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SOUNDSPOT Ravage £49

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Distortion has become quite the in-demand and in-vogue effect across a wide variety of genres. It can be used in any genre, from helping to provide more low-end attitude in dance music, through to its more traditional rock applications. Thrown on any instrument, too, from snappy drumbreaks to bass to vocals, distortion can add many flavours and enhancements. Ravage offers you a taste of all of those distortion flavours and, until you’ve used it, you might not have realised quite what a wide a variety of distortions there are.

Ravage breaks it down into six big distortions: Digital (anything from subtle hiss to screaming fuzz); Tube (screaming to noise); Diode (a potentially melodic broken bitcrush); Lin Fold (a sort of crushed Tube); Zero SQ (bitty and blippy) and finally, Rectify (broken and buzzy). Those are vague descriptions and, to be fair, they change according to the sounds you put through Ravage. The best thing to do is choose one sound and then simply click through all six to hear what each does.

Above the six distortions, you get a semi-circular grid that indicates pan position and also tells you where in your frequency spectrum the bulk of your distortion sits – useful if you want to keep it away from certain other parts. Indeed, if you do, the hi- and lo-pass controls beneath will come to your aid. These sit with Drive, Input and Output controls to help tame your signal. There’s also an Auto switch by the Output dial to try and compensate, should you go wild with the input controls. Two further sliders – Destroy and Dark/Bright – do what their names imply, the former being particularly pleasing as it heaps more distortion onto everything!

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The first issue of MusicTech of 2019 is on sale now! This issue we’ve compiled the very best advice, insight, tips and general music making wisdom from our archive of interviewees to arm you with all the knowledge you need to enhance your compositions this year. We’ve also got the first part of a massive guide to scoring and orchestration, interviews with The Streets’ keyboardist Mike Patrick and industry innovators Aston Microphones, a huge review of Cubase Pro 10 and our usual mountain of tutorials, tips and guides. Enjoy the issue!