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Best Saturation Plugin 2018 in Plugin Boutique’s Top 5 Friday


Plugin Boutique has published another video in its Top 5 Friday series, this time highlighting some of the best saturation audio effect plugins available at its shop.

The previous episode of the Top 5 Friday series had a round-up of 5 top compressor plugins, including Fabfilter’s Pro-MB and Softube’s Tube-Tech CL 1B.

In this new video, Joshua Casper takes a quick look at some saturation tools from Softube, BeatSkillz, FabFilter, u-he and W.A Production.

Here’s what they came up with:

  1. Softube Tape
  2. Fabfilter Saturn
  3. Beatskillz Reelight
  4. W.A Productions Pumper Saturator
  5. u-He Satin

Check out Plugin Boutique for more details on each of these saturation effects. I can definitely recommend u-he’s most excellent Satin. What’s your favorite?

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2 years ago

I love Satin, but my all-time favourite is Vertigo VSM-3. Very expensive, but you can get it for 1/3 of the price in the once-a-year PIA sale (VST), or if you have a UAD card then it’s available as a UAD plugin too and drops to the same low price in UAD’s sales. It’s getting quite old, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving this plugin. Great new things come along all the time, but nothing has made the VSM-3 obsolete. I feel the same way about this as I do a favourite piece of hardware, and that’s a… Read more »

2 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Oh, I forgot: at the cheaper end, I really like the House Of Kush (UBK) saturators. I don’t have an iLok dongle, only the software, so I just got the Omegas (all great, especially Omega 458A). They’re simple, somewhat subtle, but very faithful to driven hardware.

Best bang-for-buck has to be Klanghelm SDRR. I’m a big fan of all the Klanghelm units, and this one is right up there with their incredible compressor MJUC. They have value well beyond their price tags.