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(Modulate This) Ableton Ableton Live ableton live 10 Synth: Zebra 2.x

Spending More Time on My Music Laptop & Dusting Off Some Original Presets for Synths like U-HE Zebra 2

I find I’ve been spending more time making music and sound with my laptop while in isolation than with hardware. Of course I’m still making music and sound with my Elektron boxes, but I’m just noticing the laptop is getting more use in my day-to-day. Perhaps it’s because I can just take it anywhere in […]

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Ableton Live Octatrack Synth: Rayblaster Synth: Zebra 2.x

Using Ableton Resampling to Distill Custom Zebra and Rayblaster Programs Into Octatrack (or any Sampler)

I've been invited to perform as part of a drone collective this Sunday a the Textures Ambient Showcase in Denver (Facebook invite). The show has these rules. 1) one synthesizer per player 2) all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs) 3) play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects […]

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(Modulate This) Synth: Zebra 2.x Synth: Zebralette

U-HE Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Zebra by Releasing 2.7 Update Which Includes New Distortion Module and Parameter Locking Feature

U-HE Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Zebra by Releasing 2.7 Update Which Includes New Distortion Module. Here is what’s new. A new Distortion module Howard Scarr’s anniversary sound set AAX support for Pro Tools 10 & 11 Parameter locking feature. A recent feature added to all u-he plugins, parameter locking lets you stop the values […]

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(Modulate This) Maschine Synth: Zebra 2.x

NI Maschine Tip: Setting Default Plug-in Parameters for VST / AU

One of the best features of Maschine is it can host third party VST/AU plug-ins. Instruments and effects are assigned to modules at the pad, group, or master level. The plug-in parameters are exposed to Maschine in the order the manufacture specifies and auto-assigned to pages in groups of 8. You then use the left […]

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(Modulate This) iOS iPad iPhone/iPod/iTunes Synth: Zebra 2.x

BBC Interview “Brian Eno on Apps and Albums” with Zebra 2 Cameo

I just watched this interesting BBC interview “Brian Eno on Apps and Albums”.  I don’t see a way to embed so click here to watch it.. His latest venture is the app Scape, a follow-up to 2008's Bloom app. Scape not only contains his most recent 'album' of the same name, but is also a […]

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Ableton Live Effects Plugins Synth: Absynth Synth: Zebra 2.x

How to Trigger Absynth 5 FX Envelopes with MIDI Notes in Ableton Live

In a previous post I mentioned the use of stand-alone FX versions of synths like Zebrify,  Absynth FX, and Predator  FX as effects processors. Here is a tip for you Absynth FX fans who are using Ableton Live and want to process the output of a another virtual MIDI instrument and then trigger envelopes in […]

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(Modulate This) iOS iPad Lemur Synth: Zebra 2.x

Working on Lemur Interface for U-HE Zebra

In recent posts I mentioned I was experimenting with the iPad with Alchemy, Slim Phatty, and iTnri. The Dark Zebra (ZebraHZ) release got me back into synthesis with Zebra in a big way. As I dug into the patches by Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr,  I discovered they not only map XYs but Aftertouch and […]

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(Modulate This) Synth: Zebra 2.x

Zebra 2 Tip: Adding Spectral Effects with “Osc FX”

Zebra is on my mind with all the news of Dark Zebra. Zebra is all about pure synthesis – no samples. I found the interface a bit daunting at first but once you push through the initial learning curve it makes a lot of sense. It’s perfect for those who want to a strong set […]

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(Modulate This) Synth: Zebra 2.x

U-He Releases Dark Zebra Soundset with ZebraHZ FTW!

U-He has released a new soundset for Zebra 2.5 called Dark Zebra which includes over 400 presets resulting from a collaboration between Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr .  Here is a video teaser. Why This is Worth a Look Even if you are not interested in having the Batman soundtrack palette, there are some reasons […]

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(Modulate This) Synth: Absynth Synth: Predator Synth: Saurus Synth: Zebra 2.x workflow

Sound Design and Workflow Tip: Make Better Use of the Stand-Alone FX Versions of Your Virtual Instruments

When I’m producing I use a lot of Ableton Live’s built-in FX. I do this because a) I like them and b) they adhere to the same workflow in everything else in Live so I spend more time making music. Of course sometimes I also want to use a third-party effect for variety or to […]

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(Modulate This) Synth: Zebra 2.x Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

U-He Zebra 2.5

I’m just now getting around to experimenting with some of the new features in Zebra 2.5 which was released in December. A couple of big new features worth noting are: New effect plugin Zebrify that allows you to use Zebra 2.5 effects on any synth. In the picture above (click to enlarge) I’m using it […]