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The King

Guitar Amp Sim and FX Modeling Plugin by Evil Sound Lab
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The King by Evil Sound Lab is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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The King is a high-gain distortion pedal based on the brand-new schematic.

Our goals were to reject conservative guitar pedal controls and to implement sound design tricks and mixing approaches in the one plug-in to give the user most flexible tweaks from guitar sound perspective. Ideally, we would be happy if you needed The King and your lovely cabinet IR only to get mixed-ready guitar sound.

We thought about hi-gain guitar sound in the mix and production, but driven from schematic designs of various studio and guitar devices. So this plug-in is an accurate math model for our frankenschema. Let me introduce you his parts:

  • Destiny this way we call a pre-distortion emphasis peak filter with tunable frequency to manage the distortion structure. Actually, most of the distortion pedals have such kind of filter with some fixed specific frequency. But you could moving this knob you would find that it changes sound drastically, and it allows to get whole range from hard-grained fuzzy blues sound (on the left side of the knob) to a mellow modern rock tone (on the right one), and all variations in between. And you can play this card with The King. Also, it's possible to switch on the another one emphasis dip filter after distortion unit with the same frequency and intensity, but mirrored, and in this case you will get distortion density in selected range, but without frequency response imbalance. Play this game and choose your destiny.;
  • Low and high turn these knobs counter-clockwise to get classic pedal tone lift with envelop sense OR turn clockwise for focusing tone: it enhances pleasant resonances through decreasing interfering frequencies;
  • Air mimics the leakage of electric guitar strings into a condenser microphone. It may give sparkling overtones to your rhythm parts and can add articulation accents to the heaviest gain flat notes. It also has a brother - air saturation knob - just to warm the air up for a bit;
  • Mid character toggle. Gives three sound options: smiley curve to get scooped rhythm guitar sound, nasal raise to 1.5 kHz which can help your solo to cut through busy mix and of course neutral tone with flat middle frequency response;
  • Last not the least, two EQ knobs to help keeping muddy and harshly frequencies in line or adding warmth and presence depends on the case. See if these two guys will help you mix your guitar sound without additional equalizers in the chain, fingers crossed.

Also plug-in supports:

  • some fine-tuning tweaks for features described above;
  • oversampling modes to enhance the precision of signal processing;
  • Mono/stereo modes;
  • Input and output volume controls, etc. that's boring...

Change log:
v1.0.0 - 2021-06-30 Initial release
v1.0.1 - 2021-07-07:

  • (fixed) critical crush during low/high knobs rotation with "java.lang.NullPointerException at com.evilsoundlab.aundine.engine.fx.a.a.h" message;
  • (fixed) mono/stereo toggle doesn't work;
  • (fixed) oversampling anti-aliasing filters worked improperly.

The King is a pure King of Distortion in your DAW right after YOU.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.33 from 3 reviews
The King

Reviewed By Futuremotion [all]
December 8th, 2022
Version reviewed: v1.0.1 on Windows

I really, really like the tone. Unfortunately, it consistently crashes or bugs out in FL Studio. When it doesn't crash outright, it screws up the mixer with an infinitely positive amplitude spike that will not subside even with a limiter placed after the effect. Hoping for an update that addresses this.

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The King

Reviewed By ErebosGR [all]
September 30th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Windows

With the amount of gain it has, it works fantastically as a preamp. Stick a cab loader after it and you have a very flexible hi-gain amp. Optionally, add a power amp in between, like the Ignite TPA-1, for some added saturation and power tube character.

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The King

Reviewed By Cyaoeu [all]
July 2nd, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.0.0 on Windows

The initial settings don't sound great when used as an overdrive but with some tweaking this VST sounds excellent. For use as an overdrive for a VST amp you would want to lower the gain (reign) to 0, set the emphasis frequency (destiny) to the max of 2k and from there do palm mutes while lowering the knob until you find a sound you like. Or, leave it at 2k and raise the Air control at the bottom which gives some RAT vibes for a sound that will cut through any mix and invigorate muddy amps.

The lower mids are not changed with the tone switch at neutral so you just get a tighter bass response and more cutting high mids/treble without messing with the lower mids which is a sound I really like (when compared to tubescreamers for example). There are also a lot of knobs and switches to experiment with.

One thing though, I think there's a bug with the stereo processing of this plugin, it doesn't sound truly stereo and the faders also show that one side has higher volume than the other when stereo is activated, but hopefully this can be fixed. Still an easy five stars from me.

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Comments & Discussion for Evil Sound Lab The King

Discussion: Active
3 July 2021 at 9:00am

it's complicated but it works fine.

Evil Sound Lab
Evil Sound Lab
3 July 2021 at 4:45pm

Thank you for your comment!
Yep, now we are currently trying to prepare some representative manual to explain how it works and how to get desired guitar sound out of the head to the plug-in controls.

4 July 2021 at 9:19am

I would like to try it but cant: Please - make a Mac au Version of it.


Mori Frik
Mori Frik
28 July 2021 at 10:52am

this plugin crushed my daw when i tried to load it:(.

30 July 2021 at 5:37pm

Crashed the Ableton 11 during scan. Windows 11.

27 February 2023 at 6:06am

I crash as soon as I drop it into my effects chain. Same, ableton 11 and windows 11.

18 September 2021 at 4:15pm

Really the best plugin. However, there are issues such as being unable to open project files that use this plugin.(I used Google translate).

15 March 2023 at 3:35am

im kinda tech dumb i think i did something wrong during install java keeps crashing.

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