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Virtual Instrument Collection Plugin by Steinberg
Absolute by Steinberg is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
System Requirements
Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
System Requirements
macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina
Apple silicon–based Mac Not supported
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Get tons of creative instruments, with over 130 GB of sound content for every kind of music production. Explore over 7,500 presets, next-generation synthesizers like Padshop and, with Groove Agent and Backbone, some of the best VST drum plug-ins available. And if that is not enough, you can easily build your own sample instruments with HALion:

  • More than 130 GB of instruments and 7,500 inspiring presets.
  • First-class sample libraries for bass, choir, orchestra and keys.
  • New: Drum re-synthesizer Backbone.
  • New: Vintage keys Amped Elektra.

HALion 6

A remarkably powerful sampling and sound design tool, HALion 6 is the main plug-in for many of the instruments in the Absolute Collection. You can also build your own unique HALion instruments.

HALion Sonic 3

HALion Sonic 3 features thousands of great synths, deep-sampled acoustic instruments and first-class effects, all in one VST workstation. It breaks new ground in terms of quality, versatility and ease of use.

Retrologue 2

With classic vintage analog synth sounds and attention-grabbing sonic bites, Retrologue 2 is perfect for fat and funky lead and bass creation.

Sounds of Soul

Four decades of synth sounds combined in one beautiful Retrologue expansion.

Padshop 2

Padshop 2 is a unique synthesizer which features two engines - granular and spectral - that both allow you to edit the smallest bits, grains and building blocks of samples, morphing them into completely new sounds. Compatible with any DAW that uses VST, AAX or AU plug-ins, with more than 570 outstanding presets and the ability to import your own samples, Padshop 2 will change how you work with samples forever.


Electronic and acoustic sounds that complement and oppose each other at the same time.


Soaring through space like a bright star, Skylab's unique combination of a huge sample library and granular synthesis is the ideal creative tool for attention-grabbing cinematic scores and electronic music.


Anima features a huge palette of cutting-edge synth sounds. Coupled with a powerful arpeggiator, flexible modulation section and two wavetable oscillators, modern electronic music production has never sounded so good.


Many of the most famous analog synthesizers from the past inspired Voltage. Adding the sonic range and power of true vintage style bass, it delivers truly inspirational lead sounds that characterize the warmth and class of the best electronic music.


Auron will inspire you to create unique new soundscapes, but also provides 160 granular synthesis presets for quick access to great-sounding pads, textures and timbres.


For great club sounds with soaring synths, hypnotic beats and classic vocals, Triebwerk is the go-to choice.

Granular Guitars

With nearly 3 GB of studio-grade samples, Granular Guitars features a wide range of acoustic and electric guitars, alongside traditional instruments like psaltery, Celtic harp and oud. It also features experimental guitar treatments for Padshop Pro.

Hypnotic Dance

With 400 synth-heavy dance sounds, Hypnotic Dance is truly a classic. Featuring a custom-designed macro page, it delivers thick bass lines, soaring leads and finely textured pads.


Trium proves that analog doesn't have to mean retro! Its clean user interface and great sounds are sure to inspire your creativity.


The sounds of 1960s and '70s rock and pop have left an indelible mark on music history. HALiotron is a painstaking reconstruction of the analog technology that helped to make it such a great era.

Hot Brass

A multi-sampled brass library with gloriously fat, tight and authentic sounds which are perfect for contemporary pop, funk, reggae and soul music.

Model C

Variously described as smoky, punchy and silky, the Model C is a tonewheel organ emulation which is suitable for a wide range of musical styles.

Amped Elektra

Smooth like butter, beautiful like a sunset, warm like a summer's night. Amped Elektra is for the soul.

The Eagle

The Eagle grand piano has a rich and transparent sound which is ideally suited to modern pop, rock and jazz, as well as classical music.

The Grand 3

Five meticulously sampled, outstanding pianos from Yamaha, Steinway and Bösendorfer, bringing prestige and true sonic excellence to your music.

The Raven

The Raven is a grand piano that delivers a beautifully rich, harmonic sound with stunning nuances. It has a natural, precise playing feel that oozes craftsmanship and class.

Groove Agent 5

With fantastic electronic and acoustic drum kits, brilliant MIDI grooves, live sampling, beat creation tools and unique features like Decompose to create your own signature drum sound, Groove Agent 5 is the ultimate in rhythm excellence.

Future Past Perfect

This Groove Agent Expansion delivers a toolkit for New York House, Future House and Techno.


The beat is the backbone of a track. With Backbone you can intuitively design drums with up to eight layers.

Prime Cuts

Created by British producer Beat Butcha, Prime Cuts brings the latest hip hop rhythm sounds to Groove Agent.

Rock Essentials

There is nothing quite like a hard-hitting rock beat to drive a song along. Rock Essentials brings the essence of over four decades of classic rock music directly into your music.

World Percussion

From Africa to Asia, Europe and many other places, World Percussion allows you to play and record percussion from right across the globe.


B-Box is a step sequencer for beats and drum tracks. It features 13 instruments and 16 steps, each with velocity control and integrated mixing section — the perfect tool straightforward creation of great rhythms.

Electric Bass

Three legendary basses combined in one extremely realistic instrument.

World Instruments

World Instruments brings a huge array of music from different cultures to your productions. These range from West African balafons and Turkish tambours to Japanese shakuhachis, Shona kalimbas and much more.

Dark Planet

The perfect creative tool for cinematic scores and music with genuine suspense, Dark Planet features atmospheric sounds, moody instruments and unpredictable loops.

Studio Strings

Combining great playability with vibrant sound, Studio Strings is a string ensemble sample library which is optimized for film scores, pop arrangements any other music where depth and style are essential.

Symphonic Orchestra

If you ever need a complete symphony orchestra at your fingertips, HALion Symphonic Orchestra is the answer.

Olympus Choir Micro

This lightweight, user-friendly choir instrument is the perfect tool for composers who need a simple but effective choir in their mix, without any of the fuss or options of more complex instruments. Compatible with HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3 and the free HALion Sonic SE 3, Olympus Choir Micro includes basic male and female choral samples to suit any musical need.


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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By tomgron
November 11th, 2021

Tons of excellent sounds. Not on the level of Native-Instruments or Spectrasonics though but great value. Some of the samples, especially beats, seem a bit "oldish" but rest of the package (Halion, Groove Agent) really fill every need one might have. Not as comprehensive as Komplete from NI but doesn't have that much of overlapping sounds either.

Have been using Absolute 4 and now upgraded to 5. If you have Absolute 4, there might not be that much need to upgrade.

2022 update : unfortunately Absolute is not (yet) available with Steinberg Licensing so you still need to use the dongle to use the VSTis.

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