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Distortion and handling harshness
Old 23rd April 2019
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Distortion and handling harshness

Hi Andrew, what plugins do you use if you want to add distortion to your tracks (a little or a lot of)? How do you manage harshness that often seeps in together with the distortion?
Old 23rd April 2019
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[I know these answers will start to sound like an ad for Omnichannel, but I spent two years getting it to sound the way I want, and we spent a LOT of time on the saturation.]

So, with that said, I use the saturation on the Omnichannel a lot. I also love the Sansamp, both the version that comes with Pro Tools and the new Nembrini Audio version. I used to use Lo-FI a lot, but part of the reason we spent so much time on the Omnichannel saturation was to get what I liked from LO-FI without any of the stuff I didn't like. Sometimes I'll go more the tape saturation route and then Satin, Phoenix and any of the tape machine emulation plugins could work. I don't do it that often though and I usually just try a bunch until I start to get the sound I'm hearing in my head.

When things get harsh I either back off the distortion or just eq it. No real tricks there.
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