Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

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Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by lordymosh » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:30 am

Looking for a dedicated distortion module for my rack.

What are some of the nastiest distortion modules nowadays? I've searched previous threads but they are a few years old.

I always see alot of recommendations for plague bearer and Geiger counter.

But there are also newer modules like Terci Ruina, Plasma Drive, Lyra 8-fx, electro fuzz custom etc.

I'll be looking to process my Piston Honda mk3, Erica synths Bassline, BIA or drums from my Digitakt.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by smithjohn » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:44 am

Don't overlook the humble RYO Optodist, it distorts a lot if you crank it, and works as a VCA too. Can usually be had for less than :75: used.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by Bogus » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:18 am

Plasma Drive by Erica Synths and Gamechanger Audio! Just make sure you have a dual filter (hp and lp) or band pass filter cause it gets totally ridiculous with CV :-)

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by lisa » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:27 am

VoicAs LedRover (cheap) and Retro Mechanical Labs Electron Fuzz Custom EFCCV (expensive) are the best distortion modules that I know in eurorack. Good tone control, nice sound.
My first modular track where I used drum modules! There's also a ton of FM cross modulation from the Instruō Cš-L in there and the Metasonix R56 is a big part of the sound. :star:



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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by lordymosh » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:34 am

The fuzz custom has been on my radar. If only it didn't take up so much rack space. Sounds amazing though.
lisa wrote:
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VoicAs LedRover (cheap) and Retro Mechanical Labs Electron Fuzz Custom EFCCV (expensive) are the best distortion modules that I know in eurorack. Good tone control, nice sound.
Bogus wrote: Plasma Drive by Erica Synths and Gamechanger Audio! Just make sure you have a dual filter (hp and lp) or band pass filter cause it gets totally ridiculous with CV :-)
Looks immense but is it a bit gimicky?

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by southberry » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:36 am

The Ritual Electronics Miasma & Crime, and the recent Bastl x Kasper modules !

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Post by Whatisvalis » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:56 am

You should change best to nastiest.

Noise Engineering seeem to have a great range of distortions.

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Post by coolshirtdotjpg » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:49 pm

RML electron fuzz is great for analog--also the colour palette offers lots of different distortions. This track is a model d through electron fuzz about a minute or so in:
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Post by hawkfuzz » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:55 pm

A reminder best is relevant. Some of the modules mentioned don't get me what I want personally.

I love the Waver I just got and love the Dark Matter as well as they Plasma Drive, but only have hands on experience with the Waver.
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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by scragz » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:16 pm

I got great overdrive from the Happy Nerding TriTone. Get it clipping by boosting the low and then use the sweepable mid to hone in on the tone you were going for.

If I was going for a dedicated one now it would almost definitely be from the new Noise Engineering line. They all looked really cool and compact.

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Post by Funky40 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:34 pm

hawkfuzz wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:55 pm
A reminder best is relevant.
*totally* !



....what works is so much dependend on what you feed to what.
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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by lordymosh » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:48 am

Funky40 wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:34 pm
hawkfuzz wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:55 pm
A reminder best is relevant.
*totally* !



....what works is so much dependend on what you feed to what.
I know it depends on what you feed into the distortion. But I don't have the time and money to try alot of distortion modules. Just seeking advice on what others have used so I can make an informed decision for my first distortion module.

The VCOs that I mentioned in my first post are Piston Honda Mk3, Erica Synths Bassline and Noise Engineering BIA. I will also use the distortion with my drums from Digitakt from time to time.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by electricfence » Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:29 am

The End Times Quark (drum module) has a drone mode and an external input that routes external audio through the filter and clipping circuits and I've gotten some great distortion with it.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by ThunderSkull » Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:30 am

The Strakal Brulu by TouellSkouarn is a Evil bastard it's a germanium fuzz circuit or my favourite at the moment is the Moffenzeef-Moffenmix a quad distortion/mixer ace for drums, very juicy.

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Post by Yes Powder » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:48 am

Metasonix RK2 or RK3?
They can both do gentle "tube warmth" if you want, but they get nasty in very different ways.
The RK2 gets a sort of rectified octave-up sound.
The RK3 set nasty is very much its own thing; I could describe things that it'll do in certain settings, but you really have to play around and experiment yourself to understand it. "A very weird PLL" is an apt description.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by lordymosh » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:17 pm

Yes Powder wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:48 am
Metasonix RK2 or RK3?
They can both do gentle "tube warmth" if you want, but they get nasty in very different ways.
The RK2 gets a sort of rectified octave-up sound.
The RK3 set nasty is very much its own thing; I could describe things that it'll do in certain settings, but you really have to play around and experiment yourself to understand it. "A very weird PLL" is an apt description.
Looked up Metasonix there. Those tubes are massive. I'd imagine they'd provide such warmth to the sound.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by gringostar » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:44 pm

lordymosh wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:17 pm
Yes Powder wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:48 am
Metasonix RK2 or RK3?
They can both do gentle "tube warmth" if you want, but they get nasty in very different ways.
The RK2 gets a sort of rectified octave-up sound.
The RK3 set nasty is very much its own thing; I could describe things that it'll do in certain settings, but you really have to play around and experiment yourself to understand it. "A very weird PLL" is an apt description.
Looked up Metasonix there. Those tubes are massive. I'd imagine they'd provide such warmth to the sound.
They do, just make sure you have the 1k mA of power it requires for startup.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by lordymosh » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:30 pm

Unfortunately I do not. Something to keep in mind for future though.

Anybody use Noise Eng Seca Ruina? Seems more enticing than the Terci Ruina.
gringostar wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:44 pm
lordymosh wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:17 pm
Yes Powder wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:48 am
Metasonix RK2 or RK3?
They can both do gentle "tube warmth" if you want, but they get nasty in very different ways.
The RK2 gets a sort of rectified octave-up sound.
The RK3 set nasty is very much its own thing; I could describe things that it'll do in certain settings, but you really have to play around and experiment yourself to understand it. "A very weird PLL" is an apt description.
Looked up Metasonix there. Those tubes are massive. I'd imagine they'd provide such warmth to the sound.
They do, just make sure you have the 1k mA of power it requires for startup.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by VanEck » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:44 pm

Godeater by Animal Factory is pretty insane. Lots of versatility. Brand new (in module form at least) for 2020.

Iv'e been enjoying mine and feels it stands out over many of the more recent distortion modules I've tried.
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Post by Pighood » Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:29 pm

Just picked up a Schlappi 100 Grit


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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by nios » Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:50 pm

I'm liking the Plankton Electronics Nutone. It (along with the Spice) are the first euro modules to bear Korg Nutubes, of which I wasn't sure of their dynamics but as it turns out gives a completely legit tube sound in two triodes, but without the bulky/delicate bulbs or massive power requirements. Beyond the cool-factor over the Nutube itself, CV over the triodes, 8hp, and elegant aesthetic all round it off as extremely extremely pleasant.

What I'm waiting for would be the inevitable (hopefully) modules featuring dual Nutubes or even triple, for a total of 4-6 triodes, ideally with CV over all of them + all feedback. Because nutube power needs are so low, this is actually-possible, it just doesn't exist yet.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by Chaos » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:13 pm

I can recommend the Future Sound Systems Spectral Devastator and the WMD TRSHMSTR.
Both allow for subtle as well as brutal distortion with character.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by msegarra » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:14 pm

Maybe not everyone considers it a distortion but audio damage shapes is amazing

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by Funky40 » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:25 pm

I can recommend to learn to patch with feedback loops around a mixer !
add a gainstage (adding gain if needed) and an inverter to it.
experiment .....and walk from there.


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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by Funky40 » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:28 pm

+ 1 on the Plankton Nutone ! absolutely.....but probably not when its up for the "nastyness" that was asked here.
but its not replacing real tubes. imho

it has not the same sound nor the behave.
the latter beeing a win to me, since it allows on many signals for a way bigger adjustment zone for the "inbetween".
( i have in the meantime the RK2 and RK3 in my rig, jfyi )
I like the Nutone for beeing its own thing.
For sale / reduced prices ( swiss (we are NON-EU)/ in case it makes sense_ EU/WW)(CHF +- = $):
lowered prices: Dotcom Q960: 650.- / Q119: 420 / ( i also have one or much likely two 19" Frames)
ATV A-Frame incl. Accu and Bag: 830.-, like new, quasi unused.

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