Waves has jumped in with an interesting proposition for owners of its recent distortion plug-ins. MultiMod Rack lets you drop the Abbey Road Saturator, Berzerk and MDMX distortions into its three slots and proceed with dialing in multi-band distortion and modulating nearly every parameter. There are also three integrated effects.
This way, you can have different distortions on the lows, mids, and highs of your track – saturating the low end with the Abbey Road plug-in and adding high-end bite with Berzerk while overdriving the mid-range, for example. And that’s before you get into modulation, which is fairly deep: there are five modulators including an LFO, step sequencer, and amplitude envelopes. You can throw them at nearly every parameter and come up with some ghastly distortions.
Furthermore, each band has independent level, pan, and harmonics controls. And there’s also a four-band EQ alongside three built-in FX: reverb, delay, and chorus. All of these can be modulated as well. This makes for a formidable distortion unit that lets you go completely crazy.
I really like what Waves has done here, although owners of the three distortion plug-ins might feel a bit annoyed at paying for the rack upgrade. Then again, MultiMod Rack is an affordable USD 50 at the intro sale price, and if you don’t have the distortions, the complete bundle can be had for USD 90. Sounds about right!
As an alternative to this package, definitely check out Triad by Unfiltered Audio or find yourself a deal on the good old iZotope Trash 2. It can be had very cheap nowdays and it’s still a relevant, powerful distortion unit.