u-he Zebra2

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  • Wavetable synthesizer with four oscillators each with 16 waveforms
  • 1-, 2-, 4- or 11-voice unison with detune and stereo width
  • Up to 16-voice polyphony
  • Four FM oscillators
  • Four filters with 23 types and four cross-modulation filters (XMF)
  • Four synchronized multi-stage envelopes and four extended ADSR envelopes with start delay
  • Second sustain phase and loop option
  • Four LFOs per voice as well as two global LFOs
  • 12-Slot modulation matrix with 33 sources
  • Four assignable XY controllers
  • Flexible signal routing through 4 x 12 synthesis matrix and 3 x 6 effect matrix
  • 16 Stereo effects like chorus, flanger, delay etc.
  • Easy to use MIDI control
  • Controller assignment can be edited
  • Scalable user interface

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Akustik Keys/Pianos No
Beat production / Drum machines No
Wind Instruments No
Cinematic / Effects No
Chorus / Vocals No
Drums / Percussion No
E-Pianos No
Ethno / Folk No
Guitars/plucked instruments No
Loops/Construction-Kits No
Orchestra Instruments No
Organs No
String Bass No
Sampler No
String Instruments No
Synthesizer Yes
Vintage Instrument No
Hardware Controller No

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Somemusicguy, 28.03.2020
You can do a lot of cool stuff with this synth. Many possibilities.. I also find it good for just making regular old synth patches. It's obviously very modern in design & capabilities, but it can sound pretty old school if you like that sort of thing! This is partly due to some of the filters it has, some of which are the same ones used in Diva.

Anyway, u-he are a great company too. Their customer support is amazing, they give you ridiculously cheap upgrades and all their plugins have Linux versions :) They're always my go to for plugins now.
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Very cinematic synth
23.01.2017
An extremely versatile synth which is capable of handling any genre well but is especially suited to cinematic/scoring work. I'm very much an amateur but the fact that Zebra2 features so heavily on the soundtracks of Hans Zimmer, amongst others, should be testament enough to its excellence.

The interface is a little daunting on first viewing but it's actually much simpler than it appears and surprisingly easy to get to get to grips with. There are perhaps fewer presets included than many other synths but they are all usable and a great study tool to learn which settings can mould/produce certain sounds.

Some of the more complex sounds can hammer the CPU quite hard but most reasonable spec systems will cope just fine with the vast majority of sounds you'll want to create/use.

Pros: Excellent sound quality, incredibly versatile, great way to learn synthesis for newcomers, many fantastic 3rd party presets available, the Dark Zebra expansion adds a whole new palette of sounds and presets, great tutorial videos available from u-he.

Cons: None that I have found
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A synth like now other
eandradeaz, 10.02.2018
I had been hearing wonderful comments about Zebra and I thought I could achieve good results with my other soft synths. I had now idea what I was missing without Zebra. As soon as I got it and learned its potential it became a primary tool of my composing arsenal. The pricing in Thomann is fantastic!
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Excellente Möglichkeiten und Sound mit Einarbeitungshürde. Keine reine Presetschleuder!
04.02.2017
Dieses Plugin gibt es nun schon seit 2007 - also nun 10 Jahre. Ich habe jetzt 2 Wochen mit dem U-HE Zebra verbracht und setze ihn immer mehr ein. Auch nach 10 Jahren hat das Plugin seine Daseinsberechtigung! Er kommt optisch ein bisschen bieder daher, die Oberfläche kann aber getweaked werden. Und entscheidend ist ja letztendlich was am Audio out anliegt.

Die Features sind komplett und das macht ihn etwas anspruchsvoller als eine normale EDM-Tröte mit 2000+ Presets. Sequencer, Arpeggiator, Komplexe Hüllkurven, dazu noch voll flexibles verknüpfen aller Parameter durch Controller, dazu noch alternative Skalen auf dem Keyboard und dann sind noch keine Effekte eingestellt. Da musste ich ein ums andere mal nochmal umdenken bis ich zu meinem Sound gekommen bin. Hätte ich ihn schon seit 10 Jahre und wäre komplett in der Bedienung hätte ich so manch andere Plugins nicht kaufen müssen.

Der U-he Zebra2 verbraucht etwas mehr Rechenleistung als vergleichbare Plugins bei mir (Massive, Sylenth, Hive, Omnisphere2, V-Collection). Zahlt es aber mit sehr guten Filter und entsprechend guten Sound zurück! Auf meinem intel I7 können schon einmal 20% eines Kerns(!) für einen Sound drauf gehen.

Er ist eigenständig. Ich würde ihn nicht hernehmen um Klassiker zu imitieren. Das können dedizierte Plugins vom Start weg besser. Auch genrespezifische Plugins sind im Workflow schneller. Man muss sich schon ein paar Stunden einarbeiten bis man die gewünschten Ergebnisse erzielt.
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