The Klone
by Fazertone
4.0 / 5     (4 votes)
Win64 OSX
The Klone recreates complex, non-linear analog distortion of the Klon Centaur guitar pedal.

Using a combination of circuit analysis and machine learning, we carefully recreated the tones of this legendary pedal, famous for its unique "transparent" overdrive that turns into crunchy but crisp distortion when pushed to its limits.

The result is a plugin that works on a completely different level from others - instead of traditional DSP, it's directly powered by a custom neural network inference engine, optimised to work in real time without consuming excessive CPU power.

It's right at home as part of any guitar tone stack, but also adds character to synths, drum machines, or even vocals.

klone Mar 13 2022
(5 / 5)
Mar 13 2022
Very good transparent drive. I don't use my Tube screamer pedals anymore.
Florian Mrugalla Nov 29 2021
(4 / 5)
Nov 29 2021
I love the sound of this thing. Sometimes it actually makes the output quieter though, so it would be cool if the gain output also had some positive db. Also a mix parameter and a phase shift one would be much appreciated, cause then we could use it as a quick tool to make sort of a reamp sound.
Meandthem Nov 28 2021
(2 / 5)
Nov 28 2021
Only works with 44.1 khz or clicks like crazy, it sounds good. Solid 5 when it's gets 48 khz support.
Jon B Nov 28 2021
Nov 28 2021
It works fine for me in 48kHz. I did notice that when running it inside DDMF Metafilter with oversampling, the high end response becomes greatly exaggerated. Running it at 48kHz probably also boosts the high end a tiny bit, but not enough to make it noticeable. As running it with only 2x oversampling @48kHz made it noticeably brighter, you will definitely notice this effect if you are using 96kHz. 44.1 and 48kHz should be fine though.
Meandthem Dec 18 2021
Dec 18 2021
I use 48khz it breaks it. Just wishing it away and saying "works for me" doesn't negate my poor experience with it.
Jon B Dec 18 2021
Dec 18 2021
That wasn't my intention either. I just said that it works for me in 48kHz in case someone else reads your comment and just assumes it won't work for anyone in 48kHz. The rest of the comment was my theory on why the plug-in says "WARNING: This beta version is optimized for 44.1kHz" and what would normally happen if you do run it in higher sample rates. If your machine is up to it, it can be used in 48kHz but it will sound (a tiny bit) different than in 44.1kHz
Meandthem Jan 21 2022
Jan 21 2022
It in the latest build of FL studio the clicking has gone away. Maybe they fixed and aliasing bug. It was a DAW issue, not "your holding the phone wrong" user issue.
Faydit Nov 25 2021
(5 / 5)
Nov 25 2021
To be honest, I usually am no fan of neural network based plugins, especially not for guitar, but this one seems to be a positive exception. The general sound is similar to the real pedal, unfortunately Volume level range seems to be too low in direct comparison. What I don't hear is the "completely different level", if compared to others, I could at least name two traditional, dsp based simulations of the same pedal, which sound, behave and react equally good if not better. In general so called neural networks nevertheless remain some sort of bluff package to me, as they do not have much to do with real, professional circuit programming in my opinion, nevertheless a good sounding, good working pedal, but certainly not completely different or outstanding if compared to others.
Aesopos Nov 25 2021
Nov 25 2021
Can you name the other plugins you are referring to? Thank you
Faydit Nov 25 2021
Nov 25 2021
Sorry but I don't name competitive products in reviews in general. They anyway can easily be found.
Jon B Nov 28 2021
Nov 28 2021
@Aesopos; Chowdhury DSP also makes a Klon plug-in called Chow Centaur were you have the option between using a standard circuit modelling mode and a neural network mode. You can find it here on p4f or on Jatin Chowdhury's website.