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Zebra 2 Looking for help (Sound Design)
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/* static noise */
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In: u-he
Started: 15 Sep 2020
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[u-he Zebra2] The Resolution parameter
In: Instruments
Started: 7 Sep 2020
Last Post: 19 Oct 2020
Change name of default 'Favourites' Categories in Diva/Zebra2?
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Started: 20 Jul 2020
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What synths are in equal or better footing than VPS Avenger?
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Started: 8 Jun 2020
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Opinions on MassiveX
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Started: 25 Nov 2019
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Making modular bleeps and bloops in Zebra 2
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Started: 16 Nov 2019
Last Post: 18 Nov 2019
Advice for basic rich pads
In: Getting Started (AKA What is the best...?)
Started: 9 Nov 2019
Last Post: 15 Dec 2019
Zebra 3 Beta is finally released! (April 1st Post)
In: Instruments
Started: 1 Apr 2019
Last Post: 3 Apr 2019
Zebra 3/Hive schedule?
In: u-he
Started: 9 Jan 2019
Last Post: 16 Mar 2021
Orchestral Essence, an orchestral/hybrid soundset for zebra
In: u-he
Started: 18 Sep 2018
Last Post: 19 Feb 2021
Your opinion about Zebra 2
In: Instruments
Started: 16 Sep 2018
Last Post: 18 Apr 2021
Colour Copy, Presswerk 1.1.2, and Zebratron released!
In: u-he
Started: 16 Aug 2018
Last Post: 17 Aug 2018
Zebra 2 Brain Overload
In: Instruments
Started: 3 Aug 2018
Last Post: 13 Aug 2018
Zebra2 + Diva rev 7422 Hotfix (Mac installers & more)
In: u-he
Started: 31 May 2018
Last Post: 6 Jun 2018
Beginner LFO (Wave Selection) Question
In: u-he
Started: 26 May 2018
Last Post: 28 May 2018
Tecnnical difference between uhe synth and others
In: u-he
Started: 4 May 2018
Last Post: 17 May 2018
rediscovering zebra2...
In: Instruments
Started: 26 Apr 2018
Last Post: 27 Apr 2018
Latest Builds: Zebra 2.8 (beta 02)
In: u-he
Started: 5 Mar 2018
Last Post: 29 Apr 2018
Glide Z2
In: u-he
Started: 27 Jan 2018
Last Post: 6 Feb 2018
Latest Builds: Zebra 2.8 *beta*
In: u-he
Started: 21 Dec 2017
Last Post: 21 May 2018
Pulse Wave LFO in Zebra2?
In: u-he
Started: 10 Dec 2017
Last Post: 11 Dec 2017
Looking for vst synths with "lots" of arpeggiated Sounds
In: Instruments
Started: 7 Nov 2017
Last Post: 23 Nov 2017
What makes U-he Zebra so loved?
In: Instruments
Started: 5 Nov 2017
Last Post: 25 Sep 2018
Zebra2 in FL Studio 12.5 - automation precision issues
In: u-he
Started: 19 Oct 2017
Last Post: 10 Jan 2018
Zebra2 settings are unclickable (on Wayland)
In: u-he
Started: 5 Oct 2017
Last Post: 5 Oct 2017
SuperBooth 2017 News: U-he REPRO-5 & Zebra 2.8 Update
In: Instruments
Started: 20 Apr 2017
Last Post: 20 Nov 2017
assault opera: cheesy space stuff + odd beats
In: Music Cafe
Started: 9 Feb 2017
Last Post: 9 Feb 2017
Feature Request - Bazille and Zebra
In: u-he
Started: 22 Oct 2016
Last Post: 25 Oct 2016
What's the dirtiest, darkest, grindiest synth out there?
In: Instruments
Started: 10 Mar 2016
Last Post: 12 Mar 2016
@Zebra owners: Do you use Zebralette?
In: u-he
Started: 5 Feb 2016
Last Post: 6 Dec 2016
Massive Modular Skin for Zebra²
In: u-he
Started: 28 Jan 2016
Last Post: 27 Apr 2018
Metheny sound with zebra
In: u-he
Started: 3 Jan 2016
Last Post: 14 Jul 2019
Latest Updates (Revision 3898) for 11 u-he products - now available!
In: u-he
Started: 9 Oct 2015
Last Post: 6 Sep 2017
What are some things Bazille can do that Zebra can't?
In: u-he
Started: 7 Oct 2015
Last Post: 7 Oct 2015
"Pocket Modular" Skin for Zebra & Diva (and Bazille!)
In: u-he
Started: 23 Sep 2015
Last Post: 29 Oct 2017
Trilian, Zebra 2 or Serum?
In: Instruments
Started: 14 Sep 2015
Last Post: 17 Sep 2015
Zebra Luminae by The Unfinished - Now on sale!
In: Soundware
Started: 8 Jul 2015
Last Post: 19 Jul 2015
Zebra 2 - Not recalling previous patch
In: u-he
Started: 25 Apr 2015
Last Post: 27 Apr 2015
Aura for Zebra 2 Released
In: Soundware
Started: 29 Mar 2015
Last Post: 7 Apr 2015
/* static noise */
In: u-he
Started: 11 Dec 2014
Last Post: 12 Dec 2014
Xfer Records SERUM vs. U-he Zebra2
In: Instruments
Started: 18 Sep 2014
Last Post: 16 Feb 2018
Latest builds - Revision 2709
In: u-he
Started: 4 Sep 2014
Last Post: 15 Jan 2015
Zebra 2 - Unable to create MSEG handle in AAX PT11
In: u-he
Started: 27 Aug 2014
Last Post: 11 Sep 2014
EUCON, Mackie Control, HUI
In: u-he
Started: 7 Jun 2014
Last Post: 7 Jun 2014
Quick little Zebra soundset demo
In: u-he
Started: 23 May 2014
Last Post: 24 May 2014
Zebra 2 is amazing!
In: u-he
Started: 7 May 2014
Last Post: 14 Nov 2014
External tools / Controller / Mobile Match to XY Zebra ?
In: u-he
Started: 2 Mar 2014
Last Post: 3 Mar 2014
Zebra Serenity by The Unfinished - Now on sale!
In: Soundware
Started: 27 Feb 2014
Last Post: 12 Mar 2014
One-Synth-Challenge 60: Any One Synth - Submissions, Voting & Results
In: Instruments
Started: 1 Feb 2014
Last Post: 10 Apr 2014
Theming Zebra?
In: u-he
Started: 4 Dec 2013
Last Post: 4 Dec 2013
Zebra's 10th Anniversary!
In: u-he
Started: 3 Dec 2013
Last Post: 14 Oct 2014
Soooooo ...
In: Instruments
Started: 5 Nov 2013
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Why to you love Discovery or Discovery pro?
In: Instruments
Started: 28 Oct 2013
Last Post: 28 Oct 2013
New Tutorial Website For Zebra 2.5
In: u-he
Started: 16 Oct 2013
Last Post: 19 Oct 2013
New Tutorial Website For Zebra 2.5
In: Production Techniques
Started: 16 Oct 2013
Last Post: 30 Oct 2013
One-Synth-Challenge Special: Computer Music - Chat & Gossip
In: Instruments
Started: 1 Oct 2013
Last Post: 22 Dec 2013
One-Synth-Challenge Special: Computer Music - Submissions, Voting and Results ($5000 prize pool!)
In: Instruments
Started: 1 Oct 2013
Last Post: 25 Nov 2013
Zebra3 Info
In: u-he
Started: 8 Oct 2012
Last Post: 13 Oct 2018
U-He Audio Demos (More than 240 demos!)
In: u-he
Started: 2 Sep 2012
Last Post: 4 Jul 2017
Padsheaven 1,2 & 3 Soundbanks for Zebra
In: Soundware
Started: 5 Aug 2012
Last Post: 2 Apr 2021
Padsheaven1, 2 & 3 Soundsets for Zebra released
In: u-he
Started: 4 Aug 2012
Last Post: 21 Nov 2017
If you had to choose one: DIVA or Zebra?
In: u-he
Started: 28 Dec 2011
Last Post: 3 Sep 2016
Free custom waveforms for use in synths?
In: Instruments
Started: 4 Aug 2010
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u-he preset library
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Started: 29 May 2007
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Comments & Discussion for u-he Zebra

Discussion
Discussion: Active
FarleyCZ
FarleyCZ
16 December 2011 at 11:33pm

Yep. Agreed! :) When you got Zebra and you can't imagine any new sound to make, something's wrong with your imagination. (Perhaps tired...)

Love this one too!... so much! Got it around second year now and I can promise you this fascination with OSC's, OSCFX, MSEGs etc etc doesn't end.... AMAZING synth.

proletkult
proletkult
18 December 2011 at 12:17pm

Glad you agree Farley. Should have added that there is a very clever promotion going on... after taking a photograph of what ever analogue synth you are retiring because of Zebra and sending it in - you get a $50 discount!! Good for your pocket and their ego!!

Krakatau
Krakatau
18 October 2020 at 6:11pm

what a wonderful compliment to this synth and it inherent technology ...and so to it original conceptor that ihmo stood a humble man in it's manner .

Urs
Urs
18 December 2011 at 2:20pm

Thanks so much proletkult! Happy that you like it :)

Cheers,

;) Urs

proletkult
proletkult
18 December 2011 at 5:16pm

You're welcomed, Urs and congratulations on a stunning product.

Howard
Howard
22 December 2011 at 8:45am

"So inspiring is the whole experience of discovering Zebra2 that the manual (which has been critised by some) works, quite rightly, more as a great reference point as you venture through this sonic jungle".

Ha! I reviewed Zebra in 2007 and criticised the documentation as well as the presets. Since then the manual has been completely rewritten, and the presets have been retired/replaced... ;-)

proletkult
proletkult
22 December 2011 at 10:53am

I'll be honest with you, Howard. I'd tried Zebra 1 and found it fun but no replacement for other synths I had. The development since then has been on a scale you'd expect from a big set up like Spectrasonics. Fantastic acheivement.

liquidsound
liquidsound
30 April 2012 at 2:04am

There are two synth I can't live without, Zebra and Surge.

if I had to choose, I'll keep Zebra.

audiomac
audiomac
18 June 2012 at 4:35am

Thanks to everyone for sharing your Talent..

babyblue
babyblue
2 April 2013 at 9:31pm

hi,.

i just bought zebra today, because i like some of its sounds, but i agree, many sounds are over-effected. When turning the wet knob down, the sound is not really good anymore. In my opinion, the reason is first of all the looppoint of the waveforms. Especially with Pad Sounds, you can hear the loop of the used sample, the higher note is looping faster than the lower, resulting in an unsteady, not smooth sound. But this i heard nearly with every Softsynth. But i heard a few sounds, where this is not so obvious. So i hope, it is possible, to create really smooth pad sounds.

Is there a tutorial online "How to make Sounds with Zebra"? The userguide is not sufficient for me: The interface is really overwhelming.

Howard
Howard
2 April 2013 at 9:50pm

@Babyblue: There are no samples in Zebra2, and therefore no looping or loop points.

BTW Zebra2 Tutorials are here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8B3F7A60F7C76BA
... but I would recommend that you study the manual in more depth first - start at the beginning, read very carefully, understand.

ontrackp
ontrackp
2 April 2013 at 10:53pm

I agree with Howard completely. Read the manual carefully, tweak the various parameters to understand what they do, and turn modules off and on to hear the results. You might also want to research some basics of different types of synthesis so you can really understand. I also recommend that as you go thru the presets you focus on the simpler structures so it is easier to understand what is going on.

And watch every single one of the tutorials! More than once....

You may have to dig around a little to find the waves that "speak" to you -- and remember, each wave has 16 possible iterations, some of which are completely different as you cycle through them.

Zebra is a beast for sound design, it's worth the time to learn how to use it.

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babyblue
babyblue
3 April 2013 at 8:42am

thanks Howard and ontrackp for your constructive words! I will do my best and dive into the secrets of zebra. When you say there are no samples used as groundstructeres for tweaking them with the different oscs, LFOs, envs etc., i must believe you. I came to that conviction, when i played a (one) note, i heard a repeating cycle, playing this note lets say 3 notes lower, i hear this repeating cycle too, but this cycle lasts a bit longer, resulting in an unsteady, not smooth sound, when playing both notes together.

But as i said, i try my best, to achieve what i am looking for. Thanks again for your advice and the link.

uups! just tried the Link, doesn't work....

Howard
Howard
6 April 2013 at 7:00am

True Babyblue, the direct link to the YT playlist doesn't work (strange!), so here's the channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/uheplugins.

ontrackp
ontrackp
3 April 2013 at 2:44pm

The cycle speed of a LFO or MSEG can be modulated by key follow (or by specific notes for that matter) so the speed can change as you go up or down the keyboard. My advice is to deconstruct the patches. Go thru module by module and double click on modulation controls, zero out modulation amounts in the matrix and you'll start seeing how the modulators can affect cycling of filter cutoff, pitch, etc....

Just search on youtube for the tutorials, they come up all over the place.

Phader
Phader
3 April 2013 at 11:04pm

@ontrackp.

you say you want warmer filters in the next version,,,.

Have you thought about getting the dark zebra upgrade?

it has a few additions, DIVA filters being one of them.

hollo
hollo
4 April 2013 at 12:22am

Hehe, this was my fav because it's so presonal to me :).

"For me, the biggest downside of this synth is that it's easy to get so involved in the fun of experimenting with sound that you lose time getting work done.".

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psydenis
psydenis
21 August 2013 at 8:55pm

How to choose the right directory where the data of zebra will be installed.

clangorous
clangorous
13 November 2013 at 2:22am

Disappointed in the Zebra2 demo. The synth seems good but it's hard to tell because as soon as I start tweaking it starts dropping out. First time I tried it was just the static which is annoying but not too bad. But now I have to keep reloading a new instrument track to get it to even play more than one note. Evidently I am in the minority here, because I do not find anyone else posting similar. But had to be honest...it's hard to evaluate it when I can't really use it for even 15 minutes. If I have to use presets, and cannot create big sounds with it, then it's not going to be as useful to me. Would rather have a time limited demo...even one day would be better than this. Not meaning to be disrespectful or overly bitchy because obviously a lot of work went into it and I respect that. But that does not automatically mean it will be good for me personally.

Having got that out of my system, it seems to work in Studio One 2 so I'll probably buy it based on the stellar reviews of most everyone.

Howard
Howard
13 November 2013 at 9:21am

@bksherwood: Zebra2's demo restriction is quasi-random notes (not "static"), so I'm wondering what happened there. Anyway, 15 minutes per session should be plenty of time to find out whether a product suits you. You just have to bite the bullet and reload, or purchase a license.

clangorous
clangorous
13 November 2013 at 4:20pm

@Howard: Then it sounds like what I was experiencing were not the demo limitations. I did purchase Zebra2 last night and I am VERY happy with it. Was able to take what I know and create some pretty awesome initial sounds. So far none of the notes dropping out or static etc. After working with it last night, I think Zebra2 is going to be like moving from a Model T to a rocket ship; it will drastically accelerate my progress and capabilities.

But I must say...wow! I never expected a response from you directly. I see that as a huge value of owning Zebra2. The community of Zebra2 is something you can't really put a price on, especially as someone who wants to excel at this stuff. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond.

snigelx
snigelx
13 November 2013 at 5:42pm

Well, you absolutely made the right decision then. You've just ensured yourself a long winter with a fat grin. Not only do you have a deep synthesizer in your possession, you have a deep and active Zebra user community and lots of freely available and commercial patch banks at your fingertips (Check the official KVR U-he forums). Check out U-he's YouTube profile while you're at it. There are tonnes of excellent official pointer videos for consumption. Enjoy your striped synth-beast.

clangorous
clangorous
13 November 2013 at 8:48pm

Thanks snigelx. Spot one with the fat grin! Honestly, I am not sure I will need another synth for a long, long time...except Dark Zebra...that I am definitely buying. My interest is primarily big, unique orchestral sounds and DZ surely fits the bill.

So far I have reviewed the manual, downloaded the free patches from http://www.u-he.com/PatchLib/zebra.html, started on the Youtube tutorials which are awesome, and started to decompose some awesome HS patches. I see also some of the patches from the community are designed to teach you things like FM. Very cool.

Thanks for the lead on the KVR U-he forums. Just starting to realize how much is here on KVR. Been missing out for sure.

pdxindy
pdxindy
19 November 2013 at 10:50pm

I have had Zebra for close to 8 years and I still discover clever new tricks... and of course it keeps getting better. Zebra just received a sweet new distortion module (actually 4 of them)!.

snigelx
snigelx
20 November 2013 at 1:27am

@pdxindy.

Thanks for the heads-up on that. It's been a while since I've stopped by the forum. Nice news.

snigelx
snigelx
19 November 2013 at 7:46pm

Re: 19th November 2013.

Great that you feel the need to review such a wonderful sound design tool, but I own the Prophet you speak of (why you compare software to this I have no idea) and no Zebra does not sound better. It is rather apples and oranges you attempt to compare my friend (which was not much of a comparison and much less a review). Of course Zebra has features more routing options because it is a piece of software relying on the computational power of the computer system that hosts it and a developer can add tonnes of bells and whistles into the software. For being a hardware unit the Prophet 12 is an amazing piece of gear capable of many a timbre, but the sound is VERY different between the two synths you mention in your blurb. Furthermore, a synth's sound will most usually reflect the level of skill and creativity possessed by its programmer and much less often the deficiencies of the synthesizer. Please, if you should write a -review- people then take the time to discuss the finer points. If you just wish to post that you like a synth then do that on the forum. Cheers.

PUSHA
PUSHA
5 August 2015 at 1:00pm

The sounds that Zebra produces is just incredible!!!! I cant imagine what Zebra3 will sound like......It will be tough for anybody to top this synth in my opinion. Possibilities are endless with this synth. I LOVE YOUR WORK URS!!!!!.

liquidsound
liquidsound
21 August 2018 at 2:04am

2 Stars....

And I thought Michelin was stingy.

I'm so sorry for you... so much bread and no teeth.

zygomatic
zygomatic
7 September 2020 at 9:40am

I love it. Just bought it and spent this whole weekend playing with it.

The manual is great to but I would like to know more about the Resolution parameter. It's not really clear how it interacts with other parameters. Which parameters does it interact with? What are the downsides of turning the Resolution parameter up or down? In which cases should I turn it up and when to turn it down?

Thanks in advance.

Urs
Urs
7 September 2020 at 11:34am

For a technical explanation about the Resolution parameter, please check out the forum thread.

As to when to turn it up or down: Turn up for fast modulation of Warp or FX. Turn down to save CPU when the waveform requires less modulation. Commonly there's a sweet spot where "turning it up more" doesn't affect the sound in a positive way.

Some sound designers have used Resolution as means of creative sound design by turning it very low, which gives the oscillators some kind of "wave sequencing" timbre.

zygomatic
zygomatic
8 September 2020 at 6:19am

Thank you very much, Mr. Heckmann, for these tips and for the quick reply. Zebra's one hell of synth.

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