u-he releases Uhbik

u-he has released Uhbik, a bundle of high quality audio effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

u-he Uhbik

Having survived the final stage of beta testing, these eight effects have seen light of public in conjunction with an irresistable discount offer. Don’t miss out on it if you dare!

Uhbik features

  • Flanger — So you think you don’t need another flanger? Try this one anyway. Uhbik-F does both tape-style and stomp-style flanging in extraordinary quality. Chorus on top of that.
  • Phaser — 14, 28 or 42 stages.
  • Tremolo & Pan — If you think that tremolo is only a wobbly gain, Uhbik-T twists your audio around like nuts. Surround trance gate effects included.
  • Frequency Shifter — Not just renowned for cruelty but also applicable in small & smooth doses.
  • Ambience & Reverb — Modelled with the best in mind. This ambience processor provides the depth and the glue for your tracks.
  • Multitap Delay — 5-tap tape-style delay with a clue or two.
  • Equalizer — Transparent. Powerful. Flexible. Fast.
  • Runciter – an evil filter — digital filter uhbik. Enough with emulations! Beyond!

Uhbik is available as a bundle, including future Uhbiks as a free update, for the introductory price of $149 USD (regular price $199 USD). A demo version can be downloaded from the Uhbik website.

More information: u-he / Uhbik

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  • Beatman

    The bundle thing is a definite turnoff. There is plenty of pro sounding, freeware plugins available that makes these sorts of bundles not particularly attractive.

    Why pay for what you don’t need?

  • I think $149 is a great price for what you get. Of course you can get similar results with freebies, but not the same (+ most freebies are PC only).

    I gave the beta versions a spin earlier and I quite liked all of these effects. Why not try the demo and see what you think.

  • Beatman

    Thanks Ronnie! I did download the demo, but haven’t installed them yet; so I don’t know how they sound.

    I don’t own a Mac, so that’s no issue for me. Don’t forget, a lot of commercial developers also release freeware, so it’s not simply the Synth Edit and SynthMaker plugins that’s free. Also, Some developers also release products that were once payware and may have ceased development or updates.

    The freeware Sanford plugin series,for example… have a pro hardware quality sound to them IMO, and they’re not made with SE or SM. I’ve tried plenty of non freeware by various developers both commercial ones and shareware, and I don’t find free vs. pay, to be proportionate to sound quality. A lot of freeware blows payware in the sand. I also noticed that the sound quality of all plugins tends to differ based on the host they’re used in. I may like a plugin in one host but hate the sound it has in another.

    Don’t forget, the regular price is $200 with the $150 being introductory. I don’t dispute the quality or worth of these plugs. I just think given the state of the economy and the vast choices of freeware that’s available… that the bundle thing ONLY is a bit much. I feel there should be more options available that suits the needs of potential customers. Most company’s offer single and bundle packages.

    Ooops!!! Sorry for the long azz comment.


  • While I don’t disagree with you necessarily, Beatman, keep in mind that they are written by Urs Heckmann of Zebra2 fame, so you know they are absolutely the top in DSP. And when you consider that most professional effect bundles are well over $500, I think Urs is hitting his market just about right. If you were going to pick up the roughly same equivalent of plugins from AudioDamage, one of the more sensible priced plugin developers out there, it would be a little more than these full cost.

    I do agree, when I look at one and say, meh, it makes me less inclined to buy them all.

  • Beatman

    Yes, I agree they’re reasonably priced considering the market, as compared to some high end developers that charge $1500 or more for a single plugin.

    You’re essentially paying for a license to use as compared to hardware which requires far more resources than software does. It’s interesting how some of these plugins exceeds the cost of some high end, pro hardware equipment!

    Don’t forget that you’re also paying for copy protection schemes and may have to make additional purchases for dongles or iloks. The cost of incorporating this protection is passed on to the user, so it’s not just a matter of the DSP quality. What does it cost to replicate software compared to the replication of hardware and it’s inner and outer workings?

    Another interesting thing is, when you’re doing tracks and you have various elements to mix collectively, I think it becomes more difficult to discern the quality of certain effects. What sounds amazing on a solo aspect, may get buried in a mix.


  • Again, don’t disagree with you. Just keep in mind that Urs is for all intents and purposes a one-man shop. He uses his own serial-number based copy-protection.

    I like your last point. I think that’s something a lot us plugin hounds forget as we chase our perfect compressors.

  • I think u-he has a considerate fanbase so I’m pretty sure this new bundle will do well, regardless if we really need new effect plug-ins or not.

    Personally, I’m not so taken by Zebra. Funnily enough some people seem to praise it for it’s warmth while I feel the exact opposite.

    Maybe the quality of this synth comes out better when I would actually use it in a track… I just checked some of the presets so Beatman’s “interesting thing” might also apply in this case ^_^

    Or maybe.. I just need to spend more time with it since it’s such a beast! Like MFM2.

    Anyway, it must be said that u-he’s stuff is of high quality and I think these Uhbik plug-ins are no different.

  • p****

    Uhbik r nice

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