Thank God It's Free - Ep. 02

Camel Audio CamelCrusher - Free Coloring Multi-Effect Plugin

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Hey, welcome to the second episode of "Thank God It's Free," our weekly series where I show you the best free plugins to edit your samples.

Today I'm going to show you a famous free coloring multi-effect plugin, called "CamelCrusher." 🐪

If you have been producing for a few years, you will surely have heard of it, and maybe you already use it.

If you don't know it yet, you need to try it.

"CamelCrusher" is a versatile 'coloring' multi-effect created by Camel Audio.

It offers two different distortion sounds which can be blended together to create a wide variety of tones and textures.

It's great for basses, guitars, drums, and more. It also has an easiest-to-use compressor you'll find anywhere.

It can "phatten" up your sound as quickly as you can turn up the "Amount" knob!

You can download "CamelCrusher" here. 👈

In the video below, I tried every native presets on a bass sample from our sample pack, "Revolt."

As you can see, each preset acts differently on the sample. You can use them as great starting points to develop the sound you want.

Or you can use the "Randomize" button and try your luck. 😉

Below I wrote a quick overview of every module to understand how to get the most of this plugin. 💪

"CamelCrusher" features three different effect modules (Distortion, Filter, and Compressor) and a "Master" module.

On/off switches: One feature that all three effect modules have in common is a small, blue "On" button, which can be used to toggle the module on or off.

When the 'On' button is illuminated, the module is active. When the "On" button is dimmed, the module is switched off and has no effect on the sound.

Distortion: There are two different distortion types, and each has its own "Amount" knob. The different types are not exclusive, so you can use varying amounts of all four at once.

"Tube" provides a warm and musical, analog-style overdrive, while "Mech" is a bit nastier (hint: it's great for booming kick drums).

Filter: The Filter module provides a powerful resonant filter. This is what's known as a low-pass filter. It allows frequencies below the cutoff point to pass while rejecting other frequencies.

"Cutoff" sets the filter cutoff point in Hz.

"Resonance" is an effect where the frequencies immediately surrounding the filter cutoff point (see above) are emphasized or boosted.

This is particularly effective when the cutoff point is modulated or "swept" (e.g., by a MIDI controller), as it emphasizes the movement in the sound.

Compressor: Compression works by decreasing a signal's dynamic range (the difference between the highest-volume and lowest-volume parts of the sound), thereby delivering more perceived "loudness" at the same relative volume.

CamelCrusher's compressor is deceptively simple; behind the scenes lies a sophisticated and responsive soft-limiting compressor algorithm, modeled after the classic analog compressor designs renowned in-studio folklore.

There are two parameters: "Amount" controls the amount of compression applied to the sound and thus the apparent loudness.

Turn the "Phat Mode" button off for 'smoother' results when working with clean signals (e.g., clean guitar sounds) to avoid occasional "crackles" at high levels.

Master: The Master module has three parameters: "On" is a toggle switch much like the on/off switches in the effects modules.

However, switching the Master module off has the effect of completely bypassing CamelCrusher, so that only the dry, unprocessed signal is heard.

"Volume" allows you to adjust the overall level of CamelCrusher's output. If the output level meter in the main display shows the signal clipping, you can reduce the volume slightly until it stops.

"Mix" allows you to adjust the wet/dry balance of CamelCrusher's output. You'll probably most often want to hear just the wet, processed output, and so should set the "Mix" knob all the way to the right.

Sometimes, however, it can be useful to mix in a little of the dry, untreated signal. Turn the "Mix" knob to the left to adjust the balance in favor of the dry signal.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at federico@keep-it-sample.com. 🤘

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