German software heavyweights Steinberg have released two new plugins based on virtual instruments found in the latest version of Cubase.

The first new offering is an advanced version of the company’s Padshop synth, which first appeared in Cubase 6.5 back in February. Padshop Pro promises a more fully featured take on Padshop’s granular synthesis approach, with two separate layers of synthesis operating simultaneously.

The second new release from Steinberg this month may be familiar to Cubase users but hasn’t been available as a separate plugin up until now.

Retrologue is a dual oscillator virtual analogue synth in a similar vein to LennarDigital’s Sylenth1 or Rob Papen’s Predator. We were impressed with the sound of Retrologue when we test-drove it in Cubase and its low price will appeal to beginners looking for a solid all-purpose synth plugin.

Steinberg’s virtual instruments sometimes suffer from the misconception that they’re only available  for Cubase users. Far from it. Padshop Pro and Retrologue are both available in Mac/PC VST and AU formats.

Padshop Pro is priced at £67.76 or £8.46 as an upgrade from Padshop. Retrologue is priced at £42.34. Both are available now from Steinberg.

Steinberg have also announced that they’ll be offering a 50 per cent discount on WaveLab 7 and WaveLab Elements 7 to BIAS Peak owners. The popular Mac-based audio editor was discontinued as BIAS ceased operations last month. Steinberg’s crossgrade offer will allow owners of recent versions of Peak to purchase WaveLab at a heavily discounted price (£42.34 for Elements and £253 for the full version). The offer is available until the end of October.

11th July, 2012

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