With the Padshop granular synthesizer, we were keen to offer a virtual synthesizer based on recent Steinberg developments in sound synthesis. While the textures created with granular synthesis are compelling yet also perceived as difficult to produce, Padshop was to make this technique readily available for anyone using a VST host and, more importantly, excel through its easy and efficient way to control the many parameters. Obviously Padshop’s effortless approach to granular synthesis has been very well received.
When we first released Padshop at the end of February, a bigger version with extended capabilities had been planned to meet the demands of professional sound designers. Taking Padshop a step further would also mean to delve deeper into the possibilities of granular synthesis. Making these accessible to users looking for a more powerful solution, however, would also provide that degree of complexity not associated with the integral concept.
Padshop Pro is Steinberg’s advanced granular synthesizer that shines with more effects, user sample import and more presets than in the basic version. Also included are VST backward compatibility as well as AU support. Today we are proud to finally release this advanced version of Padshop along with the upgrades and the first expansion pack and we are looking forward to your feedback. Hopefully you will have as much fun with creating your own granular sounds as we had in the last couple of weeks in the beta phase.