Fatpad 2

The Dark Side of the Pad

(246 Votes)
2.20 (Updated 2 months ago)
May 06, 2004
Reaktor 5 or lower


Everyone and everything has a dark side. So has Fatpad. Enjoy :-)

New in 2.2
Second Snapshot Bank with about 60 new, mostly dark and edgy sounds
New Coloring reflects the dark side (changing the background color changes everything, just try for yourself)
Pulse With Modulation
Warped „Tape“ Effect in master section

New in 2.10: Added 3 "Single" Oscillators for versatility.
A 16" Squarewave (Sub), an 8" saw/pulse oscillator and noise

New in 2.03 : OTT-Compressor (OTT -> Over-The-Top)
One of the secret weapons of EDM production. It takes the output of a multi band compressor that really, really squashes the signal and mixes it in with the original signal. It gives that „produced“ shine. I really like it on the choirs, some spacey synth sounds and everything else. Maybe I’m addicted… what do you think?

15 years ago I wanted a synth, that made working easy and gave me the sounds I needed fast. Fatpad was that synth. It had up to 18 oscillators per voice, a choice of 4 filter types, a full stereo signal path, and wasn’t too heavy on the cpu. My synth workhorse for many years. So why a new Version?

The old „F A T P A D“ had some major omissions:
1. no LFOs
2. no Effects
3. not so nice graphics
4. Stupid diction
5. outdated snapshots

So in Fatpad 2 you find anything from „F A T P A D“ plus

1. A 6-phase LFO for pitch-modulation,
2. A syncable Stereo LFO for filter and amp modulation
3. chorus effect with 4 modes (Juno I, Juno II, Tri-Chorus, FatE) + phaser
4. delay (mono, stereo, ping pong)
5. new interface
6. about 100 new sounds/snapshots

I also did some short demo tracks, every sound, except drums, is Fatpad 2

Hope you enjoy Fatpad 2 as much as I do.

Some background information:


The Idea was inspired by Gordon Reeds SOS Synth Secrets article (February/March 2003) about emulating string ensembles with synthesizers. He went a long way to make his synthesizer sound like it had more than 2 oscillators. Something that’s so easy with Reaktor. If you need more oscillators, just take them and you’re done.
So I took 6, made the signal path full stereo, put each oscillator on a separate position in the stereofield and randomized the tuning of each oscillator via a Random LFO Module (btw: praise to whoever invented the random LFO!)
And why six oscillators?
The synth should sound lush and wide without the use of a chorus effect and you need at least 3 oscillators to get a lush sound, but if you spread them to left, center, right the sound thins out again. To get a lush AND wide sound I had to take six. Many „supersaw“ synths rather have seven than six, wich gives them more focus. But I wanted diffusion not focus, so I went with six.


Fatpad 1 didn’t have LFOs because I wasn’t satisfied with the standard ones. If you modulate 6 oscillators with only one LFO, it makes the modulation sound small and artificial. And if you have a full stereo signal path, shouldn’t your LFO also work in stereo? So in Fatpad 2 there are 2 specialized LFOs

LFO 1 (vibrato)
A sine wave LFO for pitch modulation of all six oscillators with a twist. You can give each oscillator a phase shifted version for a much more lively sound.

LFO 2 (filter and amp)
This is a true stereo LFO for modulating filter and amp.
You can define a phase shift between the left and right channel.
You can morph the waveform seamlessly from sawtooth to triangle to sine to square to pulse. You can tempo sync and at the same time modulate the frequency via the mod wheel. If you release the mod wheel to zero, the LFO will return back to sync.


Livio Rock
1 month ago
steven pagano
2 months ago
this one really kicks, love it, thank you
2 months ago
Thanks. Great synth! Very good work.
Guillaume Richard
2 months ago
very cool and low on cpu!!! thank you!
2 months ago
Always loved the original beastie, so super stoked for this update and damn this is soo nice! I swore when I peeked in here years ago, "just ONE little synth..." Addict? Ha! The Reactor UL has slowly turned me into a total synthesis junkie. Thanks for the big Fat hit, I am in utter blissful droneland!... Gimme PAD, Gimme PAAAD...
Laurence Ketchin
3 months ago
Wlodzimierz Kazmierski
3 months ago
Bardzo, bardzo fajny. Przyjemne brzmienie. Dzięki ! Pozdrawiam
Michael Duck
4 months ago
Wow, was für ein toller Sound. Danke sehr.
Neil Semmler
4 months ago
Gosh this does sound nice!
Tim Farman
4 months ago
lovely, thank you very much for this and your hard work
Eric Hertogh
4 months ago
Beautiful Synth Jörg!
Phil Price
4 months ago
Nice demo
Jörg Holzamer
4 months ago
Sehr gerne, Paule.
4 months ago
Danke schön, Jörg.
Dirk Wallinger
5 months ago
Ein kleiner "state of the art" synth! Zwei Daumen gehen nach oben.
5 months ago
Thanks for the update.
Jörg Holzamer
5 months ago
Thank you all for your kind comments
Dama Amanda
5 months ago
Silk dreams are made of this (thank you)
5 months ago
Very Good!!!
5 months ago
Danke schön Jörg
Claude S.
9 months ago
Thanks to the recent delay you uploaded, I also discovered this gem. It's in a little need of a facelift, but the sound. THE SOUND! It's my old Juno and my trusty ESQ all wrapped up in one for me. I may add a few mods, but man, thank you honestly. Can I buy you a beer?
kevin halloran
10 months ago
nice warm addition.
Lars Daniel Terkelsen
1 year ago
Awesome. Already the demo snippet shows its strenght. Thanks.
Dan Jisei
5 years ago
Love it! The kind of simple transparent warm pad that just widens the mix! I use it mostly in live situations with MainStage. Thank you!
GG.G SakabeaT
5 years ago
fat,fat,fat.... i dont like the color but the synth is marvelous........ thx 4 sharing
Visceral Serenity
7 years ago
This is a really nice synth. For those interested, I made a song using 3 instances of this. https://soundcloud.com/valorous-gamer/r53 Everything but the drums is this synth. It might be 10-year-old software but it sounds really good. I hope to use it a lot more in the future.
Lars Bo Hermansen
7 years ago
Currently in the new beta version of the user library you have to search by author names. Links do not work. Search words are not allways working either.
Lars Bo Hermansen
7 years ago
Great sounding ensemble. Thanks a lot. If you for instance like roland JX and jupiter series this ensemble come relly close. Warm sounding. I have created a snapshot bank for this ensemble. Here is a link for Fatpad Snapshots v1.0 By Lars Bo Hermansen: https://co.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=userlibrary&type=0&ulbr=1&plview=detail&patchid=13757 This ensemble is a must hear and try. You can make your own touch to the sound and there are many possibilities. The only thing i find is missing in this ensemble is a lfo for vibrato. Not all can be done with the 3 fine multi osc's and various detuning possibilities. The sounding is really good.
Sven Kretzschmar
12 years ago
13 years ago
Wonderfully smooth string sounds. I think the dark blue color obscures some of the text.
Andre Killion
14 years ago
Very nice i've used this on 3 of my songs
15 years ago
I like this machine a lot. Useful and simple.
Guenther Fleischmann
15 years ago
Sounds good! The "Warm"-Knob does a good job.
Nick Magnus
15 years ago
This is the only other thing I've ever found that can replicate the classic Logan String Melody's cathedral organ sound - it's virtually indistinguishable! And the lush 'ensemble' pads sit in the mix so beautifully. Cracking job, Jorg!
John Hagewood
15 years ago
Very nice analogue pads. FAT.
Stefan Nemeth
16 years ago
Some of the "fat pad" presets after tweaking are very nice. Congrats. trif.
Frank Cochoy-Gerik
16 years ago
super pad monster.klingt sehr gut.
Kari Komppa
16 years ago
CPU overload and spikes on my P4 2.8GHz system. Ok when run minimized. Graphics problem? Anyway I like it very much, thanks. KK
Richard Odlin
16 years ago
Richard Ford
16 years ago
the big organ is the king of evil keyboards. very nice. fat sounds all around.
cornelius wildner
17 years ago
Very nice,thanks
Phillip Brown
17 years ago
Very nice - perfect bigness to the sounds. Thanks I agree with Cliff on the Oberheim quality of the osc- which is a compliment!
Jens Focke
17 years ago
Jörg Holzamer
17 years ago
Hello John-Paul, I have the same spikes. It has something to do with the portamento on some monophonic sounds, but I'm still looking for the real source. But, as this happens only to monophonic sounds, you can reduce the instruments polyphonie to 1, to eliminate these spikes. hope I can give you a more elegant solution soon. greets Jörg
John-Paul McCarthy
17 years ago
Jörg, I seem to be getting some CPU spiking with REAKTOR intermittently going over its 100% CPU reading for the following presets: BASS1 BASS3 PORTALEAD1 I'm on a P4 2GHz system -- Don't know if its caused by a denormalisation problem associated with Pentium 4 processors or something associated with the ensemble. Can anyone confirm CPU spiking? Great Ensemble btw... very nice sounding... hopefully we can get this bug sorted out. JP
Mario Volpe
17 years ago
suona grande
Donovan Stringer
17 years ago
This ensemble would have benefitted greatly from an expanded preset range. It produces great sounds, but some of us are too retarded to handle our own tweaking, & desire more built in sounds. I am of course, refering mostly to myself, but I am sure there are many like me who need to be given more idiot-proof examples of a given ens' sonic capabilities. All else aside, nice work! Excellent Oscillator as advertised.
Cliff Douse
17 years ago
I like the Oberheim-ish sound of some of these pads. :-)