In this second Blue Cat Destructor article our friends at Blue Cat Audio interview Sink, who was part of the beta testing team for Blue Cat’s Destructor. Sink created many of the factory presets for the Destructor plug-in.
This article is going to focus on using the Destructor plug-in in electronic music instead of guitar amp applications. The amp simulator capabilities of Destructor is one aspect of the Destructor. Read on to hear how Destructor can be used in more general contexts.
Sink is a French electronic musician, producer, composer with over 15 years experience in, playing live shows, releasing music on various labels, mixing bands, recording and producing samples, and getting involved in VST plugins development.
Sink's tastes are broad covering ambient to chiptune, electro-acoustic music to drum & bass, post-rock to acid.
What Is Your Primary Use Of Destructor?
Destructor is so versatile that there is no such "primary use" I can use it to add color and presence to a dull track, to fatten up a buss, to mangle layers of audio or on the master buss to make the song punchier and warmer.
When working fully in the box and mixing to tight schedules Destructor can be very useful to process virtual instruments as it gives VIs a more analog sound (may it be tube, tape, OTA sound… you name it).
What Makes Destructor Different From Other Distortion Plug-ins?
Destructor is an all-in-one approach. It is very handy to have a compressor and a pre-emphasis EQ before the distortion section. It really helps me to shape things more easily and it makes the workflow great.
What Is Your Favorite Destructor Feature?
I don’t know, maybe the all-in-one approach or the great attention to detail. Being able to shape the distortion curve to taste and dial in just the right amount of drive is great, but the dual pre/post EQ sections are in fact as much a part of the core sound than the distortion curve itself. The many GUI styles are also great and can be useful when you have several instances as you can spot the one you need to edit more easily.
What Is Your Typical Workflow When Designing A Tone With Destructor?
I like to experiment, so there is no typical workflow. Sometimes I will just tame peaks using the compressor and use some smooth subtractive EQ before reaching the saturation unit. I do this by starting with a soft clipper curve but I also like to get carried away with tweaking. It can also be fun to draw a random curve, slap a comb filter on and listen to the results.
Is There A Particular Type Of Instrument Or Sound That You Like To Alter With Destructor?
Drum machines and analog synths mainly. Destructor is quite flexible and can do lots of things.
What Have You Used Destructor For Already?
I have been using Destructor for months. I tried it on every project I was working on while I was beta testing. Mixing, mastering, sample creation… It has been used to beef up or mangle basslines, distort drums, make tracks louder…
Have You Experienced Any Unexpected Applications Of Destructor?
Like with any other distortion plug-in I noticed that the final sound depends highly on the input source. A preset created using one drum loop can sound very different when tried on a drum loop of another kind. But that is the very core nature of distortion. Distortion can be very different from one session to another.
Any Advice For First Time Users Of Destructor?
Try the presets and take your time to discover all of the Destructor features. Don’t be fooled by the "guitar amp sim" first look. Destructor can be great in so many other scenarios that it is not just another amp sim but a true sonic toolbox.
Download The Destructor Free Trial
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