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

  • 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

  • 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.

Customer Reviews

  • Great Harmonic Generator

    ★★★★★
    by Alex Picciafuochi
    Excellent to give that slightly dirty harmonic richness to your Mixes or Master Bus
  • vertigo vsm 3

    ★☆☆☆☆
    by krischan
    i like pa plugins but this one is simply unusable because of the gui. and i am old school and only on hd, on a 4k monitor it must be...
    hey, this is 2019...
    this is not to insult anybody… Read More
  • Loving this plugin

    ★★★★★
    by Danny
    This is a beast of a plugin! Just buy it. I mean what it does on individual tracks and the mix bus, hard to find a better sounding saturation plugin. Only had it for about a week and already… Read More
  • vsm-3

    ★★★★★
    by synesthetic
    Damn I love this thing. After testing a ton of saturation plugins I got this. Nuff said.
    Wait, on a 4k screen you will need magnifying glasses. I really hope this will be enhanced. But listen… Read More
  • Ultimate M/S Saturation

    ★★★★★
    by Ben Collier
    Perfect for adding subtle width and warmth to mixes and helps orchestral material from collapsing/vanishing into mud when summed to mono, you'll be using it on everything!

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

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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