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Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion

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tehlord
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6647 posts since 22 Sep, 2008, from Windsor. UK

Postby tehlord; Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:33 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

V0RT3X wrote:You could easily just rely on logic plugins to create professional sounding electronic music. Some might consider this heresy here at KVR but it's true.


Well quite.


Ultrabeat is one muthafarkin ugly plugin though.
killmaster
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205 posts since 4 Oct, 2003

Postby killmaster; Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:46 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

I love the interface. Still one of my favorites. Just wish they'd update the resolution on the graphics!
xoxos
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10579 posts since 29 Apr, 2002, from i might peeramid

Postby xoxos; Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:34 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

hmm, should i post in a thread about drum synths..
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tonkatodd
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Postby tonkatodd; Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:40 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

I really liked Ultrabeat when I used Logic but wished it could group edit like Battery. If you could select a few tracks and edit them at once it would speed up the workflow though I haven't used Logic since X came out so I'm not sure if that feature has been added or not.
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bailees7irish
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2537 posts since 30 Mar, 2007, from virginia, US

Postby bailees7irish; Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:37 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

Sendy wrote:
djquikcompton wrote:Also the new Retro synth


They called their synth WHAT?! :dog:

They should be beaten with a plushie of the word "retro". I can't even google that name to find out more about it, because pretty much every VA synth comes up when you search "retro synth" :D


How about you Google "logic retro synth"? Problem solved. :P
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stillshaded
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Postby stillshaded; Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:19 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

xoxos wrote:hmm, should i post in a thread about drum synths..

Lol xoxos you always crack me up.

I own bong (not a bong, but the vsti) and I really think it's terrific. But I just don't think it can compare to the scope of ultrabeat. Maybe you should take a look at it and gets some ideas for your next project :wink:

But srsly, you've got it going on.
xoxos
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Postby xoxos; Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:27 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

ty, i doubt i'd ever get the chance (or with sculpture). often my position is simply to be aware of the absence of technologies i am unable to implement (korg z1, i hear akai had a synth with a physically modelled percussion or cymbal? algorithm in the 90s). i'm pretty good with a bong though.
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stikygum
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524 posts since 1 Mar, 2007

Postby stikygum; Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:21 am Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

There is a difference between something looking cool, that's Ultrabeat and ES2, and it being unintuitive to use, that's also Ultrabeat and ES2. Both of these synths are cool, but aren't easy on the eyes for sound sculpting. The font hurts my eyes and it looks grainy. I don't care for the color schemes.

They sound great. I still use ES2. I must say I feel strongly that if Apple updated the interfaces of these synths, it would be like 2 whole new awesome synths. I think they would both be quite a big hit. It's like trying to deal with the FS1R's front panel. But when you get the editors, a whole new life is brought to it.

I also think using Arturia Spark LE to control Ultrabeat would be a great way to go. I was never a fan of entering x0x steps in with a mouse/trackpad.
Winstontaneous
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515 posts since 14 Feb, 2006, from Berkeley, CA

Postby Winstontaneous; Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:41 am Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

stikygum wrote:There is a difference between something looking cool, that's Ultrabeat and ES2, and it being unintuitive to use, that's also Ultrabeat and ES2. Both of these synths are cool, but aren't easy on the eyes for sound sculpting. The font hurts my eyes and it looks grainy. I don't care for the color schemes.

They sound great. I still use ES2. I must say I feel strongly that if Apple updated the interfaces of these synths, it would be like 2 whole new awesome synths. I think they would both be quite a big hit.

Yeah, all the Logic instruments with ancient GUIs could use a facelift, but they still sound great. I think Retro Synth is basically bits of ES2 and EFM1 with a more streamlined interface.

It took me a little while to figure out UltraBeat but I'm digging it. I do wish there was some sort of Master Edit page to go along with the Voice and Step edit pages
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fisherKing
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1062 posts since 6 Aug, 2009

Postby fisherKing; Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:45 am Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

i've used logic since 9 came out, but completely moved away from it's own sound-generating plugins (the synths, ultrabeat).
use the vocoder on occasion, and often: drum kit designer. but prefer 3rd party synths.

still, when i started in 9 (2009?), i did all my music completely within the DAW, and was pretty nice...
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spaceman
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Postby spaceman; Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:12 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

Jace-BeOS wrote:I accept that Ultrabeat has great facilities, but its GUI is awful

+1
A real bitch to use, but yes, it's a great instrument.
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DHR53
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2785 posts since 21 Oct, 2002, from "somewhere between digital and analog"

Postby DHR53; Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:41 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

Ultrabeat requires some study to really get the most out of it. It has a lot of features that are not readily apparent without looking under the hood (manual?). I used it extensively for years, but the interface was wearing thin on me and I switched to Nerve as it's faster and requires less manipulation to get results. Also the beat programmer window with the horizontal and vertical shaded area as you added notes was very distracting. I was hoping they would change that… but they're not too interested to change the interface on any of the instruments. I think...:roll:
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tshear23
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Postby tshear23; Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:14 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

Worst interface ever, though.
Robmobius
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Postby Robmobius; Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:24 pm Re: Ultrabeat: still the best soft drum synth

tshear23 wrote:Worst interface ever, though.


Yes... it's horrid. But a good vst tho'! :)
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