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bpb Freeware Studio: Best Free Tape/Tube/Analog Saturation VST/AU Plugins

bpb Freeware Studio: Best Free Saturation VST Plugins

It’s common knowledge that high-end analog audio equipment adds that “special something” to the sound. And for those who like keeping things ITB, there’s already a range of costly software emulations available, like the famous URS Saturation for example.

But thanks to some seriously talented and generous developers, we can actually get pretty close to those high-end results without spending a dime. I’ve decided to include all popular saturation methods in one article, so if you’re looking for a good free analog tape, tube, or mixing console saturation VST plugin emulation, you’re definitely in the right place!

Follow the links for screenshots & download info:

As always, you are welcome to suggest your own favorites in the comments section below (in case I’ve missed any). I’m always open for suggestions, but I also try only to include the best freeware plugins in bpb Freeware Studio articles.

FerricTDS by Variety Of Sound.

FerricTDS by Variety Of Sound.

If I had to pick only one plugin from the above list, it would certainly be FerricTDS by Variety Of Sound. This plugin is without a doubt my #1 freeware saturation tool,  it emulates the analog tape saturation perfectly and is incredibly CPU effective. Note that you will get more saturation by overdriving the input (when that VU meter needle hits the red). Perfect treatment for sampled TR-808 drums!

Nebula3 Free by Acustica.

Nebula3 Free by Acustica.

Make sure not to miss Nebula3 Free either, it’s something I always add to my tracks in the post-mix stage. Also, don’t forget to download the extra freebie libraries for Nebula3 Free! Click here, here, and here for some of those extra Nebula3 freebies.

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