Hardcore Guitar Effects

TRIAL ONLY: Hardcore is provided as a demo version in FL Studio and needs to be purchased separately so you can save projects containing Hardcore effects.

Hardcore gives you virtual access to 11 popular stomp-box effects, as used by famous guitar players (who won't let us use their names, unless we ship them suitcases full of cash), including a number of expertly crafted Cabinet simulations, of legendary hardware (from manufacturers that won't let us use their trade-marks, unless we ship them train-loads of cash). Who needs to drop famous names when you have Hardcore!

Note: The Hardcore pedalboard holds a maximum of 5 stomp-boxes, the screenshot above has been stretched to show the complete Hardcore selection.

There is a video series available - Image-Line | Hardcore Efffects Plugin.

Master Controls

The controls from left to right are:

  • PRESET - To open the list of presets, click on the preset name. To step through presets click on the left & right arrows flanking the selector.
  • INPUT - Main input level, this can be useful in combination with the distortion effects if your source sound is a too quiet and the effects aren't punchy enough.
  • OUTPUT - Main output level.
  • EQ - 8 band graphic equalizer. To enable/disable click on the power button below the EQ label. To adjust bands, click and drag on the target band.
  • CABINET - Guitar speaker cabinet simulations. Select models by clicking on the Model label. Models A to E are algorithmic while the remainder are convolution impulse-response based reproductions. That is, the sound is based on recordings from real cabinets. If we could afford the prohibitive licensing fees, then you may recognize some famous models in this list. But we couldn't, so you will have to listen out for them :)

Effects Pedals

Hardcore has 10 stomp-boxes that can be inserted into any one of 5 slots on the pedalboard. If you need to use more than 5 hardcore effects at a time, simply use two instances of Hardcore in series in the same effects chain.

  • Activate / Deactivate effects - Click on the stomp-pad below the controls for the effect. This parameter can be linked to an external controller.
  • Loading effects - Click on one of the drop-down boxes at the bottom of the GUI and select from the menu.
  • Moving effects - Click on the drop-down box under the effect to be moved and select 'Move left" or 'Move right' to change the position.
  • Deleting effects- - Click on one of the drop-down boxes at the bottom of the GUI and select 'None'.


Distortion is the reshaping of an input waveform, usually caused by non-linearities in the electronic circuitry close to (or above) maximum signal level:

  • DIST - Distortion level controls amount of distortion effect applied to the input signal.
  • COMB - Comb filter cut level. Comb filters remove frequencies in a series of narrow bands, an EQ graph that looks like a comb shape.
  • INFERNO - Bass resonator that adds body to the sound.
  • GLASS - High frequency filter.


Chorus is an effect created by the slight detuning of multiple copies of the same sound (similar to a choir of voices):

  • WIDTH - Amount of pitch modulation.
  • SPEED - Pitch modulation speed.
  • INTENSITY - Wet / Dry signal mix.


Flanging is a form of phase cancellation created by combining multiple, variously delayed copies of the same sound.

  • WIDTH - Amount of phase cancellation.
  • SPEED - Phase modulation speed.
  • INTENSITY - Wet / Dry signal mix.


Phasing is closely related to Flanging. Various frequencies in the original signal are delayed by different amounts, causing peaks and troughs in the output signal which are not spaced evenly. Phasing and flanging sound similar, as both arise from combining delayed versions of the signal with the original. The Phasing effect is however significantly more intense, with a greater 'sweeping' effect across the spectrum.


Short for 'Reverberation', Reverb simulates acoustic spaces. If you clap your hands in a bathroom or concert hall, the sound is quite different. This is due to the fact that in enclosed spaces reflections build up and overlap to create the reverberant sound.


Creates echo effects.

Noise Gate

Noise gates are useful to silence non-guitar noise, such as power hum, often heard from guitar pickups. Start by setting the THRESHOLD value so that the background noise is just cut off. Next select ATTACK and RELEASE values that allow the guitar signal to pass through the gate with the least 'choppiness'.


4 band inline EQ tuned to Guitar specific frequencies. The 12 O?clock position is flat (no cut or boost), rotate right to boost or left to cut frequencies. Remember Hardcore also has an 8 band graphic equalizer on the Master control panel and Cabinet simulations for further EQ shaping.


Compression can be thought of as an automated volume control and will help your guitar sound to punch through the mix. Usually compression is used to increase the level of quiet playing while limiting the maximum volume of the louder parts (compressing dynamic range). The compressor also works well when placed after the Distortion effect to add even more crunch to the sound.


The Modulator provides four target parameters, Pitch, Amplitude, Panning & Rate. There is no modulation when the controls are turned fully counter-clockwise.


Tubedrive provides three target parameters, Pitch, Volume & Panning. There is no modulation when the controls are turned fully counter-clockwise.

Plugin Credits -

Code & GUI: Maxx Claster.