Pretty sounds live alongside freakish modulations in a phaser, flanger, and filter combo with super-impressive range.

Fantastic range of phase, flange, and filter tones that span conventional and radical sounds. Cool, practical, and functional trip switch. Beautiful design.

Some tones tend toward metallic, which might put off classicists.


Death By Audio Disturbance


Somehow I sense that the Death By Audio team would appreciate that I wrote the review for their new Disturbance on the day I got a root canal. Dental drills whirring, bright lights, and flying spittle—this is the stuff of many DBA products. Yet the ominously named Disturbance—which manages to be a phaser, flanger, auto wah, and a sort of cocked-wah filter all in one—is actually capable of sounds that fall squarely in the category of beautiful. And like almost all DBA effects, it’s also capable of radical and jarring tones. Its ability to span these extremes is the Disturbance’s strength.

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Separate, stackable custom-voiced circuits make a strong and crunchy case for two being better than one.

Recorded direct into Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface into GarageBand.
Clip 1: Channel 1: gain 2 o’clock, tone 12 o’clock, level 1 o’clock. Channel 2 (engaged at :20 to :30): gain 2 o’clock, tone 11 o’clock, level 3 o’clock, freq 2 o’clock, sub level 4 o’clock.
Clip 2: Channel 1: gain 12 o’clock, tone 2 o’clock, level 2 o’clock. Channel 2 (engaged at :20 to :40): gain 12 o’clock, tone 3 o’clock, level 3 o’clock, freq 12 o’clock, sub level 12 o’clock.


Dual distortion circuits. LED position markers. Variety of distortion flavors. Gain dials have balanced/even sweep.

A bit pricey if both distortions aren’t being utilized.


Fender Trapper Bass Distortion


Ease of Use:


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Here's how to clean up low-end mud and add definition to mixes.

Welcome back to the Dojo. This time we're going to look at the mighty high-pass filter (HPF) and how you can use it to clear out muddy, low-end frequency build-up in your mix, and get more separation between your guitars, bass, and kick drum.

A high-pass filter does exactly what the name implies: It attenuates the low frequencies while allowing the higher frequencies to “pass through" and be heard. You can find HPFs in many different places, but the best place to look is an EQ (either analog or digital). All DAWs come with EQs, so put one on your track and follow along.

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