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
  • 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

  • Jody Wisternoff
    Jody Wisternoff

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

  • Charles Stella
    Charles Stella

    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

  • ★★★★★
    by Chris Peker
    Absolutely fantastic harmonic generator with outstanding sound quality. I can't understand, how i worked without him before.
  • ★★★★★
    by Yolc
    Great plugin! (and would be perfect with resizable GUI)
  • ★★★★★
    Vertigo VSM-3
    by Robert J
    I love this thing!
    It's much more than a saturator. I've used it on bass and guitars and it brings out with harmonic selection the content the instrument needs or is missing.
    Can't wait… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Great plugin
    by Timbo
    I love this plugin. Adds warmth the any source. Very happy with my purchase.
  • ★★★★★
    by Bonebones
    Good little plug, adds lovely harmonics without sounding overdriven. A lush little plug which already is doing it's rounds. An updated with resizable GUI would be amazing.


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

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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