Cheap saturation plugin

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KVRist
43 posts since 1 Jan, 2021

Post Thu May 06, 2021 10:29 am

ChowTape or IVGI

You can't go wrong with these. Top notch plugins even both are free. Don't be fooled, that they cost zero.
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Boss Lovin' DR
8212 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Post Thu May 06, 2021 10:32 am

Weirdly see no luuurve for this;

https://senderspike.wordpress.com/2019/ ... -recorder/

Which is a great freebie tape sim, ultra low CPU too. In fact, all the Sender Spike effects are great. :love:

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KVRist
366 posts since 27 Aug, 2020

Post Thu May 06, 2021 10:51 am

While we're on the topic of nice free saturation plugins, be sure to check out Nick Crow TubeDriver as well.

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KVRian

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650 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Post Thu May 06, 2021 10:52 am

donkey tugger wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 10:32 am
Weirdly see no luuurve for this;

https://senderspike.wordpress.com/2019/ ... -recorder/

Which is a great freebie tape sim, ultra low CPU too. In fact, all the Sender Spike effects are great. :love:
I gotta give this a try. Thank you very much for your suggestions!

KVRian
589 posts since 13 May, 2015

Post Thu May 06, 2021 11:01 am

I am a big fan of D16 Devastor2 and Redoptor2 depending on the flavour your after. Often on sale. Their bit crusher Decimort2 is also great. I often just flick through the presets till I find something I like and then tweak the mix knob.

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KVRist
366 posts since 27 Aug, 2020

Post Thu May 06, 2021 11:07 am

Decimort is a great bitcrusher, seconded.

KVRian
1043 posts since 17 Jun, 2012

Post Thu May 06, 2021 2:51 pm

I think narrowing it down to the type of saturation you are looking to achieve will help you in your tone quest. Having said that, here are some kd my recommendations:

Best at any price: SDRR (relatively inexpensive), Fab Filter Saturn 2 (expensive and flexible), maybe Decapitator if you're with that specific sound. It's less flexible than the other two but if you like that grimey, plasticy sound, there are a few variations of it with the controls.

Best Free: IVGI (similar to Klanghelm in SDRR desk mode)
Airwindows To Tape 6 (donationware and flexible sound)
Chow Tape (lauded flexible tape saturation)

SDRR would be my best all around, especially for the price. Saturn can be a Jack of all trades but expensive. SDRR can do Tube, Digital, Fuzz, and Desk saturation. You won't get tape saturation, however. But AirWindows and Chow Tape could fill the gap for next to nothing.

KVRAF
28834 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu May 06, 2021 3:00 pm

I'd throw Native Instruments Dirt in. The Crush Pack doesn't break the bank, and Dirt is easily my favorite saturation/distortion. It just sounds "right".
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KVRAF
4730 posts since 16 May, 2002 from Brisbane , Australia

Post Thu May 06, 2021 8:28 pm

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KVRAF
1729 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Fri May 07, 2021 1:47 am

Reelbus 4 is also one of my favourite saturators; it has a useful emphasis/de-emphasis EQ section that lets you really target the saturation without shifting the overall tone too much.

KVRist
112 posts since 2 Mar, 2009

Post Fri May 07, 2021 6:42 am

Softube Harmonics is on sale for $59 this month. Also, Softube Tape is on sale for $49. What do you all think of these two? I've been thinking of getting Harmonics as an alternative to Soundtoys Decapitator.

KVRian
942 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Post Fri May 07, 2021 7:40 am

Surprised nobody has mentioned this: https://www.softube.com/saturationknob
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

KVRist
30 posts since 1 Jan, 2015

Post Fri May 07, 2021 8:22 am

I was just about to post the same thing. I really like the Softube Saturation knob. :tu:
ramseysounds wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 7:40 am
Surprised nobody has mentioned this: https://www.softube.com/saturationknob

KVRian
744 posts since 25 Aug, 2006

Post Fri May 07, 2021 8:42 am

You can get CableGuys DriveShaper for free now with any purchase from
www.pluginboutique.com
Just buy whatever cheap saturation plugin you like, get DriveShaper for free and that way you get two saturation plugins.
This also has the added benefit of activating the GAS pathway since DriveShaper runs within ShaperBox2 and gets you a discount to upgrade to the whole ShaperBox2 package which gets you six more effects. You can get the ShaperBox upgrade at PluginBoutique as well and get DubStation2 for free with that purchase. So now instead of just one saturation plugin you have ShaperBox2(7 plugins), paid for cheap saturation plugin, and DubStation2.

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KVRAF
4002 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Fri May 07, 2021 10:17 am

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