Overview

Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo VSM-3 plugin delivers the beloved badass harmonic generators of Vertigo Sound’s acclaimed VSM-2 Mix Satellite.

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.

The plugin even 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.

The VSM-2 sound is now an A-List option for adding character and emphasis to 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 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.

Features

  • Two independent virtual circuits for two kinds of analog-sounding coloration, ranging from subtle saturation to hefty 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 configurations
  • Stereo and M/S Decoding and Encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side channels only
  • Saturation and distortion can be applied to specific signal frequency ranges
  • ‘Shape’ knob allows for gentle filtering of high-order harmonics

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Craig Bauer

    Craig Bauer

    Grammy Winning Mixing Engineer/Record Producer (Hinge Studios)

    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

    Anjunabeats, Armada, Enhanced Music

    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

    Sound Designer/Artist (Hollywood Edge, Sound Delux, Sony Creative Software)

    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

  • Jody Wisternoff

    Jody Wisternoff

    Way Out West

    Brilliant for adding character and bringing out those 2nd and 3rd harmonics. Especially useful on analog synth parts.

  • Charles Stella

    Charles Stella

    Composer/Producer/Engineer (MTV, 2K Games, Nora Jones, Jarobi/A Tribe Called Quest, Issa Rae)

    The Vertigo VSM-3 is without a doubt my favorite saturation / distortion! It can go from hi-fi subtle to glorious extremes and back again. The dual circuits, frequency selectivity, M/S and blend… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • This thing does wonders.

    ★★★★★
    by kaiser_of_1kHz
    There is something truly useful about this plug in. It will bring a weedy snare or kick to life with the right bit of nudging. It does total tonal resculpturing and you can do it with minimal audible… Read More
  • Fantastic plugin

    ★★★★★
    by Ron
    I'd seen this plugin for years but never bothered to demo it. I recently got deep into saturation plugins so I fired up the demo and was blown away. You do have to understand how each control works… Read More
  • VSM-3

    ★★★★☆
    by Stamatis
    Very versatile, multiparameter unit. Useful to blend the 2 mods and the drive, THD settings. Highly recommendable for busses, as a little is a lot. A bit taxing on CPU but well worth the delivered… Read More
  • Fantastic

    ★★★★★
    by Chris Peker
    Absolutely fantastic harmonic generator with outstanding sound quality. I can't understand, how i worked without him before.
  • VSM-3

    ★★★★★
    by Yolc
    Great plugin! (and would be perfect with resizable GUI)

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
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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