Top Saturation Free VST Plugins
Top Saturation Free VST Plugins

Top 5+ Saturation Free VST Plugins 2022

We have created for you a rating of the Best 5 Saturation Free VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

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  1. CHOW Tape Model
  2. Tube Saturator Vintage
  3. SGA1566
  4. X-Tube
  5. MIA Fat

1. CHOW Tape Model

by: ChowDSP

CHOW Tape Model

CHOW Tape Model is an analog tape machine physical model originally based on the Sony TC-260, implemented as an audio plugin. The physical model was described in a paper presented at the 2019 DAFx conference. This work began as part of a class project for Music 420 at Stanford University (CCRMA).

As well as a tool for mixing engineers and producers, CHOW Tape Model is a research project on developing physics-based models of analog tape emulation.

CHOW Tape is currently available in the following plugin formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • LV2
  • Standalone plugin

System Requirements

  • Windows
  • macOS (M1 Macs NOT supported)
  • Linux

Please Note: This product is NOT yet compatible with M1 Macs running macOS 11 Big Sur

2. Tube Saturator Vintage

by: Wave Arts

Tube Saturator Vintage

Tube Saturator Vintage is a free reissue of the original Tube Saturator. It uses circuit simulation technology to faithfully reproduce the sound of a dual triode preamp. While it sounds great, the circuit simulation technology is very CPU intensive, that’s why we developed its successor, Tube Saturator 2. Tube Saturator 2 is vastly more efficient, nearly identical in simulation accuracy, and adds other features. However, some users prefer the sound of the original and request it, hence we have released it as a free plug.

Here’s the original Tube Saturator description:

Tube Saturator is the world’s most accurate real time tube amp plug-in. Unlike other tube simulators, which use radically simplified models, Tube Saturator uses state of the art circuit simulation technology to capture every nuance of an analog circuit. With circuit simulation, the analog schematic (consisting of the individual resistors, capacitors, tubes, and so on) completely defines the signal processing. The schematic is converted into a system of non-linear differential equations which is solved at each sampling period, in realtime. That’s mathematical talk for “it sounds exactly like the analog circuit”.

Tube Saturator is in fact a basic circuit consisting of a Baxandall type three-band EQ feeding two 12AX7 triode preamp stages, similar to preamp stages you’d find in a guitar or high fidelity amp, and hence you can get the same distortion and tonal characteristics that you’d get from saturating a real tube preamp. The circuit simulation technology is extremely CPU intensive and a fast computer is recommended to run the plug-in.

Increasing the Drive control increases the (digital) input gain while decreasing the (digital) output gain, so you can easily adjust distortion levels. The FAT switch changes the bias circuit of the first preamp stage to increase gain and saturation.

Use Tube Saturator to add a bit of analog warmth to recordings, or increase the drive for some distortion. You can use it as a saturating peak limiter too.


  • Accurate tube preamp simulator using 64-bit circuit simulation technology
  • Two common cathode 12AX7 preamp stages
  • Baxandall 3-band EQ
  • Drive control for distortion adjustment
  • EQ bypass
  • FAT mode for increased punch
  • Analog style metering
  • No latency
  • Up to 192 kHz sampling rate, depending on CPU speed.
  • Mono or stereo

System Requirements

Requires a host program that supports audio plug-ins.

Macintosh – AU, VST2, VST3, AAX

  • OS X 10.7-10.12
  • AAX – Pro Tools 10.3.5 and higher

Windows – VST2, VST3, AAX

  • Windows 7/8/10
  • AAX – Pro Tools 10.3.5 and higher

3. SGA1566

by: Shattered Glass Audio


SGA1566 is loosely based on a single channel vintage tube preamplifier. We have made some changes to the original schematic, added tone controls, and made it stereo.

To achieve the most authentic analog sound, the whole circuit is simulated in real time using the high performance circuit simulator. However, this level of sound fidelity comes at a price of high CPU utilization. For cases where such a CPU hit is prohibitive, we have added a model that is significantly less CPU intensive but slightly less accurate than the circuit simulation.

Use SGA1566 to add warmth to a track, as a saturation compressor, or to add “dirt” with tube overdrive.

Donate or check out more products from Shattered Glass Audio HERE.

System Requirements

This plugin is available in both 32- and 64-bit VST and AU versions. AU version is available for Mac only.

  • Mac – OS X 10.7 or higher.
  • Windows – XP/7/8.

4. X-Tube

by: Xenium Audio


X-Tube is a Microsoft Windows VST plugin that simulates tube amplifier saturation effect. VST plugin can be used in Microsoft Windows 32/64bit (XP SP2 or later, Windows 7) OS with any VST DAW.


  • Type of vacuum tube for simulation – 12AX7.
  • Mono, Stereo, Quadro and 5.1 audio track support.
  • 64-bit floating point processing.
  • Easy to use and operate.
  • Zero latency processing.
  • Works with any samplerate and blocksize.
  • 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x oversampling mode.
  • IIR-type 3 Band equalizer with ±12dB range.
  • Separate adjustment of drive and bias.


  • 12 Factory presets.
  • 8 User presets.

System Requirements

  • 1.2GHz CPU or higher.
  • 512MB RAM or higher.
  • Platform: Windows [32-bit,64-bit].

5. MIA Fat

by: MIA Laboratories


One Knob Away from your Desired Outcome!

Add to Taste – You Can’t Go Wrong!

MIA Fat maximises low frequencies in a friendly way to the new generation of sound systems.

There is no “wrong” way to use this plugin. Just add to taste!


  • Add the desired extra Grease to your sound with the turn of just one knob.
  • Recommended for club mixes and genres such as Techno, Dub, Reggae and RnB.

System Requirements


  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit only)
  • AAX, VST 2
  • No iLok required


  • macOS 10.7 – 11.6 (Intel only) (64-bit only)
  • AAX, AudioUnit, VST 2
  • No iLok required

Supported Plugin Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9+
  • Cubase 5+
  • FL Studio
  • Logic Pro X
  • Pro Tools 11+
  • REAPER 5+
  • Studio One

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