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Monday, 4 July 2011

Needs Moar Sausage: Vst Review - Dada Life's Sausage Fattener

On test this week:  Dada Life's Sausage Fattener VST.

When i first saw the video for Dada Life's VST plug-in  "Sausage Fattener" - i wasn't entirely sure if it was a wind-up or not.    Dada Life - the production team behind the track "Fight Club is Closed", - the teaser video of which you can even see the Sausage Fattener on the Ableton session.

After some initial reservations, i managed to purchase a copy from Dada Life for the princely sum of just $29. Thankfully - after a little wait - the download details for the plugin were sent to me by email and i downloaded my copy. 

Taking up less than 3MB - it's very easy to install in either 32 or 64 bit flavours.  Installation is easy and quick - and i personally had no problems using this on either insert or bus channels.  It appears some people have issues running more than one instance but it seemed fine and stable on my platform (Quad Core, Win XP SP2).

I've included below a soundcloud link showing the effect of the sausage fattener as a bus channel - with a range of settings from 0-100%. 

Sausage Fattener Review by Celebrity Murder Party

If you open up the Ableton session below (needs 8.1.4 or above) you will see that the plugin has been set up on a bus channel, through which the bass and drums are routed.  I then increased the amount of saturation from 0% to 100% - starting at 0, then 35, 50, 75 and finally 100.  You can see the effect the saturation has on the effect and waveform- making the name make more sense as you can see the sausage taking shape.

Ableton File:

In conclusion - the SF doesn't do anything you couldn't nesc. do yourself - it's essentially a saturator, eq and brickwall limiter in one - but it does add a pleasant (or more correctly - nasty) amount of fatness if you're trying to achieve that hyper compressed distorted sound beloved by bloody Beetroots et al.

Also interesting is that this plugin marks the first of hopefully a number of artist specific plugins to be created by "Tailored Noise".  This could be an interesting new revenue stream for artists that have a certain sound and don't mind other people having access to their tools.

By Jez with 3 comments


Awesome dude thanks so much.

Great review and awesome blog, didn't mind the link either.

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