Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: Dada Life Sausage Fattener

Product: Sausage Fattener
Developer: Dada Life / Tailored Noise
Format: VST (Windows/Mac) and AU (Mac)
Price: $29

The strength of some plug-ins is the depth of programmability you can get lost in for days.  With others, however, the appeal lies in simplicity and the ability to achieve the result you want with little time and effort.  Dada Life's Sausage Fattener is the latter.

As the name implies, Sausage Fattener is aimed at fattening up whatever you feed it, whether it's a single track, some stems, or an entire mix.  If you just want some light compression to tame dynamics, look elsewhere.  Sausage Fattener is designed to smash the ever-loving hell out audio.

The plug-in features only three real controls.  A gain control for trimming levels, a Fatness knob that starts at compression and unabashedly leaps over into distortion (with the sausage graphic getting increasingly angry looking as you increase it), and a Color knob that controls the overall brightness of the sound.  As such, it doesn't sound as if it would be very flexible, but a pretty wide variety of treatments are possible with even this minimum of controls.

This plug-in is not going to appeal to everyone.  Basically, this is one to check out if you make music on the harder end of the spectrum and are looking for a simple way to get more "in your face" kinds of sounds.  Really adds thud and oomph to dance drums, attitude to basslines, and nastiness wherever you might need it.  The sound quality is very good and even pushed to extremes, most material still retains its overall character, just meaner.  So if you're looking for a way to give you music an attitude problem, at only $29, this is a great place to start!  [9/10]

1 comment:

MrNullDevice said...

One of the best features is their promo video, which shows the members of Dada Life patching their various pieces of gear into what looks like a knockwurst.

This plug is killer on basslines and drum tracks if you're making dubstep or electrohouse. I wouldn't use it for much else, though - despite the fact I've heard of people using it on their (gulp) 2buss. It's probably the least clean and most digital limiter/distortion unit out there, by design, so if you want a subtle, creamy, analog sound, this ain't it. But as I said, it's awesome of those smack-you-in-the-face midrange basslines.