Steinberg Intros Padshop Pro Granular Synthesizer

Steinberg has released Padshop Pro – a granular synthesizer for Windows and Mac.

Padshop Pro is an enhanced version of Steinberg’s VST granular synthesizer and is designed to ‘fit the requirements of professional sound designers and skilled creatives’.

Features:

  • Advanced granular synthesis engine with 2 independent layers and individual oscillator, edit and FX sections
  • Up to 8 grain streams per oscillator for impressively rich and spacious structures
  • Intuitive user interface for effective usability and direct accessibility
  • More than 400 presets dedicated to atmospheric pads and evolving textures
  • SoftGrain Wave ROM with hundreds of sounds for custom presets and individual tweaks
  • 10-stage Modulation Matrix with Note Expression support for unlimited flexibility
  • 12 different high-quality filter types for each layer
  • Step Modulator for rhythmic triggering of oscillators, filters, amp and pan
  • 2 LFOs and ADSR for filters and amp envelopes
  • Mono and Poly Mode with Legato and Glide
  • FX Section with high-class modulation and delay effects
  • NEW: VST 3, VST 2 and AU compatible host application support

Features unique to the ‘Pro’ version:

  • Sample import via drag-and-drop for advanced sound design projects and custom presets
  • 3-band parametric EQ per layer for clarity and smoothness in the mix
  • Algorithmic reverb to enrich your sound with fullness and athmosphere
  • 50 new presets with athmospheric pads and evolving sounds

Here’s the official intro video for Padshop Pro:

“Padshop Pro excels through its easy and efficient way to control the many parameters involved in granular synthesis,” commented Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “And with the product variety that we have now introduced to Padshop, users are free to choose the degree of complexity that comes with this instrument.”

Steinberg Padshop Pro is available for PC and Mac for US $79.99.

13 thoughts on “Steinberg Intros Padshop Pro Granular Synthesizer

    1. “Padshop Pro is an enhanced version of Steinberg’s VST granular synthesizer and is designed to ‘fit the requirements of professional sound designers and skilled creatives’.”

      1. Yeah, read that, thanks captain obvious. What does “fit the requirements of professional sound designers and skilled creatives” mean?

    2. Good question!

      I checked on their site and found some additional info that addresses the differences:

      Features unique to the ‘Pro’ version:

      Sample import via drag-and-drop for advanced sound design projects and custom presets
      3-band parametric EQ per layer for clarity and smoothness in the mix
      Algorithmic reverb to enrich your sound with fullness and athmosphere
      50 new presets with athmospheric pads and evolving sounds

      I’ve added this to the post.

  1. A little under impressed.

    Don’t get me wrong; the sound doesn’t sound bad at all and the price is very affordable (then again; charging $50,- /and/ E 50,- is a very cheap yet expensive trick). But it just doesn’t quite cut it for me, solely based on what I heard in this demo it seems quite limited.

    In the longer run I think you’re better off picking up stuff such as Absynth (Native Instruments) or maybe even Malström (part of Propellerheads Reason).

    More expensive, sure, but also more way more extensive it seems.

    1. I’m somewhat with you on this one. I think they will probably do very well with this at $50, but for me personally it seems to land between GrainScience on my iPad and Alchemy/Absynth on my desktop. PadShop sounds like a nice tool at a nice price, but feels like I’ve already got those bases covered. For people without tools like this though, it seems like a pretty fantastic way/price to get into granular.

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