FXpansion Releases Maul — Multi-band Distortion and Tone Shaper
September 26, 2012 by Gabriel Lamorie
The new plugin Maul from FXpansion looks like an all around multi-band saturation plugin – covering any type of distortion from light tone shaping to heavy digital/tube distortion. On top of that, Maul also includes a modulation system/matrix to allow for another level of customization for the user’s tones.
Maul can be yours today for the introductory price of $70 for registered owners of other select FXpansion products (or for customers purchasing Maul at the same time of those select products) until October 31st 2012. Otherwise, Maul is available for $99 MSRP. So far, Maul is easily one of the more affordable multi-band saturation plugins.
Here is what FXpansion says about their new baby:
“FXpansion is proud to present Maul: a multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plugin with advanced modulation. Maul is suited to all music requiring powerful sound-sculpting abilities – everything from subtle warming and loudness generation to shredding distortion and experimental creative effects.
Maul features 3 separate drive stages, each of which can act on a different frequency range with any of 32 distortion types. The available algorithms include DCAM-modelled germanium diode, tube and transistor-based circuits, clippers, overdrives, waveshapers of various kinds and bit-crushing devices for digital distortion flavours. Each drive stage also features control over transient-shaping, saturation circuitry and additional post-process tone filtering.
The built-in TransMod modulation system allows you to animate Maul’s parameters with the internal LFOs, envelope follower and sample & hold devices as well as with external MIDI note input. This turns Maul into an extremely flexible device capable of dynamic filter patterns, rhythmic gating effects with extra bite, loudness and harmonic excitation effects and wild, dynamic distortion that can transform your audio.
- 3-band creative distortion and tone-shaping device
- DCAM-modelled circuits, clippers, waveshapers, overdrive, bitcrushing and more
- Additional per-band transient-shaping control
- Saturation circuitry modelling
- 2x oversampling with 4x Hi Def mode for extremely high quality
- Advanced TransMod modulation and MIDI note control
- Built-in MIDI Learn for plugin controls
- 32-bit and 64-bit support”
- VST, AU and RTAS plugin formats on Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6.2 or higher”