IK Multimedia’s T-RackS Saturator X is a new T-RackS digital signal processor module designed to impart the color, flavor and saturation effects of classic analog audio processing gear to digital recordings.
T-RackS Saturator X is a plug-in that can be used on individual tracks or on the master fader in your favorite DAW. It provides controls that let users select from 10 modes of saturation effects that span the panorama of classic analog gear. It also features a Brickwall limiter and oversampling options.
From tape to tube to transformer to transistor, T-RackS Saturator X provides options: 10 individual styles of saturation and distortion from the gentle, subtle hint of drive from a slightly overdriven transformer to the full-on, aggressive “in-your-face” mayhem of tubes driven beyond their limit. It can be used as a plug-in on the individual tracks in a mix or as part of the T-RackS signal processor chain.
T-RackS Saturator X works by imparting distortion into the digital signal path which by its nature doesn’t typically change or alter the linearity of the frequency response and harmonic pattern of a signal. The introduction of distortion simulates the way analog circuitry behaves especially when pushed beyond its limit.
The controls on the Saturator X are straightforward and intuitive: Input Gain, Output drive (can be independent or inverse linked controls), Saturation Mode select, Brickwall limiter engage and Oversampling select. It provides users with 10 saturation modes that deliver the behavior of the analog hardware component and circuitry or medium, selected for their special or unique character.
The modes include replicated models of classic analog processors; there are 2 “tape”, 2 “master soft saturation”, 2 “tube”, 2 “solid state” and 2 “transformer” modes from which to choose. This comprehensive offering covers a full palette from the very subtle “color” of the transformers to the more pronounced and downright “nasty” distortion from tubes and solid state circuit designs.
Saturator X also features a “Magic Eye” VU meter that quickly gives users a vintage-looking, visual indication of the amount of saturation being applied to the incoming signal. It also has a built-in Brickwall Limiter feature. When engaged, the Brickwall Limiter ensures that the saturation level never overdrives the signal to the point of harsh digital distortion that can ruin a recording.
T-RackS Saturator X is available now from the IK online store for $79.99, or from within the T-RackS Custom Shop for $79.99 or 80 Custom Shop Gear Credits. T-RackS Saturator X may also be downloaded from the T-RackS Custom Shop and operated as an unrestricted demo for a period of 14 days before purchase. For more information, go to www.ikmultimedia.com/trsaturatorx .