In the following video, hear how Destructor, Blue Cat’s distortion and amp modeling tool, can be used for subtle warm saturation to create a full-bodied clean guitar sound.
Using Blue Cat’s Destructor in the Studio
Part One – Keepin’ it Clean
In part one of this video series, preamp and cabinet settings are swapped and edited to sculpt just the right tone for a rhythm guitar part that adds movement and groove to a TV underscore cue. After that, an alternate clean guitar tone is set up and a counter melody is recorded for the same cue.
Part Two – Sittin’ In the Mix
In this video Destructor is used to establish a guitar sound with some drive and personality, but that also sits in the mix and blends with the accompanying instrument tracks. The dynamics range and attack controls are set so that the rhythmic single note part that is recorded has varying amounts of drive based on the force used by the guitarist as he is playing. Then an electric bass part is doubled. A few different presets are explored and tweaked. The threshold and ceiling controls are set in the Shape Dynamics section so that the shaper curve responds to the guitarist’s performance.
Part Three – Two Guitar Tracks, One Part
A tweed setup and blackface vibralux setup are customized for two separate guitar tracks that are designed to function as a single musical part. First the shaper curve, drive, and dynamics are set for an aggressive rock style chord part designed to stand out in the arrangement. The post distortion cabinet EQ is used to enhance the beefy fullness of the lower end. Then the brighter Vibralux tone is used for the second guitar part. Played in a slightly higher register, the Drive, dynamics, and Cabinet EQ are adjusted so the part meshes and blends with the first. Together they create a driving rock groove that sounds like it is played by two different guitarists.
Blue Cat’s Destructor is a powerful distortion and amp sim modeling tool capable of simulating any kind of distortion: from harsh digital destruction to smooth compression or guitar amp simulation. The plugin comes with hundreds of presets and predefined models, inspired by existing gear such as guitar & bass amps, cabinets, compressors, pedals, and tape machines. All parameters of the presets are fully editable, giving you access to an unlimited number of distortion simulations to build your custom tone.
Destructor is available for 99 EUR or $99.
For more information, sound examples and user reviews, visit Destructor on Blue Cat’s website.
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