Orinj Distortion

Orinj version 4.0.0

The Orinj Distortion simulates actual distortion by clipping, compressing, or expanding the wave peaks of a signal. There are many ways to introduce distortion to a signal (see Distortion). It will occur whenever the form of the waves in the underlying signal is changed, which may occur when those waves are clipped or when the amplitude of the signal is being changed very quickly, even if the waves themselves are not clipped (a compressor with very fast attack and release may introduce distortion).

Using the Orinj Distortion

The Orinj Distortion can be added to tracks in the multitrack session view, tracks in the loop building view, and to waves in the single wave view. In the multitrack session view and in the loop building view, first select the track to which you want to add the effect. In all these views, click on Effect, Dynamics, and then on Orinj Distortion in the Orinj menu. You will see the following dialog.

The Orinj Distortion dialog

When this dialog becomes visible, the Orinj Distortion effect has been added. Adjust the parameters of the distortion in the dialog above and click Close. These parameters are described below.

Orinj Distortion parameters

See Orinj Effects for an explanation of the Title, Track, Presets, Bypass, and Lock channels controls. The remaining Orinj Distortion controls are described below:

  • Type: Use this drop down box to set the type of distortion. There are five types of distortion (hard clip, soft clip, no clip, warm, and warmer). The mathematical operations used for all five are described in the topic Distortion. A hard clip simply cuts of the waves that exceed the distortion threshold. The soft clip rounds off the waves and then clips them. The no clip distortion compresses the peaks of the waves, but does not clip them. These three types of distortion introduce predominantly odd order harmonics in the signal. The "warm" distortion expands the peaks of the waves. It produces both odd and even order harmonics. The "warmer" distortion also expands the peaks of the waves. It introduces only even order harmonics, except for the first odd order harmonic.
  • Threshold: Use these controls – the box and the slider – to set the threshold above which the signal will be clipped, compressed, or expanded. The threshold is measured in decibels (from the maximum signal amplitude possible) and can be between -50 dB and 0 dB.
  • Output: Use these controls – the box and the slider to set the output gain of the signal. This is the gain that will be applied to the signal after the signal is clipped or compressed. The output gain is measured in decibels and can be between -20 dB and 20 dB.

See Orinj Effects for additional notes on: where Orinj effects can be used, using boxes and sliders that impact the same parameter (such as the box and slider for the threshold), applying effects to mono and stereo waves, and using effects during playback. See Orinj Working with effects for additional information on creating, modifying, moving, removing, and processing effects. See Distortion for additional information on the distortion in audio processing.

Dry and wet mix

The Orinj Distortion supports dry and wet mix changes. That is, you can adjust the mix between the original signal and the distorted signal. See Orinj Effects for more information. The dry and wet mix in the Orinj Distortion are very important. By default, both are set at 100%, which means that the distorted signal is mixed with the original signal. The distortion itself will not be very audible. You must lower the dry mix of this effect to hear a good amount of distortion.

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