Everyone looking to add some roughness to their tracks can benefit from having a multi-band distortion plug-in in their arsenal. Something like Kombinat Tri, a slick and varied offering with no less than 13 distortion algorithms spread across three engines. These can be tapped in both series and parallel mode, and are wired to a complete band-killer EQ along with a multi-mode filter with 12 topologies. And then there’s a compressor, configured for one-control operation.
Kombinat Tri’s complete features list is as follows:
Crossover: a DJ-style three-band isolator EQ for band-killing effects and extreme tone-carving. It leads to the three distortion engines, which can be run in crossover (multi) mode, or in series.
Multiple Distortion Types: 13 different distortion and tone-shaping algorithms are available. Users can mix and match between them, and each of the three bands gets its own selector. Effects range from a subtle tube-style clipping all the way to bizarre distortion-delay.
Feedback: Kombinat Tri has an internal feedback control tied to an envelope follower. As the developer puts it, “results may vary, but are always hairy.”
Filter: There are 12 different filter topologies, from subtle 2-pole lowpass, through synth-style filters, to surgical notch. Several of these are self-resonant as well, so you’ll be able to get some sweet acid-ity going on.
One-Kontrol Kompressor: A one-knob compressor, tuned for “collapsing distorted signals to roadkill.” and a fan favorite carried over from the past two Kombinat releases.
Mix Control: a mix knob for better control over the signal path, supposedly a highly requested feature.
Presets: Kombinat Tri includes a selection of presets from Kombinat and Kombinat Dva, all-new presets to take advantage of the new features, and a selection of Designer presets from Ken Flux Pierce and Don Gunn.
Kombinat Tri is available from Audio Damage for 49 USD, in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats for Windows 8 or greater and macOS 10.8 or greater. More information here.