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Bazille

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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 Sycopation [read all by] on 16th December 2015
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows.
Last edited by Sycopation on 16th December 2015.
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I am not a super experienced synthesist, so I will not try to give a techy review. I'll leave that to the people who know more and care more. This review is way more subjective and opinion-based.

I primarily use presets (with some tweaking to taste), and this synth does not disappoint with the presets. I've spent 3+ hours going through favoriting all the ones I like and I'm still not even halfway through. But that's what we call one of those good problems. Tastes vary, and these things are very subjective, but I like a higher percentage of presets in Bazille than in any other synth.

Simply put, I just love the sound of this synth. It probably has just about the most unique sound of any synth I've used, and I've tried 50+. It just has a "je ne sais quoi" (to use a douchey French word) that I've not heard anywhere else. Just playing it and listening to it makes me feel... I don't know... nostalgic... or maybe pensive is the right word. I have an affinity for sounds that are vaguely retro-ish and analogue, especially patches that sound like e-pianos. Or anything that sounds vaguely like bells, tuned percussion, or any other sound where it's hard to say for sure if it's natural or synth. This synth does all those very convincingly. To me it's more "organic" and analogue than even Diva. Which is really important to me, because I really dislike the extremely digital-sounding synths you hear in a lot of EDM and electronica these days. I definitely like a more retro sound, and Bazille really hit the spot for me. It just sounds nice in a way different from most other synths I've used, including the other u-he synths. At first I was afraid that Bazille would be redundant since I already have ACE, Diva and Zebra, but it most definitely has its own character and unique strengths. In the course of a week or two it shot to the top of my list, above ACE, Diva, Absynth, Zebra, everything. I'll still use those other bad boys lots (I still can't find anything that beats Diva for fat analogue bass), but this is the first thing I'll try for most things, especially chords and leads.

As I said, I don't do much patching myself, but the more I learn about patching, the more I appreciate the visual, modular nature of Bazille (as well as ACE). Much more than any other softsynth I've used, these two synths make it very easy to follow the signal flow, because the patch cords create a visual map. Either of these would be a fine choice for someone that was trying to learn synthesis from the ground up. I will definitely concentrate on these two as I continue to learn more about synthesis.

I really only have two "sort of" complaints about this synth. As with almost all u-he products (especially Diva and ACE), Bazille will do cruel things to your CPU. Bad, unkind things. Just don't even mess with any of them if you don't have a computer less than three years old with a minimum of an i5. And even if your rig can handle it, you still will probably want to render or freeze most instances. It's that bad. One single instance can spike your CPU, and 2-3 will almost for sure take too big of a bite even on a big rig. The other complaint also applies to all u-he products. I really wish they would switch to a preset browser like you see in Massive, Absynth or Synthmaster. This would be especially helpful in a synth with 1,700 presets! But they stuck with the same format for their newest synth, Hive, so I'm not holding my breath that this will change.

Overall, great synth. Try it for yourself. I DLed the demo pretty much out of boredom, not having any real intention of buying it. Then two weeks later I just had to do it. It won me over.

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Comments & Discussion for u-he Bazille

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nr1killabee
nr1killabee
12 May 2014 at 5:56pm

Finally it's there :)

gabrielefx
gabrielefx
12 May 2014 at 7:31pm

YEAH.

dlandis
dlandis
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?

dlandis
dlandis
13 May 2014 at 12:48am

Gotcha. Thanks much.

robotsound
robotsound
28 May 2014 at 8:20pm

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

Urs
Urs
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 :)

capracan
capracan
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...

sunnypedaal
sunnypedaal
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.

please.

oskin
oskin
11 February 2016 at 3:35pm

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

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atreehaseyes
atreehaseyes
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.

snigelx
snigelx
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.

atreehaseyes
atreehaseyes
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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