Steinberg releases Absolute VST Instrument Collection (HALion Sonic, Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk, Dark Planet, Retrologue & Padshop Pro)
5th November 2012
Steinberg Media Technologies has announced the release of their Absolute VST instrument collection, comprising six Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments that provide thousands of presets and sample content of electronic sounds.
HALion Sonic combines a high-quality sample library with a powerful sampling and synthesis engine that unfolds infinite possibilities for sound generation. Featuring synthesizer programs and presets for contemporary productions, Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet complement HALion Sonic's library and as a completely new feature now also run independently as full blown instruments within VST and AU hosts. Retrologue is a virtual-analog synthesizer while Padshop Pro is Steinberg's latest achievement in bringing granular synthesis to the world of VST.
"Absolute is the epitome of what Steinberg offers regarding synthesized sounds. With the entire collection running on your computer, an infinite palette of sounds is at your fingertips," commented Matthias Quellmann, Steinberg's product marketing manager for VST instruments. "It's going to take a while for users to comprehend the sheer magnitude of it all," Quellmann added.
HALion Sonic, Retrologue and Padshop Pro can be accessed within any VST 3, VST 2 and AU compatible host. Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet can be accessed through HALion, HALion Sonic and HALion Sonic SE or, alternatively, can be run independently under any VST 3, VST 2 and AU compatible host. This is a novelty as Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet are powered by dedicated HALion engines and therefore now are fully fledged instruments. All instruments offer cross-platform compatibility with 32- and 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X systems.
Availability & Pricing
The full retail version of the Absolute VST instrument collection is available from Steinberg resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The price is €299, including German VAT.
Steinberg is offering users of Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 a download version of the Absolute VST instrument collection. This version includes the upgrade to Padshop Pro, not the Padshop Pro full version, excludes Retrologue and the USB-eLicenser, and requires the HALion Sonic Trial DVDs included in the Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 retail boxes. This offer is available exclusively through the Steinberg Online Shop for 249 euros, including German VAT.
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