June 6, 2006

Audio Damage Pulse Modulator...

by Chris Randall
 




Here is an image of Audio Damage Pulse Modulator, the plugin that will be available free in the next issue of Computer Music. I wasn't going to spring the screenshot until the issue was out, but I just got issue #101 of CM, and there's a screenshot of it on the last page, so there's no point in hiding it now.


As you can see, there are three LFOs; each one can be synced to host (at various musically useful divisions) or free-run from 2Hz on up to audio rate. The "PULSE DEPTH" knobs determine how hard each LFO hits the VCA. The "PULSE SHAPE" knob sweeps from square through forward ramp, reverse ramp, to sine wave at the clockwise position. Using these 7 controls, you can get some really odd moving tremelo patterns.


After the VCA bit, the entire signal goes through the BOOST section, which is our FuzzPlus distortion model. We originally modelled the distortion from the EH pedal this was inspired by, but that distortion sucked, and wasn't too musical for use with drums, synths, whatever. So we swapped it out with ours. This differs from the EH pedal in one key issue. The EH pedal has two outputs: one for the tremelo section and one for the boost section, and the two don't have anything to do with each other. We think this was a stupid design flaw, and have corrected it by changing the routing so the tremelo runs through the boost.


This will be on the cover DVD of CM #102, full and uncrippled in any way. The DVD will include VST Windows, VST OSX, and AU OSX, and the OSX versions are Universal Binary. The VST versions have our standard MIDI learn feature common to all our recent products.


We have another product in the works which will come out around the same time. It is called Pulse Filter, and is basically the same engine, with a monster LPF in place of the BOOST section. Price is TBD.

 
 
 

17 comments:

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Jun.06.2006 @ 4:03 PM
blinkman
Nice. Looks amazing and I expect it'll be much fun to use.

Any ideas where I can buy the single issue online? Or am I going have to actually leave the house (yikes!)....?

c.

 
 

 
Jun.06.2006 @ 4:21 PM
Muff Wiggler
guess i'll be buying my first ever issue of CM haha

congrats, guys - i've noticed you've been getting a LOT of magazine exposure lately, all positive as well (and deserved imho)

anyway, that has to be good for business, nice job, and it's great to see AD mentioned along with 'the big guys' so often in print...really really cool

 
 

 
Jun.06.2006 @ 4:53 PM
Chris Randall
Won't be too long before we're one of the Big Guys. Except a lot cooler. And more handsome. And charming, of course.

As for buying CM online, you can purchase single issues directly from Futurenet:

link [www.myfavouritenes.c...]@[email protected]@22250665&setext=magazine">link [www.myfavourite.co.u...]

Pulse Modulator will be in issue #102, which is the next issue. It will be available for purchase on or around 6/26.

-CR

 
 

 
Jun.06.2006 @ 5:04 PM
Jan Czmok
Chris,

would it be possible to buy it in Germany also ? I'm curious about this plugin.

-JC

 
 

 
Jun.06.2006 @ 5:32 PM
Chris Randall
The above link has links for U.K., Europe, and Rest Of World. That encompasses just about everywhere, I think.

-CR

 
 

 
Jun.06.2006 @ 6:25 PM
boobs
yep.. you'll be one of the big guys soon then roger nichols digital will be giving you a call w/an offer!! ;)

congrats on teh exposure. will keep my eyes open for the mag.

 
 

 
Jun.06.2006 @ 10:48 PM
Downpressor
theres just one place in tokyo it might show up so I guess I'll netorder it.
 
 

 
Jun.07.2006 @ 8:23 AM
cebec
wow. those knobs are a freakin' beauty to behold.
 
 

 
Jun.07.2006 @ 10:42 AM
inasilentway
Looks awesome! Will the filter version have the LFOs controlling the filter?
 
 

 
Jun.07.2006 @ 10:54 AM
Chris Randall
Yeah. The "Depth" knobs on the Pulse Filter will hit the filter cutoff frequency, while the "BOOST" knob is replaced with "RESONANCE." It is exactly the same, otherwise. We made a special filter for this, of a new(ish) topology, and it is _whacking.

-CR

 
 

 
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