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UVI - Sound Without Limits
Developer of software instruments, effects and soundware, leveraging leading-edge research and design to create unique, expressive tools for musicians and audio professionals.

Our goal is to help you achieve the highest-quality sound possible with innovative and reliable solutions. You can hear our work around the world at live shows, on hit-records, in blockbuster films and AAA games.

We're a small but spirited team with a global footprint, music and sound lovers eager to share our passion. We're honored to be a part of your creative journey and thankful to you for sharing ours.

Products by UVI

Latest reviews of UVI products

Austrian Grand
Reviewed By zisser
May 30th, 2021

Amazing piano with dynamics and feeling. This piano is based on Bösendorfer 280VC and it sounds great.
The piano was sampled with different mics and you can control the blend and mix of the sounds. In addition the library includes sound design tools like filter, envelops, tone and pitch as well as mod wheel assignments.

A selection of studio-grade effects are at your disposal, with both IR-based and algorithmic reverb processors, 3-band EQ with tone and drive, multi-mode modulation processor with Phasor, Thorus, flanger and rotary speaker simulator, and a digital delay. Set your piano in a small club, a concert hall, a thick wave of ambient wash, or wherever else your creativity guides you.

https://youtu.be/WSy_nVgVOQY

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Falcon
Reviewed By MarulaMusic
March 6th, 2021

Probably the most powerful hybrid synth/sampler on the market today rivaled only by the likes of Halion 6. While the sampler component lacks a little of the power in Halion 6... the sheer number of synth modules and FX as well as a way more friendly UI puts this at the top of the pack IMHO. There's very few things you can't do with this package. It has a steep learning curve although adding in some of their amazingly well produced add on packs such as Vintage Vault turns this into a very accessible instrument. For sound designers and explorers this is a dream come true. Lua scripting as in Halion is way more friendly than KSP Script... it's a shame this hasn't been adopted by more soundware companies as I feel it out performs Kontakt in almost every way. The new scripts and FX in the latest update are nothing short of incredible... hours of fun can be had with the new arpeggiator script with some insane control over repeats, randomization, polyrythmic elements and probabilities.

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Program 24
Reviewed By zisser
December 13th, 2020

UVI Program 24 Review.

This is a really fun library with synthwave, disco and actually pretty much anything.
You can use it with the UVI Workstation (free) or Flacon and the possibilities are endless.

Inspired two rare synths Solton Programmer 24 and SM100, this product is designed for quick backing track inspiration but you can use the individual instruments, change presets and do a lot of sound design.

For each of the instruments you can adjust the sounds, presets, effects and even send to two reverb and two delay buses.

Watch my overview and demo:

https://youtu.be/1KmL7Y2IZPI

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Program 24
Reviewed By Brausbaer
December 10th, 2020

This is a fantastic plugin with an authentic 80's sound. The sounds can be used as solo instruments but also be played as an auto accompaniment machine. But - very important - you have many possibilities to make this accompaniment individual.

Keep up the good work, UVI.

Brausebaer.

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Falcon
Reviewed By zisser
August 5th, 2020

Falcon is a sound design dream come true.
First, this is a combination of the best of both worlds, a sampler and synthesizer.
You have a choice of 16 different oscillators including different samplers, analog, FM, Wavetable and more. Falcon also includes 90+ effects, modulation sources, MIDI processors with scripting in an expansive semi-modular sound design environment.

What you need to know about Falcon is that you can build complex soundscapes, layers, sequences and more using different keygroups, layers and parts. This might be intimidating at first but when you get the idea a new world of sound will open up for you.

You can also combine different oscillators at the same level or in different levels which is totally flexible and creative. You can map different oscillators to different parts of your MIDI keyboard or other MIDI devices which is cool for live performance or other sound design ideas.

Here is a quick overview of Falcon structure: https://youtu.be/oTsotLgKFwo

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Model D
Reviewed By zisser
August 5th, 2020

This is one of my favorite Piano VST sampling the Steinway Concert Grand Model D. UVI did a great job with the articulations, sounds and overall feel of the Piano.
The tone shaping options are very useful with envelopes, filter, pitch and mod wheel. In addition the effect rack includes, IR(Convolver), Drive & Equalizer, Stereo Modulator, Delay and the amazing SparkVerb.

The Model D can also be used with Falcon as well as the Workstation.

Here is a review I made: https://youtu.be/A4wIohbCG4A

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Falcon
Reviewed By FarleyCZ
November 15th, 2019

Oh wow, this thing has so little reviews here? No way! Ok, we need to fix this. Haven't written one in a while, but I'll give it my best. :).

Heritage:

UVI is a well known developer. What people might not be aware of, though, is what they did in the past. It cought me by a rather spectacular surprise that they have been one of the main forces behind MOTU's software division and also did some work on Spectrasonic's Omnisphere. There are big similarities between last version of Mach Five and Falcon. Falcon builds on that heritage in amazing manner, though. Also I'm mentioning Omnisphere intentionally. I know we shouldn't really make comparisons here, but I feel this one is vital. There is a lot of overlap, but there's also one key difference between the two. I'll get to that later.

Layout & usability:

It's a head scratcher for sure. ...and that's comming from a guy, who's favorite synth ever is Zebra. BUT! All you need is one or two tutorials and you'll start to get the layout. I would change a thing or two for sure, but it has it's logic and it's totally usable. Absolutely killer feature, though, is the tree view. Essentially Falcon's layout resembles a programmer's IDE environment more than a synth. If any of you is a coder by any chance, you'll get what I'm talking about. BUT! ...it's not as complex as Reaktor or Max. It's still a synth for making music, not for endless programming. ...and the layout brings amazing possibilities in terms of complexity of your patches.

Sound generators:

Oh boy. Think about an OSC, think about ANY kind of synthesis that has appeared and been popular in last two decades, Falcon has it. Analog oscillators, stacking oscillators, Karplus-Strong based physical model, Razor-style additive OSC with some cool modal synthesis functions, Serum-style wavetable, a little but useful FM oscilator, drum synth, even an organ emulation. ...and I haven't even mentioned sampling yet. Regular samplers, stretching samplers, slicing samplers, granular samplers. Wow. I'm a sounddesign geek. I love to learn about all different kinds of synthesis. This is heaven.

To be clear though, I do think there is a room for improvement. FM oscilator is very basic. I need my algorithm matrix. Wavetable synth could use at least a tiny wavetable editor. Also the granular synth misses one or two tiny features that dedicated synths sometimes have. Bitmap editting/resynthesis would be nice addition too. ...but all that is just nitpicking.

Effects:

...another oh boy moment. I won't even name the modules, there's just too many of them. From filters to amp sims, to convolutions, full featured graphic EQ with analyzer, amazing reverb, delays, all kinds of modulation effects. (I mean, that rotary speaker sim? Daaaamn it's good.) Too many. And the sweetest part? You can assign effects either on every note, on a single layer or on a whole patch. It takes a little while to get accustomed to the GUI layout, but when you do, you can even chain them, make paralel chains, make effect auxes. It even has it's own mix console. Come ooon. All in ONE synth? Incomprehensible.

Big modular synths, especially the new ones, tend to suffer from having a lot of effects that are low in features or qualitty. Some of them even force you to buy them as "mini-plugins". (I'm looking at you! You know, who you are!) None of it is thankfully present here. Falcon might sound like a relatively new synth, but especially on the effect section, you can see the heritage. You can see there's UVI's whole coding history (15+ years) packed into it. It's strong. Really strong.

Modulation:

Ok, here goes my biggest gripe with the GUI. It's not always clear what modulation are you editting. There's lot of "d'oh!" moments. But apart from that, it's as epic as everything else in this monster. Every kind of LFO and envelope you can dream of, macros, mappers, random generators (nicely named "drunk" :))), step sequencers. It's a bit overkill, but if you feel really nerdy, there's a whole Lua script language interpretter.

Now ... DAW automation. Plugins report finite number of controllable parameters to DAW, so big modular synths tend to have their limits in terms of module counts. UVI solved this beautifully. They just added 128 "host automation" sources that'll appear in your daw once you assign them to a knob in Falcon. Easy, clear and neat. You can assign this for example to a macro knob and use that macro to controll any amount of any parameter inside any layer of your patch.

Qualitty of sound:

It's awesome. Clinical at times, but that's something every big modular synth has to deal with. It's not an emulation of anything. It sound as warm and analog as you make it. You can do that, but it very well gives you an option to not to.

Possibilities & Summary

Ever wondered how an analog saw, a sound of your dog barking, arpeggiated FM bells and a bass growl would sound like mixed together and sent through an ampsim, a rotary speaker and a convolution processor with a sample of your kitchen sink loaded in as IR, all drowned in a cozy reverb at the end? Well Falcon let's you do that. Relatively quickly and with no other synths, effects or patching systems needed. I've always cringed when any plugin developer advertised "limitless possibilities" in their promo videos. Falcon is a first synth about which I think that claim might be accurate.

Yes, for every module in Falcon, you can find a plugin on the market, that does that particular task better. Serum is a better wavetable synthesizer, Dune and Hive are better unisono synths, FM8 is miles better FM synth, Zebra is a quicker and more colorful semi-modular. But I think with Falcon, it's a first time ever somebody tried to put it all into one synth and ended up with something actually useful.

Ok, back to the comparison with the behemoth that is Omnisphere. They are both the "do it all" synths. But they differ in philosophy. Omnisphere is more "rompler-like". You can transform, edit and make patches, but the main use-case is to load a patch from it's amazing library and then edit it if needed. Falcon is quite the opposite actually. It opens with it's humble empty sinewave patch and asks you "What crazy thing you have on your mind today, sir?" ... and then it supplies you with every tool imaginable for you to make that idea come true. I do understand the appeal of pre-made patches and I absolutely respect Spectrasonics as a company, they're awesome ... but to me, to that sounddesign nerd inside, this is much more exciting.

And if you have it the same, if you, as me, think the whole appeal of electronic music is to make your own signature sounds to play with later, then you will love this plugin. :).

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Whoosh FX
Reviewed By srcodling
May 3rd, 2019

Very rarely am I inspired to do reviews of stuff, since it generally feels like everyone's already said what I'm thinking. But this new UVI library Whoosh is AMAZING. The sound design for sound effects and ambient soundscapes is crazy amazing - and this coming from someone who generally prefers to do that stuff in my Eurorack system with drones and modules like Clouds and Rainmaker. I'm LOVING this thing.

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