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 >>

Jordan Passmore Demo, NI Maschine, U-He’s Diva

November 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is a demo Jordan Passmore composed with Native Instruments’ Maschine (loaded with DMX samples, courtesy of ToneBldr, http://www.drivenmachinedrums.com), U-He’s Diva and Native Instrument’s Kontakt. Maschine is loaded as the host and is doing sequencing and drum machine duties. Diva is doing the bassline and the HPF’d lead. Kontakt is playing back a string sample I captured from the Roland Juno-60. A few effects were used, namely the Valhalla DSP’s Ubermod on the lead and the reflex verb (built into Maschine) on the strings.

Uhbik-F – new Rack Extension flanger effect unit for Reason

October 13, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

u-he has announced the release of the Uhbik-F Rack Extension flanger effect unit for Propellerhead Reason.

Our flanger, from through-zero tape flanging (dramatic jet-effect!) to classic stomp-box type chorus, with LFO modulation and feedback / resonance.

Uhbik-F simulates two tape machines per audio channel, with recording and playback heads that can even occupy the same position if you want – impossible in the real world! Bass frequencies can bypass the effect (‘bass sanctuary’) to ensure LF-stability while the rest of the sound is swept around. Turn up the drive (2nd harmonic distortion), and your lead line will scorch its way through any mix!

The Uhbik-F Rack Extension is available to purchase for the introductory price of $19 USD until November 12th 2012 (regular $39 USD).

More info here >>

Uhbik-Q – new “uhbiquitous equalizer” for Propellerhead’s Rack Extensions

October 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

u-he has announced the release of Uhbik-Q, the “uhbiquitous equalizer” for Propellerhead’s Rack Extensions.

Equalizer, the perfect balance between simplicity and flexibility required a unique approach… Uhbik-Q is a revelation!

Maximum flexibility from a minimum of controls, low CPU without compromising transparency. Uhbik-Q combines freely tunable frequency bands (4-pole filters, not the usual 2-pole!) with presets for other options. Q-factors automatically adjust to gain, an optional ‘mid’ bell curve filter adjusts to the two main bands… judging by the simple GUI, you would never guess just how much this EQ can do!

Uhbik-Q is available to purchase for the introductory price of $19 USD until November 5th, 2012 (regular $39 USD).

Get it here >>

Single-synth demo – U-He Diva, all sounds except vocal from Diva

September 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Experimental track exploring the more analog-style sound of Diva
http://facebook.com/synthdemo
more audio demos at http://soundcloud.com/synthdemo

Grab Diva from http://www.u-he.com/cms/diva
Vocal from http://soundcloud.com/rain_and_sun

DIVA – Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue 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.

Check out more than 1200 presets. If your computer can handle it, try them in “Divine” mode.

http://youtu.be/cBKmE2hy5UA

The Diva Controller – An overview and function test

more infos: http://www.synth-project.de
Preview video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3J0f9G1T4w
An overview and function test of the Diva Controller. Nothing more, nothing less.

U-he Diva soft synth tutorial – Brass bounce

July 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The third in a series of bite-sized tutorials aimed at users of u-he’s latest synthesizer, Diva. The sounds made in this video certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste – they’re all typical old synthbrass! However, the point is to show several different methods of getting similar results, even with a limited set of modules.

So let’s bounce…

Method 1 starts with the usual synthbrass settings, but we soon run into the problem of not having enough envelopes for VCA, VCF cutoff, and pitch modulation at the beginning of each not. So LFO2 is used for cutoff, freeing up envelope 2 for pitch modulation.

Method 2 reverts to the usual envelope 2 for cutoff. The LFO takes over for pitch modulation, but in a special way: LFO2’s delay parameter ramps down to the bottom of a square wave (set to minimum rate so it won’t cycle). Note that the pitch modulation is also negative — a minus times a minus is a plus.

Method 3 is probably the most interesting one because it uses neither envelope 2 nor LFO 2 for the pitch. Instead, the Gate signal (i.e. note on/off from your keyboard) is lagged, resulting in a smooth attack. And (fortunately or unfortunately) an equally smooth release… but there’s a little surprise at the end.

Take home message: Just like classic analogue polysynths, Diva expects you to make the most of a limited set of synth modules!

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