The brainworx developed, Vertigo VSM-3 delivers the beloved badass harmonic generators of Vertigo Sound’s acclaimed VSM-2 Mix Satellite in plugin form. Liberated from hardware, VSM-2’s saturation and distortion tools can now process as many tracks and busses as your CPU can handle — and master outputs, too, of course — making them more useful than ever for recording and mixing.

The engineers at Brainworx have carefully studied the lusted-after harmonic generation and shrewd settings of the VSM-2 hardware, and obsessively recreated it all in the VSM-3 plugin. Freeing the Vertigo magic from hardware fundamentally changes the ways it can be used. With the option of instantiating the VSM-3 on multiple channels and busses. The plugin also adds some features not found on the original hardware like the THD Mixer’s dry/wet control and the ability to run the Crusher and Blender in parallel or serially, or solo them separately or together.

For the producer/mixer/engineer especially, the VSM-2 sound is now a readily available option for adding character and emphasis to individual mono, stereo and multi-channel tracks and busses. Its M/S chops in particular open up exciting possibilities for stereo signals.

For the mastering engineer, the VSM-3 provides all the unique saturation power of the VSM-2 in an economical and convenient multi-platform plugin. While there are plenty of saturation/distortion plugin options available, only the VSM-3 offers the singular sonic personality of the over-built VSM-2, the power of its programmability, and the freedom offered by its flexibility.

Download the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) today and hear for yourself how adding a little “Air” to your tracks can bring your mixes to the next level.


  • Two independent virtual circuits for two kinds of analog-sounding coloration, ranging from subtle saturation to berserk distortion
  • Pure 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for warm, rich, saturation or distortion
  • Pure 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender for bright, clear, exciter-like saturation or distortion
  • Crusher and Blender can operate in parallel or serial configuration
  • Stereo and M/S Decoding and Encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side channels only
  • Solo for auditioning Crusher and/or Blender in isolation
  • AFL Solo for isolating Mid and Side outputs for control listening
  • THD Mixer control for combining and balancing Crusher and Blender
  • Stereo, mono and multi-channel (5.1 / 7.1) operation
  • Saturation and distortion can be applied to specific signal frequency ranges
  • Saturation and distortion can be applied with soft and hard clipping
  • Input Filter allows you to choose to which frequencies you want to apply the harmonics. Six frequency ranges are available: 10 Hz to 120 Hz, 120 Hz to 1.5 Hz, 800 Hz to 4 kHz, 4 kHz to 20 kHz and Full which goes from 120 Hz to 20 kHz
  • ‘Shape’ knob allows for gentle filtering of high-order harmonics

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Craig Bauer
    Craig Bauer

    This new Vertigo Sound VSM-3 native plugin from Plugin Alliance will change your life.... I use the hardware version on my stereo bus on practically every mix.

  • Soundprank/Colin E. Fisher
    Soundprank/Colin E. Fisher

    This is probably one of the most interesting processors I have, because of how many colours it can create on program material. It excels at adding 3d space, warmth and harmonics to anything… Read More

  • Richard Devine
    Richard Devine

    This one took me by surprise. I was amazed at the different harmonic colors this plugin is capable of creating. Works great on processing drums or individual instruments. It really has a way of… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Mixing with Mike Sold me
    by Mdjagg
    The VSM-3 is a must have. I have a variety of saturation and distortion plugins and this does both extremely well, it makes me think of how a hardware saturation box must sound. I reach for it more… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    brings tracks to life
    by groovmekanik
    This plugin sounds great. I tried the demo and waited patiently for the plugin to come on sale. it's certainly a beast that requires taming, things can easily get out of hand and it isn't the most… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    by Demolition Day Records
    This plugin is nothing short of amazing and is a very important part of my mastering chain. I find the VSM-3 has the ability to change not only the "sound" but the "feel" of a track. Invest some… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    by Shramm Storm
    Pretty funny thing to colorize sound. I love its tone and that soft pleasant crackling on extreme adjustments. It's one of my favorite saturation tools.
  • ★★★★★
    The closest thing to magic that I've ever seen in plugin-form
    by Overmann
    This one is a though one. I've been using it for about a month now and I still can't for the life of me figure out how it manages to get the results that it does. It's a harmonic generator, that much… Read More


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.12
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM


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