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Sound quality degradation

Post by blastitol » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:31 am

I’m looking for some kind of effect(s) that will make my sound sources sound less pristine. Kinda in the lo-fi realm but not exactly like the zvex junky. Is there anything that interferes with your signal in a usable way? What is everyone using for this? I would prefer to keep it in the rack as opposed to outboard pedals.

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by 1n » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:37 am

Do you mean per module or whole mix?

There's various threads on distortion and saturation, and VCAs with character. Try attenuating a noise source added to signals.

Mutable Instruments Beads has a couple of tape saturation emulation modes.

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by BaloErets » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:42 am

blastitol wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:31 am
I’m looking for some kind of effect(s) that will make my sound sources sound less pristine. Kinda in the lo-fi realm but not exactly like the zvex junky. Is there anything that interferes with your signal in a usable way? What is everyone using for this? I would prefer to keep it in the rack as opposed to outboard pedals.
Could you post a link to a song/video as an example to what you're looking for? If you're looking for sample reduction you can achieve that by sending your signal through a sample and hold module and use the sample input to determine the sample rate. There are also some dedicated sample reduction/bitcrushing modules out there as well if that is the sound you are after.

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by adaris » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:55 am

FX Aid has a number of different ways to do this kind of thing (among many other effects).

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Post by ggillon » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:58 am

There are tons of options; sample rate reducers, bit crushers, slightly modulating the pitch of your VCOs, mixing noise, overdrive/distortion modules, etc...

Is there a specific kind of "degradation" you are trying to achieve? Like an old record? Like an old tape? Like an 8-bit sound?

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by cierny_vlk » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:06 am

Instruo Tanh3 and Qu-Bit Data Bender may be worth a look.

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by Raindeer » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:10 am

blastitol wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:31 am
I’m looking for some kind of effect(s) that will make my sound sources sound less pristine. Kinda in the lo-fi realm but not exactly like the zvex junky. Is there anything that interferes with your signal in a usable way? What is everyone using for this? I would prefer to keep it in the rack as opposed to outboard pedals.
Elektron Analog Heat obviously but if you want to keep it in-rack then lots of modules where you can introduce a bit of overdrive, saturation, downsampling or bit reduction. I think the trick is to add light touches here and there so it sounds warm and/or glitchy rather than overly distorted.

A few ideas: Instruo Tanh is good for clipping (but it’s not VC controlled) and I know people like Xaoc Tallin and the new MI Beads scorched tape mode. SSF Vortices is wonderful for saturation and you can also drive MI Veils nicely in exponential response. Endorphins Milky Way has a pretty okay overdrive effect too.

Adding some filtered noise alongside your VCO can be really effective too and e.g. Ataraxic Iteritas actually includes cv-controllable noise in the output signal.

Also check this recent thread on Bitcrushers:
https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/view ... &t=244893

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by Sweetfiltersweep » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:30 am

blastitol wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:31 am
I’m looking for some kind of effect(s) that will make my sound sources sound less pristine. Kinda in the lo-fi realm but not exactly like the zvex junky. Is there anything that interferes with your signal in a usable way? What is everyone using for this? I would prefer to keep it in the rack as opposed to outboard pedals.
The FFS Spectral Devastator “is” less than pristine:

I will be posting some videos with Spectral Devastator in the next weeks. It’s extinction-level signal degradation. ;)

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by blastitol » Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:29 am

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by vytis » Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:36 pm

Two more ideas:
- a fully wet BBD delay with feedback turned off. Erica Synths Fusion Delay is great, but kind of overkill for this purpose.
- good old Clouds 100% wet on lowest quality setting.

Tanh and Spectral Devastator are both brilliant, still.

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by Polyterative » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:02 pm

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by jkanizzle » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:35 pm

Go big - TRex Replicator.

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by Spindrift » Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:47 pm

Tube stuff gives a really organic and living degradation.

I'm using a Klangbau Köln Röhren VCA...cheap compared to Metasonix and easy on the PSU and can go from warming up a signal to total destruction.

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by Sookilala » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:50 am

Xaoc Leibniz system is very unique

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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by Sweetfiltersweep » Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:24 am

As promised, here is a video with Spectral Devastator making friends with a TD-3. Please listen till the end. There are so many sounds possible!


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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by joey » Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:25 am

the Vortices is pretty dope for this:


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Re: Sound quality degradation

Post by Sweetfiltersweep » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:19 am

Not bad at all, Joey, but check this out:


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