This is not my go-to saturation plugin. To me, it doesn't sound "natural" enough for that. However! When I need to get deep into a sound and really re-shape it, the Mid/Side aspect, and the XL parameter both really let me manipulate the character of whatever material I'm working on. I don't have any other tools quite like it.
by Bourian Boubbov
Just a few words to let you guys know that I am totally digging the Saturator 2 plugin. It's just been a few days that I've used it and I am only scratching the surface but, oh what a surface! :D The plugin is incredibly flexible with its frequency selections and the m/s mode. The user can practically pinpoint any given frequency and apply Saturator V2's magic. Super wide range of colours! A few examples: Right now I am working on a Psytrance track. Pads needed sparkle and width, done! The typical punchy bass with clear, sharp upper mid/highs for the attack needed some more... attack, so I dialed in some fizz ( saturation) to the upper mids and had a very different bass. Kick needed some low/low mid pressure, I dialled the frequency, added drive to taste and instant warmth and weight, boom! Hi-hats, didn't quite cut through. Instead of bouncing down some white noise, cutting it to length, fading it out and adjusting its volume for sizzle on top of the original, positioning it on a new track, I just added some really high overtones and swept down until they were too obvious. Backed them off and done. Clarity w/o harshness. Define a BD or bass, in the middle a bit? No problem, just dial the Mid drive, select your frequency range, shakalaka! Bass/BD "cohesion" bus. Added parallel drive/distortion for more body and sustain. Too easy! Being a French Horn and Bass player I can only imagine the colours I can create with adding driven upper mids/highs to my bass or the Horn when I need it to cut through ambient layers. I am getting carried away big time! :D Great plug in guys, great job!! P.S.: I do have the Vertigo VSM-3, the FabFilter Saturn, Halcyon, about to get the Elysia Karacter, I love the Sansamp, the other PA ( Green, yellow, orange) pedals, I LOVE distortion, yet the Saturator V2 is in a place of its own! M/S and frequency bracketing along with the wide range of driven tones are a total winner! Can't wait for more Distortion from Plugin Alliance!
I put different saturators on the same track. It works out good.
by Keith Moore
This thing is lovely! Great at saturating at significant frequencies.
Magic ! ! !
by Musician B.
Amazing plugin!!! Must have it!!! Thanks Guys from Brainworx!!!
There are many plugins for saturation on the market, but this one can do the job accurately in the points, U need to.
All the oomph without the ugly whoomph
Finally a phase accurate way to tighten and glue your mixes together, this is an awesome tool to use on your master buss and almost anywhere else you want to focus your signal and make it punch
On the Must Have List
If I had to start over, I'd buy one EQ, one compressor, one limiter, one de expander, one reverb, and EVERY saturation that I could get my hands on. And this one is a must have. It's not the most versitle in terms of its character, but has an extremely wide range in terms of density and where it's applied to the sound being affected. It can be super subtle all the way to fully burnt. Great tool that can be a sound saver.
Best of saturation plugins
by Alex Hepting
Solo of the lo mid hi bands allows to get a wider coherent mix. I usually skip the default presets because making this sound good and loud for each band gives the best result in my opinion. It is as easy as using a limiter. The compensation modes for each band soften each peak for a smarter and louder overall mix.
Crazy good thing
by Shramm Storm
I love the way it colorizes the sound. It can sweeten and brighten not only dull sounding instruments or vocals, but even a good sounding source can sound much better with it. Crazy good thing.