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Blue Cat Destructor


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Blue Cat Destructor

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A powerful distortion and amp sim modeling tool capable of simulating any kind of distortion

Blue Cat Destructor is a powerful distortion and amp sim modeling tool capable of simulating any kind of distortion, from harsh digital destruction to smooth compression or guitar amp simulation (works for clean tones too!), and most importantly, yours!

New in Blue Cat Destructor v1.5

Blue Cat Destructor Highlights

It is delivered with hundreds of presets and predefined models, either inspired by existing gear (guitar & bass amps or cabinets, compressors, pedals, tape machines…) or created by our destructive minds.

But, predefined models don’t limit this plugin. For example, edit any and all parameters of existing presets. This gives you access to an unlimited number of distortion simulations. In other words, no need to purchase extra presets or amp models to build your custom tone.

Based on a perceptual model rather than on electronic designs or impulse responses, the signal chain is reduced to its bare minimum, simplifying the process of tweaking the tone and making it fit into the mix.

Thanks to its exclusive adaptive shaper, it is reactive to the playing of instrumentists. In other words, get a very natural feeling, similar to analog gear.

To make the look and feel of the plug-in fit with your favorites tones, it comes bundled with more than 1600 visual styles. Not only that, select them separately for each module.

In addition, import reference curves measured with Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Multi to quickly match existing tones.

Load the plugin into Blue Cat’s PatchWork for a standalone application, and combine it with other effects to build your tone.

For frequency-selective or multiband distortion, use the plug-in in combination with Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer.

Main Features

  • Powerful distortion and amp modeling tool.
  • Simulate any kind of distortion: analog or digital, guitar and bass amps, saturation, clipping, compression, bit crushing…
  • Works for “clean” sounds too.
  • Includes several hundreds of fully editable presets, inspired by real gear.
  • More than 1600 visual styles to customize the user experience.
  • Control the dynamics with the input gate and compressor.
  • Control the tone with the pre and post-filters.
  • Exclusive shape dynamics control: adapt the tone to the dynamics of the signal.
  • Use the internal or external side chain to trigger the distortion.
  • Protect your ears with the output brickwall limiter.
  • Comprehensive visual feedback: real-time spectrum analysis, dynamic distortion curve display with embedded signal histograms.
  • Load reference curves for tone matching.
  • No latency.


  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • Any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel or Apple Silicon processor.
  • Mac OS 10.9 or newer.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible application (64-bit) .

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Mac-VST3, Win-AAX, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win-VST3, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-DX, Win x64-VST, Win x64-VST3.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control, and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.

V1.62 (2022/12/12)

  • Added Apple Silicon support for AAX Plug-in Format.
  • Fixed VST3 version not always loading properly in Ableton Live 11.
  • Improved VST parameter value display in some host applications.
  • Added an option in global & preset input settings to send MIDI events when MIDI-enabled parameters are modified in the plug-in (to update control surfaces accordingly).
  • Improved undo management and automation when using the mouse wheel to move knobs.
  • AAX: Fixed erratic mouse behavior in Pro Tools on Mac.
  • Mac: installers and plug-ins have been notarized to avoid security warnings on Mac OS Catalina and newer.

V1.6 (2021/06/29)

New Features & Improvements

  • New “Guitar Pedal” mode: build your own effect pedals with Destructor.
  • New drive range parameter to adjust the range of distortion available in a preset.
  • Revisited all 707 factory presets and related tone maps, with adjusted drive range and improved tone.
  • Added 19 new distortion and compression pedal presets.
  • Improved tone maps navigation, with the updated user interface.
  • The opacity of the tone map window can now be adjusted.
  • Arrow keys can now be used to navigate presets, in the main view or in the presets browser.
  • Smoother preset switching.
  • Improved smooth plug-in bypass (faster and smoother transition).
  • Added MIDI control support (MIDI CC) for Next and Previous Preset commands, with MIDI learn.
  • Improved MIDI & automation control settings with lock, reset and “save as global setting” capabilities.
  • Preset files can now be dropped onto the preset LCD area to be loaded.
  • reduced time to load the plug-in.
  • Level meters, spectrum analyzers and tuner stop processing when the user interface is closed, reducing CPU usage.
  • Reduced the number of threads used by the plug-in.
  • Improved global and preset settings window loading time on Windows.
  • Full unicode support.


  • Native Apple Silicon (M1 processor) support.
  • Dropped 32-bit support on Mac.
  • Now requires macOS 10.9 and newer.


  • Fixed VST3 (and sometimes VST) version freezing Ableton Live upon save on Windows.
  • Mac: fixed GUI performance issues on native P3 displays and improved performance on other displays.
  • Mac: fixed mouse wheel that required large movements to change parameter values.
  • Mac: fixed mouse cursor flickering issues.
  • Mac: fixed Esc key not closing fine edit parameter dialog.

Blue Cat’s Destructor 1.5 (2019/9/23)

Blue Cat’s Destructor 1.5 is now available as a free update, introducing a new tone explorer with 2D presets morphing, a new presets browser, hundreds of new built-in tones, and many other improvements!


New in Blue Cat’s Destructor V1.41 (2018/12/06)

  • Spectrum analysis is now performed in the background and does not affect audio performance.
  • Improved convolution performance for the impulse response loader on multicore processors.

New in Blue Cat’s Destructor V1.4 (2018/10/09)

  • Load custom impulse responses (cabinets, reverbs) into the pre or post filters.
  • Shape impulse responses in the edit view to match the perfect tone.

New in Blue Cat’s Destructor v1.32:

  • New “randomize” feature to create new sounds using random destruction and pre/post presets.
  • New guitar amp factory presets imported from the new Axiom software.

New in Blue Cat’s Destructor v1.3:

  • New minimized view (displays only the main “Guitar Amp-style” controls).
  • New clean guitar amp presets.
  • Faster GUI loading / instantaneous GUI display after it has been opened once.
  • Limiter on/off state is now independent from presets (“always locked”).
  • UI lock now also includes control settings display (green arrows).
  • Performance and memory usage improvements (both GUI and DSP).
  • Improved automation recording (and undo) in many host applications when controlling the plug-in with MIDI.
  • Fixed: changing bypass in the Audio Unit version did not update host application’s bypass state.
  • Win: fixed copy/paste that sometimes stopped working until next app restart.

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