Brummer Releases FREE ToneTwistPlugs Distortion Plugins


Brummer released ToneTwistPlugsm, a free collection of distortion VST plugins for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Ah, who doesn’t love a little distortion on their guitar DIs? Cleans are fun and dandy, but getting a little hairy is always an absolute joy.

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Now, I typically lean on my Helix or TONEX setup to get a little distorted edge to my recordings. However, I’ve spent the day tinkering around with ToneTwistPlugs – a collection of open-source plugins modeled after some rather famous guitar pedals.

You can get the famed Swedish chainsaw tone with MetalTone, an emulation of the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone.

I’ve never been a huge fan of this pedal in real life, but it makes for a wonderfully buzzy fuzz pedal in the right circumstances. The tone seems to be there when running in front of one of the milder Orange captures for NAM.

You’ve got the CollisionDrive, which is modeled after the superb Precision Drive from Horizon Devices. This is a personal favorite, as I love the integrated gate.

I use the modeled version of this quite frequently on my Helix for more modern metal tones, and CollisionDrive seems to hold up just fine as a boost with your Dual Rec or 5150 emulation of choice.

Rumor I’m not super familiar with, but it is based on the Devi Ever Ruiner. It’s a fuzz, so you’re well prepared to riff away in B standard with a little Electric Wizard.

TubeScreamer likely needs no introduction. However, this is modeled after the Ibanez TS-9 instead of the TS-808. Still, it’s been one of the go-tos for decades as a boost in front of an amp. It functions just fine here and pairs quite well with most of the high-gain amp sims you’ll run across to tighten up the tone.

The collection is rounded out with ValveCaster and BoobTube, which I’m not familiar with at all. ValveCaster is based on a distortion pedal built as a DIY schematic. It sounds great to my ears, but I’ve never handled the real deal.

BoobTube is a different take on ValveCaster and also sounds wonderful in front of your JCM800 emulation of choice.

ToneTwistPlugs is a fun little set of distortion plugins. I could see them working quite well with your guitar of choice or any synth lines that need aural destruction.

The collection is available in VST2, VST3, CLAP, and LV2 plugin formats for compatible hosts on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

UPDATE: Windows Defender detected an issue with the Windows version of the software. Link removed.

Download: ToneTwistPlugs (FREE)


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  1. Ian / Nihil Quest


    Not that it matters a lot, but you don’t get the Swedish tone with Metal Zone, it’s a different pedal, Heavy Metal HM-2W. MZ was rather universally hated until recently.

    • The MT-2 wasn’t hated. People were just snobbish towards it, because it only did one thing (well): mid-scooped Metallica.

  2. Olaf Tryggvasson


    i love the metal zone. one of my favorite (plug) pedals, alongside the rat, and the centaur, for a little zing, going into the amp. i love the whistling overtone coating it creates.

    never get the sheep mindset of so many that look at the calendar, see a certain shape of the characters we use to conventionally keep track of time, and decide – completely arbitrarily, in my view – something “no longer” sounds good, because of the shape of those characters. “it’s 2023, we don’t like this no more”. “that’s the 80s”. “that’s not “modern””, etc. that’s such a sheep mindset.

    i mean, legitimately liking or disliking something, for esthetic reasons, is everybody’s right and prerogative, but these “trends” and “fashions”… blah.

    thanks for the heads up on the pack. will try them. i actually need a good distortion for bass. i can’t find anything that sounds dense without actually distorting like crazy, which i never thought sounded good on bass.

  3. Windows Security detected a virus (Trojan:Script/Wacatac.B!ml) in, threat level “severe”
    If you downloaded this plugin run a scan immediately, and admins should issue a warning in the meantime

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