If you are looking for free good saturators – you are in the right place! This is a selection of free plugins that we have been able to find, download and test. Each of them copes with its task in a basic license.
FerricTDS by Variety Of Sound
This plugin immediately performs several functions:
- DYNAMIC is a soft compressor. The attack can be set in the left block of the interface.
- SATURATION – adding harmonics and saturation.
- LIMITING – volume control (limiter).
Description and free download link here: FerricTDS
NastyVCS by Variety Of Sound
Another great saturator. The plugin works with zero delay and is enriched with many knobs for flexible control of mixed harmonics.
More details here: NastyVCS
TesslaPRO mkII by Variety of Sound
TesslaPRO MKII is a new saturator with 5 different processing algorithms (everyone is trying to copy some well-known model of analog equipment, but the developers do not disclose details).
Available to adjust transients, bass, and level of saturation.
More information on the site: TesslaPRO mkII
Nebula3 Free by Acustica-Audio
Nebula3 – imitates various rather expensive high-end equipment. One of Acoustica Audio’s earliest products, which can be downloaded for free (albeit a stripped down version). It is enough for basic tasks (for example, saturation of a drum group).
X-Tube by Xenium Audio
This amplifier simulates a tube analogue saturator.
- Vacuum Tube Simulation – 12AX7
- Mono, Stereo and 5.1 sound support
- 64bit audio processing
- Low processor load
- Works with any frequency sampling and bit rate.
- 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x oversampling
- 3 equalizer sections with control up to +/- 12dB
- Flexible saturation and distortion
- 12 factory presets
- 8 user presets
IVGI by Klanghelm
IVGI is a lightweight and very soft saturator from renowned Klanghelm developers.
In detail: IVGI
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