DistoCore Disto::FX PRO version 1.5 audio plug-in manual

Contents:

  1. Disto::FX PRO processing pipeline
  2. Bazz::Murda PRO units
  3. Disto::FX PRO units
  4. Disto::FX PRO context-menu

  1. Bazz::Murda PRO units

  2. Oscillator unit controls 1:

    oscillator unit controls 1  
    1. oscillator unit on/off switch activates or deactivates the unit
    2. waveform display draws the selected oscillator's waveform
    3. waveform browse buttons are used to browse the oscillator's waveform
    4. the load waveform "LOAD WF" button opens a file browser and loads a WAVE or RAW (binary) file to the current preset:
      only "User1" to "User15" waveforms can be used for loading the custom wavefiles
    5. LFO waveform type/mode switch changes the LFO signal to one of the following types:
      LFO SINE: sine-wave signal
      LFO POS: positive part of the sine-wave signal
      LFO NEG: negative part of the sine-wave signal
      LFO ABS: absolute value of the sine-wave signal
      LFO INV.: inverted value of the sine-wave signal
    6. "LFO SYNC" button synchronizes all LFO signal frequencies from the remaining oscillator units to this unit's LFO frequency
    7. LFO frequency "LFO freq." knob controls the frequency of the LFO
    8. LFO tempo synchronization "Sync." switch synchronizes this oscillator unit LFO frequency to host tempo
    9. oscillator fine "Tune" knob tunes this oscillator frequency by +/- 1.0 semitone
    10. oscillator "Pitch" knob tunes this oscillator frequency by +/- 12.0 semitone
    11. waveform name display shows the name of the currently selected oscillator's waveform

    Oscillator unit controls 2:

    oscillator unit controls 2  
    1. filter balance cross-fader mixes Low-Pass filtered signal 1 (left) and High-Pass filtered signal 2 (right)
    2. "Pan" control knob controls the left/right stereo panning of the oscillator signal
    3. saturation "Sat" control knob saturates the oscillator signal
    4. "Vol" control knob controls the oscillator's volume
    5. "Filter" control knob controls how the LFO signal affects the oscillator filter
    6. "Freq." control knob controls the amount of the LFO pitch modulation
    7. "Ampl." control knob controls the amount of the LFO volume/ring modulation
    8. "Resonance" control knob controls resonance of both oscillator filters (left+right)
    9. "Cutoff" filter knob controls the cutoff frequency (LP/HP) of the oscillator filters (left+right):
      the normalized display value 0.0-1.0 is mapped to 20Hz-20kHz

    Volume ADSR unit:

    volume ADSR unit controls  
    1. ADSR envelope preview display draws the current ADSR volume envelope for the specified settings
    2. "Attack" control knob controls the volume attack time
    3. "Decay" control knob controls the volume decay time
    4. "Sustain" control knob controls the sustain envelope level
    5. "Release" control knob controls the volume release time
    6. "Duration" control knob controls the ADSR duration for each ADSR phase

    Filter ADSR unit:

    filter ADSR unit controls  
    1. ADSR envelope preview display draws the current ADSR filter envelope for the specified settings
    2. "Attack" control knob controls the filter attack time
    3. "Decay" control knob controls the filter decay time
    4. "Sustain" control knob controls the sustain envelope level
    5. "Release" control knob controls the filter release time
    6. "Duration" control knob controls the ADSR duration for each ADSR phase

    ADSR settings copy buttons:

    ADSR settings copy buttons  
    1. copy current volume ADSR parameter settings to filter ADSR parameter settings
    2. copy current filter ADSR parameter settings to volume ADSR parameter settings

    FM modulator unit:

    FM modulator unit controls  
    1. "1/4 Fc" control knob controls the amount of the 0.25x carrier frequency modulator,
      which supplies the modulation sine-wave signal
    2. "1/2 Fc" control knob controls the amount of the 0.5x carrier frequency modulator (sine-wave)
    3. "Fc" control knob controls the amount of the carrier frequency modulator
    4. "2 Fc" control knob controls the amount of the 2x carrier frequency modulator
    5. "4 Fc" control knob controls the amount of the 4x carrier frequency modulator
    6. FM "Fade-In" control knob controls how the FM modulation is applied from start of a note (in seconds)

    Unison unit:

    unison unit controls  
    1. Unison "Voices" control knob controls the number of voices for each oscillator
    2. Unison "Detune" control knob detunes the unison voices up to one semitone
    3. Unison "Fade-In" control knob controls how the unison voices are applied from start of a note (in seconds)
      this setting helps drum programs (kick drum head) and pluck instruments sound more natural

    Bass-Layer unit:

    bass-layer unit controls  
    1. "Click" control knob controls the volume and type of the click applied to each note
    2. "Bass-Layer" control knob controls the volume of the sine-wave sub-oscillator
    3. "SOLO" switch if activated mutes oscillator 1,2,3 and plays only the sine-wave sub-oscillator
    4. Bass-Layer "FILTER" switch sends the Bass-Layer signal to the Disto::FX filter unit
      Please note: the Disto::FX unit is not applied to the Bass-Layer signal
    5. Bass-Layer "FM" switch activates the FM modulation for the Bass-Layer sub-oscillator

  3. Disto::FX PRO processing pipeline
  4. I/O UNIT INPUT FILTER MODULATION DISTORTION DYNAMIC SHAPER HARDCORE BASS EQ I/O UNIT OUTPUT

  5. Disto::FX PRO units

  6. Input/Output unit:

    input/output unit  
    1. input volume "In-Vol" control knob controls input signal volume before any processing occurs (-∞ to 0.0dB)
    2. input "DC-Offset" control knob controls DC offset of the input signal, mouse double-click centers the knob and zeros the "DC offset" value
    3. input saturation "In-Sat" control knob saturates the input signal
    4. input "STEREO" mode switch changes between the following input stereo/mono modes:
      STEREO (keeps input signal unchanged),
      MONO MIX (converts input to MONO by mixing left and right channel),
      MONO R (converts input to MONO by copying right channel to left),
      MONO L (converts input to MONO by duplicating left channel to right)
    5. hard limiter "LIMIT" button activates the hard limiter on output and limits the output signal to -0.1 dB
    6. maximal signal level "RESET" button resets the computed maximal signal level, which is displayed on the right side (-0,1 dB in the example screenshot)
    7. "Pan" control knob controls the left/right stereo panning of the output signal
    8. output saturation "Out-Sat" control knob saturates the output signal
    9. "Dry/Wet" mix control knob is used to blend the original/unmodified signal (dry) with the output/modified signal (wet)
    10. output volume "Out-Vol" control knob is used to adjust the output signal volume (-∞ to 0.0dB dependent on the parameter settings)
    11. "BYPASS" FX button bypasses all Disto::Fx modifications
    12. program "SAVE" button opens file browser and saves current parameter settings to a *.DC program file
    13. program "LOAD" button opens file browser and loads a previously stored program from a *.DC program file
    14. factory preset browser displays the current program name and allows the user to browse the programs

    Filter unit:

    Filter unit  
    1. filter unit on/off switch activates or deactivates the unit
    2. filter "In-Drive" control knob drives the input signal of the filter unit before filtering the signal
    3. filter "MODE" 1 switch changes the left side filter between the following filter modes:
      RBJ-LP (Low-Pass), RBJ-HP (High-Pass), RBJ-BP1 (Band-Pass), RBJ-BP2 (Band-Pass), RBJ-BP3 (Band-Pass), RBJ-BS (Band-Stop)
    4. filter 1 vs. 2 cross-fader mixes filtered signal 1 (left) and filtered signal 2 (right)
    5. filter "MODE" 2 switch changes the right side filter between the following filter modes:
      LP 6dB/12dB/18dB/24dB (Low-Pass), HP 6dB/12dB/18dB/24dB (High-Pass)
    6. filter "Transition" switch/knob controls the transition speed of the filter cutoff/resonance knobs
    7. filter "Resonance" control knob controls resonance (LP/HP) or Q value (BP/BS) of both filters (left+right)
    8. filter "Cutoff" knob controls the cutoff frequency (LP/HP) or center frequency (BP/BS) of both filters (left+right)

    Modulation FX unit:

    Modulation FX unit  
    1. modulation FX on/off switch activates or deactivates the unit
    2. ring modulator "Rate" control knob is used to set a ring/amplitude modulation frequency (0-2000Hz)
    3. ring modulator "Amount" control knob is used to apply ring/amplitude modulation to the output signal
    4. ring modulator "Waveform" control knob is used to select different waveforms for the ring modulation
    5. phaser amount/depth "Amount" control knob determines the amount of phaser that is mixed in with the output signal
    6. phaser feedback "Feedb." control knob is used to adjust the phaser's feedback
    7. phaser rate "Rate" control knob is used to set the phaser modulation frequency (0-4Hz)

    Distortion unit:

    Distortion unit  
    1. distortion FX on/off switch activates or deactivates the unit
    2. distortion curve preview display shows the application of the selected distortion/dynamic shaper curve to a sine-wave
    3. "BitCrash" control knob is used to reduce the amplitude resolution that means it directly affects the quantization (for example: it converts a 32-bit signal to a 4-bit signal)
    4. "SmpFreq" control knob reduces the sample rate (sampling frequency)
    5. "Gate/Crack" control knob cuts (sets to zero) audio data below a defined threshold level
    6. distortion "Amount" control knob determines the amount of distortion
    7. distortion/dynamic shaper curve display draws the selected distortion/dynamic shaper curve or shape
    8. "RESTORE" button restores the curve from internal memory
    9. polarization switch changes the distortion or dynamic shaper polarization to one of the following polarization modes:
      BOTH (effect is applied to all signal values), POS (effect is applied to positive signal values), NEG (effect is applied to negative signal values)
    10. loudness "LOUD" switch if activated boosts the output signal
    11. distortion curve interpolation "MODE" switch is used to switch between the following filter modes:
      no interpolation (8-bit curve)/linear/cosine/cubis/hermite (highest quality)
    12. distortion curve preset browser buttons are used to browse the built-in distortion curves
    13. distortion curve name display shows the name of the selected distortion curve

    Dynamic Shaper unit:

    Distortion unit  
    1. distortion FX on/off switch activates or deactivates the unit
    2. distortion/dynamic shaper curve preview display shows the application of the selected distortion/dynamic shaper curve to a sine-wave
    3. distortion/dynamic shaper curve display draws the selected distortion/dynamic shaper curve or shape
    4. dynamic shaper "Amount" control knob is used to set the dynamic shaper level
    5. dynamic shaper "Width" control knob controls the width of the selected shape
    6. dynamic shaper "Shape" switch/knob changes the shape type to one of the following:
      Sine, Triangle, Pulse, Saw, Sine2, Pulse2, Noise1, Noise2, DynNoise
    7. polarization switch changes the distortion or dynamic shaper polarization to one of the following polarization modes:
      BOTH (effect is applied to all signal values), POS (effect is applied to positive signal values), NEG (effect is applied to negative signal values)
    8. "INVERT" switch if activated inverts the dynamic shaper shape
    9. "MODE" switch changes the dynamic shaper processing mode to one of the following:
      Shaper (shaper only), SatShaper (saturate and shape), BoostShaper (boost input signal and apply shape),
      BoostSatShaper (boost input signal, saturate and apply saturated shape)

    Hardcore bass unit:

    Hardcore bass unit  
    1. HC bass unit on/off activates or deactivates the unit
    2. old bass "Amount" control knob determines the amount of the old/original bass
    3. old bass "Cut Freq." control knob is used to set the High-Pass cutoff frequency of the old/original bass (20-80Hz)
    4. hardcore bass "Amount" control knob determines the amount of hardcore bass added to the output signal
    5. hardcore bass "Freq." control knob is used to set the center frequency of the hardcore bass (100-200Hz)
    6. hardcore bass "Drive" control knob is used to distort the hardcore bass signal before adding it to the output signal

    Equalizer unit:

    Equalizer unit  
    1. equalizer unit on/off activates or deactivates the unit
    2. "Bass" control knob is used to set the amount of the 440Hz bass band (Low Shelf filter), mouse double-click centers the knob
    3. "Mid" control knob is used to set the amount of the 2400Hz mid range band, mouse double-click centers the knob
    4. "High" control knob is used to set the amount of the 4400Hz high band (High Shelf filter), mouse double-click centers the knob
    5. "Dump/Expand" control knob is used to apply the following filter to the output signal:
      0.0-0.5 Low-Pass (10-20000Hz) knob goes from left to center
      0.5-1.0 High-Pass (10-20000Hz) knob goes from center to right
      mouse double-click centers the knob and sets the "Dump/Expand" value to 0.5

  7. Disto::FX PRO context-menu
  8. distortion unit context menu
    The distortion unit context-menu is displayed by a Right-Mouse-Click on the distortion/dynamic shaper curve display.
    It offers the following processing functions:

    Furthermore distortion-curves can be imported or exported to CSV/WAVE files.

    Distortion curve CSV file examples can be found here:
    demon_core.csv
    mysterious_massacre.csv

    Distortion curve WAVE file examples can be found here:
    bit_movement.wav
    butterfly_effect.wav
    disto_gravity.wav
    fusion_reaction.wav
    hardest_material.wav
    hartverdrahtet.wav
    laser_warfare.wav
    mega_dusty.wav
    monolith.wav
    motor_werk.wav
    offscreen_sound.wav
    souesthesia.wav
    through_the_cracks.wav