Arte Nuovo has launched a Christmas Sale, offering up to 30% off its soundsets for the Zebra wireless modular synthesizer by u-he and Reveal Sound’s Spire synthesizer instrument.
Arte Nuovo soundset
e-motion for Reveal Sound Spire, a soundset filled with 128 wonderful, emotional, evolving, from deep & warm to icy thin, out of the box production ready pads. Additional sounds include a variety of really useful keys, bass and lead, plucked instruments and drum sounds.
Padsheaven for u-he Zebra features 96 expressive, evolving, moving synth pads, both uplifting, light and airy as well as warm, deep, dramatic mysterious and icy, and 32 carefully selected keys, leads, plucked instruments, drums & basses.
Padsheaven 2 for u-he Zebra is the continuation of the successful padsheaven, a brand new collection of lyrical, dramatic pads, effects and soundscapes and much more from a multiple golden and platinum record owner composer.
Individual soundsets are on sale for $20 USD each (regular $25 USD), the bundle of Padsheaven and Padsheaven 2 is $35 USD (regular $45 USD). The sale ends January 5th, 2014.
As the name suggest, e-motion is filled with 128 wonderful, emotional, evolving, from deep & warm to icy thin, out of the box production ready pads. Additional sounds include a variety of really useful keys, bass and lead, plucked instruments and drum sounds.
inSpired by the Spire engine you’ll find many re-created synth classics beside the brand-new ideas.
Most of the patches are multidimensional, highly transformable by controllers like Mw, Pitchbend, Aftertouch, Breath and Expression.
The soundset is available to purchase for $25 USD. A free bank of 8 presets can be downloaded from the product page.
Hot on the heels on the Joseph Hollo’s first soundset comes Padsheaven 2, a new collection of sounds for the Zebra 2.5 software synthesizer from u-he.
The continuation of the successful padsheaven, a brand new collection of lyrical, dramatic pads, effects and soundscapes and much more from a multiple golden and platinum record owner composer.
Like the first version, you can use them in almost all styles from classical pop/rock ballads to moviescores or even in the most up to date compositions.
The majority of Padsheaven 2 patches are pad sounds (99). A full range of pads is included, from deep & warm to icy thin. Additional sounds include a variety of keys, bass and lead, plucked instruments and drum sounds (19 patches in total), as well as 15 arp/rhythmic patches. A few variations and bonus presets make for a total of 133 patches.
Joseph has once again made good use of the various controller assignments to add lots of expressive and dynamic variety to the sounds. Aftertouch, breath and expression have been assigned to the XY pads on Zebra, so you can change multiple parameters with a single control.
So what do I think?
Product: Padsheaven 2 by Joseph Hollo Format: 133 .h2p patches for Zebra 2.5 Price: $25 USD Like: Beautiful sounds, well designed Don’t like: – Verdict: 9/10
Padsheaven 2 goes on in the same vein as its predecessor. High quality sounds, exceptionally emotional, expressive, and beautifully sculpted by talented sound designer Joseph Hollo.
I can never get enough of good pad sounds, and this set delivers another stunning collection.
Padsheaven 2 is another must buy for any Zebra user who needs pads. And then some. The bells, leads/synths, plucked sounds… all just hitting that sweet spot. These sounds will do wonderful in ambient and cinematic works, or anything else that needs gentle, moving, astonishingly beautiful sounds.
Joseph is offering a free 8-patch demo bank so make sure to check it out.
Arte Nuovo’s Joseph Hollo has recently released Padsheaven, a soundset for the Zebra 2.5 software synthesizer by u-he.
An ultimate collection of useful lyrical and dramatic pads, effects and soundscapes from a multiple golden and platinum record owner composer.
You can use them in almost all styles from classical pop/rock ballads to moviescores or even in the most up to date dubstep compositions.
Padsheaven features 128 presets, including 96 pads and 32 additional keys, leads, plucked instruments, bass, and drum/percussion sounds.
The patches have descriptive titles and they are categorized for ease of use. Various parameters are assigned to velocity, aftertouch, pitchbend and modwheel, and each patch has detailed information on what is assigned and how a sound was designed or intended to be played.
The video below demonstrates some of the sounds of Padsheaven.
So what do I think?
Product: Padsheaven by Joseph Hollo Format: .h2p patches for Zebra 2.5 Price: $20 USD Like: Superb sound design, emotional & inspiring Don’t like: – Verdict: 9/10
Zebra has a gigantic vault of free patches available to its users. Right now I count over 125 banks listed, many of which feature high quality sounds. A commercial soundset like Padsheaven really has to have to something special to offer. And it does.
Padsheaven includes some absolutely stunning pads, in a wide variety of colors. Soft and warm, ambient, glass like, strings, and lots more. Joseph displays his sound design skills by creating incredibly emotional, moving sounds, with lots of expression.
While the focus of this soundset is on the pads, the other sounds are certainly no filler. There is a bit of an 80′s vibe throughout the set, and some references to artists and synthesizers of that decade are in the patch titles (e.g. the Roland D-50, Prophet VS, Oberheim OB-X).
A lot of work went into creating these patches, and I would recommend you check under the hood to see how they were made, as Padsheaven is also a lesson in sound design in Zebra.
In short, Padsheaven is an outstanding soundset. There is so much detail in the sounds, it just makes me want to sit still, listen closely, and let the sounds sink in. Truly exceptional. Joseph is offering a free demo bank with 16 patches so check it out.