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v2 FabFilter Saturn

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FabFilter Saturn
  
FabFilter Saturn

Take your music to the outer limits...

Distortion and saturation play a very important role in music production. From subtle, clean, and warm tube or tape saturation to the wildest multiband guitar amp effects: FabFilter Saturn delivers!

Saturn 2 introduces a host of new features such as a redesigned interface with modulation visualization, new subtle saturation and linear phase processing for mastering, many new distortion styles, and more.


Highlights

Fabfilter Saturn 2 Warmth, Harmonics, color, and Dynamics

FabFilter Saturn 2 offers a range of different high-quality distortion models, inspired by the vintage sound of tubes, tape, transformers, and guitar amps. In addition, you get five creative FX distortion styles to mangle your sounds in weird and unexpected ways.

With its multiband design and per-band feedback, dynamics, drive, tone, and modulation options, Saturn 2 will bring a unique flavor to your music.

Fabfilter Saturn 2Bring your sounds to life

Add life and depth to your music using the extensive modulation section. By applying subtle modulation to crossover frequencies, dynamics, band levels, or tone controls, great warmth and definition can be achieved.

With all the XLFOs, EGs, XY controllers/sliders, envelope followers and MIDI sources you will ever need, you get practically unlimited modulation possibilities. Creating new modulation connections could not be easier: just drag and drop. And Saturn 2 visualizes all modulation in real-time to show exactly what’s going on.

Fabfilter Saturn 2FabFilter goodies

Finally, FabFilter Saturn 2 contains all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, interface resizing and full-screen mode, support for Avid control surfaces, GPU-powered graphics acceleration, extensive help with interactive help hints, SSE optimization, and much more.

Key features

  • Improved 28 different distortion styles, from subtle tube saturation to heavy guitar amps and bit crushing
  • Improved Multiband processing (up to 6 bands), with optional linear phase processing
  • New Adjustable slope for the crossovers, offering 6, 12, 24 and 48 dB/oct options
  • Per-band drive, mix, feedback, dynamics, tone, and level controls
  • New Live modulation visualization for targets and sources
  • Improved Optional HQ modes: Good (8x oversampling) and Superb (32x oversampling)
  • New Fully redesigned, easy-to-use interface, including a new design of modulation sources and floating slot panel
  • Interactive multiband display
  • Improved Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers/sliders, envelope generators, envelope followers, and MIDI sources you will ever need
  • New Curve control in EGs and transient detection in EFs
  • Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 50-slot modulation matrix
  • New Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
  • Mid/side processing
  • New Various interface sizes and Full-Screen mode
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • Unique per-component presets
  • Interactive MIDI Learn
  • Improved Carefully designed and curated Factory Presets, plus the support of V1 presets
  • Per-band solo and mute options
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints
  • Undo, redo and A/B switch features
  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (64-bit and 32-bit on Windows, 64-bit only on macOS)

FabFilter Saturn is my new favorite plug-in. I love distortion and I’ll put it on everything from vocals to 808’s.
— Damien Lewis (Grammy-nominated producer, mixer and engineer)

No matter what type of distortion you go for with [FabFilter] Saturn, it always maintains a creamy and ‘producer’ sound.
— Music Tech Magazine

PDF Manual

Fabfilter Saturn is also included in the FabFilter Mixing Bundle

Plug-in formats

All FabFilter plug-ins are available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native, and AudioSuite formats.

Windows

  • 64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista
  • 32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP
  • VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

Mac OS X

  • OS X 10.8 or higher
  • AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
  • Intel processor

What’s new in version 1.19?

All plug-ins

  • Updated plug-in for full compatibility with Mac hosts built specifically for macOS 10.14 (Mojave), such as Logic Pro 10.4.4, running under macOS 10.14.0 or 10.14.1. Previously this could lead to an all-black plugin interface.
  • Improved the way settings are saved when multiple plug-in instances are open to make sure the last setting that was chosen is saved correctly for new instances.
  • Added support for 300% scaling on 8K displays (High DPI) on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause incorrect scaling of the plug-in interface in Cubase 10 or Live 10 on High DPI displays in combination with certain graphics drivers on Windows.
  • Added a Refresh item to the Options submenu of the presets menu: this makes it possible to manually refresh the menu (and any V1/V2 Preset Folder submenus if available).
  • Fixed a bug on Mac that could cause program changes received by one plug-in to be forwarded to other FabFilter plug-in instances.
  • Various minor bug fixes and improvements.

What’s new in version 1.18?

All plug-ins:

  • Fixed possible crashes in Logic Pro X, which occasionally tries to initialize plug-ins with invalid/uninitialized buffers.
  • Fixed possible crash in Nuendo 7 on macOS when closing a plugin.
  • Fixed issues with key stroke stealing on Windows when using the Avid S6 control surface.
  • Fixed incorrect appearance of plug-in interfaces in Live 10 in High DPI mode.
  • The VST 2.4 plug-in will now automatically adapt its channel layout to match the audio/track it is placed on. Note that the separate “(Mono)” version of the plug-ins are still included for backwards compatibility.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when moving the mouse over the right edge of a menu with icons.
  • Small bug fixes and improvements.

FabFilter Saturn 2 New Features #GettingStarted

Eric Burgess shows new features in FabFilter Saturn 2, including New Amp Models, Redesigned visual modulation, Drag & Drop modulation & Linear Phase.

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