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 Saturn by FabFilter is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Product Saturn
Developer FabFilter
Price (MSRP) €129 / $154 / £99
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 1.17    Download Released
System Requirements
32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP
64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista (x64)
VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
 1.17    Download Released
System Requirements
OS X 10.6 or higher
AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
Intel processor
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FabFilter Saturn is a multi-band distortion and saturation plug-in featuring a great variety of distortion styles from subtle tape simulation to full-on multi-band guitar amp mayhem, combined with endless modulation options and a streamlined, uncluttered interface.

FabFilter Saturn offers a wide range of high-quality distortion models from subtle, clean and warm tube or tape saturation to fully overdriven vintage guitar amp simulation. Additional creative distortion styles let you time-smear, stretch, crush, rectify and clip your sounds in inspiring and unexpected ways. Create up to six bands with individual feedback, compression/expansion and tone controls to give each part of the spectrum the warmth and color it needs.

To bring even more life and depth to your sound, engage FabFilter Saturn's extensive modulation section. By applying subtle modulation to crossover frequencies, dynamics, band levels or tone controls, you can add unique definition and flavor. With practically unlimited modulation sources from XY controllers and programmable step sequencers to any type of MIDI data, the creative possibilities are endless.

The user interface makes FabFilter Saturn look deceptively simple, showing only the controls that you are actually using at the moment. The entire modulation section is hidden by default, resulting in a friendly interface that invites you to explore the essential controls and the included factory presets. When you need to look "under the hood", a single click expands the modulation section, letting you easily add modulation sources and create modulation connections via drag-and-drop. This combination of features makes FabFilter Saturn powerful and flexible, yet ultimately accessible for everyday use.

Key features:

  • Sixteen different distortion styles, from subtle tube and tape saturation to heavily overdriven guitar amp models, time-smearing and bit crushing.
  • Multi-band processing (up to six bands).
  • Per-band drive, mix, feedback, dynamics, tone and level controls.
  • Optional HQ mode (8x oversampling).
  • Mid/side processing.
  • Interactive multi-band display.
  • Easy-to-use interface with FabFilter's innovative what-you-use-is-what-you-see concept.
  • Normal and wide interface layouts, with an option to show or hide the modulation section at the bottom.
  • Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers, envelope generators, envelope followers and MIDI sources you will ever need.
  • Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 50-slot modulation matrix.
  • Modulation source signal visualization.
  • Over 150 factory presets included.
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available.
  • All the usual FabFilter features you've come to expect: perfectly fine-tuned knobs and controllers, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample accurate automation, SSE optimization, and more.

System requirements for FabFilter Saturn are either Windows 7, Vista, XP, SSE-capable processor, and a VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools, or Mac OS X 10.7, 10.6, 10.5 or 10.4, Intel or PowerPC processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.


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6 August 2012 at 4:59pmariston

Sendy, this is one of the few plugins that really DESERVE a frakking 10. My demo period lasted a couple of days, and after fighting it and fighting it ("not another sat unit, come on, you don't need it"), I succumbed. Saturn is now residing in the box labelled "not even from my cold, dead hands will you pry these".

Nice review, as usual. ;)

7 August 2012 at 8:04amsazb30

nice informative well-written review Sendy, cheers! Just picked this up in the FF sale but haven't had time to play with it yet... can't wait!!

7 August 2012 at 8:20pmObsoleteAcc99

Good review. Saturn fully deserves a 10 in every way, i agree :)

7 August 2012 at 8:38pmJeffSanders

I agree on all counts, Sendy.

10 August 2012 at 7:18pmSendy

Thanks for all the nice comments about my review. I really felt this plugin deserves a 10 and a review on this site, but not only that, a good explanation of WHY it ends up on ALL my tracks!

13 August 2012 at 5:03pmDuX

Yes, it is [b]that[/b] great. I've just discovered it recently when I was looking for great saturation/distortion plug-ins. One of the best, if not the best, there is. Price is a bit steep, though, but when you realise how much you've been using it, and you will, then it doesn't look so steep any more.

14 August 2012 at 10:55ammilosh_

great review!

I have to say that Saturn is really great and use it more and more often! :)

12 September 2012 at 10:40amResonator63

I'd give it an 11!!!

Great,well thought out review Sendy

20 January 2014 at 12:18pmsoulkisser

Saturn gets 10 from me also.

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Average user rating of 9.00 from 2 reviews

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