We have another blast from the past today; this time, it’s the sadly discontinued CamelCrusher by Camel Audio. This is a legendary distortion VST plugin that you can still download for free.
The last time I wrote about an older plugin, it was TDR Nova, one of the best free EQ plugins around. Nova was released in 2015, a significant year in the Camel Audio story, but for a very different reason.
Camel Crusher is a multi-FX plugin for macOS and Windows. The plugin has four modules; Distortion, Filter, Compressor, and Master. You can turn each module on/off individually, and each has simple, easy-to-use controls.
I don’t need to comment much more on the interface, but it’s always worth highlighting when a plugin isn’t convoluted in any way. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are; if you have to mess around with menus and buried features, it’s time wasted.
CamelCrusher has two distortion algorithms that you can blend to create whatever tone and texture you need. The distortion module has two controls, Tube and Mech. On the one hand, you have a smoother, analog-like texture, and on the other hand, you’ve got a much grittier, dirtier character.
The tones and textures delivered by this one module are a massive part of why CamelCruncher was so popular.
One of the best things about this particular module is that combining both algorithms makes it easy to find the perfect distortion with the right amount of aggression for any use. It works well whether you are trying to go all out or just give some keys a little extra crunch.
Another very cool feature of CamelCrusher is the analog-style low-pass filter. The silky-smooth filter provides Cutoff and Resonance controls.
CamelCrusher features a one-knob (Amount) Compressor module with Phat Mode. Phat Mode boosts the compression, giving a fatter sound overall, and the impact or level of Phat Mode increases as you raise the compression amount.
How do you like them Apples?
Besides needlessly quoting Good Will Hunting, by saying them apples, I’m referring back to 2015 and the purchase of Camel Audio by none other than Apple Inc (everyone’s favorite multinational).
Apple quickly integrated the technology behind Camel Audio plugins into Logic Pro. These days, CamelCrusher and its bigger brother CamelPhat are wrapped up in Logic’s Phat FX.
Other plugins have undergone similar transitions; Camel Audio Alchemy is now Logic Pro Alchemy, etc.
Free Plugin Nostalgia
When we posted the TDR Nova look back, I was pleased to see the positive comments towards the developer and plugin. So, I just want to briefly mention and thank you to you guys and girls for showing such constant appreciation and support for the freebies that make our life easier.
CamelCrusher is available for free download (click the Direct Download button to download your copy), but it’s discontinued and won’t receive future updates. It is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit VST, AU, and AAX plugin hosts on Windows and macOS.
If you’re looking for something similar and with additional distortion modes, check out our free BPB Dirty Filter plugin.
Download: CamelCrusher (click Direct Download)
The unique tones and textures delivered by the distortion module are a massive part of why CamelCruncher was so popular.