The Unfinished has released Zebra Elysium, a new soundset for u-he Zebra that represents the soft, dark underbelly of cinematic underscore and ambient electronica. It features 128 patches full of of blissful leads, kinetic basslines, hypnotic sequences, brooding basses and sumptuous pads.
Inspired by modern film scores that ripple with delicate, infectious analogue synths, Elysium packs a subtle punch. Think of the soundtracks of Cliff Martinez, James Newton Howard, Tom Tykwer and Henry Jackman, add in a little Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, and a sprinkle of BT and M83... that is Elysium.
The emphasis is on lush, lo-fi atmospheres; vintage, widescreen storytelling with a contemporary nuance. Equally at home evoking a dense, fog-set forest; rain-soaked Giger-esque futuristic metropolis; or glittering, steampunk citadel.
Zebra Elysium comes in two versions, the original Zebra2 soundset and a special expanded Dark Edition for Zebra HZ/Dark Zebra. The Dark Edition includes the original Zebra2 patches, but also has a bonus 128 sounds. These bonus sounds take the 128 original Elysium patches and push them in a darker, grittier, more analogue direction.
All the patches in Zebra Elysium come with dynamic flourishes programmed into the modwheel, and also make extensive use of Zebra's X/Y pads that are featured in the Perform window. Also, for Elysium, a number of the pad sounds feature modulation/gate effects that can be controlled via the pitchwheel.
Zebra Elysium is available for £19.99, with the Dark Edition priced at £29.99.