Steinberg’s Absolute 4 is a software collection with virtual instruments, a sampler, and a workstation, all designed to offer inspiring and deep-level functionality for sound designers, composers, electronic musicians, and producers for studio-based production and live performance applications.
Steinberg’s Absolute 4 is a software collection with virtual instruments, a sampler, and a workstation, all designed to offer inspiring and deep-level functionality for sound designers, composers, electronic musicians, and producers for studio-based production and live performance applications. It boasts over 100GB of sounds, covering everything from realistic instrument recreations to custom-made sonic concoctions. Absolute 4 supports Audio Units, VST2, VST3, and AAX plug-in formats and is compatible with macOS and Windows.
Included in this software collection are the HALion 6 sampler and sound design system, the HALion Sonic 3 workstation, HALion Symphonic Orchestra, and Groove Agent 5 virtual drum instrument. Other bundled instruments (Padshop Pro, Hot Brass, The Grand 3 Piano, Retrologue 2, Dark Planet, World Percussion, B-Box, and more) deliver a massive variety of sounds and sound-creation capabilities.
Steinberg HALion 6 is a virtual sampling and sound design software designed to deliver extensive virtual instruments, sampling and programming functions, and audio effects for sound designers, musicians, producers, and composers in studios and live performance applications. It features over 3400 instrument sounds and 60 effect processors, including six new instruments and nine new effects.
If offers a multi-timbral audio engine with 32 stereo outputs and 6-channel surround sound. The AudioWarp function comes in handy for shifting pitch and stretching time. Live sampling allows you to record and edit samples, then trigger them in a variety of ways. Use virtual analog, granular, and wavetable synthesis methods to produce a wide variety of patches. The FlexPhraser enables easy arpeggiation and pattern creation, and the Phrase Editor allows you to create your own. Add audio effects including reverb, delay, compression, vibrato, and more.
Quickly access sound libraries and organize files via the MediaBay Sound Management System. Use the Macro Page Designer to set up your own user interfaces for faster access to the controls you like. Organize your favorite assets via the Library Creator and speed up your workflow with HALion scripting.
HALion 6 supports AAX, Audio Units, VST2, and VST3 plug-in formats, works in stand-alone mode, and is compatible with macOS and Windows. It includes HALion Sonic 3.
Steinberg Groove Agent 5 is a virtual drum workstation that combines a library of high-quality acoustic drums, electronic drums, and percussion organized in 130 kits with over 1000 MIDI grooves played by top drummers. It offers modern producers, beat-makers, and songwriters an all-in-one solution with a suite of rhythmic-composition tools well-suited for creating drum tracks in just about any genre, from jazz, funk, reggae, and rock, to Trap and EDM.
This fifth generation of Groove Agent still features three drum modules, also known as Agents (Acoustic, Beat, and Percussion), but with a new acoustic drum kit referred-to as The Kit. Recorded with high-end studio equipment at Teldex Studios in Berlin, The Kit provides a large collection of realistic drum samples and articulations captured with up to 20 velocities. As in previous versions, the pattern editor enables you to program complex rhythms in the timing of your choice, simply by clicking in the grid.
There are more than 30 new kits created for Groove Agent 5 by top electronic artists including Rawtekk, Audeka, zKlang, Joe Ford, and more. The kits come with not only beat patterns but also small melody parts, miscellaneous hits, and other noises. Songwriters can quickly build sophisticated backing tracks using MIDI grooves with intros, outros, fills, and different complexities, for the practical purpose of improvising, practicing, or sketching songs in all genres of music.
For sound-design applications, you have access to the Decompose tool, which lets you load a sample and easily separate it into its tonal and noise components. The tonal part can be pitched independently from the noise. Drag and drop each component onto Groove Agent, and create your own signature sounds.
Groove Agent 5 comes with an improved user interface resizable to fit the real estate of your display and supporting high-resolution HiDPI for clearer details when working on complex arrangements.