I get a lot of questions about what plugins and tools I like to use. In the coming posts we’ll be shedding some light on my favorite bits and pieces and how I use them. We’ll start with one of my favorite distortion plugins which is the Camel Audio CamelPhat.
I use distortion & saturation a lot. I reach for a few different plugins in different situations. The CamelPhat for me is a creative tool which I use when I want to come up with something completely different. It’s not just a distortion unit – it’s a multi effect plugin that is capable of producing a quite a varied array of sounds.
Remember the filthy distorted bassline on “League of Shadows”? That’s CamelPhat in action right there.
We also used CamelPhat to murk up the rest of the tune. CamelPhat has got a lovely gritty sound to it that sounds like nothing else out there.
CamelPhat 3 has several different modules that you can switch on or off: Two separate filter modules (with 3 simultaneous filters possible), Compression, Distortion (with 4 different modes that you can combine), Magic EQ (for enhancing the low end) and Flanger.
There is also a very cool X-Y modulation matrix which makes it quick to morph between different settings. It’s great for coming up with crazy automations. I also use the Mix knob a lot. It allows me to dial in just the right amount of effect.
One of my favorite parts of the plugin is the randomize-button, which completely randomizes all modules (except the ones that are switched off). I just love playing around with that to come up with something different, and then adjust the controls to get it right. The various presets are also great starting points.
CamelPhat can be used for adding some very subtle warmth or excitement, but personally I have other plugins I prefer to use for that (we’ll come to that stuff in later posts). For me this one is all about pushing the limits and being the mad scientist.
By the way – the filters in CamelPhat sound excellent and there are loads of different ones to play around with. They’ve recently added the filter types from their flagship synth plugin Alchemy too. So it’s worth mentioning that CamelPhat has become my go-to filter plugin as well.
To sum up in a few words: CamelPhat is just different and it sounds great. You can use it on just about anything. It’s fun to experiment with and easy to come up with great, unexpected results. That is probably the main reason it has become one of my “big guns”. It’s been around for a long time by now so the developers have had the time to iron out any kinks and really hone in on the things that make this plugin special.
CamelPhat is available for PC and Mac in VST, AU and RTAS formats and has 64-bit support.