" I love PADS because it’s subtle, organic, and just sounds like more of what I’m drawn to. I find I can experiment with multiple sounds and combine them and get pretty close to something usable in a short amount of time. "
" Umlaut PADS Provides me with all the necessary controls to create both the simplest and most complex of textures."
PADS is a virtual synth instrument for KONTAKT that lets you create a variety of cinematic musical textures. Combining multiple layers of unique samples, PADS provides natural and organic sounds that tastefully build, adding a new level of emotion and excitement to your compositions.
Sculpt and shape the layers to your needs with envelopes, modulators, step sequencers, creative FX, and randomization options.PADS has been designed to be easy to use in order to get you up and running quickly, with over 140+ uniquely developed presets to choose from.
The Clean presets include organic, mellow sounds that can be used in a variety of situations, as melodic beds for other layers in the composition to shine through.
The Complex presets include rougher, grittier sounds with multiple effects and a good dose of distortion, perfect for diverse styles of music - from ambient to film score.
PADS has two layers of sound sources. The same 80 sources are available on both layers and you can mix and match as you need to.
Layer Controls are conveniently located below and all the other options are exactly where you’d expect them to be. It doesn't get simpler to start creating your very own Pad textures!
PADS has 3 Modulators, each of which can be an Envelope, LFO or Sequencer.
Each of these Mod Sources can be assigned to a variety of Layer and Global Parameters for an extensive array of modulation possibilities.
If you thought that tiny sequencer window would be a real pain while you tweak 32 step rhythms late into the night, worry not, we’ve got you covered - Zoom in to make finer adjustments.
The best part is that our sequencer doesn't take up extra screen real estate, and PADS remains as compact as ever within your Kontakt instrument window.
The Effects section within PADS is well streamlined to help you add just the right amount of additional processing to your pad sounds. There are a total of 7 Effects with a limited set of parameters for every effect to keep things simple, yet powerful.
All of Umlaut Audio’s instruments are designed with a consistent design language in mind. For instance, the FX Icons are abstractions that help you visualise the effect. One of the many unique design touches we add to our instruments.
We’ve created an entire family of instruments that complement each other with ARPS, PADS and uBEAT. Read more about our design philosophy here.
All of our flagship instruments are designed to take full advantage of the NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD.
NKS allows you to use ARPS like any other Native Instruments library, accessing snapshots, integrating with NI Hardware and most importantly, automatically setting up the most optimum mappings on Komplete Kontrol devices for you to dive right in to your creative flow. Learn more about NKS here
We've partnered with Native Instruments to allow our engines to be fully compatible with KONTAKT 5 PLAYER. This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it.
It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/WASAPI, compatible host program or DAW. No extra purchases!