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Electronic music producers (especially in Hip-Hop) have always been aware that classic samplers (such as early Akai and EMU units) had a character and sound of their own. They added a "grit" and "colour" to the samples and loops they played back which made them sound "Fat" and sit well in a mix.
This sound colouration was due to the encoding techniques, lower sample rates, lower bit rate and conversion circuits which these early samplers used.
Decimort recreates this colouration and adds the vintage sampler magic to any loop, bass line or sound played through it. It also acts as the perfect bit crusher with filter.
Low quality sometimes is desired
The Decimort effect unit is from the SilverLine collection of plugins. It is a premium grade bit crusher. The complex and advanced signal processing algorithms within Decimort simulate the behaviour of the whole sampling path which exists in every AD/DA converter.
Decimort has no internal aliasing. The only aliasing effect present in the system is the modelled aliasing of the classic samplers we modelled when creating it. Undesired artefacts are not present in the processed signal. Only wanted artefacts remain. A further very steep low-pass filter, synchronised to the signal frequency, can be applied at the end of the signal path to absolutely ensure that no unwanted out-of-band signals remain.
Two in one
Decimort is also equipped with analog like filters with adjustable resonance that allow further sculpting of the signal. These can be used to smooth the sound or remove more of the sonic artefacts introduced into the signal path by the modelling process.
Decimort can process the right and left channels of a stereo signal completely independently. This allows all path parameters to be set differently for each channel. This can be used, for example, to create the impression of a wider stereo stage.
Alternatively, both channels can be linked to set path parameters to the same value for both right and left channels.
Decimation algorithms comparision
D16's ADC emulation algorithm allows to remove all unwanted harmonics, leaving only desired artefacts (images and aliasing, that usually appear during sampling process in classic AD/DA converters).
Sine 914Hz, decimation about 3.6kHz.
Working in higher sampling frequencies
Working with higher sampling frequencies in DAW, Decimort doesn't produce harmonics above 22kHz (max nyquist value for resampler).
Sampling frequency 192kHz, sine 858Hz, decimation about 3.6kHz.
It is possible to use Decimort in a CD mastering process if there's necessity of downsampling final mix to 44kHz.
Drum loop resampled (192kHz to 44kHz).
Promo material about Decimort
» All our testing can be summed up quickly: the SilverLine series is outstanding and unique in sound quality. – you might have realized this by our kind of passionate writing as well. [...] your production will get a lot more precious character with these – in fact, that’s all SilverLine is about: giving a special touch to the sound, not being just another standard plugin series. «
» Was die Bandbreite an Klängen und deren Qualität angeht, gibt es auf dem Markt kaum einen Bitcrusher, der es mit Decimort aufnehmen kann. Gerade bei extremen Werten weiß das Plug-in mit einem ausgewogenen Klang zu überzeugen, der digital, aber nicht hart, klingt. «
Sound On Sound, June 2009
» Silver Line effects and processors stand out from the crowd of vintage emulations. D16 appear to be less interested in your classic Neves and Pultecs, and more in the design quirks and technological limitations that gave older electronic instruments their individual qualities [...] These plug-ins offer something that is authentically 'vintage' yet also rather different from the bulk of what's out there. «
Beat, Mai 2009
» Decimort beherrscht sämtliche Disziplinen zwischen dem dezenten Aufrauen von Signalen bis hin zum absoluten Bit-Massaker und eignet sich hervorragend zur Emulation des Klangs klassischer Sampler. «
» So how does DECIMORT sound? In a word: great. It’ll spit at you, shred your drums into aliased shrieks, transform your synth lines into Justice-style bit-crunched nightmares, give your vocals a robotic crackle, and just generally make anything you feed into sound wonderfully lo-fi. (read whole review) «
» Decimort är en användbar plugg för att ge ljudet både en svag doft av gammal hårdvara och brutal attityd. Bland inställningarna hittar vi emuleringar av Emulator, FZ-1, MPC, EPS och gamla hemdatorn C64. «
Wusik Magazine, February 2009
» Armed with the decimator, multimode resonant filter and a preamp to boot I don't see why this cool little plug-in couldn't be used for various applications. I mean, Decimort is not purposely built for drums only, although lo-fi drums can be a real treat. I urge users to try to manipulate audio in any possible with it. (read whole review) «
Computer Music, (133) November 2008
» Decimort really does sound like crusty old digital gear, though whether you actually think this is 'better' is a matter of taste. «
» The Decimort crushes everything to bits, but in a organic, musical way. Highly recommended. «
It's not a standalone program so you need a host application to use it.
Anti-alias lowpass filter efficiency
Each of examples below consists of two pictures: top - wet signal, bottom - dry signal.
Sine 701Hz, decimation about 3.6kHz, Anti-alias lowpass filter off.
Sine 701Hz, decimation about 3.6kHz, Anti-alias lowpass filter on.
Sine 1679Hz (near resampling nyquist frequency), decimation about 3.6kHz, Anti-alias lowpass filter off.
Sine 1679Hz (near resampling nyquist frequency), decimation about 3.6kHz, Anti-alias lowpass filter on.
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