Maul is a multiband distortion/overdrive effect with a multitude of creative modulation possibilities using the powerful TransMod modulation system.




Audio signal path

Maul features 3 drive stages which can each be switched to one of 32 distortion types. While the 3 frequency bands are arranged in a parallel multi-band configuration by default, they can be used as 3 distortion stages arranged serially, acting on the whole frequency range, or as a single distortion stage.

When in Multi (parallel) mode, each drive stage can act on a filtered portion of the input signal. The frequency bands of each drive stage can overlap. The Low drive stage is isolated with a lowpass filter, the Mid drive stage with a bandpass filter, and the High drive stage with a highpass filter. The cutoff frequency of each drive stage can be freely swept throughout the frequency spectrum in realtime, via direct control or via the TransMod modulation system.

Each drive stage and the master output feature a switchable saturation circuit, while each drive stage also features a transient adjustment control and a post-distortion tone filter switchable between lowpass, bandpass and highpass modes for adjusting the aggression of the output.

TransMod modulation system

Maul's TransMod modulation system allows you to modulate most parameters within the plugin by the built in LFOs, envelope follower and sample & hold, as well as by incoming MIDI note pitch/velocity, noise and a random generator.

MIDI control and host automation

Maul features a variety of MIDI control options which are described in the MIDI functions section.

Using MIDI CCs, it is possible to:

Adjust Maul parameters' initial values

Adjust parameter modulation depths for individual parameters and TransMod modulation sources

You can additionally use MIDI notes for a variety of different functions.

In addition to MIDI control, it is possible to automate Maul's parameters with your host's built-in automation features.