The native Distortion effect is pretty versatile. Put it into Fold mode and reduce the Tone a bit for some really great saturation. Keep the Dry Mix at -INF and lower the wet mix to match your bypassed volume. Use a VU meter to even out your levels for a proper A/B and you’ll hear how great it can sound. If used subtly, it can make things “prettier” and get them to sit in the mix better without you ever hearing distortion.
This is a really nice tip. Inspired me to create a doofer with native renoise plugins to help colour the sound: light distortion --> exciter --> cabinet --> analog filter drive --> high pass filter --> gain reduction
Cabinet and filter are only light touch. Cabinet on very small wet input and the filter is completely open apart from a touch of drive. This has been working nicely across my busses.
The doofer’s great so I can link to the knobs I want to tweak without getting lost in the chains.
@Lethargik As mentioned above: Please also post your log file, so we get an idea what could go wrong here. You’ll find the log file by selecting the “Help” -> “Show the Logfile…” menu entry in Renoise.