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Padshop 2

Synth (Granular) Plugin by Steinberg
€129.00 (included with Cubase)
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Padshop 2 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.
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Padshop is a unique monophonic/polyphonic granular synthesizer.

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 presets.
  • Import, redesign and synthesize your own samples.
  • Get creative with 570 pre-produced samples.
  • Plug-in works with VST, AU and AAX.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.50 from 3 reviews
Padshop 2

Reviewed By musicdoc [all]
January 18th, 2013
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

I know this plugs been out for awhile, but these days I'm not jumping at every chance to try a new synth with so much out there and already in my collection.
On upgrading Cubase this came with the bundle, so I got a chance to try it. It fills a niche that I thing needed to be filled.

For those of you that have experience playing a complex pad sound on like a big name keyboard like Korg or Roland, of lot that big, organic, moving 3d-ish sound is often times a little hard to find in many plugs for me. Something like omnisphere can certainly do it, but waiting for like 10 seconds for some of those sounds to load is an inspiration killer for me. Stuff by Rob Papen and Native certainly comes close, but playing this plugin just reminded me of those classic big name keyboard pads. And It seemed like there was very little filler. Like every other sound I see a possible use somewhere. Probably the Yamaha sound team at work here.

One less reason to fire up the hardware sound modules now.

Anyways, job well done.

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Padshop 2

Reviewed By Clifton [all]
March 11th, 2012
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

Beautiful sounds and strange mosaic textures this one is by far beyond anything I've ever heard before ever since with other software synths utilizing granular properties like omnisphere, absynth 5, alchemy etc,.. The granular synth engine of padshop may be different and different sounding from the others since it has it's own personality but I certainly feel this belongs somewhere on the top 10 list of today's best software synths. When it comes to manipulating sampled sounds into something rather strange and unusual even with the right effects and LFO's built inside this little machine the possibilities are endless. Padshop on the other hand is very intuitive, easy to program and thanks to Steinberg for the time effort they put in with padshop.

Pros. Best new granular synth, wide range of factory patches to choose from as well as single patches, very easy and intuitive to program your patches out from scratch once you know the basics, and amazingly low priced of what it does.

Cons. What you see is what you get, cannot sample your own sounds to be manipulated, it only works with DAW's that only supports VST3 but may need updating in some areas for padshop to work properly.

Overall. This is a must have and especially for the sound engineering artists working on movies and sound tracks. Not only that, but this is also suited for any music you have in mind but this will sure take you out on a sound journey into the unknown. Again the possibilities are endless with padshop.

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Comments & Discussion for Steinberg Padshop 2

Discussion: Active
10 August 2012 at 1:03pm


9 September 2012 at 12:42am

30 day no restriction demo from today..email from Steinberg


26 January 2013 at 3:37pm

For those using Padshop in Cubase, you can select some audio in Cubase, even a small selection from a larger clip, and drag it right into Padshop and grain shift away. The integration in Cubase is nothing short of fantastic.

24 April 2013 at 9:27pm

Downloded both Padshop and Dark 30 day demo, could not figure out how to load presets. Tried everything I could to make them work no luck. Deleted both vsts. Any help, would like to try again.

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