Kush Audio has released Omega Model TWK, a saturation and distortion generator pulled straight from the heart of Kush’s own Tweaker hardware compressor. The sound of Omega TWK comes from modeling the way Tweaker overdrives a long chain of 70’s op-amps, all of which have specs that, by modern standards, might be considered abysmal. But that dirty, slow sound is exactly what makes the Tweaker such a warm, charming friend to all kinds of sounds. At the heart of Tweaker’s op-amp chain is another friend of distortion lovers, the ‘supermatched transistor’, itself a primitive and imperfect attempt to perfectly balance the push and pull of a primitive VCA. The effect of lightly grinding each of those clipping stages before passing it along to the next is a smooth, thick, and slightly dark saturation.
Kush Audio Omega Model TWK is available now for $29. It requires macOS 10.9 or later, an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host, and an iLok account. An iLok hardware dongle is not required.