I’m working on a Saturator effect as my first plugin. I have a question about the Drive control. It’s sometimes labeled Saturation or Amount.
I always imagined as it was called “Drive” that more gain/volume was being fed into Saturator. Ableton’s stock Saturator definitely works this way.
When I listened to some of my favourite Saturators though they don’t work this way at all. The volume is completely unchanged and the saturation it’s self seems to be what’s changing. Going from no saturation at all to a very heavy sound.
How is that done?
I can imagine a few ways. Maybe they are morphing from a flat 1:1 to a more extreme curve? Or maybe they are squashing the wave function on the y axis?