Padshop 2

“Explore a whole new microcosmos of sound

At the heart of this synth are two co-existing sound engines — granular and spectral oscillator — which could not be more different, but united in allowing you to work with samples at a new microcosmic level. You can edit the smallest bits, grains and building blocks, morphing them into completely new, previously unheard synth sounds. They will change how you work with samples forever.

More than 570 outstanding presets

Import, redesign and synthesize your own samples

Get creative with 570 pre-produced samples

Plug-in works with VST, AU and AAX”


“Out-of-this-world atmospheres

Straight from the Steinberg sound lab, Padshop boasts granular synthesis at its finest to create fantastic-sounding spheres and beautifully evolving textures. This spectacular synth is designed to add the flavor of the future to your tracks!

Features at a glance

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

Granular synthesis 2012

Granular synthesis is one of the most fascinating fields of experimental sound design, but the conversions for programming and creating sounds based on granular synthesis algorithms have always been too complex and sophisticated for every-day sound design or too shallow for serious in-depth sound manipulation. With Padshop, Steinberg offers a granular synthesizer that raises the standard in terms of handling, flexibility, musicality and sound. With its intuitive user interface and innovative feature set, Padshop gives you a fresh, flexible and great-sounding approach to creative and user-friendly granular synthesis. The solid engine and the high-class filters provide a strong fundament for inspiring explorations in unexpected atmospheres.

Start the engine

At the core of Padshop is an advanced granular synthesis engine with two completely independent layers. Each layer is based on an individual oscillator source and generates up to eight different grain streams, leading to impressively rich and spacious structures. The two layers can be individually mixed and edited with effects and filters to create sound combinations you’ve never heard before.

The advanced Edit section gives you access to parameters that really matter. Here you have an effective arsenal of innovative tweaking options to create everything from diabolic to divine. Padshop’s sophisticated filter section is made up of first-class low, high and band-pass as well as band-rejection filters. The integrated filter distortion can either produce analog tube distortions, hard clipping effects or reduce the bit depth or sample frequency.

Envelopes, LFO and modulation

Its two envelopes, two LFOs and Step Modulator can be used to modulate a large number of target parameters and drives the pace for high tension atmospheres. The Step Modulator allows the rhythmical modulation synchronous to the host’s tempo or in individual frequencies. The modulation matrix also fully supports Note Expression modulation assignments for instant access from within the Cubase editors. And with the built-in modulation and delay effect sections, you can further polish your creative output.

Atmospheres, structures and pads

Best of all, Padshop is armed with over 400 ready-to-play presets that showcase the chameleon-like nature of this brandnew synth to enhance your music production instantly. Dedicated to bright spheres and moving textures Padshop is the ideal instrument to add the x-factor to your productions. With its amazing versatility, Padshop’s presets range from melodic applicable soundscapes to athmospheric effects and demonstrate the many facets of modern granular synthesis. The factory content bank is truly a precious source of inspirations for all kind of musical genre.

And if that’s not enough, start from scratch: the included SoftGrain Wave ROM is full of beautiful and original samples to fuel the grain oscillators. Expect the unexpected and take your sound to spectacular new heights — Padshop is the go-to synthesizer for future-flavored pads, driving structures and far-out effects.

Exclusive Padshop Pro features

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”