After many great suggestions and a lot of research I have come to the stark realisation that the actual modelling of electrical components with DSP beyond simple components like resistors, capacitors, and inductors is way beyond the scope of a one man hobby shop like myself. After hearing that Arturia have their own modelling engine specifically developed for this reason to be able to do accurate models of the old Moogs and other synths of yesteryear I have decided that for the time being at least, this sort of RE is beyond the resources I have to put into it.
That said, I am still happy to delve into hard core digital DSP algorithms to make a new RE, and I have come up with an idea that I want to float to make sure that firstly it would be welcome, and secondly that no one else has already done it.
I want to make a distortion effect RE that allows you to select from a number of characteristic curves that the input will be passed through, (for example the classic f(x) = 2/pi * atan(x)) and also maybe even a "draw your own curve" concept as well.I would like to take advantage of the ability to select different panels within the RE (similar to the Thor oscillator modules panels etc) to give it the flexibility of differing modular stages (filters, chorus, delay, reverb as well maybe?), so it could end up being a reasonably complex distortion RE.
Would anyone be interested in this? If so I will start mocking up a UI and post it here to get an idea on what direction people would like this thing to go.