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Postby midi_transmission; Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:34 am best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

*** it was suggested to re-post it in the fx sub forum, I posted it in the wrong sub forum by accident ***

Any new next level stuff in 2017/2018 that I missed? Any all time favorites?

I'm not interested in brutal distortion, but more in a tasteful saturation to enhance signals or distort them lightly to get a but crunsh or new tone (e.g. on drums).
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Postby soundmodel; Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:47 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

SDRR2, airwindows, iZotope Trash 2.
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Bibibeatgrid
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Postby Bibibeatgrid; Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:06 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

My favs are:

- Tim Petherick SCS Treble and Bass + Power Expansion for Acustica Audio Nebula 4
https://www.timpetherick.co.uk/download ... expansion/
(can be dosed from fine to heavy and from hard to soft)

- Acustica Audio Crimson
http://www.acustica-audio.com/store/products/crimson
(needs a lot of processing power, better to dial in and freeze track)

- D16 Devastor 2
http://d16.pl/devastor2
(distorting, compression and filtering in one)

- AXP SoftAmp PSA (free)
http://www.soft-amp.com/softamp-psa
(SansAmp style)
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Postby Robmobius; Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:08 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Heavyocity's Punish is another good one. It can go all out distortion if one wants it to.

As I mentioned before Shattered Glass Audios Inferno (I know mentioned it in the previous thread but for the sake of making a list I'll drop it here again).

Airwindows 'Density' is a really good one.

Elysia 'Karacter' from Plugin Alliance is a good one. Very good for beefing up sounds.
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Postby dark water; Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:15 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Two very respected options for exactly what you're looking for that I own are:

Vertigo VSM-3 (on Plugin Alliance website, which also has a couple of other saturation plugins).

Fabfilter Saturn.

Wait for summer / Nov-Dec sales to reduce prices further.


Also check out Kush Audio and Black Rooster for saturation/preamps.
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Postby ariston; Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:21 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Black Box Analog Design HG-2. Astounding sound quality, well thought-out control scheme. My #1 and will likely remain there for quite some time. Really easy to boost loudness and presence, and it takes some pushing to make it sound harsh (all-out distortion with this one is crunchy rather than harsh). Billed as a mastering effect, I find it incredibly useful on single tracks and busses. Best purchase of 2017 for me.
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Postby db3; Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:25 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

I concur on Black Box HG-2.
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Postby Robmobius; Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:26 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

ariston wrote:Black Box Analog Design HG-2. Astounding sound quality, well thought-out control scheme.


Seconded. That's a beast of a plugin.

I also really like BX_Saturator V2 for giving sounds a little boost.
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Postby garryknight; Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:39 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

For signal fattening and just generally whacking the sound over the head with a baseball bat, Trash 2, or One Knob Saturator, or sometimes EXCTR. For a gentler massage, iZotope Neutron 2's Exciter module every time.
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Postby soulone82; Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:33 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

midi_transmission wrote:next level stuff


Sknote Marconi1
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Postby Kalamata Kid; Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:01 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Any of the Waves distortion worth looking into?
https://www.waves.com/plugins/saturatio ... :number=20

Thanks to all that provide links.
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Postby Lazylefteye; Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:54 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Aroma is one of my favourites.
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/aroma-b ... sm/details

Izotope Trash can do subtle too.
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Postby TIMT; Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:57 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

soulone82 wrote:
midi_transmission wrote:next level stuff


Sknote Marconi1


this 100 times over.was never big on Sknote's plugins before Marconi1 and CH5 (apart from Necklace)but Marconi1 particularly took the ITB saturation game outside of Nebula and their Acquas (which don't saturate much if at all anyway apart from Crimson)to dizzying heights
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Postby evilantal; Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:37 am Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Kalamata Kid wrote:Any of the Waves distortion worth looking into?
https://www.waves.com/plugins/saturatio ... :number=20

Thanks to all that provide links.


From Waves, I'd say Cobalt Saphira is probably the one to try...
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Postby MogwaiBoy; Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:05 pm Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Fielding DSP Reviver
Alias-free 2nd/3rd harmonics - does that "I don't know what plugin you just turned off, or what it's doing exactly, but it sounded better with it ON" 3D/spatial enhancement thing.

PA Elysia Karacter / Blackbox HG-2
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