Cheap saturation plugin

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KVRian
631 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Post Thu May 06, 2021 2:19 am

Hi, everyone!

I'm looking for a cheap saturation plugin, preferably with multiple modes and not iLok or app manager like IK Multimedia.

My budget is $50.

To better understand what I'm looking for, Saturator X would've been nice if it wasn't for their poor app manager, Decapitator is way above my budget. If there is something similar and with a nice sound in this price, would be nice.

I was looking at SDRR and HoRNet Tape. If you have any suggestions.

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KVRAF
6100 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Thu May 06, 2021 2:45 am

SDRR hands down. I love it. Try the free version of it before you decide. It's called IVGI.
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KVRAF
2288 posts since 5 Jun, 2011 from Preston, England, UK

Post Thu May 06, 2021 2:52 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 2:45 am
SDRR hands down. I love it. Try the free version of it before you decide. It's called IVGI.
Yep! Without a doubt :tu:
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KVRian
1088 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Post Thu May 06, 2021 2:54 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 2:45 am
SDRR hands down. I love it. Try the free version of it before you decide. It's called IVGI.

Can't go wrong here. The free IVGI goes along way.
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KVRist
202 posts since 30 Jan, 2015

Post Thu May 06, 2021 2:57 am

Endeavour FX contemporary colour is a good choice too. $29 IIRC.

KVRAF
2294 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Thu May 06, 2021 3:01 am

Melda and Airwindows

KVRist
369 posts since 15 Apr, 2020

Post Thu May 06, 2021 3:01 am

Voxengo TubeAmp + Klevgrand FreeAmp

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KVRian

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631 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Post Thu May 06, 2021 3:04 am

I was looking at Kazrog True Iron too. I'll have to give them a try, tho I'm still looking forward to your suggestions and experiences.

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KVRist
104 posts since 2 Jul, 2014 from Finland

Post Thu May 06, 2021 3:16 am

A vote for SDRR from me too. It's a steal!

KVRAF
1688 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Thu May 06, 2021 3:16 am

My go-to saturators are all pretty cheap.

Klanghelm SDRR2: definitely start with this one, great balance between ease-of-use and versatility. And it's cheap, and DRM-free.

Kazrog True Iron: has a smaller window between "barely there" and "distortion" than SDRR2, but very nice for subtle effects

Fuse Audio preamps: good for a more heavy-handed application. But less versatile than SDRR and more expensive.

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KVRian

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631 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Post Thu May 06, 2021 7:28 am

I guess will be SDRR2 for now since I already had SDRR2tube from PreSonus, I upgraded for cheaper. But now I'm looking for tape plugin that's cheap.

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KVRist
348 posts since 27 Aug, 2020

Post Thu May 06, 2021 7:55 am

nIGhT-SoN wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 7:28 am
But now I'm looking for tape plugin that's cheap.
Toneboosters ReelBus 4 and ChowDSP ChowTape.

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KVRian

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631 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Post Thu May 06, 2021 8:14 am

ChowTape sounds really amazing, especially since it's free! :hyper:

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KVRist
348 posts since 27 Aug, 2020

Post Thu May 06, 2021 8:15 am

I agree, ChowTape is awesome. Be sure to also check out ChowMatrix and ChowPhaser, I love the sound of the latter.

KVRAF
1736 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Post Thu May 06, 2021 8:16 am

Newfangled Saturate.

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