Saturation & Distortion

These are the “bread and butter” tools of a mix engineer’s kit. Learn how to get your song sounding like a finished record with faders, pan knobs, EQs, compressors/limiters, saturators, delays and reverbs.

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When mixing or producing a track, you can use distortion and saturation in subtle ways to mimic other processing chains, achieving more musical results overall and without making the track sound clipped.

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Distortion is an incredible producing and mixing utility that can often bring unexpected and interesting results. Here we’ll look at some of the more bold, creative and not-so-subtle ways that distortion can be used in your productions.

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Waves’ definitive distortion and saturation toolkit includes Abbey Road Saturator for musical analog saturation, MDMX Distortion Modules for classic overdrive and fuzz effects, and Berzerk Distortion for wild, creative, deranged distortion sounds.

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Producer/engineer Warren Huart of Produce Like A Pro took Waves’ Abbey Road Saturator plugin for a test drive on vocals, drums and more – and found it to be doing marvelously well! Check out his in-depth demo.

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Hear the Waves Abbey Road Saturator in action, as it combines the musical analog saturation sounds we love from the vintage Abbey Road desks with excitement from the ultra-rare EMI TG12321 Compander module.

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Waves Abbey Road Saturator is the most musical sounding analog saturation plugin available. Combining the classic overdriven tube and transistor sounds from Abbey Road’s fabled consoles, the Saturator also models the original TG12321 Compander feeding the two desks for a one-of-a-kind ‘excited saturation’ effect.

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Waves Abbey Road Saturator combines the musical analog saturation sounds we love from the REDD valve and TG transistor consoles with excitement from the ultra-rare EMI TG12321 Compander module. Abbey Road’s Mirek Stiles takes us through the classic technique revived by the plugin.

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Learn to use Waves MDMX Distortion Modules for subtle to scorching overdrive to heat up hip hop vocals, and give your ad libs a more aggressive and edgy soft-clipped tone. MDMX includes 3 plugins: SCREAMER, OVERDRIVE, FUZZ.

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Waves MDMX Distortion Modules is a color palette of 3 plugins based on musicians’ all-time favorite distortions: SCREAMER, OVERDRIVE, FUZZ. From classic fat, round overdrive to outrageous fuzz flavors, MDMX gives you quick access to the drive sounds you know and love.

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