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DISTORTION

Overview

Versatile distortion effect

Ever since mankind invented music, there has been a desire to make it heavier.[Citation needed] Distortion can take your sound from zero to sword wielding hero in seconds.

5 different distortion shapes are available to add a tinge of edge or rip things apart. In stereo, if that's what you're into.

Gramatik

"I'm really addicted to Distortion right now.
It's so fucking good.
My whole thing is blues rock/funk guitar combined with all kinds of EDM genres and using the Distortion plug over an already classically overdriven guitar gives it a really tight and crisp high-end saturation on top. It allows the guitar to compete with brightly mixed EDM synths and production and makes it stand out. The spread function is also a really crucial element here and works amazingly well."

Parameters

Type

The flavor of distortion. Select between overdrive, saturate, foldback, sine and hard clip.

Bias knob

Will add a DC offset to the signal before distorting. Adding some bias can prevent the distorted audio from sounding hollow and uninteresting.

Spread knob

Will add different amount of bias to the left and right channels. This can give some nice and subtle stereo widening.

Drive knob

Will boost the input signal, causing a heavier distortion.

Dynamics

A common problem with distortion is that it can remove the dynamic content of the input signal, forcing the output to maximum volume. Turn up this knob to preserve the dynamics of the input.

Mix knob

The dry/wet mix of this effect. A lower value will let some of the unmodified signal through.

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The snapin Ecosystem

Kilohearts Essentials

The Kilohearts Ecosystem

Distortion is one of a growing collection of plugins that form the Kilohearts Ecosystem.

They can be used as regular plugins (VST/AAX/AU) but also as Snapins in our modular Snapin Hosts; Phase Plant, Multipass, and Snap Heap, where you can combine and modulate them to create your own unique instruments and effects. These lightweight and high-quality plugins have intuitive no-nonsense interfaces so you will be using them like a master in no time.

The Kilohearts Essentials collection contains a number of useful plugins to get you started and is available absolutely FREE. Snapin Hosts and Premium plugins are available to buy separately.

Requirements

System Requirements

  • Operating System: PC or Mac (M1 Native supported)
  • CPU: 2 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 1 GB or more
  • Software: Any DAW supporting VST 2, VST 3, AAX, or Audio Unit plugin standards. All plugin formats in 64-bit only.

Kilohearts recommend keeping up to date with OS versions as they become available. We are not able to support OS versions that are no longer supported by their respective manufacturers. If you are using an outdated OS please try our free trials to ensure compatibility before making any purchases.