Dist1 and Dist2 can be used in the main grid, while Dist3 and Dist4 can be loaded in the effects grid. Previously, I mentioned the Attack, Loop and Release controls. If the Attack is increased, it will go through the first and second handles on the grid at a faster rate. We hope you'll enjoy reading what you find here and visit this site on a regular basis. The venerable synth Zebra is now at version 2. There are over 500 presets included, and there are thousands more online. It is basically a customizable envelope that can be assigned to nearly anything for modulation.
It will give your presets a nice dosage of grit, and if needed, can really help add a heavier quality to the overall sound. To get this article moving along, I decided to change things up a bit. The all new Distortion module available in Zebra 2. Although u-he has not announced a release date, it is definitely an upcoming event of significant impact to the computer sound community. Over the years, many new features have been added to Zebra. The Loop control determines how fast it plays the looped section. The third icon will only allow you move a handle up or down not left or right , and the others handles are not affected.
Though it is now freeware, this is a great synth in its own right, and has many powerful options thrown in. Even if you have set the timing to Sixteenth, for example, changing the Attack, Loop, and Release can alter the timing as well. It has a grid from left to right, and the envelope is a line with dots on it. It can also be assigned within the Mod Matrix, which really opens up a wealth of possibilities. Also included with Zebra is Zebralette; a simpler, one oscillator version of Zebra. .
Alt-clicking on a segment without handle will create a new one. Welcome to SoundBytes Magazine, a free online magazine devoted to the subject of computer sound and music production. Zebra won the top honors in the categories for Best Overall Instrument Plug-in and Best Synth Plug-in. If you assign it to the Tune control, you could use it as a type of step sequencer. Double-clicking on one of the segments will straighten it back out again. Sales are not something u-he is known for, although introductory pricing is not uncommon.
There are many different screen sizes available, from 412 x 295 all the way up to the cinematic 2060 x 1475. Should you wait for version 3? You might not ever need that much all at once, but it is possible. Since Zebra has already had many reviews in the past, giving overviews of its basic functions and features, I will take a slightly different perspective. Double-clicking in a blank area will narrow the viewable area so all handles are visible. If you looped the section between the third and eighth handles for instance, the Attack control lets you adjust how fast it approaches the beginning of that loop.
When it hits the third one on the grid the start of the loop it will switch back to the regular rate. Another way to use it is by assigning it to volume, and then you could make a gated type of sound. It can sync it to different amounts, such as a Sixteenth, Quarter, or Note. It is known for its top notch sound, ease of use, and great flexibility. This really is one of the best free synthesizers ever made available.
You can also set it to Seconds, which is non-synced. In the Loop You can easily assign a loop start and end point, so then it will just cycle the same pattern over and over. The timing can be changed using the controls on the left side. Depending on how far you drag the segment left or right, it will give it a curved shape. It continues to wow users with its versatile features, superb sound, and that undefinable u-he vibe. There are many impressive presets included, and they show what can really be done with it.
You can read the results here: The latest version, Zebra 2. These can be dragged up or down, and left or right. A total of four separate modules can be loaded in any one preset. If you click and drag on the segment in between the handles, it will change its shape. Another synthesizer plugin they created has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and it goes by the name of Zebra. Besides being bundled with Zebra, it is also available separately as freeware on the u-he website. Adjusting each of the handles height and placement from left to right can give you a melodic pattern of notes.
The amount of modulation is determined in part by how far up or down the handles are placed. The Release control works much like the Attack does, but it controls the speed once the loop ends. It can be loaded into a track to change the sound of your audio using the filters and other controls available on the regular synth plugin. Those same presets may help spark new ideas when you are creating your own. To load them, left-click on the button on the right-hand side, or right-click on that same button for more options, which includes saving your own creations. Additional information on Zebra 2.