Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite


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Master and mix with a one-of-a-kind harmonic generator.

Vertigo Sound’s VSM-2 Satellite is an immaculately constructed, $8,000 piece of analog rack gear that is beloved by mixing and mastering engineers for its bounty of colorful saturation flavors. From subtle to intense, the VSM-2 also sports innovative features for expertly targeted harmonic generation.

Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is an obsessive emulation of this over-built analog beast, capturing all the tone and character of the original hardware, while also adding to its feature set for more versatility.

Now You Can:

Generate subtle saturation or air-ripping distortion with targeted preciseness

Use the 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for tube-like cohesion or crank it for fat, rich distortion

Add clarity sparkle to dull sources with the 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender

Combine the Crusher and the Blender in parallel or series

Process specific frequency ranges and use the Solo function to hear the exact frequency you are tweaking

Use M/S mode for adding solidity to the center of a mix, or air to stereo instrumentation

Take a listen:

Take a listen:
UAD Tutorial Video
UAD Tutorial Video

UAD Tutorial Video

Features the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In in action.

Tactical Precision

Tactical Precision

The VSM-3 Mix Satellite plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo gives you unparalleled control over analog-style coloration — from subtle saturation of a drum or vocal bus, to the sonic destruction of a synth sound, to deftly polishing a mix or master. With its innovative frequency range isolation, filtering, and Mid/Side isolation controls, the VSM-3 plug-in goes way beyond typical saturators.

Two Shades of Distortion

Two Shades of Distortion

At the heart of the Vertigo Mix Satellite plug-in are two very different distortion generators, each sporting independent Mid/Side functionality allowing you to target every aspect of your mix or master.

Harmonic FET Crusher

Harmonic FET Crusher

The 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher produces rich, warm tube-like saturation and distortion, generating pure second harmonics. Use it for cohesion, or crank it up for fat, rich distortion. In Mid mode, it's great for adding solidity to the center of a stereo mix.

Key Features

Two sophisticated coloration generators ranging from subtle saturation to berserk distortion, recreated from the Vertigo VSM-2 hardware and authenticated by Vertigo Sound
Pure 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for warm, rich, saturation or distortion
Pure 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender for bright, clear, exciter-like saturation or distortion
Crusher and Blender can each be applied to specific signal frequency ranges and then further filtered using the Shape control
Apply a custom balance of harmonics using the THD Mixer or switch between parallel and serial configuration
Each circuit is switchable between Soft or Hard clipping
M/S Decoding and Encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side stereo channels
Solo the Crusher and/or Blender in isolation, or Mid and Side stereo channels in isolation using the Monitoring section
Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite

Overall Rating

M. Asma

January 13, 2020

Gold for your sound

Love it!

D. Fornes Berenguer

December 18, 2019


La teoria es muy bonita ... pero al oírla con este bicho...R´N´R!!! ya no lo puedo omitir del master bus!! ...cuidado, si lo pruebas ya no lo dejas!!

j. dee

August 23, 2019


I'm old and wise enough to have come across the hardware of most UAD stuff and at times you feel envy for folk who don't know any different. I mean, as long as it sounds good right?. And this does. If you'r like a lot of so called artists and don't wanna spend more than the time to drink a Starbucks on gear then this ain't for you. Every part of this works really well and with patient ears and knowledge it's a killer. But seriously if you'r not using a projector screen the size of a cinema the interface is really hard to get around. I use a 30'' screen and it's really hard to see.

D. Tetmyer

July 24, 2019

Lovely sound but need retina UI

Lovely sound but need retina UI

J. Poole

July 12, 2019

Resurrect the dead

I am restoring some recordings from 1964 and the content is fairly dull but between the VSM-3 and the UAD Precision Enhancers, an engineer can work wonders on old recordings...

W. Hendriks

July 11, 2019


In one word....Great. Absolute musthave.

D. Watts

June 14, 2019

MS Master = gamechanger

Worth buying the plugin just for the MS Master preset alone. Mix Bus Heaven. I did an A/B against the Plugin Alliance Native version and in my opinion the UAD version wins by far. Sounds HUGE. Also, the two plugin's don't 'null' as far as my testing goes, so anyone who accuses me of UAD bias, try explaining that one. Peace out.

A. Heinzelmann

March 31, 2019

Impressiv Tool

I am very pleased to use it on serveral Instruments. The VSM-3 Plugin gave me the the perfect Control to the harmonics on the right Place. Very usefull.

R. Arafat

February 4, 2019


Doing great job when needed in some setuation

K. Lima

January 23, 2019

Beautiful low mid harmonics...Love it.

the best one for me on low mid section...warmth

J. Barthélémy

January 20, 2019

Magique !

Le résultat de ce plug in est incroyable, le traitement des harmoniques fait des miracles sur les basses et sur les clavier. Il peut aussi faire ressortir subtilement un instrument tout comme transformer complètement le son. Un outil indispensable pour réussir un bon mix !

D. Zahn

January 13, 2019

Top 5 UAD plugin

This plugin is so good that I use it on every track, but the DSP usage is so inefficient (40%) that its laughable. It may not seem like a "fun" plugin to buy, but it's insanely handy.

I. Arteaga

December 14, 2018

Not what I expected

First time I regret buying something from UA

L. Sanders

November 25, 2018


This is what you need to make your music sound just like a hit record.

UAD User

September 20, 2018

The Desert Island Plug

I use this more than any other UA plug. Drums, Bass, Synth, Vocals, 2 Buss, Anything. It's amazing.

W. Longmore

August 10, 2018

Top Five Desert Island Plugin

The VSM-3 is one of the most important plugins of the 106 universal audio plugins I own. It does so much, so well. It thickens and warms bass sounds while making them punchier and clearer. It takes the piercing edge off high frequencies. A huge range of tape saturation effects and raw distortion are easily created. It easily moves low freq items like kick and bass forward or backward in the mix. On vocals it emphasizes or deemphasizes specific parts of the singers voice, allowing them to stand out and sit properly in a mix. For sound design it adds that big, wide cinematic quality to sound. Digital synths mutate into 1980s synths dripping with analog warmness and saturation based imperfections. Muddiness is controlled, brightness emphasized. All these things and more are done without increasing the actual dB level even though things sound louder or softer. It is an amazing plugin producing very noticeable changes. Get it, get frustrated by it, then figure it out and love it up. It will show it's appreciation for you in return.

T. Varga

July 14, 2018

Love it

It is an amazing harmonics tool!

D. Iljes

June 24, 2018

Best buy.. last year. Stunning results!!!

D. Iljes

June 12, 2018


Really great plugin that will blow your mind.....

R. Martine

May 20, 2018

Very quick to get quality results.

I had spent days, going through different plugins to find the proper saturation for my some of my bass guitar tracks, but everything (including tape machine saturation) how the "home studio" sound. I decided to spend the money for a dedicated saturator, and couldn't be happier. What began as a tool for the bass, is now also in my mastering chain. I don't have to spend much time at all trying to fine tune (as I did with budget plugins). The quality is so high, I could almost use the presets alone. I'm usually leery of reviews that heap praise, because it's likely someone from that company, but be assured, I don't know those folks, I'm just really happy with the quality. Makes my workday faster.