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Lesson 10 - Scream 4 Distortion

In This Lesson: Scream 4 Distortion: Presets, Damage, Cut, and Body.

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How To Use This Lesson

Watch the video below and take the quiz at the bottom of the page. If you need a bit of extra help with the videos, then by all means read the accompanying written content (the written content on this page simply restates what was said in the video).

Make sure you set the video below to at least "720p HD", if not "1080p HD", and then set it to Fullscreen as well. Otherwise the video won't display properly, and it will be quite difficult to follow the tutorial.

You can set it to 1080p HD by clicking the little Gearbox icon at the bottom of the video, and clicking "1080p HD". You can set the video to fullscreen by choosing the very bottom-right button in the video.

Scream 4

Right Click an Instrument/Effect > Scream 4 Distortion to add the Scream 4 into your project.

  • To turn off any of the sections (Damage, Cut, or Body), just uncheck the yellow box next to each one. It will then turn grey.


Use the folder icon (or arrows) to switch between different presets. If you are a beginner, then this is the place to start.


The damage section is the heart of your distortion unit.

  • Turn the "Damage Control" knob UP to put more distortion in the mix.
  • Use the "Selector" knob (next to "Damage Control") to change the type of distortion.
  • P1 and P2 change the different parameters available for each type of distortion.


The cut section is a small EQ for the Scream 4.

  • Turn a frequency Higher (Up) to hear more of that. And down to hear less.
  • There are 3 faders available: Lo, Med, Hi


The body section emulates different types of resonant body's such as a wah-wah, speaker cabinet simulator, and much more.

There are 4 knobs here:

  • Resolution (Clockwise gives a more resonant effect)
  • Scale (Controls the "Size" of the resonant effect, Clockwise reduces the size)
  • Auto (The amount of envelope follower effect on the Scale Parameter).
  • Type (Select one of the five available body types)

Each of these knobs deserve some experimentation from you. If you don't understand some of the specific knobs, don't worry, it's not important that you understand how everything works; if general idea of Scream 4 you should have no problem using this audio unit.

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  1. Exercise: Play with the Scream 4 Distortion unit for 6 minutes and 15 seconds.
  2. Can you turn off the "Cut" section?If so, how?
  3. What does the "Damage Control" knob do?
  4. Name 4 parameters that you can change using the "P1" or "P2" knobs.

Quiz Answers

  1. Exercise
  2. Yes. Uncheck the "Cut" box (It's a small yellow box).
  3. The damage control knob controls the amount of damage distortion is applied to the mix. If it's turned off, you won't get any distortion at all.
  4. All possible Parameters:
  • Tone
  • Presence
  • Bias
  • Compression
  • Frequency
  • Rate
  • Resolution
  • Sharpness
  • Ring
  • Size
  • Speed
  • Contour

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