Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive is a free stompbox plugin by Nembrini Audio in Audio Unit, VST, and AAX plugin formats for macOS and Windows.
Hand-built by Bill Finnegan in relatively limited numbers, the original Klon Centaur guitar overdrive pedal found favor with a number of notable guitarists attracted to its ‘transparent’ tone — an ability to add 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.
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