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FabFilter has released the latest version of its filter plug-in, Volcano 3. With an entirely reimagined interface, a raft of new vintage-style filter shapes, per-filter saturation control, full visualization of modulation sources and targets, and much more.

What does FabFilter Volcano do?

The FabFilter Volcano 3 plug-in is designed to emulate the sound of old-school analog filters. With tons of features, modulation options and an intuitive user interface it’s one plugin you should have in your arsenal!

FabFilter’s latest release, Volcano 3 provides more than just improvements to the filter and mod options. It also includes a new characterful bell sound effect that can be used in multiple ways such as an airy siren or warm ringing tone for your next track!

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Beautiful new interface and improved workflow

A completely reimagined interface, new vintage-style filter shapes, and per-filter saturation control are just some of the additions that bring Volcano 3 to life. A raft of modulation sources can be heard for each type in real-time visualizations which gives you unprecedented insight into how your sound changes with these simple gestures on stage or while performing at home without ever having touched a keyboard!

The first thing you will notice when opening up Volcano 3 is its new, streamlined interface. The completely redesigned look makes working on the software a joy!

The new FabFilter Volcano 3 is a complete product for musicians with its intuitive and immediate design. The aim of the designers was to make it as easy on users, whether they are engineers or producers who have been in this industry before but want something more simple now that advances have caught up to them – either way you’re covered!

The Fabfilter Company’s newest venture into audio engineering has set out their stall early: there won’t be any unnecessary complications bogging down your workflow because everything about these plug-ins seems designed around keeping things minimalistic while still maintaining clarity at every turn.

Designed to be used in long sessions

The interface is now so intuitive and visually stunning that you can’t help but be in awe.

The source flow area gives an eye-catching overview of all active modulations while floating slot panels enable collective balancing for sources who want to control the currently selected GPO, master channel, or external device from within Studio One DAW software without ever leaving their session window! The new full-screen mode is a game-changer for people who work on their computers all day. It maximizes the filtering workspace and provides an easy-to-view background that will keep you more engaged in longer sessions, without any strain on your eyesight!

Improved Performace

The new filter display speeds up workflow with the selection of multiple filters at once and presents a unified response curve that can be further customized to your liking. There’s also stereo separation so you get an accurate sense of how one sound will differently affect another when playing back through speakers or headphones in different rooms! The result is an audio interface that offers many improvements over its predecessor including improved visibility of all channels’ waveforms.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this smoother workflow. With intelligent algorithms that adjust playback speed when you need it most, your keys won’t get stuck at any tempo or subdivision rate thanks in part to a key filter engine with automatic adjustments for faster conversion rates on slower computers!

Its smooth workflow makes it perfect for creative filtering with no limits on flexibility or authentic analog sound.

Characterful new filters

The new filter display speeds up workflow with the selection of multiple filters at once and presents a unified response curve that can be further customized to your liking. There’s also stereo separation so you get an accurate sense of how one sound will differently affect another when playing back through speakers or headphones in different rooms! The result is an audio interface that offers many improvements over its predecessor including improved visibility of all channels’ waveforms.

The beating heart of Volcano 3 is, of course, its bank of four analog-modeled filters. These are the core to what makes this synth worth every penny you spend on it as they provide almost endless ways for sound designers and musicians alike can create their next hit song or just vibe out in style with something comforting like piano melodies!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy sounds and vibes

It was clear from looking at all these features that making sounds would be easy peasy lemon squeezy here because not only do we get access to both oscillators which allow us more tonal options but also one dedicated sigtriller generator per voice polyphony allowing maximum flexibility when layering up different instruments against each other without any fear whatsoever by being too repetitive sounding due lack if unison tuned voices across multiple layers

Expanding on the already-established High-, Low-, and Band Pass types, Volcano 3 more than doubles your options with Vintage Style Bells tailored for players who want to hear depth in their sound. You can also choose between shelf or notch filters as well! And if all else fails there’s always an All-Pass mode that will give you something new every time – just like when classic analog equipment used these same components back in the day!

Easy drag-and-drop modulation

The Volcano 3’s modulation possibilities are endless. With all those extra modules, it is easy to create your own unique sound with a few clicks of the mouse! Just drag and drop connections from module to module for quick setups without sacrificing musicality or complexity in favor of ease-of-use design features that have been proven effective by pro musicians around the world who use them every day on stage as well as behind closed doors at home studios.

With its diverse and ever-growing arsenal of modulation options, Volcano 3 offers endless possibilities for the musician. Setting up new connections couldn’t be easier: just drag and drop!

FabFilter Look and Feel

It’s worth noting that all filters are based on the same concept as used in FabFilter similar plugins – so what you can do there, you can now do here.

Just because it has three basic frequency bands doesn’t mean they’re boring; instead, look at them through fresh eyes thanks to our wide variety of styles. When we think about the low bass, mid-range, and high notes as a palette out into which musicians can paint their own masterpiece with great ease, there’s no such thing as too many colors!

Just like the original trio, these are all highly non-linear for a palpably analog sound and can be switched through an array of sonic colorations using Volcano’s transformative Style settings. Each filter also now incorporates its own variable saturation circuit, further increasing the character-shaping potential, along with a 6 dB/octave slope option, and independent volume and pan controls bring a whole new level of depth to parallel routing setups.

Beyond discussed new innovations

The Volcano 3 app is an ever-increasing work of art. It’s not only stunning to look at but also full of useful functional additions, refinements, and tweaks that make your life easier every day!

The new Slider can be found in the modulation section, offering a vertical-only variant on XY Controller. This means it only has two axes of control for both pitch and volume instead of three like other controllers which makes this pretty unique! You get adjustable Attack/Decay curves along with Transient Detection Mode providing extra filter cutoff sounds when pressing keys down quickly while playing—allowing you to create more dynamic sounds without having any silence between them since they’ll still sound great no matter what interval was used before starting playback at that point.

Key features

Then there’s the new High Quality (4x oversampling) processing mode, four interface size options, the ability to rename modulation sources, and a full overhaul of the preset library, taking advantage of Volcano 3’s new filter types and 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 

FabFilter has cool things

The FabFilter Pro-Tracks bundle brings you all of the usual goodies, like perfectly tuned knobs and MIDI Learn for creating your own unique sound. 

Perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI learn for unlimited automation potential, and Smart Parameter Interpolation that smooth out parameters changes.

About FabFilter

Beautiful sound. Fantastic workflow. These are the foundations of FabFilter. Continually challenging and rethinking industry standards, FabFilter creates powerful audio plug-ins with superb sound quality and innovative interfaces. FabFilter was founded in 2002 by Frederik Slijkerman and Floris Klinkert, and is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Availability

FabFilter Volcano 3 is now available for EUR 109, USD 129 or GBP 94, supporting both Windows and macOS in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Volcano 3 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available. For iOS users, FabFilter Volcano 3 is also available as an AUv3 plug-in via the App Store.

To make self-quarantine just a little bit easier during the COVID-19 pandemic, FabFilter offers free 30-day evaluation extensions for all their plug-ins, including Volcano 3.

Existing FabFilter customers

FabFilter Volcano 3 released! FabFilter Volcano 3 is a new major version of the Volcano filter plug-in, introducing new filter shapes, drive, enhanced sound, modulation visualization, and much more. Please check and uncheck the products below to discover your personal discount price.

Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to FabFilter Volcano 3 with very attractive discounts by logging into their online user account.

Conclusion

When you open up Volcano 3 for the first time, it is like stepping into an entirely new world. The completely redesigned interface makes working with this app more pleasant and efficient!

The plugin is a must-have for any creative media professional. It has no limits and offers an endlessly flexible workflow with the capability to create a stunningly authentic analog sound that will make you feel like your work doesn’t need anything else!

With Volcano 3, FabFilter has taken its sound design to the next level with an impressive selection of new features. You can now use bell-like filters or notch resonators for added character in your production!

The notch filter type is a great way to add some special uniqueness and vibe!

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