Wave Arts claims that their Tube Saturator is the world’s most accurate real time tube amp plug-in. “Tube Saturator uses state of the art circuit simulation technology to capture every nuance of an analog circuit.” The circuit simulation technology is extremely CPU intensive they say, and I agree to that, because my Mac Book Pro didn´t manage to play a song with this plugin in Waveburner software. In Logic Pro 7 it worked fine but still, you can´t load so much plug-ins to your song if you use this plugin unless you use freeze function of your software.
Tube Saturator has Baxandall type three-band EQ feeding two 12AX7 triode preamp stages. It has same tonal charasteristics as you can here from a tube pre amp in the real world. To my ears this plug-in sounded very good and I think it does well what it´s supposed to do. You really can add analog warmth to your tracks with this plugin if you are after it. Tube Saturator works both mono or stereo up to 192 kHz sampling rate.
+ Sounds convincing
– Heavy load on cpu