This endlessly flexible distortion is more like a scalpel than a sledgehammer, producing smooth saturation precisely where you want it. Add a little heat to one part of the sonic spectrum without toasting the whole thing. Accentuate the growl of a vocal without overemphasizing the sibilance. Bring a snare to life without making the cymbals too abrasive.
Picante works similar to a typical graphic equalizer, dividing the sonic spectrum into 31 individual frequency bands, each ⅓ of an octave in width. Raising any of these bands above the center line (0dB) results in a soft saturation which becomes increasingly aggressive with each added decibel of gain, while lowering any band simply attenuates it.
You will need Ableton Live Suite OR both Ableton Live Standard and Max for Live to run this software.