Vintage Synth Pads has announced a pre-release of Electronic, a soundset featuring 150 presets for u-he’s Diva virtual analog synthesizer.
This collection focuses on old school electronic music sounds from the 1970s-1980s. There are many sounds from the classic years of synthesizers that have rarely or simply not made their way into the VSTi plugin realm. “Electronic” for Diva is a collection of sounds designed to emulate sounds heard in some of the classic recordings by Brian Eno, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Cluster, to name a few.
Electronic for Diva is scheduled to be released in early March. The soundset is available to pre-order at a 30% discount by using coupon code divanow at checkout.
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.
AskVideo has released Maschine Virtuosity, Diva Demystified & MachFive 3 Unleashed, three new video courses.
Maschine Virtuosity – Watching Jeremy Ellis demonstrate his legendary finger drumming techniques on Native Instruments’ amazing Maschine is like throwing gasoline on a fire… the result is very, very hot! Learn the secrets of drum pad performance in this exclusive course from the world’s foremost finger drumming virtuoso.
Diva Demystified – u-he Diva is a hungry synth! Hungry to produce the most retro synth sounds of the not-so-distant past. Dig into this deep, Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analog synthesizer with synthesist, Rishabh Rajan, and see how you can bring the sounds of the past rushing back to the present!
MachFive 3 Unleashed – MachFive 3 – MOTU’s massive, mothership of a sampler – is full-featured and very deep! But have no fear because MOTU software consultant Matt Vanacoro is here to demystify it! So get ready to learn MachFive 3 faster than the speed of sound in this inspiring 29-tutorial course!
The courses are available to AskVideo’s Full Library Pass members (starting at $25/month).
‘Future Trance Anthems Vol 1 For Zebra 2′ is Trance Euphoria’s long-awaited first sound set for the very popular UHE Zebra 2 synth. This pack features a total of 103 new patches for your Trance needs. Every patch has been sculptured for maximum impact in your next Trance masterpiece.
If you’re into artists such as Fast Distance, Stonevalley, Ferry Corsten, AVB, Matt Darey, Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin, Sash, Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, Markus Schulz, Push, Vincent De Moor, Sander Van Doorn, Alex MORPH, PVD, Sean Tyas, and many more, then you will love these patches.