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Review: Diva Ex Machina soundset by The Unfinished

Matt Bowdler is one of my favorite sound designers. As The Unfinished, Matt has established himself in the genre of film scoring with many top quality sounds for synths like Zebra, Omnisphere, Massive, Virus TI, and more.

I’m always excited to see a new title, and especially when it’s for one of my favorite plug-ins, like u-he’s Diva virtual analog synthesizer.

The Unfinished Diva Ex Machina

The Ex Machina soundset features a full bank of 128 sounds for Diva. The focus is on analogue type electronic sounds, suitable for film scoring and electronica.

Ex Machina is something of a special synth soundset as it includes all the patches I designed for the composer Nathan Furst to use in his score for Need For Speed. I have to thank Nathan and DreamWorks for very kindly giving me permission to share the sounds I designed for Nathan. Also in this soundset are a number of other sounds inspired by the work I was doing for Nathan.

The collection features a plethora of warm, punchy basses; ethereal, drifting pads; gentle, old skool sequences; deep, dynamic basslines; classic, spacey leads; and sinister, evocative soundscapes. All programmed with a little musical, kinetic energy in the modwheel, as you would expect.

As with many of Matt’s other soundsets, there’s a lovely walkthrough video showcasing the sounds in Diva Ex Machina. Check it out below to get an idea of what’s included in this set.

So what do I think?

Product: Diva Ex Machina
Format: .h2p for u-he Diva
Price: £19.99 GBP
Like: Superb sound design, flexible sounds
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Well, I can be fairly short here. Absolutely. Stunning. Sounds.

There is such a high level of quality in these sounds, and they are so full of character, I deeply enjoy playing each and every one of them.
That said, the leads and pads are definitely my favorites. Some of these mesmerizing sounds just keep me noodling. So inspirational.
Also, I should mention the soundscapes are amazing. Hold a note and sit back. I know we’ll be hearing some of these sounds on the screen.

Anyway, I said I was going to be short, so just get this pack, it’s simply brilliant.

There are some more audio demos on The Unfinished website and you can download a free demo pack with 15 presets for this set so you can check it out for yourself.

More information: The Unfinished / Ex Machina


Arte Nuovo releases Padsheaven 3 for Zebra

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Arte Nuovo Padsheaven 3

Arte Nuovo has announced the release of Padsheaven 3, a new soundset by Joseph Hollo, featuring 150 presets for the Zebra synthesizer instrument from u-he.

A huge, detailed, finely crafted selection of alive, lyrical, dramatic pads, drones, widescreen atmospheres.
Furthermore you’ll get 32 inspiring arpeggios/rhythmic presets!

150 unique patches!

You will get countless different colors, because many of them have even 4 different individualities inside due to the meticulously programmed controllers and Zebras XY pads.
Perfect for any styles from classical pop/rock to moviescores, cinematic underscore to up to date electronica.

The soundset is available for purchase for $28 USD. It is also includes in the new Padsheaven Trilogy bundle for $65 USD. A free demo bank of 13 patches can be downloaded from the product page.

More information: Arte Nuovo / Padsheaven 3


The Unfinished releases Elysium & Elysium Dark for Zebra

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The Unfinished has announced the release of its Elysium and Elysium Dark soundsets for the Zebra and Zebra HZ synthesizer instruments by u-he.

The Unfinished Zebra Elysium & Zebra Elysium Dark Edition

Zebra Elysium represents the soft, dark underbelly of cinematic underscore and ambient electronica. 128 patches full of of blissful leads, kinetic basslines, hypnotic sequences, brooding basses and sumptuous pads.

Inspired by modern film scores that ripple with delicate, infectious analogue synths, Elysium packs a subtle punch. Think of the soundtracks of Cliff Martinez, James Newton Howard, Tom Tykwer and Henry Jackman, add in a little Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, and a sprinkle of BT and M83… that is Elysium.

The emphasis is on lush, lo-fi atmospheres; vintage, widescreen storytelling with a contemporary nuance. Equally at home evoking a dense, fog-set forest; rain-soaked Giger-esque futuristic metropolis; or glittering, steampunk citadel.

Zebra Elysium comes in two versions, the original Zebra2 soundset and a special expanded Dark Edition for Zebra HZ/Dark Zebra. The Dark Edition includes the original Zebra2 patches, but all has a bonus 128 sounds. These bonus sounds take the 128 original Elysium patches and push them in a darker, grittier, more analogue direction.

Zebra Elysium is available for purchase for £19.99 GBP, Zebra Elysium Dark Edition is £29.99 GBP.

More information: The Unfinished / Elysium


u-he launches Bazille Patch Competition #3

u-he Bazille Patch Competition

u-he has launched the third Bazille Patch Competition, a sound design contest in which you have a chance to win u-he products and store vouchers.

As Bazille is still free (public beta serial number), we’re starting another SOUND DESIGN contest! Another chance to win u-he products

This time around there are 4 categories:

1. The Modular Lead
Synth sounds that beg to be played on a Keytar, patches that invite virtuosity yet still bear the Bazille ‘stamp’.

2. Drums & Percussion
One-shot drum and percussion sounds. Realistic or otherwise. No loops, but expressive percussion sounds, kits, bongos or even church bells.

3. Mod Seq Abuse
The technical innovation category: the Modulation Sequencer. Can it make a sound on its own? How far can you go beyond one-finger-melodies?

4. Monster From The Deep, episode 3
This is the freestyle category. RELEASE THE BEAST.

The deadline for submitting patches is July 17th, 2014, 12.59 pm CET.

More information: u-he / Bazille Patch Competition #3


u-he updates Bazille modular synth public beta to rev2435

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u-he has posted a new public beta version of Bazille, a modular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

u-he Bazille

This hasn’t gone through proper internal testing yet, but as the public beta serial expires on Tuesday, we thought you’d appreciate a quick update with a month’s extension.

We’re now almost through with the things we still wanted to do, but we might not be there for a final release yet.

Changes in Bazille rev2435

  • UI scaling in steps of 10% (let us know what you think) Note: Scope not yet fixed for resize.
  • Voice Control rewritten for multi-MIDI-channel support (Poly mode acts as “Note Expressions For Anyone” where notes played on a distinct channel receive PitchBend, AT/PolyAT, ModWheel, BC and Expression just on that channel. Mono/Legato modes work like 16 separate instances, one on each channel aka “Guitar Mode”). This stuff does not yet work in Duo mode.
  • on the same subject, much of the Notestealing trouble fixed.
  • New “gearporn” skin added – everything on one *busy* page, no tabbed interface.
  • Snapshot copy/paste/interpolate should work now.
  • A lot more things undo/redo-able.
  • Improved TapMap (less aliasing, proper gain, fixed loading from presets in Multicore mode).
  • Thru-Zero FM depth independent of quality (automatic fix for existing presets).
  • Global Finetune now in real Cents (automatic fix for existing presets).

The new public beta is available to download from the u-he forum. Bazille is available to purchase at a 30% discount for a limited time.

More information: u-he / Bazille


Soundsdivine releases Art Of Sound for DIVA

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Soundsdivine has announced the release of Diva – ‘The Art Of Sound’, a new soundset for the DIVA virtual analog synthesizer instrument from u-he.

It features 165 presets exploring the sound / energies of Life & Death, Light & Dark and Heaven & Earth. It is available as 2 separate banks, Light & Dark.

The soundset is available for the introductory price of 27.50 EUR until July 15th, 2014 (regular 37.80 EUR). The Light & Dark packs are available individually for 21.50 EUR each.

More information: Soundsdivine / Diva – ‘The Art Of Sound’


Trance Techno Soundbanks releases DIVA U-HE Classic Electronica

DIVA U-HE Classic Electronica

Trance Techno Soundbanks has announced the release of DIVA U-HE Classic Electronica, a soundset for the DIVA synthesizer instrument from u-he.

This is special soundbank created only for Classic Electronic Dance Music styles like: Electro, Deep House, Classic Trance, Classic Techno. Soundbank is inspired by:Westbam traxxes ala Beatbox Rocker, Hard Times, – Members of Mayday-10 in 01 or Save the Robots,- classic trance traxxes from Frankfurt city scene and some Berlin MFS influences. Plus lot of oldschool classic house and classic techno.

There are only quality sounds for good price!!! Pack have full construction kits (Midi),automation screens for every DAW and flp files for Fl Studio. Kick Hi Hat and Clap generally are just for addition-They are not in the pack.

DIVA U-HE Classic Electronica features

  • 100 hi-quality presets for DIVA.
  • Includes 1 acid, 15 arp, 16 bass, 8 fx, 7 gate, 23 lead, 13 pad, 14 percussion, 3 pluck.
  • 13 demo kits in MIDI and 13 FLP files (FL Studio) format and 13 Automation screens JPG’s for every demo.

The soundset is available for purchase for 12 EUR.

Trance Techno Soundbanks has also launched two promotions.

  1. Customers who purchase DIVA U-HE Classic Electronica get a 50% discount coupon for any other product in the TTS shop.
  2. Buy a bundled “ALL PACK” and get a free single soundbank as a bonus (ALL PACKS excluded).

These offers are valid through June, 2014.

More information: Trance Techno Soundbanks / Classic Electronica