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Reviewed By rosko12 [read all by] on 16th January 2014
Version reviewed: 1.13 on Mac.
Last edited by rosko12 on 10th September 2014.
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Every now and then I feel the urgent need to review a plugin. I can't explain it...

Saturn is one of the best multiband distortions out there. Two others worth mentioning are Kombinat (Audio Damage) and Ohmicide (Ohm Force). With Saturn the big win is the interface. You get the basics real quickly, and some ridiculous sophistication is tucked away just in case you need it.

The default option is just a straight up distortion unit with a dynamic control, post-eq and feedback. You then add however many bands you need. Only problem is you sometimes get a bit confused about what bands you're altering (since you can only see one control set at a time). There's a good range of distortion varieties, sixteen in fact. I wish FF provided a bit more detail about how they calculated each distortion (ie a waveshaper graph). But no I guess that's up to the nerds to try and figure out themselves. You also get a good spectrum analyser - you can move the multiband bars around on the actual analyser which is a big pro.

As with many of the FF plugins you get a standard set of modulation options - in this situation they are well beyond what any sane person could possibly require in a distortion unit. I doubt many people are going to use the LFO's. The follower strikes me as pretty useful however.

What I'd really like to see FF do (by the way) is update the XY pad to include a space where the user can type in a description of the macro. It's a pain in the butt trying to remember what all the sliders do especially when you have sliders connected to sliders.


Here's a couple more things I noticed sometime later...

* There's a further hardclip at 0db, regardless of where you set the input or output, or any other knob. Not sure why this would be desirable. Haven't noticed this on any other FF plugs.

* Saturn seems to be geared towards fairly gentle analog emulations. If you want brutal clipping you can try turning the input up and the output down. Or get a different plug.

* It adds a tiny amount of white noise to everything. Maybe they thought this was more analog. IMO if folks want white noise they can add it themselves.

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6 August 2012 at 4:59pm

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 8:04am

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 8:20pm

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

7 August 2012 at 8:38pm

I agree on all counts, Sendy.

10 August 2012 at 7:18pm

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 5:03pm

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 10:55am

great review!

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

12 September 2012 at 10:40am

I'd give it an 11!!!

Great,well thought out review Sendy

20 January 2014 at 12:18pm

Saturn gets 10 from me also.

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