One knob to rule them all.

  • Three modes, three kinds of distortion character​
  • Great for fattening up drums and bass, adding harmonics to vocals, and more
  • Modular Ready: works as a native plug-in and as a module in Modular, Softube's Eurorack platform. Learn more about Modular

 


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Saturation Knob

Free

 

The free plug-in Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion that can be used anywhere you need some grit.

Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop.

 

One Big Knob and a Little Switch

The three modes—Keep High, Neutral and Keep Low—give you three kinds of characters of distortion. If you want to squash a drum loop but keep the bass drum fairly intact, you can, for example, use the Keep Low mode, while Keep High distorts the low end more, keeping the high frequencies relatively clean.

 

"My response when they told me the Saturation Knob is a free plug-in was — are you nuts? Seriously? It's too good to be free! I use it to make guitars fatter and more aggressive, snares naturally brighter, kicks punchier, vocals warmer. Basically, it's good on just about anything. Saturation Knob should be renamed Attitude Adjuster! If a plugin can be addicting, the Saturation Knob is it!"

Michael Brauer
Seven Grammy awards, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay

Yes, It's Free

You can download the Saturation Knob for free and get a taste of warm analog saturation in your mixes.

 

Modular Ready

This plug-in can be used within Modular, our Eurorack platform. Click to learn more.

In short

 

  • Download for free
  • Three modes: Keep High, Neutral, and Keep Low
  • Great for fattening up drums and bass, adding harmonics to vocals, and more
  • Modeled output distortion
  • Modular Ready: works as a native plug-in and as a module in Modular, Softube's Eurorack platform. Learn more about Modular

 

  • System requirements

    All Softube products require a computer with appropriate DAW host software (none of which are included).

    Versions from 2.5.18 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:


    All native versions

    • Mac OS X 10.13 or newer (older OS versions will not work)
    • Windows 10 64-bit (older Windows versions may work but are not tested)
    • Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon - M1 support pending
    • Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer
    • Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
    • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space. Specific information available on each instrument’s page).
    • Softube account
    • iLok account
    • Internet access for downloading installers and managing licenses
    • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok key for authorizing your plug-ins (note that a physical iLok USB key is not a requirement)
    • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.

    However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper and Cakewalk. Softube plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

    Note: Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, and a 64-bit OS is required.

    Note: With regards to the different VST formats, we strongly recommend using VST3 as some of our plug-ins have features that are not present in the older VST formats.

    Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

    The most recent maintenance release of your DAW application is recommended. AAX DSP is not currently in active development. TDM/VENUE are no longer supported (old downloads are available on the Legacy Installers page)

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