By my estimation, Creative Intent is a bunch of really cool people. Why? Well, in the first place, they give away cool stuff for free, which is awesome. Then they give away the source code of said cool stuff (their Temper plugin, which has been featured here on Audio Plugin Guy).
Tantrum is Creative Intent’s premium distortion plugin, and it is a pile of fun! And while it is not free (you have to pay $49 for it on their website…or you could keep on reading), it has some great features that make it a powerful addition to your collection of plugins. At its core it is a dual stage, wave shaping and phase modulation distortion plugin, that can do everything from adding analogue-style warmth, to rolling around on the floor kicking and screaming, and those are just the presets.
The interface is a thing of genius though, it invites you to play around with it straight off the bat. Even if you have no idea what you are doing, you can most probably get some really cool distortion effects out of it by just messing around with the interface and presets. Clicking on the hexagonal icon on the top right of the plugin reveals all its functionality clearly laid out and explained, if you want to read all the fiddly technical stuff that engineers fawn over. All the parameters are automatable, allowing you to mangle and twist sounds over time, creating grainy textures or screaming melodies.
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Tantrum is available in VST, VST3, and AU for both Windows and Mac OS X.
Overall, Tantrum gets my vote as one of the most ingenious distortion plugins around, and should be getting way more attention. If it doesn’t, it will lay on the floor kicking and screaming until you pick it up.