Is Zebra 2 multi channel?

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KVRer
4 posts since 23 Sep, 2008

Post Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:07 am

Hi all,

I'm using Zebra 2.2 in AU format. I just wanted to ask if Zebra 2 operates in multiple channels or do you have to load up additional instances of Zebra in order to play multiple midi tracks through Zebra?

Thanks for the feedback!

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KVRAF
9383 posts since 17 Sep, 2002 from Gothenburg Sweden

Post Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:23 am

Nope. You need multiple instances.

KVRer

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4 posts since 23 Sep, 2008

Post Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:58 am

Thanks for the info!

KVRer
6 posts since 15 Mar, 2021

Post Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:32 am

This post saves me some money. I almost buyed Zebra2, but multichannel support is critical and I'm surprised what U-He top 200 euro synth doesn't have it, but Hive and Bazzile does. Strange..

KVRAF
2765 posts since 3 Mar, 2006

Post Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:57 pm

SquareBunny wrote:
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:32 am
This post saves me some money. I almost buyed Zebra2, but multichannel support is critical and I'm surprised what U-He top 200 euro synth doesn't have it, but Hive and Bazzile does. Strange..
this old thread is talking about multi-timbrality which is a feature most synths don't have anymore as it's usually better left to the host in 99% of circumstances

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Urs
u-he
25635 posts since 8 Aug, 2002 from Berlin

Post Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:04 am

Still, Zebra does not support MPE though, because that part off the code is from 2004 or so and not really anything we'd like to invest much time into. Surely MPE has become more important in recent years, but, say, NKS has become a magnitude more important, so we chose to rather concentrate on that.

KVRist
462 posts since 27 Oct, 2004

Post Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:13 pm

Urs wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:04 am
Surely MPE has become more important in recent years, but, say, NKS has become a magnitude more important
Isn't MPE an open standard (or at least it seems to be available on non-Roli hardware), while NKS is just some proprietary NI-only thing (at least I couldn't find any non-NI hardware that supports it)?

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KVRAF
21538 posts since 7 Jan, 2009 from Croatia

Post Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:37 pm

Yes, true, and NKS seems to have better market penetration than MPE :)

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KVRAF
18756 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:48 pm

SquareBunny wrote:
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:32 am
This post saves me some money. I almost buyed Zebra2, but multichannel support is critical and I'm surprised what U-He top 200 euro synth doesn't have it, but Hive and Bazzile does. Strange..
All the u-he synths require multiple instances to play multiple presets. None of them are multitimbral.

Why do you consider multi-timbral support critical? We can just do that in our DAW's these days, and usually more easily and more efficiently.

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KVRAF
18756 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:52 pm

EvilDragon wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:37 pm
Yes, true, and NKS seems to have better market penetration than MPE :)
Yup... a lot more people use NKS presets than use MPE... MPE is pretty niche!

KVRist
47 posts since 7 Dec, 2020

Post Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:11 pm

I would have assumed SquareBunny meant multi-channel audio e.g. 5.1, until MitchK1989 pointed out the thread was about multi-timbrality. Then Urs introduced (as far as I can tell) the third topic of MPE and now I have no idea what feature SquareBunny wanted.

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Urs
u-he
25635 posts since 8 Aug, 2002 from Berlin

Post Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:52 am

Hahaha, yes, bit of all over the place.

Here's my take on making sense: OP asks about "multiple MIDI tracks", which I assume means multi-timbrality. Then SquareBunny moves that to multichannel MIDI as far as I can tell, since he says Bazille and Hive have it. Hence, I assume MPE. Then he asks, "why does the top synth not have it?" and I answer with my reasons, using MPE in hopes to figure out if that is what it is about.

KVRian
1094 posts since 22 Mar, 2005 from Germany

Post Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:24 am

Judging by his new question over here viewtopic.php?f=31&t=562457, I'd assume SquareBunny was asking about multi-timbrality all the time.

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KVRAF
8000 posts since 22 Sep, 2008 from Windsor. UK

Post Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:43 am

Is multi timbrality the new retro 'in thing'? Is it another ghastly necessity from the past that we need to drag kicking and screaming out of the grave?

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Urs
u-he
25635 posts since 8 Aug, 2002 from Berlin

Post Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:54 am

tasmaniandevil wrote:
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:24 am
Judging by his new question over here viewtopic.php?f=31&t=562457, I'd assume SquareBunny was asking about multi-timbrality all the time.
Oh... you're right :oops:

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