Saturation is a great effect to use when producing EDM as it is able to impart warmth and character to pretty much any sound, especially when strapped across a whole mix. But with so many on the market - both paid and free - where should you look? In this short video fromt he course Logic Pro X 402: EDM Production Tips, expert producer Olav Basoski shares his insider knowledge of the best saturation plug-ins he's ever found and why you might want to check them out.
Beginning with the classic PSP MixSaturator 2, Olav demonstrates how this simple but powerful plug can be used to really punch up your sound with its virtual tape and valve tools when applied across a master output. VintageWarmer 2, also from PSP, is up next followed by Softube's free Saturation Knob plug-in. Then there's FabFilter's Saturn, with a plethora of algorithms including guitar amps as well as more classic tape models. Throughout the video you'll hear the effects of these processors on an EDM mix. Be sure to check out the rest of the course for a complete set of pro tips for producing EDM.