Overview

This plugin is included in our MEGA and MIX & MASTER bundles at no extra cost! You can also get Vertigo VSM-3 for $1 in the Forever 29 plan.

 

2nd Harmonic FET Crusher and 3rd harmonic Zener Blender
The Vertigo Sound VSM-3 is a powerful tone and color box, saturator, and distortion unit with two unique circuitry options. Add warmth and richness to your mixes using the 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher, or brightness and detail with the 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender. You also have the option of mixing the Crusher and Blender output together.

Modeled After the Vertigo VSM-2 Hardware Unit
The Vertigo VSM-2 hardware unit allows you to color, saturate, enhance, compress, limit, or distort sounds. Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo VSM-3 plugin delivers the beloved characteristics of the VSM-2 within your DAW, capturing all of the coveted harmonic generation and unique settings of the original hardware.

Enhanced Monitoring
The “MS” solo switch lets you monitor either the mid or side signal; this is useful when evaluating the coloration added by the VSM-3. You can also use the “Distortion Solo” switch to monitor the generator signal being added to the dry input signal as it runs through the Crusher, Blender, or both.

Additional Plugin-Specific Features
Vertigo Sound’s VSM-3 includes features not found on the VSM-2, like the THD Mixer’s Dry/Wet control, and the ability to run the Crusher and Blender in parallel or serial. In a mastering context, the precision and power of the VSM-3 is hard to beat. It also lends itself well to vocal and instrumental buses.

 

Features

  • Independent virtual circuits for two different types 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.
  • parallel or serial Crusher and Blender operation.
  • Stereo and M/S decoding/encoding allow you to process stereo signals as a whole, or process mid and side content separately.
  • Frequency specific saturation and distortion application.
  • Shape knob for gently filtering high-order harmonics.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Craig Bauer

    Craig Bauer

    Grammy nominated Mixing Engineer (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.

  • 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

    DJ, Producer (Way Out West)

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

Customer Reviews

  • VSM-3

    ★★★★★
    by BluelagoonStudios
    We have an arsenal of distortion plugins, but the most used are the decapitator and this one. This one because you can really fine tune the settings. And it's true, very versatile, for different… Read More
  • Vertigo VSM-3 Saturator

    ★★★★★
    by Z
    Very tweakable. Perfect if you want to sat the mid channel different from the side channels. Cool-looking rack-mount-style UI. Excellent / musical sound quality. It adds warmth and guts while… Read More
  • Complex to use, but great sound is achievable.

    ★★★★★
    by Overdrive Music
    I've seen 2ProBeats use the hardware of this. He can make it sound great. There is also one other guy on YouTube who made it sound incredible in the low end.
  • The reviews are true

    ★★★★★
    by bvh
    Echoing everyone else before me, this is a must-have plugin.
    I demoed it after seeing so many recommending it, being unsure if it was something that would fit into my workflow - and bought it… Read More
  • Worth Learning

    ★★★★★
    by Dallin N
    This is the best digital saturator/overdrive unit I've ever heard. It takes some getting used to, but you won't find a beefier addition to your sound than this thing. I don't use it much for… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 12 down to macOS 10.11
Windows 11 down to Windows 8

Mac
Intel, or Apple Silicon (except for AAX) architecture

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 1.9.1 (Jun 28, 2022)
- General: Fixed potential blacklisting of VST2 on Windows
- General: Fixed potential crashes on Windows
- General: Fixed processing being Mono with VST2 in FL Studio
- General: Fixed value readouts not being present when clicking knob

Version 1.9 (Mar 15, 2022)
- General: added native Apple Silicon compatibility for VST3, VST2 and AU
- General: added macOS Monterey support
- General: added Windows 11 and Windows 10 21H1 support
- General: discontinued Windows 7 support
- General: discontinued macOS 10.9 and 10.11 support
- General: fixed metering behavior in block sizes of 2048 samples and higher

Version 1.8 (Mar 22, 2021)
- General: Compatibility with Logic on Apple Silicon devices via the Rosetta-2 layer
- General: Fixed possible artefacts when freezing or bouncing tracks in Pro Tools
- General: Fixed automation highlighting disappearing in Studio One
- General: Improved license dialog visibility in dark mode

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