Chapter 1. Groovyboy DRIVE
A general purpose filter
Compression/ distortion unit
Turns on boosting or cutting on the selected range of low frequencies to add or subtract warmth
Turns on boosting or cutting on the selected upper-mid or 'presence' frequencies
Controls the output level of the processed signal
Turns the overall DRIVE processing on or off
1.1 InstallationRequirements: at least a 600 MHz Windows operated PC with 128 MB RAM. A VST2.0 compliant Host is also required.
Tested and known to work in many VST compatible hosts.
Put the “Groovyboy DRIVE VST v1.0” folder with files contained inside in the VST Plug-In folder of your host.
1.2 DRIVEDRIVE is a free software plug-in focused on creating distortion. DRIVE maintains ease of use while offering comprehensive control over distortion:
- 2 FILTER units: PreFilter and PostFilter
- 2 enhancing units: LOW and BITE to control the character of sound
- DRIVE – heavy artillery distortion unit with enhancing abilities
- SATURATION unit
1.3 DRIVE effect units
1.5 Starting DRIVE in your Sequencer
1.5.1 Starting DRIVE in Cubase™ SX
Launch Cubase™. Click on the audio or instrument track you wish to add DRIVE to. In the inspector window on the left, click on the dark blue bar that says “Inserts” or click on the “e” button beside the track name at the top of the inspector.
Once the inserts are visible (under the insert menu on the Inspector, or on the left side of the audio channel editor window) click on empty insert. Select “Groovyboy DRIVE”. At this point, if you play back audio, you should be able to route sound through your DRIVE plug-in.
Tip: In order to take advantage of the stereo capabilities of DRIVE, stereo filtering and enhancing FXs, insert it on a stereo track or stereo groups tracks.
1.5.2 Starting DRIVE in Live®
Launch Live and click on one of the audio or virtual instrument tracks in the “Mixer Drop Area”. Notice in the “Track View” (bottom window), the text “Drop Audio Effects” appears.
Now, in the “Browser Window” (window on the left hand side of the screen), click the Plug-in Browser button (looks like an electric plug). Browse to DRIVE and click/drag it into the “Track View”. Once DRIVE loads, it will appear as a “Device” with an XY controller on it.
To view the DRIVE interface click the “edit plug-in panel” (small wrench) button at the top of the Device window.
1.5.3 Starting DRIVE in FL Studio
Launch FL Studio and open up mixer by pressing F9. To load DRIVE choose a free slot and open the effect popup menu on that slot. In the Select sub-menu, click "More" to see a full list of effects available in FL Studio, select "Groovyboy DRIVE" in VST effects section. Now you can insert it from the effect popup menu.
Chapter 2. Getting Started
2.1 Quick Start: how to get a clean sound
Let’s start from scratch. Assume we have a clean guitar track we want to proceed and make it a bit warmer.
First, if we have a bright guitar with some unwanted low-frequency data, we want it to go through the first HP filter. As you already know from previous chapter next unit in the chain is a low-frequency enhancer. If we want some extra warmth in our track then turning it on would be definitely a good idea: turn LOW unit on and make sure gain switch is in boost position ‘+’.
Now, if we want clean sound with no drive or distortion make sure DRIVE unit is totally off. We have to decide now whether or not to use BITE and FILTER 2. If guitar still lacks warmth we can:
- Use LP filter to cut some high frequencies off; most of the time this is a great choice;
- Use notch to remove unwanted band of frequencies; useful if there’s some fatigue high sounding overtones in the upper mid-range or even higher;
- Use peaking-type filter to manually boost frequencies that you feel sounds better;
- Use BITE unit to cut some ‘presence’ off.
Sometimes, if you have some significant attack peaks (which in many cases is a sign of a lot of high frequencies existence), you may want to cut them a bit off so that your track won’t conflict with overall mix by peaking too high. Dealing with peaks is a job usually done with dynamics processors. Within DRIVE you can use SATURATION unit to make peaks more even. Saturation deals with peaks a way different in comparison to generic compressors. So be advised - it is a kind of distortion, though very subtle one.
Now you should have set a clean (non driven) warm sound. If it still lacks something - it’s definitely the drive.
Strat' – Clean Wah
Strat' – Clean Warm
2.2 Quick Start: how to get a drive sound
Good start for drive sound is to set everything off, especially that x100 trigger which is to be discussed later; DRIVE WET knob set to 0.25. Start turning drive knob softly so that you hear first signs of distortion happening.
Basically this is all one have to know to start making it tough. If you want more drive then set DRIVE WET to 0.5 and continue increasing drive until you reach the barrier - 140 thousand miles per hour...
The drive itself stops here.
Want some subtle drive or really something not dragging attention to it? Set DRIVE as low as you can and tweak filters and enhancers to achieve the desired sound.
Strat' – Warm Drive
Strat' – Slight Drive
LPC' – Jive Talkin'
2.3 Quick Start: how to get a heavy, distortion sound
Having this x100 switch turned on is a key. What it does is simply amplifying the signal up to 100 times while still limiting it below 0 db.
Most of the time setting Filter 2 to LP mode and cutoff knob to 0.8 is a good way to leave unwanted highs out of the mix but if you are going to insert some cabinet plug-in after DRIVE it is recommended to leave Filter 2 off: this way your track with DRIVE and cabinet simulation plug-in will sound more natural, since cabinets usually cut frequencies on their own.
Strat' – Metal
Strat' – Trivial Metal
LPC' – Restless
Bass – Helluva Highs