The Distortion Box is a module with 3 different distortion types, Clip, Overdrive, and Crunch introducing different types of harmonic distortion and frequencies for mild or extreme effects. It also features a High Pass and Low pass filter at the end to tame those extreme low or high frequencies.
Here’s what the 3 distortion types do:
- Clip – Controls the amount of gain applied to the signal. You can choose from Soft, Hard, Fold.
- Soft: Clipping in which the signal is reduced when it hits a threshold (in a similar manner as a limiter).
- Hard: Clipping in which a signal is cut off when it hits a threshold. This creates distortion with higher frequencies.
- Fold: Foldback distortion, which is caused by a signal being inverted when it hits a certain threshold.
- Overdrive – Controls the amount of gain applied to the signal.
- Crunch – Applies distortion with more emphasis on the high frequencies.
- HP/LP: If the signal becomes too bottom or high heavy due to extreme distortion, use this filter to mold the distortion to your liking.
Note: For FL Studio users, if you hear too much distortion when using the Clip distortion (to the point where the signal is still distorting at 0% wetness), you can do the following:
- Go to ‘Detailed settings’ > ‘VST wrapper settings’ > Enable ‘Use fixed-size buffers’ > Select ‘Yes’ at the prompt.