Whether it’s that gritty rough edge, that in-your-face impact, or that final transparent boost you’re after, Dist OPAMP-21 delivers the full range of crisp, urgent, colorful distortion and saturation that you’ve been looking for.
in a few clicks
Sometimes a sound just needs a little ‘more’. Maybe it’s more volume, more detail, more sustain, more warmth, or more presence - whatever it is, you want ‘more’ of it. That’s where Dist OPAMP-21 comes in.
Reinvigorate any sound with the thrill of guitar amp presence, the harmonic depth of cascaded op-amp circuitry, and that elusive sense of ‘more’ that sometimes only analog distortion can bring. The best bit? Get all this and more in a few clicks, no audio expertise necessary.
From mix-smoothing saturation to all-out distorted attitude, Dist OPAMP-21 is a go-to that you never realized you needed. Perfect for when your guitars need extra richness and bite in a mix, your vocals need a touch of extra presence and a grungy edge, or your drums could use a little extra punch - once it's engaged and cranked in your mix, you’ll never look back.
Strat Grit Layer
Just adding a bit of crunch to the dynamic peaks of the guitar track.
Helps to transform your synth into a lead guitar. Use the dry/wet to destroy the sound.
Drums Slightly Bigger
Very famous tricks with this pedal. Use as a parallel process to destroy the signal and add it to your dry signal to add fat loudness to your sound. You can use it on a bus or on different parts of your drums, or on a "bone" mic.
Vocal Filter Drive
So you don't have a Fuzzybox. No to worry, you got a Dist OPAMP-21 ! Use it in parallel to add a fuzz effect to voices.
Bass Amp 21
A classic sound of famous Amp head with a simple settings.
Bass More Sub
Simple mini-like synth through the classic OPAMP-21's Bass mode, filtering midrange frequencies to provide this nice bass amp tone.
Dist OPAMP-21 is designed to strike the perfect balance between software effect flexibility and tactile guitar pedal immediacy. Plug in, experiment, customize, and enjoy - just like the real thing.
But this classic pedal turned studio staple has been enhanced with a number of extra features, designed to make it that little bit more creative, flexible, and fun as a DAW distortion toolkit.
Here’s a closer look at its feature set.
Dial in your preferred amount of distortion, from subtle transparent crispness to screaming overdrive that’s not for the faint-hearted.
Introduce more distortion to the higher frequencies of your incoming signal to emphasize extra noisy content in the top end. In lower gain configurations, this control can really bring a sound to the front of your mix.
Control the amount of trebly detail in your output signal, great for retaining transients and sibilants in percussive or vocal sounds.
Like the original hardware, this control changes Dist OPAMP-21’s virtual preamp tonestack to mimic the character of classic guitar amps: choose Normal for Mesa Boogie®-style preamps, Lead for Marshall®-style preamps, and Bass for Fender®-style preamps. We added a Modern setting with no coloration or EQ so you can build your own sound from scratch.
A like-for-like recreation of the 8 dip-switches on the original hardware, letting you dial in your own combination of additional amp and EQ characteristics.
Get that parallel distortion effect without needing to create aux tracks or fiddly sends. Tweak Dist OPAMP-21’s added Dry/Wet control for a custom blend of distorted and clean.
Pre-Drive input filter
It doesn’t always have to all or nothing; target specific frequencies to process with pre-drive high-pass and low-pass filters.
Stereo mode selection
Choose how Dist OPAMP-21 affects your stereo field: process left and right, target the middle of the mix, or focus on the sides only.
Sometimes distortion and saturation can have unexpected effects on the output signal; keep it under control with a 3-band post-drive EQ, complex with a real-time visualizer.
Producer / Engineer (Culture Club / Beach Boys)The DIST-OPAMP 21 amp sounds terrific on guitar tracks - really helps the mid range of the guitar blend with the vocals.
Producer / Mixer Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend, Twin AtlanticThe OPAMP-21 by Arturia is a brilliant recreation of a piece of gear I use all the time! A secret weapon for drums and vocals, it’s not just for guitar!
Recording & Mixing EngineerSo versatile and sounds so good. Dist OPAMP-21 has already replaced my go to distortion plugin for bass and vocals right away and will live in my mixing template from now on, it was a no brainer.
Miguel, Sabrina Carpenter, KiiaraOPAMP-21 is based on one of my favorite hardware distortions for vocals of all time. Arturia absolutely nailed the filter curves and distortion modelling, and the added features like 3 band EQ and Wet/Dry blend make this plugin extremely versatile.
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Sampling was fast becoming the in-thing, analog synthesizers were being upstaged by their sharper digital descendents, and guitar players were discovering the compact, reliable, consistent alternative to valve amps that was solid state technology.
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Stereo distortion and saturation effect with emulated op-amp circuit behavior
4 modes of virtual preamp:
- MODERN: flat EQ, no coloration
- NORMAL: Mesa Boogie®-style preamps
- LEAD: Marshall®-style preamps
- BASS: Fender®-style preamps
Combine up to 8 ‘Character’ switches:
- Mid Boost 1
- Mid Boost 2
- Low Drive
- Clean Amp
- Bright Switch
- Vintage Tubes
- Speaker Edge
- Close Mikin
Drive, Presence, and High controls for customizing your distortion sound
Stereo mode selector: L-R, Mid, Side
Added Dry/Wet control for parallel processing
Pre-Drive high-pass and low-pass filters with Curve low-end emphasis
3-band Output EQ with visualizer
2 Oversampling modes for supreme audio quality or lower latency performance
- Win 10+ (64bit)
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- ARM processors not supported on Windows
- VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
- Mac OS 10.13+
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
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