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Audiority has released Dr Drive, a freeware modern overdrive guitar pedal effect in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for compatible DAW applications on PC and Mac.
Dr Drive is an analog-modeled overdrive pedal plugin developed by Audiority. It is released in celebration of Audiority’s 10th anniversary. The plugin’s design and features are inspired by the Precision Drive overdrive pedal manufactured by Horizon Devices.
The interface design looks very similar to the original Precision Drive pedal. There are four knobs (Drive, Level, Attack, Bright) and a bypass switch for turning the effect on or off. The plugin also features a mix knob, a preset manager, and a noise gate, which is always handy in a guitar effect. Last but not least, the interface comes in three different sizes, which should be more than enough to accommodate most types of displays.
Another cool feature is the randomize button, which sets all parameters to random values. This can be fun if you want to try different guitar tones quickly without tweaking each knob manually.
As for the sound, I’m not a guitar pedal expert by any means, but Dr Drive sounded very good to my ears. It’s exactly what I’d expect to hear from an analog-modeled distortion pedal. The control layout is intuitive, and the plugin is a joy to use overall.
Check out the demo video below to hear the Dr Drive overdrive plugin in action:
To download your free copy of Dr Drive, add it to your shopping cart and complete the checkout process. It’s worth pointing out that, although user account registration isn’t necessary to complete the checkout, you will need to register before downloading the plugin. Be sure to same the same email address that you used in the shopping cart, and the plugin will be available in your user account after completing the registration.
Dr Drive is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Only 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
More info:Dr Drive(3.68 MB download size, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & macOS)
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