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FM but as an effect?

Are you tired of only warping signal amplitude like a pleb? Phase Distortion is here to deliver phase melting mayhem!

Traditionally, most distortion units overdrive and shape the amplitude of a signal in various ways to generate a rougher sound. Phase Distortion instead lets the signal modulate the phase of itself, essentially resulting in something similar to feedback FM. This way you can add that FM touch to any sound, to get a sweet 80's vibe or a filthy dubstep bass.

Will you use your newfound power for good or for evil?



Controls the amount of distortion.


Normalizes the signal, making the effect insensitive to input gain.


Filters the modulation to reduce high frequency noise.


Adds a constant phase offset to all harmonics.


Spreads phase offset for left and right channels for a stereo effect.


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


Allow a secondary input to control the phase shift amount.

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The Kilohearts Ecosystem

Phase Distortion is part of a large number of effects units from Kilohearts that we call "Snapins".

Snapins are regular effects plugins that also work as modules in our Snapin hosts; Phase Plant, Multipass, and Snap Heap. They are lightweight but powerful plugins that present you with the important settings in a no-nonsense way. Every setting and component is clearly documented so you know exactly what goes on when you turn that dial.

Snapins can be purchased individually or you can save big by buying a collection of Snapins in one of our Kilohearts Toolboxes.


System Requirements

  • Operating system:
  • - Windows 7 or greater
  • - Mac OSX 10.10 or greater
  • Available plugin formats:
  • - VST 2.4
  • - VST 3
  • - Audio Unit
  • - AAX

All plugin formats in 64-bit only.