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GCD Pack

Graphical multiband compression / distortion / mastering. Chock-full-o-math

(287 Votes)
Chris List
1.2 (Updated 14 years ago)
3.0MB
August 11, 2003
Reaktor 5 or lower
Effect Other

DESCRIPTION

Gain Control (a haiku)...
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see lines on a graph
moving points my ears respond
gain became my friend!
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G-C/D, a Graphical Compressor / Distortion

A graphical multiband compression / distortion instrument that's modeled loosely on the distortion effect in Soundforge. This is definitely not the best way to do things cpu-wise if all you're looking for is saturation/distortion, but it allows you to do a whole lot more - compression, expansion, limiting etc.
It gives you very fine control over the transfer-curve of input gain vs out by using a system of point plotting in an XY grid. The transfer function can be set to either linear or forth-order polynomial (algebra galore, yeah baby!).

Uses slightly less CPU than Flatblaster with all options on, but isn't really a mastering-tool in the strictest sense (but can definitely be used as one). More for going to the outer limits of mastering. Most of the settings are a bit on the extreme side, but simple single-band compression can be done as well.

Comes with a separate ensemble with a simple one-channel distortion instrument, and all instruments are broken out into separate files.

Notes for v1.1:
- File is version 4.03! You must have the patch installed to use!
- Improved performance / lower cpu across the board
- Added mute / solo / bypass buttons for each channel
- Added a limit to the polynomial transfer to keep wild curves from going above +12dB (still very loud so be careful!)
- Added modulation of the curve points to the distortion instrument.
- Structure cleanup, more/better comments, smaller panel size.

- Added plug-in only version for Session users who cannot change the structure

Enjoy,
Chris

clist@mindspring.com

COMMENTS  (24)

sohrab motabar
9 years ago
2005 ??? five years ago ??? Greattt !!! Thanks
spencer b
11 years ago
Too Good! i wish i picked this up earlier. thanks for sharing it, it's pure quality.
Clifton Cameron
11 years ago
Unique in every regard and astounding in every other. Excellent tool. Thank You
arachnaut
12 years ago
Very impressive, I can hardly imagine how much time was spent designing this.
frederic dutertre
13 years ago
good good!!!
michael huckaby
13 years ago
sick design and really useful. 10 / 10 ! mike huckaby - detroit
Markus Wierschin
14 years ago
Super Gail, thanks!!!!
Jason Corder
14 years ago
holy crapoly - instant texture on anything! i think im deaf in one ear now though...
Mourinet Luke
14 years ago
The GCD rocks our world, best disto fx i've heard so far
wilfried thierry
14 years ago
one of the best distortion effetcs i've seen, thanks !
Dan Pasare
15 years ago
Great.
Paul Z
15 years ago
Magic.
Jens Focke
16 years ago
from dust to industrial !!!! cool.
Chris List
16 years ago
You must have Reaktor v4.03 to use these ensembles/instruments! Patch is available on the Update section of this web site.
Leonides Virata
16 years ago
where is the patch to use the file?
john mcCaig
16 years ago
HOLLY SHIT. you win. hands down.
Phil Durrant
16 years ago
the updates have made this a reaktor classic. i will use the GC/D distortion a lot in my live gigs. there are now some great source/destination modulation routings that make this really flexible. fantastic.
Chris List
16 years ago
Thanks guys! Yes, as Ben discovered, the "Smooth" knobs work like a combined Attack/Release. Settings from 50%...Max for the Smooth knob are the same as a "Normal" compressor's attack/release settings.
Benjamin Suthers
16 years ago
you do. what a maths masterpiece. please ignore my previous comments. you already did it.
Ingo Zobel
16 years ago
chris, you rock :-)
Benjamin Suthers
16 years ago
hang on - what I really actually think attack/release time would be is a crossfade on the co-efficients from a linear thing to the polynomials based on a rectified level.
Benjamin Suthers
16 years ago
oh dear. you've certainly upped the ante there chris! well done! best distortion unit I've seen for Reaktor for a long time! now, can you smooth the co-efficients of the polynomials based on attack/release time style parameters? maybe a lag generator on the co-efficients to slow down the response? might make it more of a mastering package.
Mike Woloszyn
16 years ago
10 points for Chris. It´s great!!!!
Thomas Watson
16 years ago
A tool no distorsion fan can do without! Thanks for the bangin' frequencies :-)
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