FabFilter Saturn 2 is a multiband distortion, saturation and amp modeling plug-in, with lots of modulation options.
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.
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.
Bring 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.
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 in FabFilter Saturn
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 Improved
Adjustable slope for the crossovers, offering 6, 12, 24 and 48 dB/oct options New
Per-band drive, mix, feedback, dynamics, tone, and level controls
Live modulation visualization for targets and sources New
Optional HQ modes: Good (8x oversampling) and Superb (32x oversampling) Improved
Fully redesigned, easy-to-use interface, including a new design of modulation sources and floating slot panel New
Interactive multiband display
Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers/sliders, envelope generators, envelope followers, and MIDI sources you will ever need Improved
Curve control in EGs and transient detection in EFs New
Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 50-slot modulation matrix
Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces New
Various interface sizes and Full-Screen mode New
GPU-powered graphics acceleration
Unique per-component presets
Interactive MIDI Learn
Carefully designed and curated Factory Presets, plus the support of V1 presets Improved
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
All Pro and Creative plug-ins now support interface scaling. The resize button in the bottom right corner of the interface now offers a Scaling submenu, with options to increase or decrease the scale of the entire interface, e.g. 125%, 150%, etc.
Reduced CPU spikes on changing oversampling or high-quality mode in Pro and Creative plug-ins.
Added a right-click shortcut menu for the preset button, with Save and Save As options. In Twin 3, this also lets you mark a preset as a favorite.
Added support for MIDI program changes in the VST3 plug-ins.
Timeless 3, Volcano 3, Twin 3 and Saturn 2: Added Show Source Flow option, available via the Add Source ‘+’ button menu.
Timeless 3, Volcano 3, Twin 3 and Saturn 2: Added Auto-Collapse Sources option, available via the Add Source ‘+’ button menu. When enabled, expanding one source interface will automatically collapse the others (the default behavior). When disabled, multiple source interfaces can be expanded at the same time.
Pro-DS and Pro-G: Added support for different interface sizes and Full Screen mode.
Pro-G: Added density spectrum visualization in the side chain filter controller, similar to how Pro-DS shows this.
Pro-L 2: Added Auto-Reset option for loudness metering, available as a toggle option in the Loudness Time Scale menu. When enabled, loudness metering and clipping will be reset every time playback starts in the DAW.
Twin 3: Fixed a bug which caused the main Frequency Offset parameter to be ignored for filters with panning and non-modulated Filter Frequency.
Twin 3: Redesigned options icon in the preset browser to make it more discoverable.
Volcano 3: Fixed a bug that could cause possible clicks or noise when modulating filter peak values around zero.
Volcano 3: Fixed issue where text entry for the peak value in the parameter value display would change frequency when piano display was enabled.
Volcano 3: Fixed an issue in the mono version of the plug-in where filters that were removed in the interface could still remain in effect.
Twin 3: The Arpeggiator Lock parameter is now always disabled for new instances of the plug-in.
Small bug fixes and improvements.
All plug-ins updated, Dolby Atmos support for Pro-Q 3 and Pro-L 2
Dec 13, 2021
All FabFilter plug-ins have been updated with bug fixes and improvements, including immersive audio support in Pro-Q 3 and Pro-L 2. This update is free for existing customers and we recommend everyone to update to the latest plug-in versions. So what’s new?
Pro-Q 3, Pro-L 2:
Extended support for immersive/3D audio channel layouts, now up to Dolby Atmos 9.1.6. Note: AAX only supports layouts up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2.
In the surround version of the plug-in, it is now possible to let a curve affect all three front speakers (L/C/R).
The interface will now clearly show that it’s in-band solo mode when loading a session that was accidentally saved with Band Solo enabled, or when toggling solo via a Pro Tools control surface.
The interface now restores the previous zoom level when closing and reopening.
The interface now remembers the previous manual threshold value for each band when you switch between auto and manual mode.
Added Use Accessible Colors item to the Help menu, toggling to a brighter color for spectrum collisions.
Improved rotational drag mode for knobs to avoid unexpected sudden changes.
For newly installed plug-ins on Mac, factory presets will now be saved in the user’s Documents folder, in FabFilter/Presets.
Fixed issues with text input for controls when running in Pro Tools, on macOS Big Sur and Monterey.
Improved Full-Screen mode on Mac when using multiple monitors: the menu bar and the dock will now remain visible on other monitors. Fixed an issue with Timeless 3 and Volcano 3 where dialogs (e.g. Save As for presets) would not show up in Full-Screen mode. The camera area on a 16″ MacBook Pro will not overlap the full-screen area anymore.
Fixed a bug that caused keyboard shortcuts (e.g. the space bar) not to work in Reaper on Windows after using the mouse wheel and not moving the mouse.
The Windows installers now remember the VST2 folder location that was last used.
Pro-L 2: Fixed a small issue with higher oversampling rates (8x and more) wherein some very specific cases, True Peak limiting could introduce a bit more distortion than needed.
Timeless 3: Fixed an issue that could cause a crash when running at very high sample rates, which also caused VST3 validation in Digital Performer to fail.
Volcano 3: Fixed a possible crash when modulating curves routed in parallel.
Small bug fixes and improvements.
What’s new v2.1?
Fixed a bug that caused missing modulation visualization when using 150% High DPI scaling on Windows.
Fixed an issue with text entry for parameters on macOS Catalina.
Fixed occasional crashes on macOS when loading projects in some DAWs (e.g. Logic Pro), related to having PACE-protected third-party plug-ins in the same session.
Fixed occasional crashes in Bitwig on macOS, when opening sessions that contain FabFilter VST3 plug-ins with side chain support.
Fixed interface scaling issues on macOS 10.14 and higher, when dragging a plug-in interface between Retina and non-Retina monitors.
All VST3 and AU plug-ins with now show up in the DAW without the ‘FabFilter ‘ or ‘FF ‘ prefix in their name.
On macOS, all plug-ins are now 64-bit only.
Minor bug fixes and improvements.
What’s new in version 1.19?
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?
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.
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