De­grader

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If you don’t have enough dig­i­tal dis­tor­tion plu­g­ins al­ready, the lat­est from Klevgrand is a re­sam­pler and bitcrusher (VST/AU/ AAX) built to bring the sound of vin­tage sam­pling gear to your DAW.

The all-im­por­tant Sam­ple Rate and Bit Depth pa­ram­e­ters range from 20Hz to 96kHz and 3 to 24-bit, while Pre- and PostFil­ters can be set to low-pass or res­o­nant low-pass types, with cut­off fre­quen­cies equalling half the Sam­ple Rate. The Jit­ter knob ran­domly fluc­tu­ates the sam­ple rate around its set value for move­ment and ‘smear’, and Sat­u­ra­tion boosts the amount of dis­tor­tion ap­plied, as vi­su­alised in the dis­play. The Link but­tons be­tween the knobs en­able par­tic­u­lar com­bos of them to be tied to­gether – good for multi-pa­ram­e­ter sweeps.

It’s easy to use and sounds fan­tas­tic, with the con­tin­u­ous Sam­ple Rate and Bit Depth con­trols de­liv­er­ing smooth tran­si­tions, and the fil­ters adding an ef­fec­tive ex­tra layer of tonal con­trol. It doesn’t bring much new to the dig­i­tal dis­tor­tion party, though, so it’s not an es­sen­tial pur­chase.

8/ 10n

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