FAQ & Support


Nasty Channel is a channel strip that lets you easily add grit, saturation, compression, and distortion to your tracks. Dial in a noise layer to add some extra crunch, grit, or shimmer to your bass, drum, and synth tracks. Pump up the drive to add some saturation and glue to your sound. It serves as both a helpful mixing utility and a powerful creative effect. Add some secret sauce to individual tracks, buses, or the master channel. Take it for a spin and get nasty!

Trial Period

When Nasty Channel is first launched, you will be prompted to start a trial or enter a license key. The trial period gives you full access to Nasty Channel for 10 days. After the trial expires, you will need to purchase and enter a license key in order to continue using the product.

System Requirements

Mac: macOS 12 or newer (Intel and Apple Silicon M chips supported)

Windows: Windows 10 or newer


Main parameters

Layer menu: allows you to choose which layer sound will be mixed on top of the input audio signal. The output level of the layer follows the input signal level, keeping it in lock with whatever audio you throw at it.

Input gain: adjusts the amount of gain added to the input signal before any additional processing is applied. The saturation circuit in Nasty Channel becomes much more effective at higher input levels, so be sure to increase the input gain for quieter sounds. Defaults to 0 dB (no gain).

Noise: controls the level of the noise layer.

Pitch: adjusts the pitch of the noise layer.

Decay: adjusts the decay time of the noise layer. Increasing Decay will cause the noise layer to continue playing after the input signal has stopped. Try increasing Decay as a creative effect for smoothing out transitions - it’s fun to automate!

HP: controls the cutoff frequency of a highpass filter applied to the layer sound. Does not affect the input signal. Try increasing the highpass frequency to 100-300 Hz to keep the low end of your signal clean when using Nasty Channel on sub and bass sounds.

LP: controls the cutoff frequency of a lowpass filter applied to the layer sound. Does not affect the input signal. Turning down the lowpass frequency can help tame keep harsher high end frequencies under control. Helpful for shaping the tone of the noise signal.

Warmth: applies additional processing to emphasize the low/mid frequencies of the signal.

Drive: controls the amount of saturation and compression applied to the signal. If you find that increasing Drive is too subtle for your use case, try increasing the input gain.


Oversampling: when enabled, Nasty Channel will upsample the input signal before applying any processing, then downsample back to the input sample rate at the end of the signal chain. This can help improve the sound quality, but will cause Nasty Channel to use more CPU and memory.

Show tooltips: toggles whether help tooltips are displayed in the UI. When enabled, tooltips will be displayed after hovering the cursor over a control for a short period.


Please send us an email support [at] imperialdust.com if you have questions about the plugin.