FabFilter Saturn 2

I tested all of the distortion styles at the default setting. Some of these, especially the ones FabFilter calls “FX”, are going to go real crazy real quick when you push up the Drive knob. Foldback, for instance, looks pretty calm when the Drive is at 0%. It’s anything but calm above that.

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PSP VintageWarmer

If there was ever an iconic plugin, this is it. A cult following for sure. It seems like it’s been around forever, and was the “I swear by this” plugin for a long time.

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UAD EL Fatso

This is one cool dude. If you are really looking to add an analog vibe, you can’t do much better than this. Everything about it is too much fun to work with!

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UAD EL Distressor

If you are like me, you believe that producing music should be fun. If you don’t believe that, then why are you looking at the web right now — get back to work! This is one of those kind of plugins. It’s sometimes a pain in the butt to dial in the right setting, but it’s always fun getting there. (Although I have a serious personal problem when the input, and not a variable threshold, is what activates the compression. I keep meds next to my 1176.)

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