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UVI Darklight IIx is a Collection of Three Instruments Inspired by The Legendary Studio Icon.
Costing upwards of $100,000, the dream machine of the 80's was unattainable by most. Used by countless prominent artists including: Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Herbie Hancock, Jean Michel Jarre, Thomas Dolby and many more, it remains a highly regarded and sought after instrument.
Suffering a fit of nostalgia as we often do, we decided to set about making a new instruments inspired by this legendary studio icon. We ended up making 3; a digital synth, digital drum machine, and multi-phraser. A unique hybrid approach was employed combining our rigid sampling process with the advanced digital processing algorithms and modeling capabilities of the UVI Engine. This approach allows us to capture the raw character of the original machine while facilitating a full array of modern controls. The result is an extremely flexible system that allows you to quickly call up the classic sounds or take the old voices into new sonic territory.
Powerful analog modeled filters, LFOs, envelopes and effects in a beautiful old-school interface await you in this tightly packed but massive sounding 2 GB UVI instrument.
Darklight IIx offers several 'Pages', each an instrument on its own:
Page P - "Organic" Digital Sound:
- Immediate access to hundreds of sounds and instruments including: Bass, Brass, Bells, Strings, Guitar, Orchestral Hits, Synth, Drums, Percussion, FX, Keys, Piano, Organs, Winds, Reeds and Voices.
- Efficient and versatile control set allows for everything from quick tweaks to deep sonic exploration.
- Accurate reproduction of aliasing characteristics.
- More than 250 ready-to-play presets.
- A multitude of effects, including the new UVI SparkVerb, allow you to create sounds like the original machine and process them to sound like your favorite cult records from the 80's or something totally new.
Page B - Digital Drum Machine:
- 80s-style beatbox with step sequencer.
- Hundreds of authentic vintage drums and percussion sounds.
Page U - Creative Multi-Phraser:
- UVI exclusive multi-phraser; 3 parts with 3 sounds and 3 smart step sequencers.
- Create 3-track arrangements or moving drones, let your imagination run.
All of these combine to present you with the authentic sound and soul of this mythical machine. Packaged in an easy-to-use interface with modern controls for enhanced expression and musicality, Darklight IIx gives you control over one of the most coveted computer musical instruments ever.
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