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 Volcano 2 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.
Volcano 2
Product Volcano 2
Developer FabFilter
Price (MSRP)
€109 / $129 / £84
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)     
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
2.28
 
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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
 
2.28
 
  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 Volcano is a versatile filter effect plug-in with state-of-the-art filter technology and endless modulation and tweaking possibilities.

Key Features:

  • Four multi-mode filters, with panning, delay and more than 10 unique characteristics.
  • Flexible filter routing, including per-channel and mid/side modes.
  • Interface uses what-you-use-is-what-you-see concept.
  • Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, envelope generators, envelope followers and MIDI sources you may ever need.
  • Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 24-slot modulation matrix.
  • Large interactive filter display.
  • Modulation source signal visualization.
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available.
  • Side chain input.
  • Highly improved MIDI Learn.
  • Almost 300 presets.
  • Unique per-component presets.
  • Undo, redo and A/B switch features.
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints.
  • Available in RTAS, VST, VST 3 and AU formats for Mac OS X and Windows.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By rosko12
December 9, 2013

This has probably been my go to filter fx plugin for a while now. It's definitely one of the best I've tried. But there's still a lot to be desired.

PROS:

Good modulation, the envelope follower is pretty solid, although I never use it. The LFO is not necessarily standard, it has some idiosyncrasies, for example you need to use the "balance" control to create a saw but it won't show that on the graph if you do so. You can however trigger the LFO by sending it MIDI which means effectively you can add this onto a synth that doesn't have a complex filter, and send it the same MIDI signal. It's good for dubstep wobbles. If you animate a filter sweep in your track (ie with your daw) you actually get to see the filter move up and down. I don't know but this works for me. Unfortunately the LFOs etc don't make the filters move that would be a nice optional extra.

CONS:

Why are there only bit pass, LP and HP options? It would be great to get a decent band pass with a variable width, a notch and a bell would be pretty great. Why did they stop at just three filter types? Also there needs to be an optional oversample. At the most extreme values you can hear aliasing on this plug and that's a big design faux-pas. Also what do the different filter "types" actually do? They seem to vary Q values and saturation levels but it would be nice if the instruction pdf or help box actually went into more detail on this. My final criticism is an obvious one: wayyyy too expensive. There are plenty of similiar plugs that go for around a third of the price. (Few have quite as many features as volcano however).

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Average user rating of 3.00 from 1 review

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