Umlaut Audio PADS and ARPS - music gear review

Music Gear Review: Umlaut Audio PADS and ARPS Soft Synths

Umlaut has designed PADS and ARPS virtual instruments to be useful sound tools that are simple and affordable, allowing users to go straight for the sound they are looking for using Native Instruments' Kontakt software—including the free player.

PADS is a synth that combines two separate layers of natural and organic sounds. You may sculpt and shape the layers to your needs with envelopes, modulators, step sequencers, creative FX and randomization options.

ARPS is a virtual arpeggiating instrument that uses four separate layers of sample-based percussive sounds to provide endless possibilities of rhythmic patterns.

PADS and ARPS are available (separately) for digital download via shop. umlautaudio.com. Users can purchase the full version of PADS ($149) and ARPS ($99) or take advantage of a limited free trial available for both.



BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com