I've been using this magic plugin for a while and I love it. It's something different to any other saturation plugin. This machine works absolutely perfect on the drum bus for me but you can almost use it on anything. Sounds get warm, clean and deep. One of my new favourites
So a timeline, Step one, buy plugin, step two use plugin on demo project after breezing over manual, step four wait one year after purchase and time to start a new project. "I think i'm still missing a sound, I'll buy the culture vulture". Demos Culture Vulture, uses "pop vocal preset" on lead vocal , thinks "isn't this the sound I kinda got from uncle philamon (yes that's what I call it) Plus I don't have to deal with DSP and it's way smoother. After years of hobbyist/ semi pro production I can say this is the sauce, I've learned about harmonics and it upped my game to pro level and what this thing does when you know how to push it is insane. This is the last i'ma mention it. It's secret shhhhh.... lol
Why eq when you can color?
Just phenomenal. I get my tracks clear and clean as a bell…and my mix feels canned like sardines. I basically found presets that worked for a piano, vibes, bass trio with added percussion and the mix melted into fat and organic, with space for each instrument. The only other effect was first in the chain a third party transformer emulation. Eq only a bit to get the warmth my 32C… TMI I know. It’s exciting to know I can color with the intrinsic sound of extinct electronics. This is like Jurassic Park in my DAW. A masterpiece of a plug in.
It is almost hidden and kept secret for a good reason!
by Alex Hepting
Already the adjustable gain meter gives a new way and depth of control for gain staging with color. This fine gain adjustment already giving so much more depth versus a regular 12dB harmonic boost on a 0815 enhancer or aphex wall of sound.
by Jesse Cook
I can't give enough praise to this plugin. This is that tool you never knew you needed, you find deep in the toolbox, try it out for the first time and it's the number one gem you use for every project. The colour, thickness and beauty this gives to your vocals is unreal. Until you try this on your next recording, you're going to be mad you never had it to begin with.
Serious piece of kit
by Dr. Spectra
My goodness. I have a few saturator/distortion units but this one?! The variation in the textures that this unit can produce is simply staggering. There are 3 levels of boost from saturation to straight filth and then 4 separate controls which manipulate different aspects of the sound within each boost level. In addition to a central gain knob, there are also another 3 controls for level, mix and filter. Just tried it on my mixbus and this thing is an absolute beast! Go get some!
Fantastic straight out of the box
I was hesitant to get this, I have other saturators and so many plugins, but due to my voucher and a great sale by PIA I jumped in and threw it on a dull sounding acoustic guitar loop I'm working with, launched a preset 'Acoustic Guitar Boost,' and BOOM! Effortless. Excellent sound, great GUI. Love it. Thanks guys, a gem.
Magic for the drum bus
This thing is absolutely incredible on the drum bus. It is like magic fairy dust to make the drums sparkle through a mix, whether distorted rock or mellower jazzy sounds. I haven't even played with it for much else yet, and I'm in love.
No brainer for subtle fixes
by Juan Pablo Velasquez
I had some acoustic guitar tracks that had a little lack of definition on the lower mids, so... I tried S2, and played with the bias, 50 of gain, and a little tweak in the mix... It was it. I was so impressed that I had to write this review. Don't think this is just a plugin to make grittier sounds or warm up signals, this is a great tool for sound sculpting. It is hard to learn to use it, but totally worth it.
Great vst, I’ve been using it for about a year now. The clipping on this plugin is insane, and completely different than anything out there. It’s this wierd in between of hard and soft clip, or rather it’s the hardest soft clipper you’ll find. Even on high distortion settings, you can maintain a tight, coherent sound. And on low settings you get a really pleasant saturation. This and HG-2 are the only distortion plugins that you can almost use on anything. Also, it’s particularly great on low end. Get this plugin.