Warm saturation and dynamics processing
Founded in 2010 in Warsaw, Poland, Looptrotter Audio has since brought to market an arsenal of high-quality outboard gear for analog saturation and dynamics processing. Their custom-designed analog saturation circuits use solid state discrete class-A circuitry to endow audio with pleasing analog saturation, warmth, and attitude. Looptrotter’s founder, Andrzej Starzyk, has been obsessively designing and building audio electronics since the age of 16, and his passion for high-quality audio shines through in his company’s designs.
Looptrotter SA2RATE 2 in one take:
- Dual channel saturator fitted with Lootrotter’s world-famous saturation circuit
- Makes audio sound warmer by adding pleasing harmonics and slight peak reduction
- Lo Safe option prevents the lowest frequencies from distorting, perfect for low-frequency instruments like bass or kick drum
- Hi Smooth function allows greater saturation of high frequencies while smoothing the signal with subtle compression
- Independent WET and DRY signal control for parallel processing
The Perfect Saturation Tool
The Looptrotter SA2RATE 2 does one thing, but it does it very well: saturate audio. Using Looptrotter’s famous solid-state saturation circuit, the SA2RATE 2 makes audio sound warmer and fuller, by adding pleasing harmonics and applying slight peak reduction. This unit is a fantastic addition to any studio, as a simple way to add beautiful analog color and warmth to any audio source.
Simple Controls, Tons of results
The main control is quite obvious, a simple Drive knob that controls the amount of saturation. Less expected, but extremely useful are the Lo Safe and Hi Smooth options, which allow you to control the way different frequencies are saturated. The Lo Safe option prevents the lowest frequencies from distortion, which is especially useful in the case of instruments with lots of low frequencies like bass or kick drum. It can also be desirable when saturating a whole mix. The Hi Smooth function, on the other hand, boosts the high frequencies before the saturation circuit and attenuates them after. This allows greater saturation of the high frequencies, while also smoothing them with subtle compression. The SA2RATE 2’s independent Dry and Wet output level knobs allow you to achieve the perfect blend between processed and dry signal, and there is a “process” switch offering true bypass.