U-He Satin First Look – Overview

January 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Phil Johnston takes a quick look at U-He’s Tape Emulation software ‘Satin’

Satin Tape Machine – new effect plugin for Windows and Mac

September 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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u-he has announced the release of its Satin Tape Machine effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

With its three operation modes, SATIN is an all-rounder: Studio mode is predestined for multichannel tape saturation effects, all optionally controlled from a single instance. Delay mode offers complex multitap tape delays, and Flange does true through-zero tape flanging (think Small Faces “Itchycoo Park” or Hendrix “Bold as Love”). In all modes, the tape speed is continuously variable from 7.5 to 30 inches per second.

While aiming for a complete simulation of classic tape machines, u-he also decided to include the noise reduction circuits. This is not spurious whimsy: the classic compander models can be used for decoding old tape recordings, or for dynamic processing and colouration effects such as – a known trick amongst seasoned tape-ops – enhancing background vocals and e.g. acoustic guitars.

Satin features

  • Mix-and-match emulation spans all major historical developments in tape technology.
  • Control multiple instances from one panel – ‘glue’ multiple tracks together.
  • High-quality: internal sample rate up to 384kHz, continuous tape speed control.
  • All the ‘goodness’ of tape (saturation, transient-smoothing, HF compression etc.).
  • Full control over the ‘badness’ (head-bump, wow&flutter, asperity noise, hiss etc.).
  • Record / repro EQ standards (separately selectable), classic NR compander standards.
  • Extra FX modes: through-zero tape flanging, host-synchronizable 4-tap stereo delay.

Satin for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $89 USD until October 7th, 2013 (regular $129 USD). AAX is in development.

More info here

Aesthetics – new soundset for the Diva virtual analog synthesizer

May 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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3ee Sound Design has announced the release of Aesthetics, a soundset for the Diva virtual analog synthesizer by u-he.

Aesthetics is a collection of 64 instruments for the great u-he Diva synthesizer. The basic idea of creating diverse, solid and playable, sweet-spot instruments that were tweaked to perfection with no particular genre or style in mind was very effective.

All instruments within this collection were created by 3ee and were optimized with modulation wheel and pressure controls. (exception, no control assignments for the Poly_String Chest2 patch)

The Aesthetics soundset is available to purchase at the price you want to pay ($7 USD mimimum). A free demo pack is available to download from the product page.

Get it here >>

u-he Bazille with Urs Heckmann

April 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

u-he founder, Urs Heckmann explains his new synth, Bazille. After four years in the alpha stage, the Modular FM, phase distortion and fractal resonance synth is now in beta testing and should be available in the summer priced at $149.

Musikmesse 2013: u-he Satin Tape Machine

April 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Taking a look at the u-he Satin Tape Machine and speak to developer Sascha Eversmeier about the new plugin currently in beta stages.

Taking a closer look at U-he tape machine – Satin

April 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MESSE13: U-He Satin Tape Machine We take a look at the new tape simulator and find out that you can really get under the hood

At Musikmesse, u-he is showing Satin – Tape Machine, a new plug-in for Windows and Mac OS X offering “authentic tape simulation and beyond”.

Features:

  • Continuous tape speed control from 7.5 to 30 ips.
  • Saturation with realistic bias and hysteresis, wow & flutter.
  • Rec/repro equalisation, selectable industry-standard curves.
  • Tape delay with up to 4 repro heads, on-the-fly flanging.
  • Head adjustments, various coating formulae.

Pricing and release date TBA

Teaser of U-he’s new DIVA

April 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Here’s what they have to say about it:

New Diva modules arriving in June: Digital Osc, Uhbie-Filter and Arpeggiator/Sequencer. Here’s a preliminary screenshot :-)

It’s got two oscillators. Each with 8 waveforms. Each waveforms has two “Control” parameters that can be modulated.
Most notably:
- TriangleMod: Does a foldback-distorted triangle wave combined with a symmetry-warp function
- SuperSaw: Does a sawtooth with 6 additional sawtooth mixed in, ad variable detune
- Feedback: Does a sawtooth with distorted feedback at variable (tuned) delay and gain
- Noise: Does noise with adjustable bandpass filtering and cutoff
- PWM: Does PWM with an invented-by-u-he pseudo-resonance control
- plus another sawtooth and triangle waveform
Both oscillators can interact by Ringmodulation, Sync and Crossmodulation.

U-he is gearing up for MusikMesse

March 31, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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U-He has announced that it will be making several introductions at the upcoming Musikmesse 2013.

- we’ll showcase Bazille 1.0 (to be released in June/July)
- we’ll showcase Satin (tape machine emulation, due in May)
- we might showcase Presswerk, a massive compressor (ui pending)
- we’ll have a Digital oscillator module for Diva
- we’ll have a new “Uhbie” filter module for Diva and ZebraHZ
- we’ll have a sequencer/arpeggiator combo for Diva (all coming in June)
- we’ll have Caffè corretto to pick you up

And also, wish us luck for Diva’s second nomination for the MIPA award. It took Zebra twice to get it, so we’re in good spirits.

Some notes from Urs in response to comments:

“Well, hehe, it won’t look as 3D as the render of course.
But the new layout with those “channels” that show the signal flow within each module has become really great.
I’d post a screenshot, but alas… I’m still working on some shading algorithms (the gui currently gets rendered on the fly when the editor is opened or resized, not sure if we can keep that up because it takes 2-3 seconds)”

On the new digital oscillator for Diva:

“It’s got two oscillators. Each with 8 waveforms. Each waveforms has two “Control” parameters that can be modulated.

Most notably:

- TriangleMod: Does a foldback-distorted triangle wave combined with a symmetry-warp function
- SuperSaw: Does a sawtooth with 6 additional sawtooth mixed in, ad variable detune
- Feedback: Does a sawtooth with distorted feedback at variable (tuned) delay and gain
- Noise: Does noise with adjustable bandpass filtering and cutoff
- PWM: Does PWM with an invented-by-u-he pseudo-resonance control
- plus another sawtooth and triangle waveform

Both oscillators can interact by Ringmodulation, Sync and Crossmodulation.

I guess you’ll all easily guess where this is coming from”

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Satin:
“I’ll be sitting down with Sascha today to prepare the final touches of the user interface. Maybe we can have a more or less accurate screenshot then.
Basically… Satin is not just a tape emulation. I’m thinking of it as “all of tape”

Without being modelled after specific gear like Diva, Satin still has a mix and match approach. There are various pre-equalisation and post-equalisation curves to choose from as well as various noise reduction techniques and a choice of tape speed, plus a few head/gain adjustments. The sound of tape ranges from subtle to drastic. The adjustable noise level is irresistable

On top of that we’ve added a choice of typical tape applications:

as a tape emulation it can glue a mix, and there’s easy control for up to 8 groups of Satins that share the same settings
as a sound design tool it crunches, compresses, expands, “makes 3D”
in delay mode it does for a bloody damn fine tape delay (2 or 4 heads)
in flanger mode it lets you “fly in” flanging just like in the olden days
as a restauration tool it can “repair” recordings that were made with one machine and digitised from another

In tradition of u-he, Satin is to tape what MFM2 is to delay or what Filterscape is to equalisation. The CPU usage is on par with other tape emulations we’ve tried. While it doesn’t sound exactly like any specific machine, we’re confident that Satin behaves very much like those machines would.

U-he’s Podolski synth for free

December 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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u-he has released a refurbished version of Podolski. Originally published as magware, Podolski is now available for free.

Podolski’s specialities are the Click parameter (emphasizes the filter attack) and its ability to seamlessly morph between three waveforms (WaveWarp). The new version adds two new GUI skins, better support for MIDI, VST3 and 64-bit support, new presets by Howard Scarr and an English user guide among other improvements.

Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer. Basically a cut down version of FilterscapeVA with just one oscillator, one filter, one envelope and two LFOs, it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects.

Download it for free here >>

u-he intros arpeggiator for the Diva synth

December 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

u-he has released a video of an alpha version of the upcoming arpeggiator for its Diva virtual analog synthesizer.

The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules can be mixed and matched so you can build hybrids, but what sets DIVA apart is the sheer authenticity of the analogue sound. This comes at the cost of quite a high CPU-hit, but we think it was worth it: Diva is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit simulators (e.g. PSpice) in realtime. The behaviour of zero-delay-feedback filters when pushed to the limit clearly demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach.

More info here >>

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