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SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109

SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109: A Review

If you are looking for a way to add some character and excitement to your drums, you might want to check out the SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109, a plug-in that emulates the sound of the vintage Level-Loc compressor. In this article, we will review the features, sound, and usability of this plug-in, and see how it can enhance your drum tracks.

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What is the SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109?

The SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 is a plug-in that simulates the sound of the Level-Loc, a brick wall limiter that was originally designed for public address systems in the 1960s. The Level-Loc had a very simple interface, with only a switch for three distance settings and an input level knob. However, when used on drums, it created a very aggressive and distorted sound that added a lot of punch and grit to the signal. Some engineers and producers, such as Tchad Blake, discovered the potential of this device and used it creatively on their recordings.

The SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 is a deluxe version of the Devil-Loc plug-in, which is a simplified emulation of the Level-Loc with only two knobs: Crunch (distortion) and Crush (compression). The deluxe version adds more controls, such as Darkness (tone), Release (fast or slow), and Mix (dry/wet). These controls allow you to shape the sound more precisely and blend it with your original signal. The plug-in also has a switch to turn on or off the DC offset filter, which can affect the low end response of the plug-in.

How does the SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 sound?

The SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 sounds like nothing else. It can create huge drum sounds with extreme compression and distortion, or subtle enhancements with a vintage vibe. Depending on how you set the controls, you can achieve different results. For example:

  • If you set the Crunch and Crush knobs to low values, you can get a gentle compression and saturation that adds some warmth and presence to your drums.

  • If you increase the Crunch and Crush knobs, you can get a more aggressive and dirty sound that makes your drums sound bigger and louder. You can also use the Darkness knob to roll off some of the high frequencies and make the sound smoother.

  • If you push the Crunch and Crush knobs to their maximum values, you can get an extreme effect that crushes your drums to silence and then releases them with a fuzzy mess. You can use the Release switch to change the speed of the release, from fast to slow. You can also use the Mix knob to dial in some of the dry signal and tame the effect.

The SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 can also be used on other sources, such as vocals, guitars, bass, synths, or even the mix bus. However, be careful not to overdo it, as it can easily destroy your signal if used improperly. It is best to use it as a creative tool rather than a corrective one.

How easy is it to use the SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109?

The SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 is very easy to use, as it has a simple and intuitive interface. You can adjust the parameters by dragging the knobs or clicking on them and typing in values. You can also use your mouse wheel or arrow keys to fine-tune the settings. The plug-in has a bypass button and an output level meter to help you monitor your signal. The plug-in also has presets that you can browse through and load by clicking on the arrows or using your keyboard shortcuts.

The plug-in is compatible with most DAWs and supports AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST 2, VST 3, and Audio Units formats. It also supports sample rates from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz. You will need an internet connection to activate the plug-in after installation.


The SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 is a unique and powerful plug-in that can add some spice and flavor to your drums and other sources. It can create anything from subtle warmth to extreme distortion, depending on how you use it. It is easy to use and has a vintage vibe that can make your tracks stand out. If you are looking for a plug-in that can make your drums sound big and nasty, you should give the SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 a try.

You can buy the SoundToys DevilLoc Deluxe 109 from the official website for $99, or get it for free with any qualifying individual plug-in or Effect Rack purchase until January 5. You can also download a free 30-day trial version and test it out yourself.


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