Pad City is a stack of 12 unique and textural pads. Each pad, starting from guitars or cellos or horns or acoustic pianos or synths, has taken a journey through guitar pedals and amps and outboard processing to give a rich analog texture to any score. Sampled on each note to ensure no doubling and pitching of a sample, Pad City is a truly unique place to visit if you want a wealth of tone. Real instruments in real spaces thru analog effects with all the functionality of a synthesizer.
- 4 Plugin Types: AU, AAX, VST3, and standalone app
- 12 Sampled Analog Pad sounds (at 2-5 unique velocities)
- 1,318 samples
- Onboard Mixing faders for all Instruments
We have been long inspired by the ethereal, by the ambient, and by sounds that change over time. That is why we decided to make Pad City, a place to go where every tone takes a journey, that evolves and mutates the longer you hold it.
The samples themselves aren’t simply an oscillator with LFO modulation, these are all unique instruments and complex layers of synths, pianos, guitars, cellos, sent thru a series of outboard effects. Hardware reverbs, delays, modulation, overdrive and shaping tools were captured in performance on each note.
No two samples are exactly the same, so chords become something new and change in different ways as you combine them. Use each as solo instruments or blend them in infinite configurations to create brand new hybrid tones.
A fully customizable arpeggiator gives these analog tones the functionality of a synthesizer with all the character and fret-buzz of classic electric instruments. Shape the tone with AHDSR and a filter of your choice before it hits 3 custom shaped LFO’s: Gain, Pitch, and Filter. Finish crafting your sound with 5 onboard effects.
Pad City can be used simply, one note at a time to add space and texture, or it can be used with full chords to give a thrilling depth to your mixes and scores.
Additional Tech Specs
- 5 Per-Instrument Effects: (Pan, Width, Input Delay, EQ, Compression)
- Global Pitch and Pan
- Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release controls and visualizer
- Customizable Filter (10 filter types) with Resonance and visualizer
- Fully customizable Arpeggiator with Hold, Latch, and Midi Thru modes
- Adjustable parameters include: Step Number, Rate, Number of octaves, Swing amount, Step Size, Keyboard split range Hi / Lo, 6 Arp patterns (up, down, up-down, down-up, random, chord), Velocity map, Note Length map, Pitch offset map
- 5 Additional Onboard Effects: (Drive (with 8 types), Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Reverb)
- 3 LFO’s (Gain LFO, Pitch LFO, and Filter LFO) with 6 shape options
- 5 Portamento controls
- All important parameters are fully automation-capable in major DAW’s
- All important parameters are fully CC mappable
- Over 70 presets included (user presets can be created, saved, and favorited)
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We’re making our final adjustments to this product and are almost ready to release it. Join the waitlist and you’ll be one of the first to know when Pad City is available.
There are so many sampled instruments on the market made to replicate that instrument as if it were brand new and out of the box. We’ve used a lot of them and have found them to be useful.
We want something different. We want the grit, the fretbuzz, the subtle clank of the hammer on string. We embrace the imperfections. We want the vibrations of sound wandering in and out of phase and tune. We also made the decision not to skip any notes when we sampled these instruments, so what you get on each key is the full scope of that instrument’s sonic integrity, without pitch shifting to save time.
Nightfox Audio bring this uniqueness. Our plugins bring sound combinations no one has ever heard before, while staying true to the organic nature of each instrument.
Creative Layer Options
There’s something really special about stacking these organic tones on top of each other, and some of the combinations we’ve discovered are incredibly fresh. Use each sound layer as a solo instrument or blend them in infinite configurations to create brand new hybrid tones. We can’t wait to hear the unique sounds you create with Nightfox Audio.
Custom Artist Presets
We’ve worked with some of the most creative and inspiring creatives in the industry to bring you unique artist presets. Mark your favorites, create your own, and share with others.
Uprights & EPs
"I love the sounds I’m getting from Nightfox Audio! The interface makes it easy to create unique and original sounds with ease. The quality of the sounds is top notch. Definitely my go to when creating musical layers in the studio. Highly recommended."
"The beauty of Nightfox Audio sounds is immediately apparent but what makes this platform so unique is the way it inspires originality. The interface pushes me to be more creative and takes me places sonically where I would never have gone without it - it’s like I’m being nudged towards innovation."
"Whether I’m spitballing raucous alternative beats for Club Danger, laying down the low end with Vyceroy, or painting ambient soundscapes as Brique a Braq, Nightfox has become my go-to source for inspiration. I love the flexibility of blending a tremendously wide palette of sounds that I otherwise wouldn’t have thought would play well together. And then arpeggiating it? This fox is truly fantastic. "
Family Force Five, Juno Kids, Club Danger, Brique a Braq
"I absolutely love the Nightfox Audio plug-in set! They're instantly cool and fresh sounding, and because of the multi-variability and power of the plug-in, no two people would ever come up with the same ideas. An instant multi stack of colors and tones with so much control. Beat creation is sick. Every time I pull it up I'm off book and really fresh."
PRODUCER / MASTERING ENGINEER
"I love the tones I’m able to get from Nightfox Audio. The plugins allow me to quickly layer and create sounds that are a perfect blend of organic and synthetic. I would highly recommend!"
Porter's Gate, The Silver Pages
"The visual representation of what is happening sonically helps me understand what is happening when I turn knobs. For a songwriter that’s never been trained in musical production or studio work, the interface provides me with both instruction AND inspiration. It's powerful yet simple, and it allows me to stay wrapped up in the extraordinary landscapes without being weighed down by complicated technicalities."
"There is a sample behind every note of chromatic instruments, as you mix the sample banks to come up with your own piano sound even note to note it sounds like integrity. The interface is intuitive for a demo studio and powerful enough for a seasoned producer. Demo Nightfox and I told you, I TOLD YOU!"
"I love these plugins for the ability to blend organic elements with a synthetic approach to quickly create inspiring, fresh sounds. This "single plugin" method allows my creative process to be more efficient when chasing production ideas in the moment."