The Brainworx bx_distorange Distortion pedal is an exacting plugin emulation of one of the most popular distortion pedals ever made: The Boss DS-1®. Beloved for its rich, liquid tone and super simple operation, this distortion pedal has been used on countless hit records over the last 4 decades, including Nivana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

This distortion pedal is a modern classic. Artists ranging from Kurt Cobain to Steve Vai have relied on its snarling, grinding distortion to excite fans. Introduced in 1978, it has become a pedalboard staple for guitarists around the world. It's great for all flavors of rock - everything from experimental to indie to modern to heavier, grunge-infused genres. That versatility, combined with its great price, make this pedal the perfect pick for its proven tone.

From subtle warming of clean tones, to smooth distortion effects, the bx_distorange delivers classic sound to your DAW. Download the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) today to add this iconic distortion to your tracks.

Legal Disclaimer: Boss and DS-1 are registered trademarks of Roland Inc. bx_distorange was developed by Brainworx Music and Media GmbH based on its own modeling techniques. Roland has not endorsed nor sponsored the bx_distorange in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.


  • Tone, Distortion, and Level controls
  • Faithful recreation of classic distortion pedal 
  • Mono or Stereo operation
  • Subtle distortion to dramatic shredding effects
  • Great not just for guitar but keyboards and other sources as well—even vocals!
  • Plugin version has all the tone, but not all the noise, of the original
  • Brings classic distortion pedal tone into your DAW
  • Plugin does things the pedal can’t, like automation and stereo buss processing

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Jody Wisternoff

    Jody Wisternoff

    Way Out West

    Utterly vicious distortion, sounds great on handclaps for that proper crunch! Very usable.

Customer Reviews

  • Great distortion for tracking

    by Edward Selberie
    This is a nice piece of plugin. I do use it (plus my other PA pedal emulations) a lot. They sound great and the guitar will sit very nice in the total mix. I am so used to these pedals, that… Read More
  • yes

    by 111
    very cool plugin was very useful
  • bx_distorange

    by Myles
    Instant fuzz and grime. It has quite a digital sound, which I'm not even mad about, but it captures the tone of the original unit quite well.
  • Great Disto!

    by Musician B.
    Good sound from little orange box!
  • Nice Sharp Tone

    by Juancan
    This distortion plugin sounds really nice.


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM


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