Ugo Audio has announced the release of Rez v3, a free synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

The popular freeware monosynth, Rez (Win VST), has received a major update. It’s more powerful, more flexible, and now comes with two GUIs.

Going well beyond what you might expect from a little monosynth, Rez is capable of a huge range of sounds – from funky squishes, beastly basses, and screaming leads, to tight arpeggiations, swirling rhythms, atmospheres, bells, and interesting effects.

Ugo Audio Rez 3

Ugo Audio Rez 3 (black and yellow skins)

Changes in Rez v3

  • Updated tone – can be brighter and more aggressive than before, and capable of sounds earlier versions couldn’t do.
  • 16 step programmable arpeggiator with dedicated arp sequencers for gate length, cutoff, portamento, and phaser frequency.
  • More arpeggiator playback options.
  • Cutoff offset control – reduces the cutoff of one of the internal filters relative to the other to provide chewier, more vocal sounds when at high resonance.
  • More aggressive distortion with three tone modes.
  • Lo-Fi mode simultaneously adjusts the bit-rate and downsampling of chained bit-crusher modules.
  • Age control – think increasingly unstable/noisy/broken oscillators, rather than the subtle drift of an old analog.
  • Phase reset – when activated, the phase will snap back into alignment when the age and detune sliders both hit zero.
  • Improved/expanded oscillator phase modulation options – in addition to the previous phase offset options, you can now also adjust the amount that the output of the main oscillator can modulate the phase of the sub-oscillator.
  • Sub-oscillator octave adjustment.
  • Delays now go up to 1/128.
  • Delay modulation.
  • Aftertouch modulation of both oscillator phase functions.
  • Velocity support for the amp envelope.
  • Pitch bend range adjustment.
  • MIDI learn.
  • Easier to see/use GUI (with two variations: yellow and black).
  • 24 demo presets from Clockwork, Foundation, and Aurora.

Ugo Audio Rez Soundsets
Additionally, Ugo has released three preset banks for Rez 3: Clockwork, Foundation, and Aurora. Each bank of 128 presets (FXB format) is focused on particular sound types, ranging from arpeggiated sounds, to basses, leads, pads, percussion, and effects.

  • Clockwork – Making full use of Rez 3’s arp sequencer, Clockwork is a well-rounded rhythmic collection that includes 96 arpeggiated melodic presets and 32 percussive groove presets.
  • Foundation – 64 basses that range from analog classics to brutal hammers, and 64 leads that run the gamut of electronica – from anthem inducing hook creators and quirky synthetics, to raw industrial power.
  • Aurora – Meeting at a crossroads of digital and virtual analog, Aurora delivers 75 pads, 26 percussive sounds, and 27 effects.

Rez for Windows (VST) is available as a free download. Clockwork, Foundation, and Aurora are $10 USD each, or can be purchased as a bundle for $25 USD.

More information: Ugo Audio / Rez