Cheap saturation plugin

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KVRist
83 posts since 26 Jul, 2019

Post Fri May 07, 2021 11:41 am

SonicDimension wrote:
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.
Harmonics and Decapitator are two very different beasts. In my humble opinion Harmonics is better suited for more subtle saturation, while Decapitator is better at overt distortion. It can be kinda subtle, but I still find it to be simply too much for some applications. But maybe it's just me. FYI Decapitator goes on sale from time to time. IIRC I got mine for $50 (same for Harmonics, sometimes the price comes down to $50).

KVRist
112 posts since 2 Mar, 2009

Post Fri May 07, 2021 1:02 pm

itanever wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 11:41 am
Harmonics and Decapitator are two very different beasts. In my humble opinion Harmonics is better suited for more subtle saturation, while Decapitator is better at overt distortion. It can be kinda subtle, but I still find it to be simply too much for some applications. But maybe it's just me. FYI Decapitator goes on sale from time to time. IIRC I got mine for $50 (same for Harmonics, sometimes the price comes down to $50).
Thanks for the tips! I already have iZotope Trash 2 and d16 Devastor 2, so I'm interested in a plugin that does some more subtle analog-modeled saturation. Harmonics seems like a good option. Toneboosters Reelbus 4 also seems like a good choice for the tape-style saturation (with lots of extra features).

KVRist
55 posts since 25 Apr, 2021

Post Sat May 08, 2021 12:44 pm

A lot of solutions here. I would add Waves Screamer. My favourite. So deep and not weak.

If you want something creamier, then saturation in
Supercharger XT would do the job.

Trash2, if you have it - use it. It's good.

KVRAF
1736 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Post Sat May 08, 2021 5:18 pm

bagpipe200 wrote:
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
OP stated no iLok. Is the sat knob no ILok?

KVRist
220 posts since 17 Mar, 2012 from Montreal

Post Sat May 08, 2021 7:00 pm

https://nimble.itch.io/misstortion

Sometimes better than my UAD stuff.

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KVRian

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629 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Post Sat May 08, 2021 9:20 pm

perpetual3 wrote:
Sat May 08, 2021 5:18 pm
bagpipe200 wrote:
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
OP stated no iLok. Is the sat knob no ILok?
Yes, at least from what I know. I already have it from Studio One 5.

Got some really nice suggestions. I bought SDRR2, as an upgrade from SDRR2tube that i had it from Presonus. I love this plugin, it can be subtle but also when you drive it hard it doesn't sound bad at all.

I've put my eyes on ReelBus 4 too, maybe wait for a deal since it's not a rush.

I want to thank everyone for the help!

KVRist
93 posts since 31 Jan, 2021

Post Sun May 09, 2021 12:52 am

For mid and high-frequency "air" saturation, check out the free Fresh Air by Slate Digital.

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KVRAF
6081 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Sun May 09, 2021 2:03 am

jethrobull wrote:
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:
Scrubbing Monkeys wrote:
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.
indeed :tu:
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KVRist
339 posts since 27 Aug, 2020

Post Sun May 09, 2021 3:44 am

sambaji wrote:
Sun May 09, 2021 12:52 am
For mid and high-frequency "air" saturation, check out the free Fresh Air by Slate Digital.
It's ilok cloud crap though.

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KVRAF
1844 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Post Sun May 09, 2021 4:05 am

Nobody has mentioned Caelum Audio Tape Cassette 2 yet (which is free), as far as I've seen

https://www.caelumaudio.com/CaelumAudio ... eCassette2

Then we have AudioThing Reels, which sometimes is on sale

https://www.audiothing.net/effects/reels/

And also DAW Cassette from Klevgränd Produktion

https://klevgrand.se/products/dawcassette
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KVRAF
3808 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Sun May 09, 2021 7:51 am

nIGhT-SoN wrote:
Sat May 08, 2021 9:20 pm
I've put my eyes on ReelBus 4 too, maybe wait for a deal since it's not a rush.

I want to thank everyone for the help!
Toneboosters doesn't have sales, but, you get free updates.
I've got Reelbus V4 for sale with Reverb V4
Head Crusher on sale $7
Head crusher free
Airwindows Drive This is really good, free/donationware
Szechuan Saturator
https://codalabs.io/szechuan/
Download works without submitting an email address
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral: Is boutique the new old?

KVRian
1040 posts since 17 Jun, 2012

Post Wed May 12, 2021 10:30 pm

Soundtoys Decapitor is on sale for around $50 At Plugin Boutique for anybody that is interested...

If you fancy this plugin and pine after it, no time like the present :tu:

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KVRAF
1677 posts since 4 May, 2012

Post Thu May 13, 2021 12:53 am

Audiority's Pre X7 is a steal for the price and can often be found for less at Plugin Boutique.

https://www.audiority.com/shop/pre-x7/

KVRAF
1736 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Post Thu May 13, 2021 3:18 am

I got VSM3 for $15 from a recent PA flash sale using my voucher.

KVRist
478 posts since 5 Feb, 2004

Post Thu May 13, 2021 4:32 am

Tube Saturator 2 from Wave Arts

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