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Integraudio Blowdio (Lo-Fi Saturator) VST3 AU WiN MAC [FREE] screenshot
20/03/2024 | VST3 AU WiN MAC | 50 MB
Blowdio lets you add different colors and flavors of tape saturation to your sound.

Broadly, it consists of four sections: Studio, Cinematic, Vintage, and Lofi, each offering a distinct flavor that may suit your sonics. I loved the warm texture the plugin added to my sounds. I would use it, especially for bass instruments, but it can also go well with guitars, drums, and synths.

Blowdio's Interface and Workflow Overview

Upper Panel
The plugin's upper panel consists of four tabs or sections, as mentioned above. The Studio Section tab is designed to emulate the characteristics of a modern studio environment. It offers a clean and transparent sound, ideal for adding subtle warmth and coloration without sacrificing clarity. The Lofi section of Blowdio is tailored for those seeking a gritty, vintage sound reminiscent of old-school tape recordings.

The Vintage tab pays homage to the classic analog tape machines of yesteryears, offering a warm and saturated sound with a hint of nostalgia. Lastly, the Cinematic section of Blowdio is designed to create larger-than-life soundscapes and epic textures, making it perfect for film scoring and sound design.

In each tab, you get the following six switches:
• Lowpass: This switch allows you to apply a low-pass filter to the signal, cutting off higher frequencies to achieve a smoother sound.
• Wow: The Wow switch introduces a subtle modulation effect, mimicking the wow and flutter typically associated with analog tape machines.
• Digitalize: When activated, the Digitalize switch imparts a digital edge to the sound, emulating the characteristics of digital recording equipment.
• Softclip: Softclip introduces gentle saturation and compression, helping to tame transient peaks and add subtle harmonic distortion.
• Hot In: This switch simulates driving the input stage of the plugin, resulting in a hotter signal and increased saturation.
• Darken: Darken adds a touch of warmth and darkness to the sound, ideal for softening overly bright or harsh recordings.

Finally, Blowdio has a great preset browser that lets you save and recall your presets with ease. Additionally, the factory presets in the plugin are of great range and can give you a decent starting point.


Lower Panel

Integraudio Blowdio (Lo-Fi Saturator) VST3 AU WiN MAC [FREE] screenshot

Blowdio's lower panel consists of the following knobs for further processing:
• Dust: Adds simulated noise and imperfections reminiscent of aged tape recordings, enhancing vintage character.
• Flutter: Introduces subtle pitch modulation, replicating the natural fluctuations found in analog tape playback.
Drive: Controls the input gain, adjusting the level of saturation and harmonic distortion applied to the signal.
Tapehead: Alters the virtual playback head position, influencing the frequency response and saturation characteristics.
• Output: Adjusts the overall output level of the plugin, ensuring optimal signal balance and preventing clipping.

What does Blowdio do for you
Blowdio is great for adding that analog tape warmth to your sounds and makes everything deeper, mellower, and smoother. I also noticed that it adds lower to mid-frequency harmonics and reduces harsher and higher-mid frequencies. So, if you're looking for a saturator that will brighten up your sounds, this one is not it.

Integraudio Blowdio (Lo-Fi Saturator) VST3 AU WiN MAC [FREE] screenshot

The Studio algorithm is the most transparent of all the algorithms. It sounds quite like a cut of hot chocolate and the brightest among the four. The Cinematic algorithm, on the other hand, makes your sound fuller, deeper, and wider. You must try this, especially on percussions, synths, and guitars, and see how dense and beefy they sound after applying Blowdio.
On drums, I like the Studio algorithm better as it preserves the natural tone of the sound. In contrast, the Cinematic algorithm adds too much color, which works great for warming up your synths, guitars, bass, or even vocals.
The Vintage algorithm is also subtle like Studio, adding a nice and controlled vintage color to your sounds. Lofi is an extreme effect though and is great for adding that distorted and old-school vintage tape effect.

What I appreciate about this plugin is that you can cross its different parameters and algorithms to create a huge sound palette. So for example, if you're going for a grungy vocal tone that you don't want to sound harsh, you can use the Lofi algorithm and turn on Digitize and Low-pass switches.

Similarly, if you want a distorted guitar or bass tone, simply apply the hot-in, soft clip, and digitize switches. If you want that relaxing Jazz or Blues guitar tone, apply its smooth low-pass filter, add a flutter, and use the studio or the cinematic tab. You can also make your drum thump more blast the speakers with its soft clip switch, and go from subtle saturation to insane distortion effects.

Blowdio is a versatile distortion plugin with varying colors and styles of distortion. It can sound warm and sweet to dirty and industrial and everything in between, without sounding too harsh or bright.

• Its controlled saturation makes it stand out! Most distortion plugins end up hurting the ear with bad high-mid resonances. However, this plugin has that controlled really well.
• The plugin is quite easy to use. Everything from the preset browser to the simple switches and knobs workflow lies in a single window.
• It has a huge range of preset collection



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demo sound good
thanks !
  Resident 29.11.2020 29 2592
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Seems buggy. Lofi Mode mutes the track
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Member 12.01.2021 600
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You can even hear in the vid at 3:54. Interestingly, there's a vid at https://bedroomproducersblog.com/2024/03/20/integraudio-blowdio/ where this doesn't happen (at 1:20)...
  Resident 29.11.2020 29 2592
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didnt watch the videos. It happens on my installation, well, it's just VST3 file so I don't think I "installed" it wrong.
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Member 12.01.2021 600
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? I meant you can hear that mute effect even in the vid above...
But it doesn't seem to be a consistent bug, BPB managed to make it sound and here it's working too.
  Member 28.03.2019 16 176
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Excellent and super-useful audio tool, i think and share,
great example how good can be as a skin and controls,
works very well and low cpu on OSX 10.10, Logic 10.1 ...
  Member 28.03.2019 16 176
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I also wonder who is the real developer, designer, creator…
as if It reminds me of something, I feel it familiar and close,
but this plugin is very powerful, time and achievements will show.
  Member 12.01.2021 600
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quote by neytcevas if It reminds me of something,

Some of the recent PA pluggies?
  Member 16.04.2015 20 271
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Great appliance! Download it from the manufacturer's website. I just did and it works great without glitches.

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