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Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) Plugin by Steinberg
Model-E by Steinberg is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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Model E is a classic analog synth with ultra-low CPU load.


  • 3 Oscillators & Noise generator.
  • 6 Waveforms per oscillator.
  • 32' - 2' range.
  • 2 Envelope generators.
  • 2 & 4-pole LPFs.
  • Filter modulation & key tracking.
  • Glide.
  • Mono mode.
  • Assignable velocity routing.
  • Stereo spread and Pan controls.
  • 16 part multi-timbral.
  • 64 voice polyphonic.
  • 8 outputs.
  • 128 memories.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 3.22 from 9 reviews

Reviewed By weezer182
November 6th, 2003

Many people rag of the Model E, criticizing its lack of accurate "moog warmth". The E in my opinion does not lack warmth, it lack accurate control. The Midi implementation on the E is utterly pathetic. Notes skip
constantly, and I have experienced complete sound freezes and control lock ups. The Model E is not as warm as an actual mini, it is notheless a fantastically fat VA. The 3 oscillator Mini is not an easy emulation, so points go to Stein for a valliant try. Steinberg, if your listening, Update the Midi Spec!. Besides control and stability, sounds awesome.
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Reviewed By kritikon
February 28th, 2003

A useful synth if you are maybe new to analogue synth clones, and want some fat-ish sounds, but this one really fails to inspire me.

It's one of the older analogue clones, and it really shows. It's also not cheap - for what you get, in fact it's very expensive. The filters don't sound anything like any Moog I've ever played on, and the actual oscillators themselves are not that big, which was a character of Moogs.

If you want to learn about analogue synths then this is not one to learn on - they insisted on using the arcane terminology of Moogs, which I could accept, if they made it sound like one! But it doesn't. It only looks a bit like one.

Admittedly you can get some lovely pads, and occasionally some pleasing leads, and even some powerful basses, but it really doesn't have an awful lot of character to be worth the asking price. Many free VSTis that are given away nowadays have a wider range of sound and are more authentic than Model-e.

You can get lots of banks of sounds for it, but when you d/l them and play through them all, it soon becomes apparent that they sound very similar - that's because the range of Model-e isn't very wide. The envelopes are slow, which precludes most twangs and blips, although you can get the odd boing from it. The modulation options are limited, and the stupid terminology won't help if you are new to synths.

But it's not all bad - it's just that newer VSTi's have overtaken it by a long way, and some of the new clones have got the character of the old synths better - this one didn't really capture anything of the old Moogs. It's useable, but they need to drop the price a long way to get many sales I would think.
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Reviewed By Stupid American Pig
November 26th, 2002

Ahh! What a dissapointment!!!!!!!!!!!
This synth was not even what I was expecting. I was expecting warm fat basses, with that warm unmistakeable filter sound of MOOG.

I purchased this synth at MARS for 90 bucks due to the bankruptcy store closures. I would NEVER pay full price for this synth! I think that I was cheated for the 90 bucks that I did pay.

this is definitely a 1 dimensional synth. It is VERY difficult to get this synth to sound unique, as opposed to others synths out there which offer a much wider spectral capability for much less money. If I had it to do over, I would have purchased a different synth..

I downloaded and installed Version 1.1 off steinbergs site. I can say that it seems to be improved a little, and WinXP stability is MUCH better. I will increase my ratings slightly to reflect the update.
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Reviewed By dor-x
July 28th, 2002

Well, this instrument doesn't sound very good, to my ears. Sounds too harsh and basic.
It can be improved with the Mig Music bank. The demo version alone has a few well programed and usefull sounds.
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Reviewed By Wine
March 1st, 2002

Well, this vsti really isn't all that bad, it certainly sounds good. However, there are some cons with this synth. Particularly the GUI, it now looks really outdated (which I suppose it is!) Also, again compared with modern VSTi, it doesn't seem as intuitive to use. Perhaps that is just me (I will certainly grant that) but it does seem to show its age.

All said, it really isn't bad, just perhaps not the best value for money. If you want a reasonable replication of the sound, then it does what you want.
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Comments & Discussion for Steinberg Model-E

Discussion: Active
26 December 2011 at 7:23pm

Sweet little free synth! Works with Novation Remote/Automap too!

11 July 2014 at 9:40pm

A nice Steinberg emulation of the Minimoog Model-D.

You have a review at the famous Vintage Synth Explorer.

It was outed in 2000. And today in 2014, it still works as well.

13 March 2017 at 7:15pm

I feel like you need to be extra familiar with the minimoog it's based off of to understand its labeling and routing. I can't get the osc3 modulation to work properly.

17 August 2021 at 9:38pm

for those who are looking to download this the new link is here https://www.steinberg.net/index.php?id=6249&L=1

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