u-he has announced details on the upcoming ZebraHZ, a special version of Zebra that Hans Zimmer used in the soundtracks of the Dark Knight trilogy of Batman films.
As you know, next week premieres the final part of The Dark Knight trilogy. For the soundtrack HZ used a custom built Zebra with Diva filters and some prototype features originally planned for Zebra3. He got us to do this in return for some rights. Now the gist is, part of what we’re releasing requires that pimped version of Zebra, hence it will be bundled. It isn’t perfect, e.g. the “Diva” filters are mono, there’s no multicore support, significant CPU drain if the extras are used. We call it ZebraHZ, and it will run nicely as a *separate* plugin!
So, hehe, I can’t hold back anymore, and it has been guessed rightly a few times – all Zebra patches by HZ/HS designed for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, accompanied by ZebraHZ. Sells for 99$, requires an existing Zebra license.
This I think is the best way to celebrate 11 (i.e. one more!) years of u-he, and a great way to bridge the gap until we release Zebra3. I’m also very happy that we can finally and officially make these sounds heard.
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u-he has released version 2.5.1 of Zebra, a virtual wireless modular synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.
u-he proudly presents a new version of Zebra: V2.5.1 is now available for download.
With numerous improvements, including the new the oscillator effects and 64-bit support, version 2.5.1 is much more than a normal maintenance update.
Changes in Zebra 2.5.1
- Adds more than 70 new factory presets (Howard Scarr).
- Adds a bunch of Zebrify presets (Tasmodia).
- Includes completely new, well-structured manuals.
- Adds two new spectral effects (Phase Distortion and Wrap).
- Includes native 64-bit support for Mac AU and VST Win.
- Adds Cocoa view to AU version.
- Loud spikes while switching presets now eliminated.
- Improved timing stability for swing (affects LFOs and arpeggiator).
- Improved timing for MSEGs.
- Improved CPU usage for RTAS (Mac) version.
- RTAS (Mac) now supports ctrl+alt+cmd+click (“3-finger salute”) automation.
- Improved installers, take Win7 permissions issues into account.
- Zebralette is now freeware, includes extra presets (also by Howard).
- Various bugs and niggles fixed, minor GUI improvements.
- Upgrade from Zebra1 AU is now free.
Zebra for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $199 USD (excl. VAT). The update is free for current Zebra users.
u-he has also announced that Zebralette is now available as freeware.
We have also decided to offer Zebralette for free! Zebralette started out as “magware” and then became part of the Zebra bundle as a learning tool for Zebra’s powerful oscillators. Zebralette is still automatically installed together with Zebra, but now has no demo limitations.
More information: u-he / Zebra
u-he has released Zebra2 Science, a Zebra2 sound set by Howard Scarr.
From the product page:
If you like Howard’s new presets, or the Zebra2 sounds he programmed for Batman – The Dark Knight (opening July 2008), you’ll love his latest Zebra Science sound set.
Chock full of wierd and wonderful (but eminently playable) instruments, plus a bunch of fine analog emulations – string machines, warm pads, classic leads and basses. Several of these patches make use of the X/Y pads for an unlimited supply of variations.
Zebra2 Science features
- 242 sounds.
- 48 oscillator templates.
- 35 envelope (MSEG) templates.
- Plus a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of Zebra2.
Zebra2 Science is available as a download for $42 USD (+19% VAT if ordered in the EU).
More information: u-he / Zebra2 Science
u-he has released version 2.2 of Zebra, the virtual synthesizer plug-in featuring subtractive and additive synthesis with a powerful modulation engine and a built-in effects section.
Developer Urs Heckmann writes:
This list is probably not comprehensive, but as a result of a major overhaul of the u-he plugin engine and of a lot of effort put into improving the user experience
Changes in v2.2
- factory presets were replaced with all new bank by Howard Scarr.
- it’s now compatible to MacOS X 10.5 Leopard.
- presets load way faster.
- user interface opens almost instantly.
- a “compact install” for Muse Receptor compatibility was added to Windows installer.
- a factory bank of oscillator module presets was added (also by Howard Scarr).
- gui consistency was improved (i.e. renamed some parameters, too long texts get shortened to fit).
- that infamous MSEG bug is fixed (single trigger MSEG may have caused deadlock).
- the Preset Manager remembers name & location of loaded patch, saved with song.
- the editor window opens in the state where you last closed it (doesn’t/can’t save with song though).
- global parameters such as FX Returns are available in modulation matrix.
- smoother ModWheel, Breath Controller, Expression and PitchBend.
- speaking of PitchBend, ranges can be set to 0 now to free the Wheel for other tasks.
- MidiLearn now requires a conscious decision for a menu entry – preventing users from accidentally Teaching a parameter.
- Preset scripting was improved so that 3rd party waveform converters are fully supported (still no decent documentation for scripting though).
- a bug in the reverb diffusion on SSE2 machines got wiped out – if that changes your sound, set “D-Feedb” to 0.00.
- the Preset Manager can now be used to create new folders and refresh the directory listing (right/ctrl-click).
- .h2p is now default patch format – set to native to save patches for use within host applications (usually not necessary).
- text rendering quality on Windows was improved.
- there’s no more need for Microsoft Runtime Libraries on Windows (finally!).
- one can now import patches made with the Computer Music edition of Zebra aka ZebraCM.
- number of voices can be set to 0 in an Arpeggiator step, making this step a “skip”.
- and more…
Zebra 2 is available for Windows and Mac OSX (AU/VST) and costs $199 USD.
More information: u-he / Zebra 2