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Clon Minotaur Overdrive by Nembrini Audio

Nembrini Audio released Clon Minotaur Overdrive! This freebie is modeled on The Klon Centaur, a legendary boutique pedal. In fact the Klon is so legendary we now have 2 free AUv3s of it, with this and ChowCentaur.

Clon Minotaur Overdrive App Store Description:

Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive is modeled on The Klon Centaur* a guitar overdrive pedal developed between 1990 and 1994. The Clon Minotaur is characterized as a "transparent" overdrive, meaning it adds gain to the signal without significantly altering the tone of the guitar.

Depending on the settings of the control knobs, the Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive can act mostly as a clean boost, adding mostly volume and minimal coloring to the sound. This can be used to drive the input valve stage of the virtual amplifier to use the characteristic distortion sound of an overdriven guitar amp.

Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive controls can be set to distort the sound signal in the plugin, where two modeled germanium diodes can perform waveform clipping.

The gain parameter controls the balance between the modeled diode clipping stage and the clean stage. The two signals are summed together before they interact with the other two controls, treble and volume.

Works as a standalone app, AudioUnit v3 effect, or Inter-App Audio effect

Legal Disclaimer:
* Please note that all marks and models are all trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Nembrini Audio. These marks and names are used solely for the purpose of describing certain tones produced using Nembrini Audio’s modeling technology.

Reader Comments 4

Reverb released a documentary about pedals this last week. The klon was in the doc when they got to boutique pedals.
If it doesn’t color the sound, was it originally intended as an amplification tool? Seems kinda odd for a guitar pedal to specifically not change the sound 😉
I was thinking the same thing-- specifically about boost pedals.

It's weird that guitarists might have more than one clean boost. (Why?) If the boost does something to the tone (i.e. boost with EQ), then that could easily be done in one box. If the boost does something with impedance, I suppose that could also easily be dialed in. There is probably more to it, including the nostalgia for a certain lack-of-fidelity-- and perhaps a healthy dose of audio-placebo effect-- washed down with some louder-is-better.

As for a transparent drive, that is quite useful as you might want some grit without boosting highs. I've liked the Klon sims I've used, but I tend to reach for the tube screamers more.
I can't run Jatin's one on my potato iPad but this one works fine. Nice to have choices!
May 04, 2021  | person Bob
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