What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

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simon.a.billington
KVRAF
1834 posts since 12 Nov, 2014

Post Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:59 am

Mushy Mushy wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:56 am
simon.a.billington wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:37 am
Mushy Mushy wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:28 am
Any thoughts on:
- elysia Compressor (just the saturation section)
- Softube Harmonics?

Planning on demoing tonight but curious in the meantime.
Are you talking about the Soft Clipper on the Alpha... or driving the output section the mpressor hard and gaining it back with a trim plugin?.
I was referring to the soft clipper. I've since bought it and it's absolutely lovely :love:
I quite like that myself.

perpetual3
KVRian
1277 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Re: What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

Post Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:03 am

I like newfangled audio saturate, ik tapes and Acustica audio celestial. Saturation in Kush Novatron too. Wavesfactory Specter. Creative intent tantrum.

simon.a.billington
KVRAF
1834 posts since 12 Nov, 2014

Re: What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

Post Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:12 am

LoveEnigma18 wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:16 am
Looks like Abbey Road Saturator can also be added to this expanding list, unless I missed seeing it mentioned. It sounds pretty good to me.
New one on my list too, although I bloody misspelt it somewhere above!! Haha!!

I've got to say but was pretty inventive for the engineers to come up with the out of the box method method. I guess the same could be said for their ADR technique. Brilliant minds.

Good Times
KVRer
10 posts since 19 Jan, 2020

Re: What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

Post Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:00 pm

bill45 wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:02 pm
Good Times wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:47 am
I upgraded my PC in December to be able to use Tape Machines and similar CPU hogs. For Tape Machines is was definitely worth it. Big improvement to my songs!
What are the specs of your new Machine
Sorry for the late reply, still getting used to this forum.

I'm on Windows 10, Studio One 4. I asked for a new processor that maximizes the CPU per core and was recommended an Intel i5-9600K, 3.7 GHz, 3696 MHz with 6 cores. An SSD drive also made a difference.

One instance of Tape Machine still leads to a 19% CPU hit. But that's okay because almost all of my other plugs barely register. Things like Clariphonic or Black Box HG-2 are at 5% CPU, most below 2%. (Gotta add that I mix at 1024 samples.) Before the upgrade I felt too limited in the plugins I can pick to do the job best.

I'd upload a file showing you the difference of sound with and without Tape Machine but I can't see how to upload an MP3.

JerGoertz
KVRAF
2705 posts since 20 Feb, 2004

Re: What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

Post Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:05 pm

BERFAB wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:33 am
I own tape, saturator and exciter plugs from every major dev out there (many just included with bundles for other things). I rotate through them from time to time to see if there's something that i've been missing by NOT using them. Usually, I just wind up going back to the one plug that reliably gives me what I want:

Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Analog Trackbox

This plug has been around since the stone age, and I know that many here have long ago written off Nomad Factory as a vestige of long forgotten era. However, this thing delivers. The presets are actually useful, and the sound is as warm as you want it to be.

Oddly, Nomad has a couple of great tape plugs, but the Trackbox still does it better IMHO.
I like it, too. I wondered if my ears were suspect for liking such an old, obviously outdated plugin. :hihi:
A well-behaved signature.

El°HYM
KVRist
181 posts since 21 Nov, 2015

Re: What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

Post Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:33 pm

I recently threw a Fuseaudio TCS-68 on the Masterbus; kind of by accident or non-intended, yet worked out brilliant. As for 'digital-distortion' I kind of get lost with these, or cant really hear that 'sound' anymore... so the more subtle and warm it sounds, the better for me. FA has some Gems here, as does Chris from Airwindows.

BERFAB
KVRAF
6238 posts since 25 Mar, 2004

Re: What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:14 am

JerGoertz wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:05 pm
BERFAB wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:33 am
I own tape, saturator and exciter plugs from every major dev out there (many just included with bundles for other things). I rotate through them from time to time to see if there's something that i've been missing by NOT using them. Usually, I just wind up going back to the one plug that reliably gives me what I want:

Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Analog Trackbox

This plug has been around since the stone age, and I know that many here have long ago written off Nomad Factory as a vestige of long forgotten era. However, this thing delivers. The presets are actually useful, and the sound is as warm as you want it to be.

Oddly, Nomad has a couple of great tape plugs, but the Trackbox still does it better IMHO.
I like it, too. I wondered if my ears were suspect for liking such an old, obviously outdated plugin. :hihi:
It's not "outdated" if you're still using it. :tu:
Berfab
So many plugins, so little time...

Jade_one
KVRer
6 posts since 17 Feb, 2020

Re: What are you go-to mix bus and master bus "saturation" plugins?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:26 am

Black box sometimes, Fielding reviver is cool too

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