u-he launches Hive synth plugin preview + pre-order

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u-he has launched a preview version of its Hive synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

u-he Hive

We are taking the wraps off a new synth – Hive. What is Hive? Think sleek, low CPU use, “super” sounding synth with a streamlined workflow. We wanted to make a synth that was fast, fluid, light on CPU but still had a heavyweight sound.

There are lots of features packed into the single page interface to make your sound design quick and intuitive – drag and drop modulation, solo buttons, parameter linking and much more.

Hive is now available for download as a public beta. We are putting the finishing touches on Hive and this is your chance to give some feedback and help us get ready for release.

The public beta is available to download for Windows and Mac from the u-he forum at KVR Audio.

Hive is available for purchase now for $99 USD ex VAT while it is in public beta (regular $149 USD ex VAT). The serial number works with both the beta version and the final released version.

More information: u-he / Hive

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The Unfinished releases Zebra Kronos & Zebra Kronos Dark Edition

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The Unfinished Zebra Kronos

The Unfinished has launched Zebra Kronos, a collection of 180 sounds for the Zebra2 synthesizer by u-he, aimed at cinematic scoring and atmospheric electronica.

Pulsing, shimmering, driving, moving… At the heart of most modern film, television and game scores are kinetic, spacious and rich synth sounds. Kronos provides a captivating and energetic glimpse into this world of organic, analogue noises.

Zebra Kronos is all about drama. Taking inspiration from cinematic-synth crossover artists such as M83, Cliff Martinez and Olafur Arnalds, as well as the spacious and action-packed sound of game scores such as Mass Effect, Deus Ex: Human Evolution and Mirror’s Edge.

Deep basses and basslines burn; widescreen pads and padscapes glisten; dynamic sequences and arps flow; turbulent textures and effects evolve.

As ever for a Zebra soundset, each patch features creative programming on the modwheel and the x/y performance pads.

Zebra Kronos is available for purchase for £24.99 GBP.

A Dark Edition of Zebra Kronos is also available, which contains the original version of Kronos, plus an expanded collection of a further 180 sounds, optimising the original patches for u-he’s Zebra HZ/Dark Zebra.

The Dark Edition costs £34.99 GBP.

More information: The Unfinished

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u-he releases Presswerk dynamics plugin v1.0

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u-he has released version 1.0 of Presswerk, a dynamics processor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

u-he Presswerk

Presswerk is u-he’s vision of a compressor, blending the tone and warmth of classic hardware models with modern features.

The interface gives you quick access to all the controls, with a diverse feature set that lets you tweak every detail of your sound.

Presswerk is a compressor toolkit rich with musical soul that also packs a punch when you need it.

Presswerk features

  • 3 different detection topologies: feed-forward, feed-back and interactive (mix of FF and FB).
  • Dual channel (stereo) or two independent channels.
  • M/S (Mid-Side) mode – for more detailed stereo processing and delicate mastering tasks.
  • DPR (Dual Phase Rotation) mode – creates an emulation of classic outboard gear phase response by rotating lower and mid frequencies at input and output stages.
  • Adjustable Non Linear control – simulates the behaviour of specific compressors or gain-reduction circuits.
  • Sidechain ready with 6 / 12 dB high pass & low pass filters.
  • Pre or post compression stage saturation with variable “warmth” (tilt filter style) and “dynamics” to model the distortion behaviour of the FET-based voltage dividers from classic devices.
  • Presets for common compression tasks (eg. mixdown, ducking, vocals).
  • User interface zooms in 10% steps.
  • 32 & 64-bit VST, AU, AAX.
  • and more…

Presswerk is available for purchase for the introductory price of $89 USD until December 31st, 2014 (regular $129 USD).

More information: u-he / Presswerk

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u-he updates Presswerk dynamics plugin to RC1

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u-he Presswerk

u-he has launched a first release candidate of its Presswerk dynamics effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

revision 3262 is our first release candidate:

Presswerk10RC1Mac.zip
Presswerk10RC1Win.zip

Please let us know what you find, we would like to release it before x-mas.

Note: We’ve removed unused parameters from the list of automatable parameters. Therefore, if you did host automation with a beta version, you will need to replace the automated parameters. This will most likely be the parameter prior to the one you’ll see, i.e. the desired parameter is now the one before that in the list.

Presswerk RC1 is available to download from the u-he forum at KVR Audio.

More information: u-he / Presswerk

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The Unfinished launches Christmas Sale + Free Tyrell N6 Kuu Zuu soundset

The Unfinished has announced the launch of its 2014 Christmas Sale, offering 33% off its soundsets for a limited time only.

The Unfinished Christmas Sale

Originally, I had planned to just run a sale in the last week of December. But, because the EU and HMRC have brought in frankly ridiculous new VAT rules that are putting some mall online companies out of business, I have decided to run the sale for an extra two weeks.

The sale now runs from 12th to 31st December.

This is so that you can have more time to grab the soundets you’ve always wanted before 2015, when this VAT business will force me to put my prices up a little bit.

The discount code for the sale is BOXOFDELIGHTS. I hope it brings you joy and light.

So, there’s 33% off on all products, except for those released in December: Drumstruck 2, Drumstruck Bundle, Zebra Kronos and Zebra Kronos: Dark Edition.

The sale ends December 31st, 2014.

The Unfinished Tyrell N6 Kuu Zuu

The Unfinished has also released Tyrell N6 Kuu Zuu, the third and final part of a trilogy of free soundsets for the Tyrell N6 synthesizer plug-in by u-he.

The collection focuses on a modern interpretation of classic analogue sounds. Tyrell N6 is modelled on the circuitry and behaviour of Roland’s famous Juno range of hardware synthesizers, and this soundset takes those principles and gives them a contemporary edge.

Inspired by a variety of artists, including Solar Fields, Daft Punk, Rival Consoles, Aphex Twin, I Break Horses, Boards of Canada, M83, Nigel Godrich and Cliff Martinez, Kuu Zuu is aimed at electronica, ambient, film scoring, chillwave, lo-fi and house.

Kuu Zuu has 64 synth patches, as well as 36 bonus percussion patches and is absolutely free.

More information: The Unfinished

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