Native Instruments has introduced a trio of new effects plug-ins that tackle sound decimation. Rumoured to become part of the upcoming Komplete 12 collection, while also available on their own, the effects include Bite, Dirt, and Freak. They are stompbox-style and their user interfaces feature bright colours that are totally contrary to the dark UI trend that’s been going on since Logic Pro X’s release. Here’s more about each effect:
Dirt is a distortion effect based on analog modeling. It has two distortion units with the same parameters each that can be mixed for interesting exploration possibilities. Each distortion unit has Drive, Amount, Bass, and Tilt controls. Dial in different flavors from them and use the mix knob to get the best of them into your signal processing.
Bite is a bit-crusher and sample rate reduction tool that’s designed for recreating the character and aliasing imperfections of early digital units. It has Jitter and Crunch controls, a Saturation knob, Pre/Post-Fit knobs, Dither, and Expand controls. The sample rate and bit depth can be easily changed as well. Finally, there’s the mix knob, which lets you dial in how much of the effect you want in your signal.
Freak is a modulation effect which combines frequency shifting, ring modulation, and radio modulation abilities. The latter mode mimics the sound quality of vintage broadcast radio. Furthermore, you can change the modulation wave type, adjust the target frequency, and experiment with the Antifold, Type, Harmonics, Mix, Stereo width, and Feedback knobs.
Like all modern NI effects, the Crush pack is Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) compatible. Their presets can be browsed and loaded right from Komplete Kontrol and Maschine hardware, with automatic parameter mapping.
Price and availability
Weighing in at 274MB, the Crush pack is compatible with any VST, AU, and AAX host on Mac and Windows. The effects aren’t sold separately and the pack costs EUR 70, with an EUR 49 crossgrade offer for owners of other NI products like Komplete. All in all, these are colorful and creative effects which offer interesting takes on distortion, modulation, and bit-crushing without over-complicating anything. Good stuff from NI, as always!