Using saturation and distortion is a common modern mixing technique that can be used to add character, energy, and excitement to a mix. It can really enhance a mix when done properly. Most pop vocals these days have a good bit of saturation on them, for example, and I love the way it sounds.
While saturation is a type of distortion, it can add some nice harmonics and excitement, and can even help make things sounds smooth and lush. Saturation can be used to make tracks sound edgy and exciting, without making them sound harsh. Sometimes it’s cool to push it hard, where you really hear the distortion. Personally, I find that most times I use it, I’m going for…(read more)