Thermal

Interactive Distortion Plugin

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  1. Interactive Distortion FX Plugin
  2. Walkthrough
  3. Advanced Distortion
  4. Modulation, Effects, & Macros
  5. Our Favorite Presets
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Interactive Distortion Plugin

THERMAL makes it easy to experiment and dial in new distortion sounds. A user-friendly experience is key to controlling the deeply powerful, multi-stage engine.

More Than Distortion

Far beyond traditional multi-band distortion, THERMAL ignites creativity with limitless features like band split, which activates crossover filters for deeper frequency control.

Yes, You Can Distort That

Depending on the sound source, THERMAL intuitively guides you to the presets that really make it pop.

Eye-Popping XY Control

Effortlessly blend multiple distortion parameters with THERMAL’s circular XY macro, meticulously layered and totally customizeable. Not to mention, it looks pretty cool.

Never Break a Sweat

Less CPU usage gives you all the more reason to pour that hot sauce all over ARCADE, or any OUTPUT instrument, for maximum flavor.

Don't just take our word for it

“Finally, it’s the software distortion we’ve been waiting for. Thermal is distortion as actual sound design tool. Psycho killer, c’est précis.”

CDM

“THERMAL is a powerful plugin that sculpts sounds with precision. Whether a sound needs subtle coloration or transformative destruction, THERMAL can make it happen.”

Ramin Djawadi
Composer – Game of Thrones, Westworld, Iron Man

“THERMAL is the sort of inspiring sound-mangler you'll find yourself turning to whenever you need to overcome a creative roadblock.”

Future Music

“THERMAL instantly felt familiar, and it's amazing how well it can tighten and bring out the nuances in your sounds.”

Magnetic Mag

Key Features

  • 250+ presets for instant playability
  • A circular XY Control linked to distortion parameters
  • Multi-stage distortion and effects processing
  • Mid-Side and time-based width
  • 15+ custom distortion types
    9 built-in FX with an additional master compressor and filter
  • Value readout panel for better understanding of controls
  • Favoriting feature in Presets menu
  • Built-in Tool Tips on Advanced page

System Requirements

AAX, AU, VST, VST versions included
64 bit compatible (Mac)
Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
32 and 64 bit compatible (PC)
Windows 7 or later
At least 8 GB of RAM, 16 GB is recommended
At least 400 MB of free drive space

DAW Support

  • Ableton Live 9.2.2+ / 10.1 (Mac & PC: AU, VST)
  • Bitwig 1.3.9 + (Mac & PC: AU, VST)
  • Cubase 8 + (Mac & PC: VST)
  • Digital Performer 8 + (Mac & PC: AU, VST)*
  • FL Studio 12 + (PC: VST, VST3)
  • Garageband 10+ (AU)
  • Logic Pro 9+ (Mac: AU)
  • Native Instruments Maschine 2.4 + (Mac & PC: AU, VST)
  • Pro Tools 10.3.5 – 12 (Mac & PC: AAX)
  • Presonus Studio One 3.2.2 (Mac and PC: AU, VST, and VST3)
  • Propellerhead Reason 9.5+ (Mac & PC: VST)
  • Reaper (Mac: AU, VST)
  • Cakewalk by BandLab (PC: VST3)*

Product Manual

Download the product manual for THERMAL here.

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