FabFilter Saturn Plug-in

Multiband Distortion/Saturation/Amp-Modeling Plug-in - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, VST, VST3, AU, AudioSuite
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FabFilter Saturn Plug-in
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Your Plug-in for Distortion, Saturation, and Amp Modeling

FabFilter Saturn is a multiband distortion, saturation, and amp-modeling plug-in, with tons of modulation options. From subtle tube saturation to full-on sonic mayhem, Saturn does it all. Saturn gives you a huge preset palette of high-quality distortion models inspired by the vintage sound of tubes, tape, and guitar amps, along with powerful, intuitive tweakability. Choose between three distortion styles, with which you can smudge, stretch, crush, rectify, and clip your sounds in delightfully unpredictable ways. At Sweetwater, distortion and saturation play a vital role in music production. With its multiband design and per-band feedback, dynamics, drive, tone, and modulation options, Saturn brings a unique aura to your music.

Modulation options galore

Saturn's robust modulation section rocks everything you need to breathe tremendous depth and excitement into your music. In Saturn, patching up new modulation routings couldn't be easier - simply drag and drop! Apply subtle modulation to crossover frequencies, dynamics, band levels, or tone controls, for adding subtle warmth or definition. Saturn gives you all the XLFOs, EGs, XY controllers, envelope followers, and MIDI sources you could ever want, for virtually unlimited modulation options. Finally, FabFilter Saturn offers all the usual FabFilter goodies: precision-tuned controls, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, extensive help with interactive hints, AltiVec and SSE optimization, and more.

FabFilter Saturn Multiband Distortion/Saturation/Amp-Modeling Plug-in Features at a Glance:
  • Sixteen different distortion styles, from subtle saturation to heavy guitar amps and bit crushing
  • Multiband processing (up to 6 bands)
  • Per-band drive, mix, feedback, dynamics, tone and level controls
  • Per-band solo and mute options
  • Optional HQ mode (8x oversampling)
  • Mid/side processing
  • Interactive multiband display
  • Easy-to-use interface, using FabFilter's innovative what-you-use-is-what-you-see concept
  • Exhaustive 16-step modulation options:
    • XLFOs, XY controllers, envelope generators, envelope followers, and MIDI sources
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • Normal and wide interface layouts, with an option to show or hide the modulation section at the bottom
  • Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 50-slot modulation matrix
  • Over 150 presets
  • Modulation source signal visualization
  • Interactive MIDI Learn
  • Unique per-component presets
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints
  • Undo, redo and A/B switch features
FabFilter Saturn is your plug-in solution for distortion, saturation, and amp modeling!

Tech Specs

Software Type Distortion/Saturation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth AAX Native, RTAS, VST, VST3, AU, AudioSuite (32-bit)/AAX Native, VST, VST3, AU, AudioSuite (64-bit)
Format AAX Native, RTAS, VST, VST3, AU, AudioSuite
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Processor
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5 (32-bit)/OS X 10.6 (64-bit)
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP (32-bit)/Windows Vista x64 (64-bit)
Manufacturer Part Number 11-30176

Customer Reviews

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The Best Plugin Of All Time

If you've ever spent an extraordinary amount of time EQing, compressing, using effects, using parallel processing tricks and more in order to make your vocal, guitar, mix or master sound 'finished' but you find yourself missing that little something, chances are this is your dream come true. Now, you can arrive at a great mix any number of ways. I'll be the first to tell you that stock plugins ARE good enough to get a good mix if you're mixing a well recorded, great song. However, if you don't have access to a boundless supply of wonderful and expensive analog hardware including tape machines, stereo tube mastering units, an old guitar cab to re-amp your signal, etc etc, chances are you're missing something; you're missing TEXTURE. Texture, distortion, saturation a.k.a. feeling, vibe, mojo... And you can Apply the texture you're missing (warm tube, new tube, warm tape, new tape, crunchy amp, etc. along with low, mid, high and presence EQ And compression to not only the whole track, but to individual frequency bands. Want to preserve that buttery low-mid thing happening on your vocal while adding top end air? Done. Warm tape on the lows, clean tube on the highs with a bit o compression and maybe some eq shaping. Mastering a song? Instant multiband mastering saturation and level control. This is a no brainer plugin. Check it out!!

Saturn Software

I am very impressed with the software, it is super easy to use and it really sounds great. I have noticed a huge improvement on my bass sound in the recording. Doesnt really use up very much resources either.
Music background: 30yrs in the music industry

You will not be dissapointed

I can sum it all in one word...Versatile. If you want to give any kind of track some presence or some grit, this plug will do it. Saturn has a lot of presets for practically any use and lets you control many aspects of the effect with extras that some other distortion plugins don't like adding feedback, breaking up the frequencies into six bands that you can have a different distortion in each one, mid/side distortion and panning. This is an all inclusive plugin and powerful in adding tone, even on guitars. I have a couple other plugins from FabFilter and like their EQ and Compressor, Saturn has become my go to plugin for saturation.I personally don't see a need for any other unless you have a specific tone you can't live without.
See also: FabFilter, FabFilter Plug-ins: Effects