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Volcano 3
Volcano 3 by FabFilter is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and a Mobile Audio App for macOS, Windows and iOS. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista
VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
macOS 10.12 or higher (64-bit only)
AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
Intel or Apple Silicon processor
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FabFilter Volcano 3 is a filter effect plug-in with smooth, vintage-sounding filters and endless modulation possibilities.

Key Features:

  • Up to four simultaneous filters, each drawing on an extensive range of modes and styles for an infinite palette of coloration.
  • Wide variety of parallel, serial and hybrid routing schemes in Stereo, L/R and M/S modes.
  • Fully redesigned, highly streamlined interface.
  • Rebuilt filter control panel, including selection and adjustment of multiple filters at once, integrated spectrum analyzer and optional piano display.
  • Even better sounding filter algorithms.
  • Independent Drive control for each filter.
  • Vintage-style Bell, High/Low Shelf, Notch and All-Pass filter modes, and extra 6 dB/octave slope option.
  • Per-filter level and pan controls.
  • Endless modulation options, with as many 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers, envelope generators, envelope followers and MIDI sources as desired.
  • New real-time modulation visualization of both targets and sources, and floating slot panels on all targets.
  • High Quality (4x oversampling) mode.
  • Curve shaping of Attack, Decay and Release Envelope Generator stages.
  • Envelope Follower transient detection mode.
  • Resizable interface with full-screen mode.
  • Carefully designed and curated factory presets, plus support for earlier Volcano presets.
  • All the usual features FabFilter users have 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.
  • Available in AAX, VST, VST 3 and AU formats for macOS and Windows.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.33 from 3 reviews
Volcano 3

Reviewed By Fraggle [all]
December 18th, 2021
Version reviewed: 3 on Mac

Sounds delicious, .

Looks beautiful.

2 notches in serial modulated makes most sounds (to my ears) creamy and divine.

no regrets on buying it - a huge improvement on V2.

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Volcano 3

Reviewed By zisser [all]
December 15th, 2021
Version reviewed: 3 on Windows

It's so much more than just a filter!
Really love the whole modulation idea and how easy it is to get things moving.

The plugin also features MIDI modulator with all the expected controls (mod wheel, pitch, velocity and mapping) as well as MIDI learn. The only downside to this is that you need to add a MIDI track and route the MIDI.

Here is a walkthrough covering all the features and demo some presets.


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Volcano 3

Reviewed By oskroskroskr [all]
December 9th, 2013
Version reviewed: 2 on Mac

(review of Volcano 2)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.


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.


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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Comments & Discussion for FabFilter Volcano 3

Discussion: Active


18 June 2023 at 5:27pm

The fact that comb filters, positive and negative types, (which really aren't filters per se) are missing from Volcano 3 is absolutely criminal.

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