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Presenting: Dynamic Distortion.

Looking for a plugin to add beef to your soft-synths, grime to your drums, or body to your bass?

Originally designed as a high-gain amplifier for VA synths, The Marauder is a boutique distortion plugin providing a unique workflow for adding wear, heft and grit. Going beyond naive waveshaping methods, the core of the Marauder is configurable distortion model with colourful interplay between its four gain stages.

Inspired by feedback compressor designs, an envelope balances the input stage between two amplifier models, each with a distinct flavour. A crossover filter feeds the highs through a dedicated signal path for tonal control.

Signal routing throughout the plugin features a meticulously balanced feedback network, resulting in subtle interplay between the overdrive characteristics of the various gain stages – ensuring just the right amount of unpredictability.

Best of all, The Marauder is free. We’re working on a retail version which will have some extra goodies, but the basic version is free – and always will be.


The Time Domain Model (T.D.M.) is a physically modelled output stage , adding vibe, presence and colour; yet capable of near square-wave saturation. The Beta version has one built in model – but the retail version will feature multiple swappable models.

Basic Workflow

Start with “Mix” on the T.D.M. module at zero.

Work the “Drive” and “Sens” knobs to get some activity on the A/B meter.

When the meter is bouncing, experiment with the Gain A and Gain B knobs to manipulate the distortion characteristics. Work “Attack” and “Decay” like a compressor.

Twist the “HF Model knob” to mix brightness of the signal as desired.

The “Drive” knob introduces overdrive as well and can be used for extra dirt

Work the T.D.M. by bringing up the “Mix”, while tweaking the amount of T.D.M. “Drive” and “Profile” to get different speaker-sim style effects.


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