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In this video tutorial, Joshua Casper reviews the key new features of Saturn 2 by Fabfilter. Learn everything you need to know about this massive update to an already incredible saturation and distortion plugin.
1:13 Multiband Crossover Slope
1:46 Linear Phase and Oversampling
2:52 New Saturation and Distortion Modes
6:16 Modulation Improvements
To start with, the interface has been completely overhauled and it looks fantastic. It is also completely re-sizable and has a “full screen” mode too.
Saturn 2 brings with it updates for Mastering
and Higher Quality processing
Linear Phase Mode – avoids phase When Linear Phase is enabled, both multi-band crossover filtering and internal oversampling (High Quality mode) is done using linear phase filters. As this avoids phase distortion/smudging,
High Quality (Oversampling) Options
The High Quality button controls the oversampling of the internal distortion algorithms. Distortion processing introduces digital aliasing effects, especially when applying a lot of drive. Enabling High Quality mode will drastically reduce aliasing artifacts by oversampling the internal saturation section, at the cost of using more CPU power.
Using Good mode (8 times oversampling) will be more than sufficient to suppress possible aliasing in most cases. In Superb mode (32 times oversampling), aliasing will be reduced to an absolute minimum, but the CPU load may increase quite drastically, depending on the number of bands and the chosen distortion styles.
You have up-to 6 bands for multiband processing and, new to Saturn 2, you now have control over the crossover slope per band!
There are a number of New Saturation modes.
There are now subtle versions of Tube, Tape and Saturation distortion styles, more suitable for mastering purposes. The new transformer distortion has subtle mode as well.
There are four new Amplifier distortion styles, modeled after famous American and British amps.
There are also three new Transformer distortion styles, from subtle to warm, and two new FX modes; Foldback and Breakdown.
MODULATION controllers can know be renamed to stay organized.
Modulation Matrices can be found anywhere where things can be modulated; per band, per control, crossover points, etc.
Envelope generators now have a curve slope setting for their attack, decay and release curves.
The Envelope generators and envelope followers can now also trigger on individual band inputs.
The Envelope generators Threshold parameters are now modulation targets. In addition, the incoming signal level is displayed in a meter around the Threshold knob, and it’s now possible to audition the external side chain input.
The Envelope generators now have an Range setting, toggling between Normal (a range between 0 and 1) and Neutral Sustain (a range around the Sustain level, where EG outputs 0 when it’s in the sustain stage).
Envelope Follower now has a Transient mode & single band trigger option
Slider / XY Controls have range settings and up to 6 in any one instance of Saturn.
The Balance and Frequency Offset parameters are now modulation targets in the XLFO. Also, the XLFO MIDI triggering now offers a new Legato mode.
If set to Legato mode, the XLFO will only be triggered by the first note-on MIDI message, and won’t retrigger on successive notes while notes are still being held down.