Review: Wave Arts Tube Saturator 2

In this video review, Marcus takes an in depth look at Tube Saturator 2, by Wave Arts.  According to Wave Arts, the Saturation section of TS-2 now runs about 7x faster than the original, and the modelling is even more accurate. In addition, Tube Saturator 2 also features a sleek new GUI. Upright Bass clip courtesy of "The Jason McGuire Trio" performed by Paul Martin Sounder.

More About Wave Arts Tube Saturator

After intensive R&D, WaveArts have a worthy successor to the original Tube Saturator. Like its predecessor, TS-2 is based on circuit simulation techology to capture every nuance of an analog circuit. The circuit consisting of the individual tubes, resistors, and capacitors is converted into a mathematical system of equations which is numerically solved to produce the exact same sound as a real circuit.
But while the original consumed large amounts of CPU power, TS-2 is now more efficient. The Saturation section of TS-2 runs about 7x faster than the original and yet the modelling is even more accurate. TS-2 includes the original circuit simulation of the three band Baxandall type EQ as found in many guitar amplifiers. In addition to this breakthrough improvement in speed, TS-2 has many new features. You can switch between 12AX7 and 12AU7 tubes for different harmonic characteristics. The EQ can be switched to run pre or post saturation. Saturation and EQ are separately switchable. Also there is a 2x oversampling mode using a very high quality resampler algorithm. Use 2x mode to attenuate aliased distortion harmonics. Also new is a mix control to blend the processed sound with the original.

Wave Arts Tube Saturator 2 System Requirements

  • Macintosh – AU, VST, AAX
    • OS X 10.6.8/10.7/10.8/10.9/10.10
    • AAX – Pro Tools 10.3.5 and higher
  • Windows – VST, AAX
    • Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • AAX – Pro Tools 10.3.5 and higher
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