Steinberg Dark Planet review


Yo what’s good fam, hope you had a good weekend.

I figured we start it off with some nice sound design type instruments and atmospheres.

Today I’m checking out the Dark Planet vst sound instrument set from Steinberg.

This is exclusively for users of Halion, Halion Sonic, or Halion Sonice SE

Let’s peep!

So what is Dark Planet?

It’s a new VST Sounds Instrument Set dedicated to dark, creepy, distorted sounds.

The sounds work in the Halion line of products and give you an instant dose of deep textures, distorted loops, and wild sound fx

It’s not a standalone product, so if you do not own any of the Halion line of instruments you can’t use this.

I had previously uninstalled Halon Sonic as I wasn’t using it.

When I saw his library I had to re-install, I definitely wanted to try this out, for the price, it was a no brainer.

Quick Specs

  • content: about 1gb (2gb uncompressed), over 800 presets
  • format: Halion, Halion Sonic, Halion Sonic SE
  • price: $49.99

How does it sound?

Man yall know I love crazy sound design type libraries, this thing right here is nice!

The textures, fx, pads, all sound great with a slight edge of distortion/grit to them.

Of course the custom interface that allows you to adjust the sounds quickly really takes the library to the next level.

But it’s all about the sounds for me, and I absolutely love how deep and evolving they can get. The whole library has a great quality to it, and there’s so much content in here it’s hard to pick out any favorites.

I dig the music beds, the pads, the synths, the basses, all the textures and such. The drums and rhythms were good too, but I would have liked to see a few more “big” drum and perc kits. Something with a little more impact would sound great in this library.

But it’s all good because what’s there definitely fits the glitchy and rough edges present in the bulk of the library.

What’s the bottom line?

If you own any of the Halion products, get this library.

At 49 bucks it really makes no sense not to.

I give Dark Planet 4.5 out of 5 subs, this is a really amazing library with some truly inspirational sounds at a price that makes you laugh at the bargain you’re getting.

Steinberg could have easily turned this into it’s own product, charged $199 for it, and no one would complain one bit. The fact that it’s sold as an expansion at such a low price is really pretty cool I think

For those that really love that cinematic sound design type of library but do not want to pay hundreds of dollars to get it, if you own Halion or Halion Sonic/SE, this is your answer…get this, no question.

Checkout the demos: Steinberg Dark Planet

leave a comment below, let me know what you think



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  1. Wild!
    Nice textures and sounds.
    And the price is right.
    Once again I appreciate your candor / nice deep dive so we get a good look / listen of what’s going on.
    Might have to cop this one.


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