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Is Steinberg’s new synth plugin bundle an Absolute bargain?

Steinberg has updated its Absolute bundle, a chunky music software collection that contains that company’s best plugin synths and workstations.

Now toting 28 instruments, Absolute 5 contains more than 130GB of content, and offers more than 7,500 presets.

New members of the Absolute family include Backbone, Steinberg’s drum resynthesizer plugin; Amped Elektra, which offers vintage keys; Electric Bass; and expansions for Padshop 2, Retrologue 2 and Groove Agent 5 (all of which are included in the bundle).

Of course, Absolute 5 also contains all the instruments from its predecessor - the likes of HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3, The Grand 3 and many more.

Find out more on the Steinberg (opens in new tab) website. The instruments in Absolute 5 run on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats; the price is $500/€499.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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