Audio Damage Intros Grind, ‘A Powerhouse Of Audio Warfare’

Audio Damage has introduced Grind, a new distortion effect, for Mac & Windows, that is designed to offer everything from subtle tube-style saturation to full-on mangled wavetable distortion.

Grind consists of three main blocks:

  • Wavetable lookup, in to algorithmic saturation/distortion/, and finally to a multi-mode filter. The wavetable module uses the amplitude of the incoming signal to replace the sample with one from 15 different linearly-interpolated wavetables, chosen for their mangling potential. Window size and phase controls provide further tone-shaping possibilities.
  • The next stop is the algorithm module, with eleven different distortion and saturation algorithms, from simple soft-knee saturation on up to full on sine warping.
  • After this, the signal passes through a multi-mode filter stage, with eleven different filter models to choose from, including “vintage digital” versions from the early days of plugin development, on up to our modern analog-modeled MS20-style lowpass and highpass synth filters. A tempo-synced LFO provides motion for the filter frequency, and a final stage of soft clipping and DC filtering tames the output.

Audio Demos:

Listen to the album “AD035 Grind Audio Demos” by Audio Damage.

Pricing and Availability

Grind is available now for Mac & Windows (VST/AU/AAX) for US $49.

5 thoughts on “Audio Damage Intros Grind, ‘A Powerhouse Of Audio Warfare’

  1. I was ready to hate this, but I don’t. Sounds really cool. Fifty beans isn’t too much to ask.

    Not really my cup of tea, but it is impressive.

    I’m not clear on what the wavetable thing is doing. The distortion sounds pretty shredding. A post distortion filter is essential.

    1. The wavetable thing is just a table lookup. As in, if you feed it a sawtooth it’ll spit out the exact waveform in the table. Feed it something else and you’ll get something else.

      The distortion FX in Serum has a wavetable lookup, and the WMD Geiger Counter and a few Eurorack modules also do similar things.

      You can use it to just change the curvature and saturate the signal, or go crazy with it depending entirely on what’s in the table.

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