The Klone
by Fazertone
3.7 / 5     (3 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.

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.
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.