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FabFilter Saturn 2 review: One of our favorite production plugins of 2020

Saturation and distortion are crucial tools in the process of music production. From multiband processing to subtle saturation, FabFilter Saturn 2 delivers across the spectrum of tonal processing. Saturn 2 is easily the most versatile saturation and distortion plugin we’ve used and we can’t wait to implement it in our projects!

While it’s been a while since we last tried out a new FabFilter plugin, we’ve been using Pro-Q3 and Pro-L2 extensively since our reviews in 2018. We love the attention to detail and versatility with FF products- and the sonic quality is always excellent.

While some studios still opt for analog equipment and expensive electricity bills, the industry at large has shifted towards the use of computers and plugins for working with audio. Due to improvements in technology and audio DSP, professional records can now be created entirely “in the box”, thanks to fabulous tools like Saturn 2!

FabFilter Saturn 2 introduces a plethora of new features like a redesigned interface with modulation visualization, several new processing modes and more. In addition to subtle saturation and drive, you also get five creative FX distortion styles to warp your sounds that sound amazing! With Saturn 2’s multiband functionality and tonal versatility it may be the last Waveshaper you’ll ever need.

The improved and extensive modulation section in Saturn 2 also allows incredible control of your sound. You can apply modulation to crossover frequencies, dynamics, band levels or tone controls, all in real-time. The XLFOs, EGs, XY controllers/sliders, envelope followers and MIDI sources provide you with more options than you will ever need. Creating new modulation connections is also very simple: just drag and drop. In addition Saturn 2 features a hi-res RTA, perfect for dialing in crossovers, addressing resonances and audio engineering processes.

FabFilter Saturn 2 is one of our new favorite plugins of 2020. In addition to all the features we mentioned above, it also “contains all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, interface resizing and full screen mode, support for Avid control surfaces, GPU-powered graphics acceleration, extensive help with interactive help hints, SSE optimization, and much more” (FabFilter).

Saturn 2 is available now for $154 and can also be trialed for 30 days, so there’s great reason to check it out.

What are some of your favorite plugins of 2020? Let us know on the DMNW socials what plugin we should review next!


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