test system: MacPro W3520 (12GB RAM) | OSX 10.6.8 and 10.8.5 | Cubase 6 and 6.5 (64-bit)
I appreciate you reading my review, but since this is a free plugin, you’d better download it and get busy with it!
Most developers have some kind of free product, and while some are genuinely good and/or useful, a lot of it is just a waste of disk space.
The Camel Crusher is among the best that I know of. If this was $99 it would be good value. For free? Bloody amazing!
It sounds really, really good. I am not a fan of distortion and didn’t think I’d have use for this, but it turns out this little gem is supremely versatile and it goes from subtle but audible coloration to beyond 11 and breaking your speakers.
I find that I can use this plugin on just about anything and it will do something good to it, but it excels at breathing new life and energy into dull or bland sounding tracks.
It is a distortion/saturator/compressor/filter, and it does all of that really well.
Controls are limited but that is actually a good thing. You don’t waste 30 minutes fiddling with knobs only to find out it’s not gonna work.
I’m gonna say it again, this thing sounds GREAT. It’s free. It is better than many plugins I paid good money for. It has a definite “analog” vibe to it.
What are you waiting for? Go get it!
February 17, 2015:
Since Apple bought Camel Audio last year, this plugin is unfortunately no longer available. However, Camel Audio’s flagship product, Alchemy, reappeared bundled with Apple’s Logic Pro X and Mainstage 3, so perhaps this plugin will be included at some point as well. I sure hope so.