 to you!

p.s. there is exceeded nesting messages, not able to answer your last message.

DrSense
DrSense
12 April 2017 at 6:12pm

Real world sample: Malefica was used for the Intro-Solo on this track

anti_phase
anti_phase
16 December 2016 at 3:28pm

It's tone isn't my cup of tea, but the picture is awesome! I'll keep it for some black metal stuff. Thanks.

Evil Sound Lab
Evil Sound Lab
16 December 2016 at 5:22pm

anti_phase,
thank you for feedback.

Please subscribe us in order not to miss our future plug-ins. Perhaps you will like their tone better.

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