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What's the best SATURATION plug-in currently?
Old 12th February 2011
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What's the best SATURATION plug-in currently?

There was a lot of topics about saturation , but we have more and more tools every single day , so what's your fav Saturation plug at the moment? What you use on individual tracks , groups and 2 bass?
Old 12th February 2011
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For tape saturation my fav of the moment is the new roundtone

Roundtone VST - Tape emulation

For tube type saturation the sat algo in Voxengo's Voxformer is the one i like and use the most
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Anything by Bootsie.
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There's lots out there.

For tape I use the Mcdsp AC1

For tube I use SPL
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+1000000 for Bootsie.
Roundtone VST
Ferric TDS VST
Tessla SE VST
BootEQMKII VST

My personal faves and secret weapons.

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crane song has a nice one, but thats tdm only.

Lately I've been using an aux that has the massey tape head feeding a sonnox inflator. eq to taste after, and blend with original.
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Sound Toys Decapitator, hands down.


How do they do that shit!
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I just demoing decapitator , and i must say it's pretty damn good!!But on 2 Buss it's making too much distortion;/ and smash snare.(whats your fav style?).

And what about others: PSP MixSaturator and VW2, URS Saturation , SPL TwinTube, Izotope Alloy?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by edneysis ➑️
I just demoing decapitator , and i must say it's pretty damn good!!But on 2 Buss it's making too much distortion;/ and smash snare.(whats your fav style?).

And what about others: PSP MixSaturator and VW2, URS Saturation , SPL TwinTube, Izotope Alloy?
For Decapitator on the 2 buss you can try the "E" style with no drive / eq'd & blended to taste with the mix control.

Another really great option is the FREE! Channel 2 (& Density2) from Chris at Airwindows. Sounds awesome and can go from pretty clean to nasty (with varying models as well). His tape emulations are also dope.

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I've got to say that Bootsie really has done some very impressive saturation stuff that he has woven into a few plugins. My only gripe is that sometimes the way he does his gain structuring is a little annoying. But the stuff does sound GOOD and it's free (crazzzzy).
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Originally Posted by Hardtoe ➑️
Sound Toys Decapitator, hands down.


How do they do that shit!
Yeah, it's impressive.

Depends on your budget and taste but a few good ones to demo are:

PSP MixPack an analog sound plug-ins (VST, AudioUnit, DirectX, RTAS, AudioUnit) for mixing and mastering!
112dB
Short Description: Sound Performance Lab
D16 Group Audio Software - Beyond Perfection - Redoptor

The last one is more full on, more of a distort tbh.
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Massey tapehead is free, and offers some nice saturation coloration.
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Not for Me;/. I'm PC user.
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+1 for Bootsie! This is proprietary but I really like Kontakt's saturation, you can switch between tube and solid state. It really gives kicks nice bottom end tone when driving it!
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Sound Toys Decapitator is the best I've heard based on algorithms... Much more cpu intensive but best result for saturations from subtile to rather strong with an incredible analog texture: some programs for nebula. That said I never heard a p^lugin produce the sound you get from a device like a chandler TG2 extremely overloaded (sounds very creamy).
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What about saturation on 2buss ? psp saturation seems to be pretty good. I looking for something like crane song , but only on PC.
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Decapitor here , use it as a send , not insert as you have the dry wet thing ....
the otha killer is the focusing eq from softube that is just crazy and way underated....
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Decapitator
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Decapitator ? is better than decapitor and less good than decapitatator ?
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I'm joking Chris i know i made the name mistake
Have you tried the URS ? that's one i didn't try yet ...
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Quote:
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Decapitor here , use it as a send , not insert as you have the dry wet thing ....
Why do you use it as a send when you have a wet/dry knob on the plug in? Unless I'm missing something obvious here.....
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This helped tons, thanks for the suggestions guys.
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Shout outs to the Bootsie peeps and those that suggeste4d these plugs.

I knew about Ferric via KVR but never looked further.. that EQ is niiiice.


Cheers
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I'm joking Chris i know i made the name mistake
Have you tried the URS ? that's one i didn't try yet ...
I haven't, I've been trying to make music for once and not worry about what I use
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I don't know if it is the best, but I use Decapitator and I like it.
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Yeah decapitator's the best I've come across.
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I still love the Massey Tape Head.
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Hmm, if it's pure (and subtle) saturation/warmth for every use it has to be between.

112db redline preamp and decapapatitator (:P)

Don't see many people suggesting redline, there's a demo availble, it just gives you a lovely smeary warmth.
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UAD maximizer, V-tape, camelcrusher, conspiracy theory saturator voxengo tube amp, whatever works at the time really and I never dismiss stock cubase plugs.
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IN addition to what's been mentioned, I think this is fantastic when used subtly:

Mellowmuse SATV - Vintage Saturator RTAS, AudioUnit and VST plug-in for OSX and Windows
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