FabFilter Volcano 3 Upgrade


Please Note: This is an upgrade to FabFilter’s Volcano 3 for previous owners of Volcano 2 or Volcano 1.

Erupting with Character and Vintage Quality

FabFilter is proud to announce Volcano 3, the latest version of its award-winning filter plugin. Volcano 3 sees the introduction of a completely reimagined interface, a raft of new vintage-style filter shapes, per-filter saturation control, full visualization of modulation sources and targets, and much more. With its smooth workflow, no-limits flexibility and dazzlingly authentic analogue sound, it’s the first-call plugin for creative filtering.

Beautiful New Interface and Improved Workflow

FabFilter has redesigned Volcano 3 from the ground up to make it more intuitive and immediate, while at the same time introducing a wealth of new features, and dramatically improving visualization of audio and modulation signals. The new filter display speeds up workflow with the selection of multiple filters at once and presents a unified response curve with stereo separation, as well as a high-resolution spectrum display. Modulation signals are now visualized at both sources and targets with animated collars, while the source flow area gives an eye-catching overview of all active modulations, and floating slot panels enable collective balancing of all sources modulating the currently selected control. The darker colour scheme is easier on the eye over long sessions, and when it’s time to really get into details, the gorgeous new full-screen mode maximizes the filtering workspace.

Characterful New Filters

The beating heart of Volcano is, of course, its bank of four analogue-modelled filters. Expanding on the already-established High-, Low- and Band-Pass types, Volcano 3 more than doubles the options with the addition of vintage-style Bell, High/Low Shelf, Notch and All-Pass modes. 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 colourations 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.

And Much More…

Beyond its stunning redesigned interface and versatile new filter types, Volcano 3 is erupting with useful new functional additions, refinements and tweaks. Many of these are to be found in the modulation section, such as adjustable Attack, Decay and Release curves for the Envelope Generator, a transient detection mode for the Envelope Follower, and the new Slider: a vertical-only variant on the XY Controller. 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.

Unbeatable Filters

Nothing beats a vintage sounding, gritty and creamy cut-off filter. That’s exactly what FabFilter Volcano has been known for since its first release in 2005. Volcano 3 continues to deliver the best in creative filtering with new non-linear filter shapes and a completely redesigned interface that is an absolute delight to work with.

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Non-Linear, Vintage Filters

Volcano 3 contains four analogue-sounding filters with flexible routing, each offering many filter shapes including non-linear bell and shelf filters. Different filter styles offer saturation and self-oscillation at high peak settings, just like the classic, vintage filters.

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Easy Drag-and-Drop Modulation

With all the XLFOs, envelope generators, envelope followers and MIDI sources you will ever need, Volcano 3 offers endless modulation possibilities. Setting up new modulation connections could not be easier: just drag and drop.

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FabFilter Goodies

Finally, you get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, extensive help with interactive help hints, NEON and SSE optimization, and much more.

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  • Fully redesigned, highly simplified interface, with an easier workflow, including a new design of modulation sources and floating slot panel.
  • Vintage-sounding EQ-type filter shapes with the internal drive and non-linearities: bell, low/high shelf, notch and all-pass.
  • Ultra-flexible filter routing, including per-channel and mid/side modes.
  • Various interface sizes and full-screen mode.
  • Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers, envelope generators, envelope followers and MIDI sources you will ever need.
  • Drive setting per filter, adjusting the internal filter saturation, which allows for much more variety in sound and smoothness.
  • Live modulation visualization for targets and sources.
  • High-Quality option, enabling maximum internal oversampling for the best results.
  • Level/Pan per filter, which is especially useful when using parallel filter routings.
  • 6 dB/oct filter slope option.
  • Stereo and mono plugins available.
  • Undo, redo and A/B switch features.
  • Carefully designed and curated factory presets, plus support for earlier Timeless presets.
  • Large interactive filter display with optional piano display.
  • Interactive MIDI Learn.
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints.
  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats.

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System Requirements for FabFilter Volcano 3 Upgrade


  • macOS 10.12 or higher (Intel or M1 Apple Silicon processor) (64-bit only)
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AudioSuite
  • AU or VST 2/3 compatible host or Pro Tools


  • Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista (32 or 64-bit)
  • VST2, VST3, AAX Native, AudioSuite
  • VST 2/3 compatible host or Pro Tools