Adding some color, sculpting and flavouring the basic, raw instrument sound, being it a guitar or a synth, is a very important thing. What is guitar sound without amp, or a synth without a fat channel strip of a good mixing console?..
Unfortunately, most modern mixers/consoles or channel strips works good only in “repairing”, almost surgical mode — good to cut unwanted resonances, to make levels more сonstant…trying to “push” them — and you’re failed, unpleasant overdrive is all you’ve got.
No wonder that there’s such a big demand on a “vintage-styled” hardware. But vintage became boring too. How can everybody use the same stuff?
Colored amplification/sound sculpting devices are the key to the good sound, a key to more interesting, rich sounding, more textured music (electronic music especially).
Just look at the guitar amps world for example — plenty of flavours to choose from!
Zvukofor color amps are inspired by an old (often tube) musical equipment, when the gear was working more like a musical instrument rather than engineering stuff, so musicians could really “grab a knob” and get the sound they want. Less numbers, more psychoacoustic goodies.
CSM Color Amp
Coloring amplifier – DI-box. Almost a channel strip.
Inspired by an old instrument tube amps and old small mixers.
Powered by +48V phantom (just like any DI-box) or from USB — any phone charger or laptop or even powerbank, just use USB-B cable (as for MIDI keyboards or printers).
– symmetry control on fattening character (balancing harmonics)
– 4 saturation modes for a lot of variations on drive character
– passive 3-band EQ, very musical and really character-changing
– output tape-style soft-clipping limiter
– built-in DI-box, based on old schematics from ’70s, like a cherry on top.
I’ve always thought it would be great to hear a device demo using my own instruments, or sound samples/sequences/whatever.
So, here we go — now you can send me an audio you want to run through an amp, and i’ll send you back it already treated, on different modes, with comments. Isn’t it great?