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British Kolorizer is a saturation/distortion plugin from Taiwanese startup, Master Tones, and is available for free for a limited time (usually $149).
Created using a bespoke engine called Ariosa, Bristih Kolorizer uses a mixture of digital signal processing (DSP), machine learning (ML) and deep neural networks (DL). This approach means that rather than emulating the circuitry of a piece of hardware, it analyses the sound profile and emulates those characteristics digitally.
Controls are kept nice and simple, with the UI made up of just three control knobs - fat, bright and mix - and an output slider. Fat affects low-frequencies and bright affects high frequencies, offering weight and clarity, respectively. The plugin comes with 10 presets aimed at vocals, bass, guitar, strings, snare as well as magic - we've yet to get to the bottom of just what that one does!
While our time spent experimenting with the plugin was short, it was easy to get instant results making it the perfect addition to a beginners plugin library. Given that it's usually $149, it's also a great deal to take advantage of.
British Kolorizer is available for Windows and macOS (VST3, AU) and can be downloaded for free using the link below until 17th June, 2021.
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