Hi folks! This is a collection of 19 wavetables for Zebra/-lette. The original waves i made with different synths like Microwave2 + SoundDiver, Yamaha SY99, Kawai K5000, Korg Poly800, Kawai 100F and NI Razor. Then i put together some wavetables with Wav2Zebra. Due to the lack of time for making some nice presets or even a complete soundset i decided to contribute them to the Zebra community as a little Christmas present. Perhaps you can find use for them and make some interesting or even useful sounds.
Would be nice to hear some sounds you made with these waves. Or even better if you would make them public here.
There are two folders: (1) exitLaub - Xmas 2013 - wavetables This contains the oscillator presets (2) exitLaub - Xmas 2013 - examples 19 Zebra presets. These are only simple sweeping pads to showcase the wavetables.
This is a unique set of 24 patches that can contribute greatly to any electronic-organic artist! This is a freebie set from my commercial soundset of 180 patches, and the full version costs only $15 (every dollar nets you 12 patches!). Please consider getting the full 180 if you like these 24! ;)
Christmas deals every Dec.24-31! 33 percent off every year in that last week of December! Take advantage of that and get this soundset! :)
The patch demos are here: http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=366938
If you have any questions or issues, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: Famous sounds from the 90's that will trully deliver in your mix from Ben Insole(B.I), A Demo collection of Rave/Dance/Tech Sounds from that era that you were missing from that "Just Good Mix"
This is a set of three separate drumkits, each made with only one instance of Zebra. They're very keyboard-player worthy and they should have you head-bobbing in no time. Each kit has fully implemented XY controls. I'd like to release a bank of these to sell along side of my future, ever evolving Cinematic Soundbank. If you'd be interested in buying a bigger collection of such kits, let me know. A couple things: These kits have no real toms and also, they have no modwheel controls as of now. Also, if you use them in your music, let me hear it! Enjoy!
This is a demo for a soundbank I plan on releasing sometime this year. Critiques and thoughts on it can be left on the corresponding thread under U-he in the forum section. Or you can just message me if you happen to really like these(or don't)
Version 2.5 supercedes version 2 by adding more wavetables and improving the readme text. Second version of my wavetable compilation featuring bare oscillator presets which create experimental variations and transformations of classic synthesizer waveforms, similar to PWM, sync, distortion, spectral filtering, and morphing. See the readme file for more details.
Second version of my wavetable compilation featuring bare oscillator presets which create experimental variations and transformations of classic synthesizer waveforms, similar to PWM, sync, distortion and morphing. See the readme file for more details.
A bank with mostly some pads, sound effects, and other synth stuff based somewhat loosely around Zebra's powerhouse wavetable capabilities. There's some new ground in here and some bread n' butter, but Zebra does everything well. Enjoy!
My first attempts to create Zebralette patches from real or virtual instrument waveforms. The waveforms come from samples of a Yamaha VL70-m synthesizer and of a (real) flute. I used a little tool I wrote to merge the sampled waveforms into a Zebralette preset. These presets are optimized for use with a MIDI Wind Controller rather than with a keyboard controller (CC#2 modulates WaveWarp and volume).
This a bank of about 20 presets for Zebra, most of them making use of the comb filter. A variety of percussion, pads, and some sound effects are here. The intended use is for film-track writing, but you are of course free to use them any way you like! Enjoy!
Updated Zebra Vision presets 15 new presets added with XY & Arp variations. 181 Original presets 117 XY or Arp variations (updated) 250 wave tables (updated) 143 ZebraCM presets (updated) All use all 4 XY pads, and Mod Wheel ZebraCM presets will load in Zebra2.5 Need Zebra2.5 to use
Just getting into ZebraCM so there's a lot of "familiar territory" in the sounds. Next bank is in the making and starts to stretch its functionality more. Please bear in mind that I've done all this with a pair of headphones on a laptop and no MIDI keyboard (it's broken!).
Glad you agree Farley. Should have added that there is a very clever promotion going on... after taking a photograph of what ever analogue synth you are retiring because of Zebra and sending it in - you get a $50 discount!! Good for your pocket and their ego!!
"So inspiring is the whole experience of discovering Zebra2 that the manual (which has been critised by some) works, quite rightly, more as a great reference point as you venture through this sonic jungle".
Ha! I reviewed Zebra in 2007 and criticised the documentation as well as the presets. Since then the manual has been completely rewritten, and the presets have been retired/replaced... ;-)
I'll be honest with you, Howard. I'd tried Zebra 1 and found it fun but no replacement for other synths I had. The development since then has been on a scale you'd expect from a big set up like Spectrasonics. Fantastic acheivement.
i just bought zebra today, because i like some of its sounds, but i agree, many sounds are over-effected. When turning the wet knob down, the sound is not really good anymore. In my opinion, the reason is first of all the looppoint of the waveforms. Especially with Pad Sounds, you can hear the loop of the used sample, the higher note is looping faster than the lower, resulting in an unsteady, not smooth sound. But this i heard nearly with every Softsynth. But i heard a few sounds, where this is not so obvious. So i hope, it is possible, to create really smooth pad sounds.
Is there a tutorial online "How to make Sounds with Zebra"? The userguide is not sufficient for me: The interface is really overwhelming.
@Babyblue: There are no samples in Zebra2, and therefore no looping or loop points.
BTW Zebra2 Tutorials are here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8B3F7A60F7C76BA ... but I would recommend that you study the manual in more depth first - start at the beginning, read very carefully, understand.
I agree with Howard completely. Read the manual carefully, tweak the various parameters to understand what they do, and turn modules off and on to hear the results. You might also want to research some basics of different types of synthesis so you can really understand. I also recommend that as you go thru the presets you focus on the simpler structures so it is easier to understand what is going on.
And watch every single one of the tutorials! More than once....
You may have to dig around a little to find the waves that "speak" to you -- and remember, each wave has 16 possible iterations, some of which are completely different as you cycle through them.
Zebra is a beast for sound design, it's worth the time to learn how to use it.
thanks Howard and ontrackp for your constructive words! I will do my best and dive into the secrets of zebra. When you say there are no samples used as groundstructeres for tweaking them with the different oscs, LFOs, envs etc., i must believe you. I came to that conviction, when i played a (one) note, i heard a repeating cycle, playing this note lets say 3 notes lower, i hear this repeating cycle too, but this cycle lasts a bit longer, resulting in an unsteady, not smooth sound, when playing both notes together.
But as i said, i try my best, to achieve what i am looking for. Thanks again for your advice and the link.
The cycle speed of a LFO or MSEG can be modulated by key follow (or by specific notes for that matter) so the speed can change as you go up or down the keyboard. My advice is to deconstruct the patches. Go thru module by module and double click on modulation controls, zero out modulation amounts in the matrix and you'll start seeing how the modulators can affect cycling of filter cutoff, pitch, etc....
Just search on youtube for the tutorials, they come up all over the place.
Disappointed in the Zebra2 demo. The synth seems good but it's hard to tell because as soon as I start tweaking it starts dropping out. First time I tried it was just the static which is annoying but not too bad. But now I have to keep reloading a new instrument track to get it to even play more than one note. Evidently I am in the minority here, because I do not find anyone else posting similar. But had to be honest...it's hard to evaluate it when I can't really use it for even 15 minutes. If I have to use presets, and cannot create big sounds with it, then it's not going to be as useful to me. Would rather have a time limited demo...even one day would be better than this. Not meaning to be disrespectful or overly bitchy because obviously a lot of work went into it and I respect that. But that does not automatically mean it will be good for me personally.
Having got that out of my system, it seems to work in Studio One 2 so I'll probably buy it based on the stellar reviews of most everyone.
@bksherwood: Zebra2's demo restriction is quasi-random notes (not "static"), so I'm wondering what happened there. Anyway, 15 minutes per session should be plenty of time to find out whether a product suits you. You just have to bite the bullet and reload, or purchase a license.
@Howard: Then it sounds like what I was experiencing were not the demo limitations. I did purchase Zebra2 last night and I am VERY happy with it. Was able to take what I know and create some pretty awesome initial sounds. So far none of the notes dropping out or static etc. After working with it last night, I think Zebra2 is going to be like moving from a Model T to a rocket ship; it will drastically accelerate my progress and capabilities.
But I must say...wow! I never expected a response from you directly. I see that as a huge value of owning Zebra2. The community of Zebra2 is something you can't really put a price on, especially as someone who wants to excel at this stuff. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond.
Well, you absolutely made the right decision then. You've just ensured yourself a long winter with a fat grin. Not only do you have a deep synthesizer in your possession, you have a deep and active Zebra user community and lots of freely available and commercial patch banks at your fingertips (Check the official KVR U-he forums). Check out U-he's YouTube profile while you're at it. There are tonnes of excellent official pointer videos for consumption. Enjoy your striped synth-beast.
Thanks snigelx. Spot one with the fat grin! Honestly, I am not sure I will need another synth for a long, long time...except Dark Zebra...that I am definitely buying. My interest is primarily big, unique orchestral sounds and DZ surely fits the bill.
So far I have reviewed the manual, downloaded the free patches from http://www.u-he.com/PatchLib/zebra.html, started on the Youtube tutorials which are awesome, and started to decompose some awesome HS patches. I see also some of the patches from the community are designed to teach you things like FM. Very cool.
Thanks for the lead on the KVR U-he forums. Just starting to realize how much is here on KVR. Been missing out for sure.
Great that you feel the need to review such a wonderful sound design tool, but I own the Prophet you speak of (why you compare software to this I have no idea) and no Zebra does not sound better. It is rather apples and oranges you attempt to compare my friend (which was not much of a comparison and much less a review). Of course Zebra has features more routing options because it is a piece of software relying on the computational power of the computer system that hosts it and a developer can add tonnes of bells and whistles into the software. For being a hardware unit the Prophet 12 is an amazing piece of gear capable of many a timbre, but the sound is VERY different between the two synths you mention in your blurb. Furthermore, a synth's sound will most usually reflect the level of skill and creativity possessed by its programmer and much less often the deficiencies of the synthesizer. Please, if you should write a -review- people then take the time to discuss the finer points. If you just wish to post that you like a synth then do that on the forum. Cheers.
The sounds that Zebra produces is just incredible!!!! I cant imagine what Zebra3 will sound like......It will be tough for anybody to top this synth in my opinion. Possibilities are endless with this synth. I LOVE YOUR WORK URS!!!!!.