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I'm looking for a plugin that can model more extreme distortion effects such as the gain clipping you would hear when an unprotected mic gets hit by a gust of wind, or craps out from someone screaming into it. I'm talking something that will really mangle the audio in a unique way. Does any such thing exist?

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Ohmicide from Ohm Force is specifically made to provide over-the-top distortion effects. Available as 32/64-bit Audio Unit, VST, and RTAS.

  • I second Ohmicide. It can be a bit unwieldy but it certainly does destroy sound! It's hit or miss but sometimes the results are gold. Oh, and thanks for posting an actual "sound design" questions! – Jay Jennings Feb 10 '16 at 19:41
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Fabfilter saturn does a lot of nasty distortion like the rectify or destroy programs. And it's also a multiband proccesor giving you lots of nice costumization effects

It's avaiable as 64 and 32 bit VST. I don't know about mac but i think it's AU.

It alsohase a mono version that comes with it when you buy it as well as sidechain capable versions for both mono and normal(stereo) versions

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Bad Buss Mojo is an option too! It's actually a clipper. Go full mix and non-linear and play with the controls.

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