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User Reviews by KVR Members for Saturn

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Reviewed By rosko12 on 16th January 2014
OS: Version: 6
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Every now and then I feel the urgent need to something trivial, non-productive and procrastinatory. So I write a review on KVR and get it out of my system...

Saturn is the best of the multiband distortions that I've tried. The other two are Kombinat (Audio Damage) and Ohmicide (ohm Force). Ohmicide has a terrible GUI and too many distortion options. Kombinat works well as a destruction tool but not so well at polishing a sound. Saturn gives you the basics real quickly, and the ridiculous sophistication is tucked away just in case you need it.

The interface is the big win. The default option is just a straight up distortion unit with a dynamic control, post-eq and feedback. You only 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, about sixteen. 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 all the FF plugins these days 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 LFOs or envelope generators. 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 pain in the butt trying to remember what all the sliders do especially when you have sliders connected to sliders.

I think this may be the single best plug FF has created.

Anyway that's my review. Better get back to the shit I was actually supposed to be doing.

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Discussion: Active


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 8:20pmTheoM

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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