Output turns up the heat with Thermal, an 'interactive' multi-stage distortion plugin

Output is confident that it’s gone beyond the usual “incremental advances” in saturation and distortion technology with Thermal, its ‘interactive’ new plugin.

This offers a multi-stage engine that promises greater capabilities than traditional multiband distortions, but with ease of use pushed very much to the fore. A circular XY control is linked to the distortion parameters, and you get 250 presets.

If you want to go beyond the basic controls you can dig into the Advanced page, which enables you to interact with the distortion on the waveform display, tweak modulation envelopes and add effects. You can choose from 19 analogue and digitally-modelled distortion algorithms and add mid-side and time-based width.

“If you’re familiar with Output, you know we like to take traditional ideas and flip them on their heads,” said Output CEO, Gregg Lehrman. “Finding and using distortion should be less mechanical and more creative. It should inspire sound design.”

Thermal is available now for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats. It’s priced at £134 and can be purchased from the Output website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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