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Top 4 Bit Crusher VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 4 VST plugins Bit Crusher according to PluginBoutique.

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  1. Decimort 2
  2. Bite + FREE Slappy
  3. Pixelator
  4. Bitcrush Snapin

1. Decimort 2

by D16 Group

Decimort 2

Decimort recreates the colouration and adds the vintage sampler’s magic to any sound

Decimort recreates the colouration and adds the vintage sampler’s magic to any sound.

Electronic music (especially Hip-Hop) producers have long been aware that classic samplers (such as early Akai and E-MU units) had a character and sound all their own: they added a “grit” and “colour” to the samples and loops they played back which made them sound “fat” and sit well in a mix. This sound colouration was due to the encoding techniques, lower sample rate and bit depth, and conversion circuits used by these early samplers. Decimort recreates this colouration and adds that vintage sampler magic back to any loop, any bassline, or any sound played through it for that matter! Beyond vintage sampler emulation, it’s also the perfect bit-crusher with filter, capable of extreme settings for dramatic results.

The highest quality low-quality effect you can buy

While this tagline may seem like an oxymoron on the surface, allow us to explain: the Decimort effect unit (available as part of the SilverLine collection of plugins from D16) is a premium grade bit crusher and sample rate reducer with some highly unconventional features. The advanced signal processing algorithms within Decimort simulate the complex behaviour of the entire sampling path that exists in every AD/DA converter, and with version 2 comes far greater control over the process!

Decimort has zero internal aliasing—in fact, the only aliasing present is the emulated aliasing of the classic samplers we modelled when creating it. Unwelcome artefacts are completely absent in the processed signal: only the desirable, modelled ones remain.

More control than any other effect of this type

Decimort isn’t just another bitcrusher with only bit resolution and sampling frequency to tweak; in fact, it provides far more advanced features than you likely could have ever expected from an effect of this kind, all implemented in stunning quality:

  • Two optional anti-alias filters – A very steep low-pass pre-filter (Approximative Filter) coupled with the resampling frequency that removes all harmonic content above it, ensuring no aliasing will appear below this frequency in the spectrum. A further post filter (Image filter), also synchronized with the resampler, gives control over the amount of aliasing images appearing above resampling frequency when enabled.
  • Adjustable Jitter – An unprecedented feature in the bit crusher’s world which introduces short-period, random fluctuations to the resampling frequency, thus making the process even more sonically interesting by producing a type of harmonic distortion you’ve likely never heard in this context.
  • Two quantization methods – Two available quantization methods; the mid-raiser and mid-tread decimation algorithms, each of them characterized by a drastically different dynamics response.
  • Controllable dithering – Dithering was conceptually developed as a means to reduce audible quantization errors by masking the harmonic distortions they cause. We added controllable dithering to increase the number of ways in which you can (mal)treat the sound.

All this adds up to a very powerful and musical tool which is not only another creativity-releasing item for your arsenal but one that gives you the ability to emulate classic sampling units in-the-box; now with even greater precision through access to a variety of parameters unavailable up till now in effects of this type!

Two in one

Decimort is also equipped with analogue-like filters with adjustable resonance that allow further sculpting of the signal. These can be used to smooth the sound or remove sonic artefacts introduced into the signal path by the modelling process to your taste.

Key Features

  • Ultra accurate resampling algorithm (ADC emulation, no harmonics above 22kHz)
  • Approximative (pre) filter and Image (post) filter, both conjugated with resampler
  • Adjustable jitter
  • Quantization with controlled dithering
  • Two quantization methods (mid-raiser, mid-tread)
  • Analogue-like filters with adjustable resonance and cutoff
  • Tag-based preset browser
  • Two alternative GUI sizes
  • MIDI-learn functionality throughout
  • 64bit internal processing
  • No unwanted harmonic distortions at the output

System Requirements

Windows PC

  • OS version Win 7, Win 8, Win 10
  • CPU 2.0 Ghz with SSE (Multicore system 2.4 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software VST / AAX compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac OS X

  • OS version 10.7 and later
  • CPU Intel based 2.0 Ghz (2.4 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software AU / VST / AAX compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Please note: This is not a standalone program – a host application (DAW) is required to use it.

 


2. Bite + FREE Slappy

by denise

Bite + FREE Slappy

Bruise, break and crush to get that LoFi house-techno, industrial and IDM sound, but with full control and an analog edge. Sink your teeth into our new plugin!

Features

  • Transitions continuously from 32-bit all the way down to 1-bit. For smooth automation with surgical precision.
  • Use the analog control to go from harsh and digital to subtle with a warm tone.
  • Full control over the frequency range you want to crush. Preserve the low end and color your sound.
  • Use on a bus of full mix with the link button to retain the stereo image.

The denise Bite is a flexible bit-crusher plugin for adding subtle and not-so-subtle digital style distortion to your tracks. It has been designed to transition smoothly from 32-bit all the way down to 1-bit, and has a continuous ‘analog’ control that softens the digital edges caused by the quantization process. Together with its variable-slope multiband setup and stereo link option, the denise Bite is a smooth and versatile tool that combines best of both the analog and the digital realm

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Use Cases

1. “You like the sound of a particular synth lead or pad, but it sounds very clean and using regular saturation and distortion sounds nasty.” Many synthesis-based virtual instruments sound very clean and therefore lack character. The denise Bite allows you to add subtle noisy distortion to your tracks in a more musical way than you can with regular saturation or distortion

2. “You are trying to distort a noisy track or ambient recording, but saturation and distortion have little effect.” Tracks that mostly consist of noise or ambient sounds like rain or wind are difficult to distort with traditional distortion. The denise Bite lets you distort even a pure noise-signal, getting it to cut through the mix with ease

3. “Your mix, bus or vocal track lacks character but you don’t know how to add that typical lo-fi gritty sound.” Lowering the bit depth of a track can instantly get you that typical lo-fi sound, but a regular Bite usually sounds overly harsh and uncontrolled. The denise Bite lets you reduce your track’s bit depth gradually, smooth out any digital edges and control it’s colour and stereo image. Especially when using the Bite in parallel it is capable of producing extremely gentle and predictable noise and distortion.

System Requirements

  • OSX: VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows: VST, VST3, AAX

3. Pixelator

by Joey Sturgis Tones

Pixelator

Manipulate your sound

Audio resolution manipulator for sound design and destruction. This plugin was created with producers, sound designers, and musicians in mind and allows you to create low-resolution audio and bit crushed sound through a variety of modes each with different sonic characteristics.

Includes

  • Audio Plugin (single user license)
  • Manual

System Requirements

  • Windows (32 & 64 bit): VST2, VST3, AAX, RTAS
  • Mac OSX (32 & 64 bit): VST2, VST3, AU, AAX, RTAS
  • A computer with Intel or AMD compatible processor, Windows or Mac OSX operating system, and a compatible DAW installed (check which plugin formats your DAW supports). This plugin does NOT operate as a standalone!

Please Note: The RTAS specification does not provide 64 bit support.


4. Bitcrush Snapin

by kiloHearts

Bitcrush Snapin

Bitcrush: Simulate Lo-Fi Sound Sources

When nostaliga hits, Bitcrush can bring you back to the digital hardware of times past. It simulates the audio being played back using a low quality sampler with limited sample rate and bit depth. Mm, crunchy.

What’s a Snapin?

This plugin is a “snapin”. That means you can use it as a regular VST/AU plugin, or you can use it with our snapin hosts Multipass and Snap Heap where you can combine effects in amazing ways.

System Requirements

These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage willincrease accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.

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