Kilohearts’ new Phase Distortion offers you an alternative to conventional saturation and overdrive plugins, taking a different kind of approach to processing of this sort.
Rather than using waveform clipping and amplitude shaping, it modulates the phase of the input signal with its own amplitude, creating an effect that’s not dissimilar to feedback frequency modulation.
This may sound complex, but Phase Distortion’s interface is anything but, being designed to deliver a quick and efficient workflow. The amount of distortion is set using the Drive knob; Normalize and Tone controls adjust the amplitude and frequency response; Bias and Spread offset the phase difference and widen the stereo image; and Mix controls the balance between wet and dry signals.
Phase Distortion is designed to do its characterful business on all kinds of material - from synths and percussion to bass and drums - and can be purchased now for $39/€39 via the Kilohearts website. It’s available for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats and can also demoed for 30 days.
As well as operating as a plugin, Phase Distortion can also be used as part of Kilohearts’ Snapin virtual effects rack.