Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by pablowdadon » Thu May 21, 2020 12:25 am

autopoiesis wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 11:44 pm
appreciate the effort jschussler but I think the comparisons would be a lot more informative if the audio you ran through all these distortions you have were already dynamic (eg VCA before the distortion) and already had low harmonic content (closer to sine or tri than already squared). simple bass drums work really well to tell the character of a distortion, IMO. just my 2c
THIS.

ps. appreciate as well but saw/square without filter-n-res could sound pretty much the same everywhere due to source material
pps. some laptop users could face some problems with audio playback of those comparisons

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by autopoiesis » Thu May 21, 2020 12:31 am

jschussler wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 12:20 am
Crap, just realized I completely forgot to run the drums through these. Whups. Did that on some of the earlier ones, forgot this time.

The source audio is a saw wave, not square. Got dinged on that one earlier, so have been careful to stay away from squares. I'll try going even simpler next time, maybe tri.

Interesting idea about VCA first. I'll try that for the next batch.

Thanks for the feedback.
:tu: thanks for putting in the effort, it's especially helpful when pretty much all showrooms are closed.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by nodog » Thu May 21, 2020 10:13 am

Yes, it could be done better but thanks for making these jschussler. There's enough info to get at least some idea of the modules.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by jschussler » Thu May 21, 2020 6:12 pm

I'm learning. One of these days I'll get it right....

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by guigui » Thu May 21, 2020 7:08 pm

Let me ask you guys something. Do you use 100 Grit to a more mild distortion? Because everything I do with it goes wild pretty easily.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by MARK27 » Fri May 22, 2020 1:58 am

100 Grit isn't the first thing I think of when I want a mild distortion or saturation, especially given its main function as a filter. If I just want a little warm saturation, I usually reach for the Erica Synths Fusion Mixer. Excellent fine control over delicate saturation. For the next step up, I really like the Erica Synths Fusion VCA. It offers a bit more crunch than the mixer, but has lots of range before things get really fuzzed out.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by minatorymodular » Fri May 22, 2020 7:34 am

My definition of mild saturation might be skewed, but 100 Grit can definitely do it. Don't touch the brass bits and keep all the feedback knobs down. It sounds more like a stompbox than a tape/tube type of saturation, though.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by ablearcher » Fri May 22, 2020 9:10 am

For mild saturation on the grit I'd use the "out" instead of "dist", keep all feedback down, and push either the input hard or the ota vca, both have transistor saturatation above 75%. The input will saturate asymetrically, and the output will do tri to sin conversion. :tu:

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by guigui » Fri May 22, 2020 3:38 pm

Thanks, everyone! I'm gonna try those.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by Hi5 » Fri May 22, 2020 3:46 pm

Schlappi gear in general
Malekko Megawave - plenty of tables to mess with and the input level/offset offer a wide range. simple squashed sounds to weird noise
Patch a compressor - env follower/comparator+env and vca with post gain will go a long way. Abuse accordingly
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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by MARK27 » Sun May 24, 2020 12:03 am

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by guigui » Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:09 pm

jschussler wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 11:16 pm
Finished another comparison. Modules in this one:

Mystic Circuits Portal
Erica Synths VC Amplifier
Animal Factory Amplification Godeater
Erica Synths Drive
Bizarre Jezebel Chloe
Verbos Amp & Tone



The Godeater has an amazing tone. Super meaty, but with lots of opportunity for nuance.
From your personal test, what do you think about Bizarre Jezebel Chloe? There's not much about it out there.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by titanium » Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:23 pm

I have a plasma drive and found it works best on uncomplicated sources, like single oscillators and on bassguitar it sounds absolutely gorgeous. also have a trshmstr which is very good especially for sweeps of distortion using the built in filter.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by pmarchitect » Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:02 pm

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.
It’s relative.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by Funky40 » Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:09 pm

pmarchitect wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:02 pm
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.
It’s relative.
huh, you just made me think !

*i think* i read "hawkfuzz´s" --->"relevant" as: ---> "relative". (our posts are from page 1 of this thread).
since my whole post was towards ----> "relative" too ;)
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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by pmarchitect » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:50 pm

In Euro I use the Erica Dual Distortion. Good for drums and decimated synth tones.

If I want quality distortion it’s outboard tube gear.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by jschussler » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:19 pm

guigui wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:09 pm
jschussler wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 11:16 pm
Finished another comparison. Modules in this one:

Mystic Circuits Portal
Erica Synths VC Amplifier
Animal Factory Amplification Godeater
Erica Synths Drive
Bizarre Jezebel Chloe
Verbos Amp & Tone



The Godeater has an amazing tone. Super meaty, but with lots of opportunity for nuance.
From your personal test, what do you think about Bizarre Jezebel Chloe? There's not much about it out there.

Only just got it recently so you've seen most of the time I've spent with it in the video. My initial impression is that the distortion is nice sounding (it's a big-ass tube on the back), and the addition of the delay and lpg make for lots of easy exploration without a bunch of patching. I'm planning on keeping it.

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by joskery » Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:30 am

thelowerrhythm wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:31 pm
SavageMessiah wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 1:29 pm
thelowerrhythm wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:30 am
Can confirm nasty: TRSHMSTR, Schlappi 100 grit, Dwarfcraft Great Destroyer, and my personal favorite.... the ADDAC 603 triple bandpass filter. Yep. x100 gain on all three channels pouring into each other, plus all of that sculpting. I didn't buy it as a dirt box, but that's sure as hell what I've been using it for.
You have an example of that usage of the 603? That's exactly the kind of stuff I got curious about as soon as I saw that x100 switch, but there are precious few demos/examples of that module.
It is as the title suggests, but it's something. :despair:

Video is not available anymore - if there’s a working link I’d love to see it!

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Re: Best Euro Distortion modules 2020

Post by lisa » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:46 pm

autopoiesis wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 2:11 pm
had a metasonix rk2 and loved its tone but couldn't stand the high pitched noise it made as long as the input signal wasn't drowning it out with at least 16V ptp amplitude. made it pretty unusable for applications like running kicks into it - would have to control the VCA with an envelope follower.
Hm, odd. I've distorted kicks several times with the RK2 and and sure, it gives off some noise but not necessarily super obvious, unless I want it to be.

Here, for instance:

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