FabFilter Saturn 2

Fabfilter Saturn 2 plugin

I tested all of the distortion styles at the default setting. Some of these, especially the ones FabFilter calls “FX”, are going to go real crazy real quick when you push up the Drive knob. Foldback, for instance, looks pretty calm when the Drive is at 0%. It’s anything but calm above that.

There are some people who seem to think Saturn has a “harsh” or “digital” sound. I find it quite the opposite. I wonder if it was wrapped in an analog-looking UI if it would “sound” different to those people.(My instincts say yes, because obviously they aren’t listening very carefully.) No one enjoys the fun of a cool-looking plugin more than me, mimicking both the sound and look of what it is emulating. But I find the UI on Saturn both functional and remarkable, and it is still fun! Just always wanted to point this out, and now I have!

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Subtle Tube

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Subtle Tube linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Subtle Tube harmonic analysis

Clean Tube

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Clean Tube linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Clean Tube harmonic analysis

Warm Tube

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Warm Tube linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Warm Tube harmonic analysis

Broken Tube

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Broken Tube linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Broken Tube harmonic analysis

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Subtle Tape

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Subtle Tape linear analysis
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Clean Tape

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Clean Tape linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Clean Tape harmonic analysis

Warm Tape

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Warm Tape linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Warm Tape harmonic analysis

Old Tape

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Old Tape linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Old Tape harmonic analysis

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American Tweed Amp

The Amp style is never going to sound like a real guitar amp. Saturn 2 lacks the fine tuning you would need to tweak “everything” you can on your trusty head. You can fiddle around and get real close, adjusting input, drive, etc—but it’s a bit awkward. Plus, there are no speaker cabinets – so you are on your own recreating what you want in that regard! Still…

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American Plexi Amp

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British Rock Amp

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British Pop Amp

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Smooth Amp

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Crunchy Amp

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Lead Amp

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Screaming Amp

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Power Amp

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Subtle Saturation

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Subtle Saturation linear analysis
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Gentle Saturation

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Gentle Saturation linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Gentle Saturation harmonic analysis

Heavy Saturation

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Heavy Saturation linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Heavy Saturation harmonic analysis

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Subtle Transformer

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Subtle Transformer linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Subtle Transformer harmonic analysis

Gentle Transformer

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Gentle Transformer linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Gentle Transformer harmonic analysis

Warm Transformer

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Warm Transformer linear analysis
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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Warm Transformer harmonic analysis

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Smudge

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Smudge linear analysis
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Breakdown

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Breakdown harmonic analysis

Foldback

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Rectify

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Destroy

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Fabfilter Saturn 2 audio plugin Destroy linear analysis
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