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Jason
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Joined: 03/23/2012 - 21:32
hidden distortion effect option?

I was playing around with another member's publicly available *.caustic song, and discovered a cool new distortion overdrive effect...... Ok, we gonna have to break the rules a little bit here....... you know when Rej cautioned us about the compressor attack set too low? what would happen? Set attack knob to 0 Set release knob to 0 ---adjust Machine Output Volume to drive level--- works best with low harmonic content sounds (i.e. "cheap rhodes") Round off Hi-EQ in machine strip (@9:00 for my taste) for smoothness Have fun!

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Joined: 05/23/2012 - 05:10
Completely blew me away.

Completely blew me away. Sounded massive.

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Nice find, too bad it

Nice find, too bad it flutters a bit on the higher notes ... now to figure out what's going on and make it a proper distortion mode...

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I'm not sure what millisecond

I'm not sure what millisecond setting the minimum value is on the compressor (I'll stab a guess at an artifact I'm hearing and guess around 4ms?) but I'm sure it has something to do with it.

It's not a "true" overdrive effect, but a nice gritty one that can make some sounds really unique and gritty as demonstrated using "CheapRhodes" PCM preset in the song "SynapticResonator"

Oh yeah, you get some nasty gritty behavior on BassLine too...

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It's not a "true" overdrive

It's not a "true" overdrive effect [...]

That's fine, that's why I renamed the overdrive effect to a more general "distortion" in v2.0. It doesn't need to be an overdrive, or even a waveshaper. As long as it distorts the sound in the usually accepted audio definition, it qualifies as a possible program as far as I'm concerned.

I just had a look at the code and the smallest times are really fast in theory (0.01ms for attack and 1ms for release)... however there's lots of filtering going on for the envelope so it might be slower than that in practice.

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Wow my mental timing was

Wow my mental timing was wayyyy off, well being sick this week not helping..... I didn't mean to mess up the terms distort vs. overdrive.... just making the point of compressor not originally intended for distorted effects, but that it is there and had unique distortion sounds effect that can be used at will. : ) .01ms? that is fast my friend

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Joined: 05/11/2012 - 08:54
The automation really adds to

The automation really adds to the big sound of this track. It's given me loads of ideas to use in the future as well as reminding me i should explore compression more too

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Bump this thread for new

Bump this thread for new Caustic Warriors.   I love the gritty effect the Compressor gives when you set it up:

Threshold = minimum

Ratio = maximum

Attack = minimum

Release = minimum

Use the Synth machine output volume to drive the intensitiy of the effect.   I just used it today on a demo preview track I just posted.

Using ParaEQ before the Comp effect greatly enhances the drive effect for toneshaping and sonic balance depending on the spectrum of the sound used in the preset.