Wave Arts Tube Saturator 2 promises improved modelling and lower CPU usage

Wave Arts' Tube Saturator first came to our attention in 2010; five years later, version 2 is here.

An emulation of a tube preamp with analogue EQ, this can be used for both gentle warming or full-on distortion. The second generation version promises the double whammy of more accurate modelling and less CPU usage.

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What's more, you can now switch between 12AX7 and 12AU7 tubes for different harmonic characteristics, and the EQ can be used either pre or post saturation. There's also a new Mix control for blending the processed sound with the original, and the interface has been redesigned.

Tube Saturator 2 is available now as a VST/AU/AAX plugin for PC and Mac via the Wave Arts website. It costs $99, and a demo is available.