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Synthesizer Plugin by u-he

Bazille has an average user rating of 4.40 from 5 reviews

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User Reviews by KVR Members for Bazille

Reviewed By kcd1961 [read all by] on 30th September 2014
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows.
Last edited by kcd1961 on 30th September 2014.
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I have been playing with the Beta for about a month, and version 1.0 has just landed. It claims to be a monster from the deep, and it is. It just sounds great. It does two main types of synthesis (classic subtractive and Phase Modulation [FM]). It does not do Hard Sync, but does a similar sounding, and more versatile thing called "Fractal Synthesis". It does PWM but you need to learn how to patch a modular to do it - it is not hard wired. Ring and AM are also possible as is limited wavesequencing and waveshaping, but you'll need to read the manual to figure out how.

While it does not have "unlimited" modules, it has enough to make you smile and bring your CPU to its knees. The most fun are the 8x16 step sequencers and the Mapping Generators that can be used to generate custom modulations or oscillator shapes. All the important MIDI/Controller functions and a few wierd ones can be routed to any module.

The inbuilt effects are a mixed bag. The Delay sounds great with independent Mid/Side controls. The distortion has some interesting flavours but may not do everything you want in the tone mangling department. The Pre and post distortion slope controls and the Low and High shelving mean the Distortion unit actually functions as a quite powerful tone control at low levels. The spring reverb is springy, sometimes useful but more flavours would be nice. However, don't whinge, be a hero and use an external reverb if you need it. That's why I rated it 9, rather than 10.

You can argue about whether it sounds analog or digital, but to me, it just sounds great. It has 1700 presets included as well as extras through the website and forums. But the real fun is dragging those cables yourself and making your own sounds.

While it is CPU intensive, it is not as bad as it could be. It runs OK on an i5 provided you use all the tricks (limited voices, HQ off and multicore on or off according to your computer). Unison (stacked) voices with big chords and long releases will crush your CPU - be ready to bounce/freeze.

Bazille has made sound design fun again. Here's a short sample of some ambient sound effect stuff: https://soundcloud.com/marv_from_dapto/bazilledemo.

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Comments & Discussion for u-he Bazille

Discussion: Active
12 May 2014 at 5:56pm

Finally it's there :)

12 May 2014 at 7:31pm


12 May 2014 at 10:28pm

But where does one buy it? The U-he Bazille page looks for all the world like it has yet to be released....

Maybe tomorrow?

13 May 2014 at 12:48am

Gotcha. Thanks much.

28 May 2014 at 8:20pm

Does anyone else notice the pitch getting a little weird when using the fractal resonance?

28 May 2014 at 8:31pm

If you post an example in the public beta thread I'm sure it'll be cleared up shortly :)

30 May 2014 at 5:29am

egal ^^...its useable now and later, and i can load it up again when fullversion is coming...but why it will clear up...

6 November 2014 at 10:58pm

Any possibility ahead to add stereo external stereo in beyond the effect section ?

for me that'll be the thing to wait for, the thing that'll make him complete and the true. modular.


11 February 2016 at 3:35pm

Hey! i use only Bazille here ;) https://soundcloud.com/alexoskin/oskin-u-he-bazille-only.


11 August 2016 at 4:37am

I love the vote for "over-priced, but still want," because it's definitely not over-priced. This thing is absolutely amazing. A lack imagination on the part of the user is really it's only limit.

11 August 2016 at 12:21pm

oh. i think the user guide (if anyone recalls what those are) puts it best, "Three LFO-wobbled oscillators into a filter or two, with envelopes modulating
the cutoffs isn't really pushing Bazille into new territory..." ... perhaps if that's all one wishes to achieve with sound DESIGN then it is over-priced. everyone else have a diamond in their toolbox.

24 August 2016 at 11:03pm

You're exactly right. Plus, think of how many preset packs that $129.00 could go toward...

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