''What on earth is a Culture Vulture?'' you might ask. Described as a ''stereo valve distortion unit'', the hand-built and British-made ''CV'' is more than just a sonic dirt generator. It can go from gently tube-warming a digital mix, all the way to full clipping -- sounding like a Marshall stack with all the speakers slashed – and everything in-between. People love the Vulture for tracking vocals, guitars and keys. Producers who use a lot of samples employ it for fattening drum-loops and digital synth sounds. Get Vultured!