FabFilter Saturn 2 Saturation and Distortion Software
FabFilter Saturn 2 is a distortion and harmonic saturation plug-in intended for sound design, mixing, and even mastering. Saturn 2 builds upon the original Saturn to add a host of new features as well as improvements that bolster both its operation and sound.
Like the original, Saturn 2 is a multiband distortion engine, with the ability to select frequency bands, and tweak them as you see fit. Like the original, Saturn 2 offers multiple types of distortion, an easy to use GUI, and comprehensive opportunities for modulation.
Each of these core foundational elements has been improved in this latest version. The GUI has been thoughtfully redesigned, giving you a darker color scheme for easier visibility in long sessions, and four resizable interface sizes are available. Modulation options are still endless, but visualizing them in the GUI is now greatly improved, with color-coded, animated responses that make your routing crystal clear. You can now curve the envelope generator's attack, release, and decay stages. The Envelope Follower has a Transient Detection mode to tightly track to drums. The XLFO section now features legato MIDI triggering and targeting for a smoother operation in Frequency Offset and Balance parameters.
As for distortion types, well, now Saturn offers 28 kinds of distortion, up from the previous 16. You'll find subtle versions of Tape, Tube, and Saturation that will find a home in mastering contexts, as well as amp styles for guitaristic distortion. You'll even note new complicated methods of distortion which mangle your sound with pitch shifting.
This plug-in is available for Mac and Windows operating systems. It will work in VST, VST3, AU, AAX, and AudioSuite formats.
New to Saturn 2
- Adjustable slope for the crossovers, offering 6, 12, 24 and 48 dB/oct options
- Live modulation visualization for targets and sources
- Fully redesigned, easy-to-use interface, including a new design of modulation sources and a floating slot panel
- Curve control in EGs and transient detection in EFs
- Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
- Various interface sizes and Full Screen mode
Improved in Version 2
- 28 different distortion styles, from subtle tube saturation to heavy guitar amps and bit crushing
- Multiband processing (up to 6 bands), with optional linear phase processing
- Optional HQ modes: Good (8x oversampling) and Superb (32x oversampling)
- Myriad modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers/sliders, envelope generators, envelope followers, and MIDI sources you will ever need
- Carefully designed and curated Factory Presets, plus support for V1 presets
- Per-band drive, mix, feedback, dynamics, tone, and level controls
- Interactive multiband display
- Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 50-slot modulation matrix
- Mid/side processing
- GPU-powered graphics acceleration
- Unique per-component presets
- Interactive MIDI Learn
- Per-band solo and mute options
- Smart Parameter Interpolation
- Extensive help file with interactive help hints
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