Fuzzploid
by Shameless Plugs
4.6 / 5     (5 votes)
Fuzzploid is the fuzz pedal for the 21st century.

The Fuzzploid algorithm is a new design, neither borrowing from existing 3rd party software code nor modelling any particular hardware circuitry.
It was developed with the resulting sound in mind, by trial and error, and finally, success.

Its character is brash, brutal, in-your-face.
Fuzzploid can do clean, but it definitely excels in dirty.

Fuzzploid was developed as an offshoot and preview of a more involved product that is still in development and will be released somewhat later this year.

Like Fuzzploid, that upcoming product will feature classic overdrive, distortion and fuzz, but will have some additional features.

I developed Fuzzploid as a birthday present for guitarist and faithful plugin test pilot Dom McSweeney.
Because Dom likes fuzz with his morning coffee more than almost anything.

Although Fuzzploid was most definitely not modelled after any existing hardware fuzz pedal in particular (because that's simply not how we (rock &) roll here at Shameless Plugs headquarters), we most definitely expect it to be the first fuzz plugin that future hardware units will be modelled after.
  • Input gain control, allowing for a gain ranging from 0.0dB all the way up to a whopping +60.0dB to be pushed into the distortion and fuzz circuitry.
  • Fuzz control, which goes from pure overdrive / distortion to pure fuzz and everything in between.
  • Tone control, shifting low and high pass filters in tandem.
  • Output control for appropriate gain staging.
cyber_T May 11 2022
(5 / 5)
May 11 2022
Yes, the GUI is not really convincing. But as always: the sound counts. If you ballance the input vs. fuzz, you can achieve a lot of different very brutal fuzz sounds. It works not only with stoner and space-rock guitars - also great fun on vocals and drums ;D BTW: People love to use fuzz precisely because it's not 1968 anymore. The sound is a lasting reminder of an exciting and creative epoch in music.
Faydit May 05 2022
(3 / 5)
May 05 2022
I will never seriously understand why somebody want to use a fuzz. We don't have 1968 anymore. But I also hardly understand, why people use overdrive or distortion pedals, if they anyway cannot compete sonically with real tube amps. They all just make things sound worse. In my opinion. If you're not getting enough gain, you maybe are using the wrong amp or the wrong guitar. Nice fuzz, if you like fuzz tones, but also nothing outstanding. Awful GUI.
Anonymous May 07 2022
May 07 2022
Mixing fuzz / overdrive / distortion with amplifiers when they are already a little distorted or breaking up is where all the magic happens. If you don't get that, then at least try putting some butter on your toast...
Jon B May 10 2022
May 10 2022
If using overdrives and fuzz pedals before a tube amp makes YOUR tone sound worse, have you stopped to think about if YOU are using them correctly? The fact that we are not living in the year of 1968 has nothing to do with it. Fuzz and overdrive pedals are used more nowadays than they were back then. You obviously have little to no knowledge about amps and pedals, so if you want to complain about how every single guitarist in the world who uses a overdrive or fuzz don't know how to use a "real tube amp" do it on facebook or twitter, not in the review section of a plug-in.
cyber_T May 10 2022
May 10 2022
People love to use fuzz because(!) it's not 1968 anymore. This sound is a reminder and inspiration of a creative and innovative time.
Yui May 11 2022
May 11 2022
New things are not always good. "Sound" is free and undecided. It is disqualified as a creator to fit into the mold thinking that it is old, new, or unnecessary. Creators pursue all possibilities.
Rachel May 04 2022
(5 / 5)
May 04 2022
This is now my go to fuzz. Thanks!
Dean FrogZwell May 04 2022
(5 / 5)
May 04 2022
This little one is more than capable, able and willing of being a truly monstrous filthy (scuzz) fuzz in the vein of a Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz (Jus Osbourne/Dopethrone-era Electric Wizard, Stephen Carpenter on Deftones' Around The Fur, Brian "Head" Welch + James "Munky" Shaffer on Korns' Untouchables album in particular amongst a number of other notable users of the now long discontinued great in Boss's catalogue but listing all the doom and sludge riff maestros would take aeons, you'll know the sounds when you have dialled them in) and Roger Mayer's infamous Octavia fuzz circuit (a design with has seen numerous revisions over the years along with plenty of clones and inspired by pedals). It covers nearly every variety of fuzz/scuzz flavours which I really get mileage out of despite being a guitar player, bass player and engineer who rarely uses fuzz boxes/pedals. Still dial things back, especially via your instrument's volume and tone pots as well as the plugin itself and you'll find it a lot more versatile than its four controls suggest, along with coil splits if using a guitar with splittable humbuckers + plus the way it interacts with the front-end of what you're hitting with it if applicable, it makes a BIG difference. Here a fuzz master shows you how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osbnob9ih-c . I do only have a handful of fuzz boxes which include a Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz, AmpTweaker TightFuzz Pro, A few Sovtek/Russian EHX Big Muffs, A few EHX IC-based Big Muffs, A number of Octavia and Octavia based/inspired boxes and a few DIY clones of certain fuzz designs such as the ZVEX Fuzz Factory but not a clone this one as I used a switchable silicon diode-based signal path along with an IC-based path which can also be blended in the manner of any of the EHX Deluxe Big Muffs. Therefore I only have fuzz pedals which I actually use, I do own a few more which are the more bland usual suspects but they are just to be able to offer a large selection in the backline department as not always do I come across players who want or need their fuzz sounds if applicable to be as specific as the very few I need. Every other form of gain-based pedal which I have in my collection most would probably deem as being far too many. It's a weakness of mine in the never-ending struggle of GAS ;) Filthy fuzz for the gain gods, Check it out! Cheers
cyber_T May 10 2022
May 10 2022
...and for all who are on a budget: Don´t forget the "B*hr*ng*r SF-300 Super-Fuzz". A nice hardware-alternative/addition to software-plugins. And: there are plenty of YT-Videos about this stompbox.
Dean FrogZwell May 21 2022
May 21 2022
cyber_T, Oh I believe me when I tell you that I have three of the Uli B Hyper Fuzz clones which I have tinkered with plus two that are as they come standard/factory. You are spot on for pointing out that one pedal as the perfect way to get a uber fuzz which is basically identical for a fraction of what the FZ-2 goes for on the used market (like Reverb for example, plus they aren't that common to find for sale anyway nowadays). Nice one and if I didn't know about the B pedals and in this case the specific one that you mention rightfully then I'd be very happy to hear that and immediately go and pick some up off amazon for usually less than £20 each. All the very best you way :D Dean
Rachel May 04 2022
(5 / 5)
May 04 2022
This fuzz is prolifiC
Dean FrogZwell May 21 2022
May 21 2022
It is indeed Rachel. It's played well with everything that I've tried it with FWIW both inside and outside of the box. As with any of the good stuff software wise in the realm of virtual guitar and bass amplification processors and effects, it's equally fun and good to run out of the box then obviously first through a re-amping box in order to get the impedance back from line level in order to hit any of the hardware amps frontend's you have as well as stack it up with any other gain based pedal(s) which play well/stack with others in a useful manner and then simply used in any signal chain you like, just as if it were another pedal. :D All the best and cheers! Dean