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Nominate your favourite saturation plug-ins
Old 1 week ago
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Nominate your favourite saturation plug-ins

Nominate your favourite saturation plug-ins!


Saturation plug-ins are often recommended as a way to deal with the "neutral" sound of DAW-based mixing and modern digital recording gear in general, but since there are so many of them out there we need your help to determine the best options. With that in mind, we ask:


What are your favourite saturation plug-ins?


Simply reply to this thread with your favourites, and if you have the time please share your techniques for using these plug-ins! Are you going for an all-encompassing approach that emulates all the pieces on a traditional analog recording chain? Console-style saturation, tape emulations, a mix of both or something different altogether? Have your say and let's "warm up" this conversation!


PS: Check out our previous and current nominations for more of the best studio gear!
Old 6 days ago
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Gear Maniac
 

70 views and no nominations? wth?
I will be the first then:

- Fabfilter Saturn
- Brainworx/UAD/PA VERTIGO VSM-3

Honorable mention:
- Soundtoys Decapitator and Radiator
- Kush Omega transformer
- Nebula: R2R and Alex B Preamp color suite
Old 6 days ago
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Gear Nut
- Fab Filter Saturn
- Hornet Graffio
Old 6 days ago
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Gear Maniac
 

Mine, in no particular order:

- Slate VCC for console emulation
- Soundtoys Decapitator for tone shaping and adding bite to pretty much anything
- Slate VTM on the master buss
- Logic X stock overdrive plugin for a different flavour
- Soundtoys Little Radiator on guitars - killer.
Old 6 days ago
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WaveArts - Tube Saturator (the Original, and it's FREE)
Waves - J37
Nomad Factory - Cosmos (this one ROCKS, and is way underrated)
Old 6 days ago
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Fabfilter Saturn all the way
Old 6 days ago
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Lives for gear
 

No order

Uad studer
Decapitator
Radiator
Aphex exciter Waves
Old 6 days ago
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New fav is Novatron.
Old 6 days ago
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UAD Culture Vulture
Vertigo VSM-3 (UAD and native)
Klanghelm SDRR
Soundtoys Decapitator
Old 6 days ago
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Gear Addict
 

- Soundtoys Decapitator
- Klanghelm SDRR
- Magneto II (Cubase)
Old 5 days ago
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Originally Posted by Marando View Post
UAD Culture Vulture
Vertigo VSM-3 (UAD and native)
Klanghelm SDRR
Soundtoys Decapitator
These. VSM-3 is top of the list for me.
Old 5 days ago
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Gear Maniac
WaveArts - Tube Saturator (the Original)

Waves NLS
Old 5 days ago
  #13
New-found gem:
Native Instruments Supercharger GT

Then the usual suspects:
Soundtoys Decapitator
Soundtoys Radiator
Old 5 days ago
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Gear Head
 

Kush Omega Transformer 458A and N
Softube Class A and SSL 4000E
Kush Novatron
Softube Tape

Own, but don't care about SoundToys Decapitator/Radiator.
Old 5 days ago
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458a and VSM -3
Old 5 days ago
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Warmth part of sonnox oxford dynamics V3

Cranesong phoenix
Old 5 days ago
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Audified U78 saturator (under the radar? very very good!)
Arouser's built in saturation (can use without compression and often works wonders)

I use various stuff here and there but those two I'm relying on more than even my soundtoys stuff these days. I also like FG-73 slate preamp, very good for reducing transients on kicks/snares while adding body/weight, but can't get my vote due to me falling out with VMR lately. :(
Old 5 days ago
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Gear Head
 

In this order:

Kush Omega 458a
Plugin Alliance Vertigo VSM-3
Klanghelm SDRR
Old 5 days ago
  #19
Lives for gear
Blue Cat Audio Destructor
Magneto
Slate VTM
Old 5 days ago
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Softube Saturation knob
Kush Novatron
Slate VTM
Old 5 days ago
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Here for the gear
 

Waves; NLS, J37, Chris Lord Alge Mixdown, X-Noise ( Allows you to Drive the input without peaking when inserted LAST on the master bus)

Nebula: Modern White Tape; Preamp Color Suite, U47, J37,U87, U67

Native Instruments: Driver, Supercharger GT

Steinberg: DaTube (Stock Cubase plugin)

WaveArts: Tube Saturater (original)

CDSOUNDMASTER: VTM-M2
Old 5 days ago
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Gear Head
 

Airwindows Ironoxide
Audio Assault Head Crusher
XLN Audio Retro Color

And a special mention for the saturation in various Goodhertz plugins (Trem ctrl, Wow, Faraday Limiter).
Old 5 days ago
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I'm glad to see that WaveArts' Tube Saturator (Original) is getting some love here. It's phenomenal.
Old 5 days ago
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Originally Posted by conleec View Post
I'm glad to see that WaveArts' Tube Saturator (Original) is getting some love here. It's phenomenal.
What’s the deal with the new one that it isn’t as good?
Old 5 days ago
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What’s the deal with the new one that it isn’t as good?
I'm certain it's good, as WaveArts makes good plugins. But it's modeled, whereas the original is calculated on the fly from simulated circuitry. It eats CPU like breakfast, but it sounds amazing. The CPU hit is why they modeled it and re-released as v2.

Being a purist at heart, I like the way the original works. And if it takes too much CPU I can always mix it down.
Old 5 days ago
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Here for the gear
 

Soundtoys Decapitator
Kush Omega 458a
Soundtoys Radiator
Old 5 days ago
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Originally Posted by conleec View Post
whereas the original is calculated on the fly from simulated circuitry.
Aha! Thanks for the detail, I really like it as well.
Old 5 days ago
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Here for the gear
Klanghelm SDRR all the way, never felt the need to reach for anything else so far
Old 5 days ago
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Gear Nut
Not very well known but very useful : Graffio - Hornet.

I just use it this morning because I have a track with a 12 strings virtual Guitare .
Some hight notes are very stung and agressive.
I wanted to decrease some frequencies without losing clarity and brightness, then I choose my best EQ but didn't arrive to a good result.

It's why I bought Graffio. It's a multi-bands saturator, like Saturn BUT so easy to setup.

I only choose the hight band, increase the input and decrease the output. And it's magical. Soft warm sound with shinning brightness without any peaks which need to be limited.

You should try if you don't know it. Very useful tool.

Maybe some other plugs can do that, but for 11€ it's a gem
Old 5 days ago
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Gear Head
 

Lately, I've been using Overloud's TapeDesk a lot, as the first insert of every track, to give an analog saturation mojo. Using it gently and adding some random wow/flutter value (less than 1.5%) to every track really get things moving.

For a more obvious saturation effect, I've been using Kush's Omega N a lot, as the last insert, mainly on buses. I push it gently as well, just enough so the "leds" start blinking.

These two tools combined can really make things become alive, which is the point, I guess.

Also, Goodhertz Wow Control works amazingly well on the 2-Bus. It's my favorite tape emulation plugin. Of course, I use it very very subtly. I just add a little bit of coloration, noise and saturation. When I say subtly, I mean that I adjust it until it's barely noticeable. I also add really small values (again, less than 1.5%)of its random wow/flutter values.

I think I also should mention Audified's U78 saturator. I've been using it a lot when I want to bring things forward. It's a great tool. Very easy to set up.

It's worth mentioning that anyone should be careful with saturation during mixing. A lot of these tools will cause aliasing hell if you mix in 44.1kHz, so make sure to use oversample when necessary.
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