best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

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midi_transmission
KVRist
194 posts since 13 Feb, 2013

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:34 am

*** it was suggested to re-post it in the fx sub forum, I posted it in the wrong sub forum by accident ***

Any new next level stuff in 2017/2018 that I missed? Any all time favorites?

I'm not interested in brutal distortion, but more in a tasteful saturation to enhance signals or distort them lightly to get a but crunsh or new tone (e.g. on drums).

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KVRian
644 posts since 28 May, 2010 from Finland

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:47 am

SDRR2, airwindows, iZotope Trash 2.

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Bibibeatgrid
KVRer
9 posts since 21 Jan, 2011

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:06 am

My favs are:

- Tim Petherick SCS Treble and Bass + Power Expansion for Acustica Audio Nebula 4
https://www.timpetherick.co.uk/download ... expansion/
(can be dosed from fine to heavy and from hard to soft)

- Acustica Audio Crimson
http://www.acustica-audio.com/store/products/crimson
(needs a lot of processing power, better to dial in and freeze track)

- D16 Devastor 2
http://d16.pl/devastor2
(distorting, compression and filtering in one)

- AXP SoftAmp PSA (free)
http://www.soft-amp.com/softamp-psa
(SansAmp style)

Robmobius
KVRAF
3097 posts since 10 Sep, 2010 from A shit hole (Ireland).

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:08 am

Heavyocity's Punish is another good one. It can go all out distortion if one wants it to.

As I mentioned before Shattered Glass Audios Inferno (I know mentioned it in the previous thread but for the sake of making a list I'll drop it here again).

Airwindows 'Density' is a really good one.

Elysia 'Karacter' from Plugin Alliance is a good one. Very good for beefing up sounds.
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KVRian
920 posts since 2 Jun, 2016

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:15 am

Two very respected options for exactly what you're looking for that I own are:

Vertigo VSM-3 (on Plugin Alliance website, which also has a couple of other saturation plugins).

Fabfilter Saturn.

Wait for summer / Nov-Dec sales to reduce prices further.


Also check out Kush Audio and Black Rooster for saturation/preamps.

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ariston
KVRAF
3385 posts since 28 Jun, 2009 from Wherever I lay my hat

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:21 am

Black Box Analog Design HG-2. Astounding sound quality, well thought-out control scheme. My #1 and will likely remain there for quite some time. Really easy to boost loudness and presence, and it takes some pushing to make it sound harsh (all-out distortion with this one is crunchy rather than harsh). Billed as a mastering effect, I find it incredibly useful on single tracks and busses. Best purchase of 2017 for me.

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KVRAF
1851 posts since 22 Aug, 2012

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:25 am

I concur on Black Box HG-2.
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KVRAF
3097 posts since 10 Sep, 2010 from A shit hole (Ireland).

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:26 am

ariston wrote:Black Box Analog Design HG-2. Astounding sound quality, well thought-out control scheme.
Seconded. That's a beast of a plugin.

I also really like BX_Saturator V2 for giving sounds a little boost.
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garryknight
KVRian
1099 posts since 6 Jan, 2015 from London, England

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:39 am

For signal fattening and just generally whacking the sound over the head with a baseball bat, Trash 2, or One Knob Saturator, or sometimes EXCTR. For a gentler massage, iZotope Neutron 2's Exciter module every time.

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soulone82
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857 posts since 16 Aug, 2010 from almost everywhere...

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:33 am

midi_transmission wrote:next level stuff
Sknote Marconi1

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KVRAF
3172 posts since 27 Jul, 2001 from Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:01 am

Any of the Waves distortion worth looking into?
https://www.waves.com/plugins/saturatio ... :number=20

Thanks to all that provide links.
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KVRist
270 posts since 13 Feb, 2015

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:54 am

Aroma is one of my favourites.
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/aroma-b ... sm/details

Izotope Trash can do subtle too.

TIMT
KVRian
632 posts since 8 Mar, 2009

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:57 am

soulone82 wrote:
midi_transmission wrote:next level stuff
Sknote Marconi1
this 100 times over.was never big on Sknote's plugins before Marconi1 and CH5 (apart from Necklace)but Marconi1 particularly took the ITB saturation game outside of Nebula and their Acquas (which don't saturate much if at all anyway apart from Crimson)to dizzying heights
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evilantal
KVRian
803 posts since 13 Mar, 2008 from Arnhem, Netherlands

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:37 am

Kalamata Kid wrote:Any of the Waves distortion worth looking into?
https://www.waves.com/plugins/saturatio ... :number=20

Thanks to all that provide links.
From Waves, I'd say Cobalt Saphira is probably the one to try...
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2736 posts since 26 Nov, 2015 from Way Downunder

Re: best distortion effects 2018 for tastful analog style saturation and signal fattening?

Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:05 pm

Fielding DSP Reviver
Alias-free 2nd/3rd harmonics - does that "I don't know what plugin you just turned off, or what it's doing exactly, but it sounded better with it ON" 3D/spatial enhancement thing.

PA Elysia Karacter / Blackbox HG-2

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