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

    Rihanna, Kanye West, Public Enemy

    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.

  • 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.

Customer Reviews

  • Special Unit

    ★★★★★
    by Elliott S.
    The VSM-3 is pretty special and won't necessarily work with everything. Take the time to learn the signal flow in it and how it works.
    Once you get the complete overview of the capabilities… Read More
  • Tone-Shaper

    ★★★★★
    by August
    This is the best saturator, with a lot of tone-shaping abilities you can use this on every track of the mix. Need to EQ a bit? How about the VSM-3? Some compression? How about the VSM-3? Distortion?… Read More
  • DREAM GEAR

    ★★★★★
    by BLOKADA
    Vertigo VSM3 is Magic!
  • Finally can resize the UI!

    ★★★★★
    by MrBloke
    This has always been a superb plugin only let down by a tiny user interface on high pixel density monitors. The recent update has finally fixed that with a choice of scaling up to 150%. Sounds as… Read More
    Plugin Alliance response
    Thank you!
  • VSM-3

    ★★★★★
    by Astropilot
    A great tool to add color to digital sounds. Works great for synth bass, synth leads. THD mix knob really helps to blend aggressive harmonic distortion of the plugin with the dry signal. I used it on… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 11.0.1
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
x64-compatible CPU

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

Downloads

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ChangeLog

VSM-3

Vertigo VSM-3 - Changelog

Version 1.7 (May 27, 2020)
- General: Qualified for use with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
- General: VST3: Fixed potential hangs in a DAW upon loading
- General: Fixed logical issues in undo / redo behavior
- General: Fixed UI resizing issues in Ableton Live on Windows
- General: Fixed audio processing initialization issues on amp and delay products
- Added plugin toolbar
- Added scalable UI feature

Version 1.6 (Nov 06, 2019)
- General: Qualified for use with macOS 10.15 Catalina
- General: Qualified for use with Windows 10 November 2019 Update
- General: Fixed plugin validation in Logic under macOS Catalina
- General: Fixed preset name restore in Logic when reopening a session
- General: Fixed opening authorization dialog triggering automation
- General: Improved instantiation times for plugins
- General: Improved license functionality and branding for subscription
- General: Removed 32-bit support on macOS and Windows

Version 1.5 (Jul 10, 2019)
- General: macOS 10.14.5 Update compatibility
- General: Windows 10 1903 Update compatibility
- General: Fixed activation issue in Windows hosts set to non-English language (e.g. Cakewalk)
- General: AU: Fixed issue with increased CPU and memory on reopening UI
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with adapting to host knob mode, and now prioritizing linear
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with VST3 preset permissions
- General: VST3: Improved synchronization between parameter states and some UI functions, e.g. toolbar reset

Version 1.4 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 1.3 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 1.2 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 1.1.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 1.1 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"

Version 1.0.4 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Removing RTAS format support

Version 1.0.3 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.0.2 (Jun 22, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.0.1 (May 27, 2015)
- Fixed wrong installation path for 32-bit Win VST plugin version

Version 1.0 (Apr 14, 2015)
- Initial release