Endless Sonic Mangling

d16 launch Devastator Multiband Distortion plug-in for Mac and PC      04/01/08

Endless Sonic Mangling

d16 have announced a new product - the Devastor the first fx plug-in unit of their Silver Collection and available in VSTi format for PC and in both VSTi and AU formats for Mac.
Devastor is a Multiband Distortion Unit. It is an enhanced version of the distortion unit from the Phoscyon synth. Being multiband, say D16, the sonic mangling capabilities are endless…
All that follows is what d16 have to say about Devastator in their own words:
Devastor consists of three blocks: dynamic-gain module, diode-clipper distortion and three filter sections. Each of the filters can process the signal before or after the diode-clipper. The filters are not the peaking EQ type which are used in classic multiband distortion They are like those found in analogue synthesizers (low pass, high pass, band pass and band reject)- with adjustable resonance and cutoff. As a result, Devastor has a completely unique sound - just check out the Factory Presets.
Versatile and advanced
Devastor can be used to distort and enhance a wide range of sounds - From full-on acid synth sounds to guitar fuzz or analogue amp with combo speaker. It can even be used with drums to make them sound more dirty and dynamic! Devastor isn't just good at creating distorted monster sounds. It can also be used subtlety to improve the timbre and character of more gentle sounds. Reducing the preamp gain, increasing the threshold and selecting a soft-knee for the dynamics will bring out more warmth and detail in a sound without introducing distortion.
When designing Devastor, we applied special antialiasing techniques to the output signal to make sure the signal had no aliasing (aliasing is one of the reasons why digital distortion units sound so cold and un-musical). As a result, Devastor has a warm, musical and very high quality sound.
To hear Devastor, we would like to invite You to listen our audio examples. You'll find many types - from distorted acid lines, through drum'n'bass loops, to electric pianos and organs. Devastor is so good that you may think that the sound has been sent from the computer to an external analogue distortion unit and back into the computer again!
Devastor is available in VST and AU format for both platforms (PC and Mac). It's a dynamic library (.dll file) for PC (VST only) and Universal Binary bundle for Mac (VST and AU). To use the product you need Windows 2000/XP or Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later. It's not a standalone program so you need a VST or AU compatible host application to use it.
  • probably the best diode-clipper emulation
  • analogue-like filters
  • dynamics flattener
  • presets organised into groups
  • MIDI learn function
  • pre/post processing mode for each filter
  • 64bit internal processing
  • low aliasing output
Pricing and Availability:
Devastator is available for preorder and will be shipped this month.
The retail price for Devastor is 29 €.
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