SKnote Disto – Now AAX-native on all platforms [Archive] – Avid Pro Audio Community
We are huge fans of the Distressor at Influx Studios, where I am a producer and engineer making electronic music and alternative rock. My quick takeaways: The Empirical Labs Arousor not only emulates the original closely, but also includes even greater functionality. The SKnote Disto is a good and versatile emulation, but does not perform as well as others.
Shares Our Verdict Not a perfect hardware emulation by any means, but Disto sounds great in its own right and represents fantastic value.
Pros Stunning looks. Good sound Versatile. Easy to use. Cons No presets. Disto’s gorgeous GUI is divided between the two emulations, the top two thirds housing the distressor and the bottom third containing the Fatso.
The Distressor section comprises a control- for-control recreation of the hardware. Four knobs set the input Gain, Attack, Release and output Volume, while the Ratio button steps through 1: The output Drive button has six possible states, applying one of three distortion algorithms with or without high-pass filtering. There are currently two operational Modes governing the plugin’s sonic character and dynamic response, selected from a dropdown menu at the bottom of the GUI.
Original mode is said to be modelled on the original hardware, while Out of Order mode is more extreme; but both are rather fiercely calibrated, with the plugin’s controls jumping very sharply indeed from an unprocessed signal to a very heavily processed one with not much in between.
SKnote says a third, softer mode is in the works, which should allow more subtle operation. The Sidechain button switches between two levels of high-pass and band-pass filtering, for preventing bass frequencies triggering the compressor, and allowing vocals, guitars and the like to shine through. The UK Mode button, taken from the Distressor’s British Mode, is inspired by the famous engineering trick of pushing all four Ratio buttons of the Urei compressor in at the same time, resulting in a very particular response curve and a hotter, louder signal.
With an actual , this only works at one Ratio value – around Fatso on a diet That’s where the strict emulation ends, as Disto’s lower third incorporates just a couple of key controls from the Fatso Jr. Hottitude drives the signal hard, adding bags of harmonic character, while the Warmth control is almost worth the asking price alone, using a dynamic filter to progressively smooth the harsh top-end of anything you put through it.
The Trafo button engages a virtual transformer, further colouring the sound with low-end emphasis. Disto has no presets, but with it being so easy to use, we don’t feel so inclined to hold that against it, particularly.
If we were to sum the Distressor hardware up in one line, we’d describe it as ‘the sound of the Top 40’ – and Fatso Jr, too, has graced countless hits. Disto isn’t a flawless recreation of the two, but it really does offer a taste of a pair of classic pieces of hardware in a clever combination at a very low price. The best of MusicRadar in your inbox Don’t miss the latest deals, news, reviews, features and tutorials No spam, we promise.
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Fatso on a diet
Available as VST/AU/AAX/Native/DSP/Win/Mac/32/64bit, Disto-S is the natural Evolution of Disto. While the original version was aimed to. Disto becomes Disto-S. A simple and straight-forward interface. Just a As a Disto user will i find the Disto-s in my Sknote account? thanks!. Disto is an emulation of two different devices in one. It is designed by combining their functions to obtain a single processing system.
Update coming with autogain, too. How about SDC? How long before we see an update for it?
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Shares Our Verdict Not a perfect hardware emulation by any means, but Disto sounds great in its own right and represents fantastic value. Pros Stunning looks. Good sound Versatile.
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Disto AAX (trebuj.me distortioncompression-warmth-transformers-with-midside/). Not a perfect hardware emulation by any means, but Disto sounds great in its own right and represents fantastic value. At the introductory price of 50 USD, the Disto-S is your cheapest option for snagging a Distressor emulation. Normally, these go for $ or.