Saturation Tools for 2021

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Effects discussion
KVRist
101 posts since 31 Jan, 2021

Post Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:05 pm

Sounds great! Gsatplus may just be my new favorite free saturation plugin. In addition to zero-latency without oversampling, Gsatplus has very good anti-aliasing at x4 oversampling. Something to watch out for in saturation plugins and compressors, which also introduce saturation. I particularly like the "Warm" preset. The metering panel is a plus! Keep in mind like some other analog emulated plugins the EQ curve is not flat. This plugin attenuates a little the subs under 100hz and the upper frequencies above 10khz or so, although less so than Klanghelm's SDRR. The upper attenuation in addition to the tube saturation enriches the upper frequencies while lessening harshness. But, putting Gsatplus on the mix bus I noticed my kick sound lose touch of thump, which I could likely recover with post EQ. Having a flat EQ curve option would be great, but it is a free plugin after all.

A mix/dry knob would be a nice addition. The manual could be a little clearer. The GUI elements in the images are numbered but the itemized descriptions are not. Also, what does in-place or centered in regards to the monitor mode mean?

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KVRist
48 posts since 17 Feb, 2018

Post Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:16 am

TB-ProAudio wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:39 am
ZargonTheMagnificent wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:07 am
Gsatplus seems a bit buggy in Reaper sadly. At least trying to run it live after a vsti produces silence or unpredictable results.
That said, I almost never use vstis, so maybe I'm missing something obvious...
Could you please provide more details? OS, DAW, plugin format, which VSTi? Thank you
Vst3, Reaper 64, Windows 10 pro, Arturia analogue lab (intro or something; the lowest version). As I said, I don't often use virtual instruments so perhaps user error, though I don't see what I could have done wrong. It was inserted directly after the vsti, and used 'live '. Result mostly silence. Remove gsat and normal behaviour resumes.

KVRist
86 posts since 31 Aug, 2020

Post Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:40 am

I just tried the Gsat, nice but it just seem to boosts harmonics. I A/Bed with SDDR in the wooden Tube mode and this one has a lot more going on, subtle crush and bass emphasis with highs roll off, like hardware would do. Much prefer that to simple harmonics.

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KVRAF
4008 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:20 am

Last edited by The Noodlist on Sun Jun 20, 2021 11:05 am, edited 1 time in total.
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral: Is boutique the new old?

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KVRian
663 posts since 16 May, 2014 from Germany

Post Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:58 pm

ZargonTheMagnificent wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:16 am
TB-ProAudio wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:39 am
ZargonTheMagnificent wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:07 am
Gsatplus seems a bit buggy in Reaper sadly. At least trying to run it live after a vsti produces silence or unpredictable results.
That said, I almost never use vstis, so maybe I'm missing something obvious...
Could you please provide more details? OS, DAW, plugin format, which VSTi? Thank you
Vst3, Reaper 64, Windows 10 pro, Arturia analogue lab (intro or something; the lowest version). As I said, I don't often use virtual instruments so perhaps user error, though I don't see what I could have done wrong. It was inserted directly after the vsti, and used 'live '. Result mostly silence. Remove gsat and normal behaviour resumes.
Thank you. Which AAL preset?

KVRist
101 posts since 31 Jan, 2021

Post Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:56 pm

Bulbizarre wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:40 am
I just tried the Gsat, nice but it just seem to boosts harmonics. I A/Bed with SDDR in the wooden Tube mode and this one has a lot more going on, subtle crush and bass emphasis with highs roll off, like hardware would do. Much prefer that to simple harmonics.
Personally, I tend to prefer a fairly flat EQ response (like Gsatpro has) when engaging saturation, where the bass and highs are not substantially altered. Since I usually add saturation after EQing, I'd rather not have to again EQ after saturation.

KVRian
660 posts since 8 Jan, 2017

Post Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:51 pm

The Noodlist wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:20 am
GMH Audio Wave Destroyer
https://www.gmhaudio.com/wave-destroyer
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Despite its look, it sounds really good (at least with OS ON), and having pre and post EQ makes it very versatyle.

KVRAF
2299 posts since 1 Sep, 2016

Post Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:48 am

Tried Wave Destroyer but it crashes FL every time.

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KVRist
411 posts since 4 Jun, 2018 from The UK

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KVRer
28 posts since 22 Mar, 2006 from Netherlands

Post Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:40 am

Two cool free ones i think haven't been mentioned (didn't go back to check tho).
Just found both in a folder on the macbook; forgot i was going to install & try these;
Both offer oversampling

XPressor (saturation & dynamics)
https://www.e-phonic.com/xpressor.html#/

Free Clip (free clipper version of full version V-Clip

https://www.vennaudio.com/free-clip/
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KVRian
838 posts since 20 Apr, 2005

Post Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:16 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Sat May 29, 2021 9:55 am
this is also good
http://www.shatteredglassaudio.com/product/104
This one sounds really good. But.. it's got very very high CPU usage...

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KVRian
838 posts since 20 Apr, 2005

Post Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:22 am

SiliconDeath wrote:
Sat May 29, 2021 3:22 pm
Vertigo Sound VSM-4
€150 on sale vs much less for VSM 3 on PA...VSM 3 can be great on mixes and can take edge off overly digital sources.

Subtle but flexible. Two or more in a row can work wonders and allow focus on different bands...

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KVRAF
6371 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:21 am

_leras wrote:
Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:16 am
Halonmusic wrote:
Sat May 29, 2021 9:55 am
this is also good
http://www.shatteredglassaudio.com/product/104
This one sounds really good. But.. it's got very very high CPU usage...
yes i know. best to bounce to audio
EnergyXT3 - Reaper | Roland SH201 - Waldorf Rocket | SoundCloud - Bandcamp

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KVRian
1058 posts since 3 Jan, 2019 from Holland

Post Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:20 am

For those wanting "clean" saturation (no aliasing), TubeDriver is still a gem, and it's free :
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/nick-c ... k-crow-lab
More BPM please

KVRer
6 posts since 28 Jun, 2021

Post Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:10 am

IVGI

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