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Distressor Plugin Anyone?

there are a lot of hardware emulations going on but I haven't seen any Distressor plugins. I have one coming on loan and I'm really excited to use it. Steven Slate told me he used one on a lot of the snare samples on his sample CD so I'm curious to play around with it on drums. But since now I mix all in the box it would be cool to have an emulation. Does anyone know if there is one in the works? Maybe UAD or Waves?
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which emulation that the distressor does do you want your emulation to emulate? do you want the distressor 1176 emulation, or maybe the LA2a, how about the brit mod which is supposed to be an emulation of an 1176 with all the buttons in?
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which emulation that the distressor does do you want your emulation to emulate? do you want the distressor 1176 emulation, or maybe the LA2a, how about the brit mod which is supposed to be an emulation of an 1176 with all the buttons in?
Personally I would want a dedicated DSP outboard box to run that emulation in for more power
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there are a lot of hardware emulations going on but I haven't seen any Distressor plugins. I have one coming on loan and I'm really excited to use it. Steven Slate told me he used one on a lot of the snare samples on his sample CD so I'm curious to play around with it on drums. But since now I mix all in the box it would be cool to have an emulation. Does anyone know if there is one in the works? Maybe UAD or Waves?
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Thats a really good idea for sure.

I also wonder what combination or plugs have people used to come close to getting the distressor sound. That would be neat to share... hint hint
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If you crank the crap out of RVox, it'll kind of sort of do the nuke thing on drum room mics.
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McDSP compressor bank is the closest I've heard to a Distressor. Only because it has so many parameters and it will distort like a be-atch.

I'm talking about the typical distressor "tracking" sound that most people use which is 3:1, 4:1, 6:1, yada yada...

I usually go anywhere between 3:1 and 5:1 with the knee between -2 and -6 (hard knee). Fast attack times between 1ms and 10ms usually work the best for this. The release on the compressor bank isn't quite there in my opinion which is why I just use real distressors. The distressor's release is magical. Also, you can't go too far with the McDSP stuff because the GR meters are deceiving. It looks like you are knocking it back a couple dB when you are actually killing it by 15 or more!

My $0.02. Keep in mind that I don't have a lot of the newest plug since I'm still on PT 5.1.3.

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Yeah distressor is a hard one to nail because it's such a chameleon. Most people seem to like it mostly for its 1176/4 button squash.

Only plug that even remotely "distressed" me in this way is the free Digitalfishphones Blockfish. Does things to drums that no other plugin does. Try "complex mode" on a room mic. And don't forget to "flip it over" to fine tune the sidechain and air parameters. Really a great plug, definitely worth it
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there are a lot of hardware emulations going on but I haven't seen any Distressor plugins. I have one coming on loan and I'm really excited to use it. Steven Slate told me he used one on a lot of the snare samples on his sample CD so I'm curious to play around with it on drums. But since now I mix all in the box it would be cool to have an emulation. Does anyone know if there is one in the works? Maybe UAD or Waves?
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i remember using a distressor before in a pro studio and too was looking for a distressor type sound plugin and in logic i recently turned to the silver compressor with fast attack and fast release times and very low threshold and the sound is great...can't remember if it's the same thing though but i'm happy with the sound!

i've heard that 'liquid mix' by focusrite has a distressor emulation!
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Some of Voxengos paritcularly the marqis can sound sort of like a distressor...
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Airwindows compressor is pretty good for the squash thing as is the UAD Neve 3309
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Yeah distressor is a hard one to nail because it's such a chameleon. Most people seem to like it mostly for its 1176/4 button squash.

Only plug that even remotely "distressed" me in this way is the free Digitalfishphones Blockfish. Does things to drums that no other plugin does. Try "complex mode" on a room mic. And don't forget to "flip it over" to fine tune the sidechain and air parameters. Really a great plug, definitely worth it
Yeah, the digitalfishphones stuff is amazing. The Blockfish is one of my favorite compressors, too bad it isn't available in UB. At least I don't think it is.
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Yup I 2nd this as well...thumbsup
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Hey Junk, I definitely did use the Distressor on some of the snares and its a great box. But keep in mind i used it very lightly, mostly 2:1, just to fatten the transient which it does well. A great plugin for this kind of sound will be the upcoming URS channel strip, I heard just a bit of it while Mike Shipley was tweaking around on some stuff and I was extremely impressed.
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How about Smack?
It has a lot of the same parameters as a distressor...not 100% the same, but a very similar vibe....good for crushing rooms/intense vox/or making snares go pinG!
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Yup I 2nd this as well...thumbsup
Looks like I may have to check this out more.

Hows it sound on a snare? I mean comparing it to a distressor that is.
If I can get somthing thats close since I mix ITB, that would rock.
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How about Smack?
It has a lot of the same parameters as a distressor...not 100% the same, but a very similar vibe....good for crushing rooms/intense vox/or making snares go pinG!
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no no no no no.

just my opinion

smack isnt even in the same solar system.

in fact, no plug i have ever tried is close to the best that the distressor can do, in my opinion.

YMMV
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Looks like I may have to check this out more.

Hows it sound on a snare? I mean comparing it to a distressor that is.
If I can get somthing thats close since I mix ITB, that would rock.
I don't know. I never A/B them, but the VW is coloring a lot, and adds a nice distortion (not like fuzzbox of course) to the sound. it's easy to overuse this pluggo and you end up with a smeary and undefined sound.

the distressor is a total "diffrent" sound, because it's hardware (like Paul Friendl said: "analog works with levels, digital with samples".

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Looks like I may have to check this out more.

Hows it sound on a snare? I mean comparing it to a distressor that is.
If I can get somthing thats close since I mix ITB, that would rock.
With VW you can mimic the sound of the Distressor, but obviously it's not the same thing, what makes it difficult too, is that the Distressor sounds a bit different on all it's different ratios... The VW keeps more or less the same sound, but you just get more compression. The Distressor can stay clean if you don't use the distortion modes while the VW always add some colouring... but most people that use the distressor are mostly aiming for the colouring anyway.

VW sounds great on drums IMHO. Just as with the Distressor it's easy to overdo it.
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Thanks for the info. guys.

Didnt mean to hijack the guys thread but I guess I may end up buying a distressor. I've tried tons of combos to get that modern day snare sound (Anything Andy Sneap does basically... As I lay Dying, the latest Job for a cowboy, etc...) and still nothing compares. Now im not sure he does use a distressor but have a hunch. I wish I could rent one to check it out but this is Vermont ....
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hanks for the info. guys.

Didnt mean to hijack the guys thread but I guess I may end up buying a distressor. I've tried tons of combos to get that modern day snare sound (Anything Andy Sneap does basically... As I lay Dying, the latest Job for a cowboy, etc...) and still nothing compares. Now im not sure he does use a distressor but have a hunch. I wish I could rent one to check it out but this is Vermont
I am sure everything is samples (100%), maybe his own samplelibrary.

there is a sneap drumagog file out there for toms, kick and snare.

check em.

then you will know that it's not about owning a distressor.

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I am sure everything is samples (100%), maybe his own samplelibrary.

there is a sneap drumagog file out there for toms, kick and snare.

check em.

then you will know that it's not about owning a distressor.

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Ya... i have the sneap samples. They are good for sure.
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just my ...

meaby you giv the w.... rencomp a try ist a really chameleon so i used its sometimes as dbx or as whatever you need but there a lot emus out there so you have just too catch the right on if you

try n try n try ..........
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What about a Massey Tapehead/BF76 or MC77 combo?
works for me...
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use all options you got too make the best result you can

if a massey can do this iam not shure i use it not often yed.

the bombfactory plugs make me not lucks but i the right chain can it be good enouth

too work .
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Thanks for the info. guys.

Didnt mean to hijack the guys thread but I guess I may end up buying a distressor. I've tried tons of combos to get that modern day snare sound (Anything Andy Sneap does basically... As I lay Dying, the latest Job for a cowboy, etc...) and still nothing compares. Now im not sure he does use a distressor but have a hunch. I wish I could rent one to check it out but this is Vermont ....
If you do buy a distressor, it's a great compressor. Even if it doesn't give you the snare sound you're after I am sure it'll give you other uses (it works on many sources, not just drums). If you can afford one easily, then don't hesitate, if you don't have much to spend, try at least the VW demo, you might like it. I think it does work great on snare too. Sometimes I prefer the distressor and sometimes I prefer VW (the benefit of using VW is that you don't have to do a converter roundtrip which does affect the sound, a little, but noticably)

Well try the VW demo anyway... you got nothing to loose... (don't forget to play around with saturation controls on the 'back' of the plugin). Nice thing of the VW is that it's multiband and it has seperate saturation controls for all 3 bands...
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Yeah distressor is a hard one to nail because it's such a chameleon. Most people seem to like it mostly for its 1176/4 button squash.

Only plug that even remotely "distressed" me in this way is the free Digitalfishphones Blockfish. Does things to drums that no other plugin does. Try "complex mode" on a room mic. And don't forget to "flip it over" to fine tune the sidechain and air parameters. Really a great plug, definitely worth it
niiiice. I want to **** with my room mic compression setup,and this sounds like an ideal move to try.you can sidechain out the lows from the kick from being compressed in blockfish? that's the secret to squashing rooms real well IMO.

The Rvox tip was great too..never thought of that one.
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use all options you got too make the best result you can

if a massey can do this iam not shure i use it not often yed.

the bombfactory plugs make me not lucks but i the right chain can it be good enouth

too work .
ummm....what? haha
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The Distressor is a many splendored animal ... particularly if you have
the British Mod.


The closest thing I've found to it is the new Hybrid Compressor
from Waves. Turn the "punch" knob up to about 10 o'clock and
it sounds almost exactly like a Distressor.

BTW, "punch" is the magic knob on the Hybrid ...

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Well try the VW demo anyway...
Would love to check out this "VW". Excuse my ignorance, but that is "VW" If I search google for that we all know what we get.

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