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Face Bender
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Face Bender - Fuzz stomp
This is an emulation of a Fuzz Face and a Tone Bender MKII with added controls for tweaking. It runs in mono or stereo, and has selectable 2x oversampling.

The Fuzz Face was first made by Arbiter Electronics in 1966. It had a thick, fuzzy distortion and was made famous by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour. The Tone Bender MKII was also released in 1966, by Sola Sound. Compared to the Fuzz Face, it has a brighter, more distorted sound.

Sidebar :
  • Effect On/Bypass - This switches the effect on or off.
  • Tweak - This switches from the normal effect menus to the tweak menus. Note that the controls on the Fuzz Face tweak menu and the Tone Bender tweak menu are independent of one another.
  • Mono/Stereo - This switches between mono and stereo operation.
  • LQ/HQ - This switches between low quality and high quality modes. The high quality mode has 2x oversampling and slightly more realistic processing, but uses more CPU power than the low quality mode.
  • Master Volume - This is a volume control that applies to both effects.
  • Effect Type - This switches between the Fuzz Face emulation and the Tone Bender emulation.
Fuzz Face :
  • Volume - This controls the Fuzz Face's output volume.
  • Fuzz - This controls the Fuzz Face's distortion.
Tone Bender :
  • Volume - This controls the Tone Bender's output volume.
  • Attack - This controls the Tone Bender's distortion.
Tweak Menus :
  • Input Level - This controls the volume going into the effect.
  • Input Filter - This controls how much filtering is done on the input. Try turning it down for a brighter tone. To emulate the volume control clean-up of the fuzz face, turn down both the Input Level and the Input Filter controls.
  • Gate - This changes the bias of the effect, making a gated sound. This can be used as a noise gate, but works better for splattery fuzz sounds.
  • Clean Blend - This blends in clean input signal with the distorted fuzz.
  • Lo Cut - This controls the bass on the input.
  • Hi Cut - This controls the treble on the output.

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May 05 2018
  5  / 5
Great fuzz, very realistic. Lot's of tweaking available making it perfect for other things than just a guitar.

Apr 17 2018
  4  / 5
Perfect for a full and fuzzy retro-guitar-style, it gives you the needed thickness to your sound; but be carefull....this thing can go really Voodoo! ;-))

Jan 02 2018
  4  / 5
Many of the settings are simply unusable, but there are a few really good sounds to be had. (The same can be said about the analog gear.) If you mix some of the clean sound in through the "Tweaks" menu, this can be used very effectively on bass guitar tracks as well.

Oct 27 2017
  5  / 5
Just try this free guitar effect, I used it with an amp sim called softamp plus single coils telecaster recording single notes. Good for those whom prefer softer mellow bluesy effects, merci.

Jul 09 2017
  Jimi Himself
  5  / 5
Sounds great! Great controls and easy to use! Only free fuzz VST I like so far
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May 27 2016
  4  / 5
Simply add to a sine and it's an INSTANT LEAD! :D

Feb 24 2015
  5  / 5
Gate is perfect for creating some noise fx.

Jan 22 2015
  5  / 5
5 stars for this plug. Very good. User friendly and u have 2 pedals to choose from. Side note: Hendrix really did use the pedal (a red one) that the 'fuzz face' is modeled after, most notably at the legendary '69 woodstock fest. This is an excellent emu of both. 5/5 for sure

Nov 17 2014
  ?  / 5
Use it all the time. Can't stop tweRking.

Sept 19 2013
  5  / 5
Use it all the time. Can't stop tweaking.