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Name | Version: B-314 1.0
Author: OspreyInstruments
Device Type: Audio Effect
Description: B-314 is a clipper :)

So this is the device I alluded to upon the releases of _Trans_N (Omega-N Neve console clone) and Cambridge Bloatationizer (Oxford Inflator clone). This can do both of those easily, and a lot more. It is perhaps most similar to FreeClip, or perhaps Ableton's Saturator. It does what it says on the tin, and I intend this to be a useful distortion utility, but also a learning tool. There are no misleading claims about the magical algorithms used inside... this is straight forward stuff, and my aim here is to make it easy to understand and visualize.

A waveshaper, in essence, is a function that maps an input amplitude ( usually between -1.0 and +1.0) to an output amplitude. The visualization plot can be toggled between showing the waveshaper function itself (using the input signal "x") or its affect on a sine wave. Of course, your audio will likely be much more complex than a sinewave, but this is a great starting point to understand what it is doing.

The left meter shows the level after the input gain, and the right meter shows the level after the output gain. This way, they can be easily matched, with the output trimmed so that there is no jump in level upon bypassing. The bias is applied after the input gain (even harmonics), and before the "drive" gain, which is your main control of the distortion level.

I suggest setting your input gain appropriately first, then tuning your sound (choose algorithm, balance it between drive and mix knobs), then adjusting output gain so that input and output levels are roughly equal. The "phase" parameter flips the polarity of the waveshaper signal, which I found to be particularly useful when emulating different types of crossover distortion: tanh(), medium drive, low mix, and toggle the polarity to see too "modes".

To get emulate the "Neve" style console preamp sound, use tanh() at a very low mix (~4%) and higher drive settings. The sin() waveshaper can model the "Oxford Inflator" if the drive is at 1% (unity)... the effect intensity is controlled with the mix knob.


Live Version Used: 10.1.18
Max Version Used: 8.1.5
Date Added: May 11 2023 05:19:06
Date Last Updated: No Updates
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