Umlaut Audio PADS & ARPS For Kontakt, Simple, Super Sound Design

Since 2014 Umlaut Audio has been designing samples and virtual instruments for the biggest composers in the industry. Now you can get your hands on their new Kontakt instruments: Pads & Arps.  

What do Harry Gregson-Williams, Danny Elfman and John Debney all have in common? Yes, they are award-winning composers of course. But, they’ve also had the advantage of using custom designed samples and software instruments from a company you may not have heard of (yet). That company, Umlaut Audio, has now released their first two off the shelf Kontakt instruments, bringing their incredible sounds to instruments that are affordable and super simple to use.

Here’s what the talented people at Umlaut Audio have to say about Pads & Arps:

Sherman Oaks, California - June 7, 2016 -  Umlaut Audio is pleased to introduce two new virtual instrument products - PADS and ARPS.  Designed exclusively for Native Instrument's Kontakt software (including the free Kontakt player), PADS and ARPS offer ultimate simplicity and ease of use for any composer, sound designer or musician. Since 2014, Umlaut Audio has been designing custom samples and software instruments for many of the world's most famous composers such as Harry Gregson-Williams, Danny Elfman and John Debney.

PADS by Umlaut Audio is a virtual synth instrument that combines two separate layers of natural and organic sounds that tastefully build, adding a new level of emotion and excitement to any composition. Sculpt and shape the layers to your needs with envelopes, modulators, step sequencers, creative FX, and randomization options.

ARPS is a virtual arpeggiator instrument that uses 4 separate layers of sample based percussive sounds to provide endless possibilities of rhythmic patterns. Take control of your tone with ARPS’ fully featured arpeggiator, adjustable FX and set your patterns to whatever timing fits your needs.

While there are plenty of software suites available today from other manufacturers that offer large collections of robust virtual instruments in a single package, these products can often be overwhelming, expensive and even underutilized by the users. As an alternatives to this, Umlaut has designed PADS and ARPS to be single-use tools that are incredibly simple and affordable, allowing users to go straight for the sound they’re looking for and get to work. PADS and ARPS are available (separately) today for digital download via

Users have the option to purchase the full version of PADS ($149) and ARPS ($99) or take advantage of a limited free trial that’s available for both. 

PADS Highlights:

  • Umlaut Audio Pads 
  • Synth pads for Kontakt (and Kontakt free player)
  • Multiple layers of samples provide hundreds of sonic combinations 
  • Built-in step sequencer setting for creating rhythmic pulses
  • 140+ presets available
  • Intuitive interface provides only the most essential controls

Availability: Now Available for Digital Download

Price: $149 USD (Free trial available) 

Learn more about PADS

ARPS Highlights

  • Umlaut Audio Arps
  • Sample-based percussion instrument for Kontakt and Kontakt Player
  • 4 different independently controlled sample layers
  • Fully-featured Arpeggiator with editable parameters and time signature
  • 7 adjustable FX

Availability: Now Available for Digital Download

Price: $99 USD (Free trial available)

Learn more about ARPS

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