Clon Minotaur
by Nembrini Audio
3.5 / 5     (8 votes)
Win64 OSX
Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive is modeled on The Klon Centaur, a guitar overdrive pedal developed between 1990 and 1994.

The Clon Minotaur is characterized as a transparent overdrive, meaning it adds gain to the signal without significantly altering the tone of the guitar.

Depending on the settings of the control knobs, the Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive can act mostly as a clean boost, adding mostly volume and minimal coloring to the sound. This can be used to drive the input valve stage of the virtual amplifier to use the characteristic distortion sound of an overdriven guitar amp.

Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive controls can be set to distort the sound signal in the plugin, where two modeled germanium diodes can perform waveform clipping.

The gain parameter controls the balance between the modeled diode clipping stage and the clean stage. The two signals are summed together before they interact with the other two controls, treble and volume.
Faddler Nov 27 2022
(5 / 5)
Nov 27 2022
When I first installed this plugin in my DAW I didn't know what to think. I had no experience with Klon-style overdrives. Then I used it in a project and was so happy with the results that I purchased a physical Klon "tribute" pedal to use on my pedalboard.
Rock`n`dres Jun 10 2021
(1 / 5)
Jun 10 2021
37 Mb for a simple overdrive plugin. Every plugin from this people is ultra weight. Why? I don`t know. I have several overdrive plugins, 3, 4, 5 Mb is more than enough to get a good sound. Maybe someday I get a supercomputer, from a space agency and try this. But not before.
Jun 12 2021
x101 Jan 29 2022
Jan 29 2022
The 37 MB installer includes vst2+vst3+aax plugins+documents+presets, so it's not that ultra-weight after all
Bernard May 08 2021
(0 / 5)
May 08 2021
cyber_T May 17 2021
May 17 2021
Thanks for your warning. Also established brands can cause harmful problems, but it would be useful for us all if you send more informations / details about your DAW and your system.
Jon B May 05 2021
(4 / 5)
May 05 2021
Pretty spot on in terms of tone, but as with all of the Nembrini plug-ins I think it lacks in the transient response. I don't know what type of method he uses to develop the plug-ins but I guess it's some sort of white-box modeling similar to SPICE. Plug-ins made with this method can sound good but they always seem to end up sounding kinda flat and even muddy compared to the plug-ins made with black-box modeling and neural networks. For a free plug-in though, it's excellent!
Faydit Jul 02 2021
Jul 02 2021
I'm sorry, but up to now I have not heard a single, convincingly sounding neural network based guitar gear plugin. They always sound wrong, unnaturally, synthetic, sterile and inorganic. At least for me.
cyber_T Jul 29 2022
Jul 29 2022
It's always difficult to make a really(!) excellent guitar recording. In my opinion the dilemma is this: if you take software you have a good starting point, but you have to make a lot of small adjustments to get a more natural sound that blends well into the mix. If you're taking real gear and microphones, you'll need (sometimes expensive) hardware. And above all: the miking and the room have to be almost perfect. If not, your miked guitars will sound thin and leaky...
Faydit May 05 2021
(5 / 5)
May 05 2021
One of the few, really great and authentically sounding overdrive pedal simulations. An OCD and Zendrive II in this quality also would be nice.
Jon B May 26 2021
May 26 2021
Schrammel OJD is a free OCD plug-in. Don't know if I think it sounds very close to the real deal, but it's usable at least.
Faydit Jul 02 2021
Jul 02 2021
I know the Schrammel, doesn't sound bad, but also not too authentically to me.