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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.

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


W. L.

April 3, 2024

Euphoric Analog Bliss

I’ve used this since 2018 so my ears are attuned to the plugin’s hot, glowing vacuum tubes sexing up source signals, over and under and from behind, making digital audio mooooan in analog ecstasy. This plugin is pure valve porn and may result in a post session candy cigarette!

E. Reynolds

January 10, 2024

Indispensable Tool Here! Bravo!

This is one of the most indispensable tools in the shed. It does wonderful work for sound fortification. You can apply the ‘blender’ and ‘crusher’ independently to the mid, side, and several bands! Don’t let the interface preclude you from getting this machine. I put this on every mix in some form. Just the nature of this product lends it to every project I work on. It just makes things sound solid. Such a smart unit. Simply brilliant. A very real world tool.

K. Dobracki

January 5, 2024

This is the sound i was looking for!

Great for techno! Especially for master channel. It makes your track frying and crispy!

J. Weingaertner

October 11, 2023

Einfach nur nice

Dies Plugin ist wirklich einer meiner Besten Investition gewesen. Ich nutze es um Sampels aufzubessern und beim Mastern. Kann ich nur weiterempfehlen. Top

S. Lopez

January 8, 2023

Grab it


M. O'Brien

September 6, 2022


Wow this is very special in the mix bus.

E. Ananda

June 23, 2022


The sauce I never new I needed until I used it. Love to mess around with either the 2nd or 3rd harmonics till it feels just about right.

E. Jegu

December 16, 2021

Good tool !

Don't take too much DSP power. Good tool and powerful !

M. Cammarata Briguglia

November 16, 2021

Harmonic Weapon

I am very proud to have purchased it! the fact of being able to saturate in serial or parallel, 2nd or third harmonic, and being able to manage m \ s, always finds a place in my projects.

A. Mtz

November 8, 2021

What a piece of gear !!

all i have to say is thank you UAD for this effort , awesome software !


March 29, 2021

Just Perfect !

I really appreciate this plug that I bought after being convince by the seeing demo on UAD Website (I do not know the original hardware) . It is an incredible versatile tool that I use on all my mastering Chanel in order add harmonics, that will highlight the song. Very good also on guitar track for adding your personal sauce !

D. Pierce

February 16, 2021

A must have!

I used this on every song, mix, master and demo. The heavy lush lows, the high sparkling highs, and did I mention the control you have over them all?! I love this VSM-3 Mix Satellite!

C. Bruce

December 25, 2020


I literally use this on individual tracks busses and masters. Secret weapon stuff

J. Warnehed

December 11, 2020

A great boost of saturation

Real easy to use and with phenomenal results.

S. Karlsson

October 13, 2020

Great harmonic

used Vertigo vsm-3 in my latest mix and am very happy with how good and versatile plugins it is, very good for example drums, bass, gtr, vocal and much more. Is a plugin that should be in every studio ...

H. Oliveira Marques

September 14, 2020

Perfect harmonic distortion

If something needs to come to live, this is my chosen sauce.
Perfect with Ampec Svtc classic on bass.

M. Malinski

August 24, 2020

For everthing

Its great on everything, but its stands out on drums.

P. Mues

August 12, 2020

What a superb tool!

I've been demoing this plugin for a week now and I'm very impressed with versatility and fabulous tonal colors you can add with this monster. I tried other harmonic generators and they are either to simple or to complex. This one is right on the money for me. I'm going to buy it with upcoming sale for sure.
My only remark is that this plugin is incorrectly listed in the MASTERING section of the UAD page. I use it to mix and master. It's way more versatile than that. It's super on bass, acoustic guitars, drum, percussion and even vocals sometimes. A must have!.

R. Thomas

May 24, 2020

Secret harmonic weapon

Only if more ppl knew about this yellow beast. This plugin was just a try for me and every since the day I tried it. It’s been in my mixing and mastering chain every since. Love it.

R. Silva

April 25, 2020

Great Harmonic Color!

If you are looking for tune your mix bus, For sure this guy can help you!, Specally for Drums And Vocals, I really like how the get a great color and Punch inside our mix..