Adding digital distortion in AUM can add nice sound color?
Today, I tried something on a mix in AUM.
On the tenor saxophone track of a whole mix, I’ve added an AUM gain node to boost signal while keeping fader to zero. When pushing settings, I was surprised that sound gets better with + 10 dB on gain node and around -8 dB on fader. When looking sax channel output meter and fader set to zero, I realized it was going red with + 2 dB. This makes sense as gain node is set as pre-fader effect. With fader set lower, meter was « redmeterless » again. I think AUM use 32 bits mixing, and really I was surprised by a sax which was sitting in the mix better, with added warmth and very gentle saturation on its whole frequency range.
Is it something known/used? I usually use plugs which reproduce tape saturation, but this gain/fader process involves digital saturation and sounds good.
I’ve read this article which was interesting too.