Zebra 2 or ...?

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AdamWysokinski
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170 posts since 16 Feb, 2017

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:01 pm

Hi,
My synth bases are almost covered, but I'm looking for one more to complete my set nicely (Alchemy, Absynth, FM8, Monark, Reaktor, Bazilla and Serum). I do wide range of ambient music (usually dark and cold, from Lustmord to Biopshere). I use a lot of field recording, but for these I have Alchemy and Reaktor, so granular capabilities are not a must. No dongles for me (so Falcon is out of the list). I like complex, modular or semi-modular synths. I don't use presets, I create my own weird, experimental sounds. I have good effects (delays, reverbs and various mangling things), so these don't have to be top-notch in the synth. I usually do multilayers of different synths, bounced and re-processed, so I don't care for CPU usage.

I have heavily demoed Zebra and while I like its semi-modular structure, there's something weird in Zebra sound (for the lack of a better word it's "lack of clarity", both in presets and in demos available over the net). So - are there other good alternatives to consider? Please, give me something special: complex, flexible and weird :)

kokotte
KVRian
698 posts since 17 Sep, 2014

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:06 pm

Solo rack, bazille, icarus

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AdamWysokinski
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170 posts since 16 Feb, 2017

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:08 pm

kokotte wrote:Solo racks
Forgot to mention: Logic X here, so 64-bits AU only.

Zexila
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3089 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:23 pm

Nvmnd...
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AdamWysokinski
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170 posts since 16 Feb, 2017

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:27 pm

Nice, but I think it cannot get me deeper than Reaktor.

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VariKusBrainZ
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8139 posts since 16 Dec, 2002

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:48 pm

Melda MPowersynth, stupid name but deep and awesome sounding

egbert101
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Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:33 pm

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ATN69
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1795 posts since 5 Oct, 2015 from Swedish / Living in Hong Kong

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:49 pm

Just for your info, Falcon actually require iLok but not any dongle. You can use the soft iLok which is a piece of software you install. I would otherwise suggest you look into Serum. Not a cheap synth plugin but very capable. There have been many threads where some people complained it sound too cold :D ..but as always, its a matter of taste.
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DJErmac
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585 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:28 pm

If you don't use presets, then I also recommend Melda MPowerSynth. Excellent synth. The presets are a very, very bad demo of what it can do.

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pdxindy
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13885 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:03 pm

Phonem... totally different from what you got!

generaldiomedes
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502 posts since 15 Apr, 2017 from Canada

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:12 pm

Weird and semi-modular? I think Aalto fits the bill .. ArcSyn is also kind of 'out there' in terms of the sounds it creates.

EnGee
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4780 posts since 7 Oct, 2005 from New Zealand

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:23 pm

I think there are two options. Either going the digital way (I would choose Razor, Prism or Harmor)

Or the analogish way (like Diva, Repro-5, Lush 101)

or maybe a third way! Like a nice VA ( Sylenth1, Spire, Hive, Dune, ...etc)

Ok there are more than two options! :hihi:
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pdxindy
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13885 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:21 pm

Also... there really is nothing like Zebra... the range of modules, the semi-modular grid, the FX grid, the ease of use...

so really what you want is Zebra 3!! :hihi:

dreamkeeper
KVRian
828 posts since 24 Jan, 2006 from Universe #5346198720

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:56 pm

NI Massive - sounds errm... massive :hihi: and is great for experimental noises.

Reaktor Form - for a different angle of mangle.
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VELLTONE MUSIC
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453 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from Planet Earth

Re: Zebra 2 or ...?

Post Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:24 am

Synthmasters - right now half price for both...when it comes to synth basses u can try this : https://velltone.wixsite.com/velltone/wonderland

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