Top 5 Saturation Plugins

Top 5 Saturation Plugins


Here’s a list of our top five favorite Saturation plugins we use daily to help craft our sounds!

Remember, these are our favorites (and in no particular order) so let us know your favorites as well!


Here’s our video demonstrating these plugins:



Number One:  Crane Song Phoenix

A great, simple tape emulation plugin. An excellent choice on vocals saturating the high end like tape. Also a very cool sound on drums, rounding out the transients similar to tape.


Number Two: Fab Filter Saturn

A multi-band saturation plugin, enabling deep tonal shaping. It has a lot of great presets if you want to work quickly too. Amazing on snare and pretty much everything else !


Number Three: Soundtoys Decapitator

One of the original saturation plugins. Subtle to brutal and everything in between.


Number Four: Waves Manny Marroquin Distortion

A reasonably priced and simple but flexible saturation plugin. It has a frequency control to help you focus the distortion and a compressor control for some interesting tone shaping possibilities.


Number Five: Brainworx Black Box

This plugin is based on a tube hardware unit. It has a more subtle tube flavor than the others.


BONUS – one more: UA Thermonic Culture Vulture

I couldn’t leave out the UA Thermonic Culture Vulture. This could be one of the best all-around distortion plugins ever. It’s really great on all sources.

That’s our top five favorite Saturation plug ins . You can check the video for more details on YouTube

We would love to hear any of your favorites, so feel free to let us know.
Thanks for your support !