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Bazille version 1.1.1, The Bazille Cookbook, Objects for Hive 2

December 14, 2020

Our FM/PM based monster modular Bazille has been updated and is now available. Key improvements include:

  • macOS 11 "Big Sur" compatibility
  • complete VST3 support
  • new preset browser with powerful search functions
  • factory content polished and tagged, 180+ new presets
  • drag & drop soundset installation

The update is free for existing owners.

Long awaited, The Bazille Cookbook is finally available! The 280+ patch soundset plus 118-page book (formatted as printable PDF) packed with Howard's pearls of synth programming wisdom. Techniques used in each and every patch are explained, and the reader is actively encouraged to experiment further. Pick a preset, pick it apart…

For Hive 2 owners: Objects by Yuli Yolo. This soundset is all about hitting, scraping or plucking things. From tuned percussion through complex 'smashes' to unique special effects, the 190 presets cover quite a lot of ground. Objects is NKS-ready.

CVilization out now

October 19, 2020

Mix! Route! Mucord! Pan!

CVilization, our first hardware product, is a compact Eurorack utility which packs a lot of functionality into a small form, thanks to a rather clever user interface. And while it may look very spacy and abstract at first, it's actually quite easy to learn.

CVilization's more obvious talents are mixing, routing and sequencing CV or audio signals. Under the hood, the processing options (quantization, sample & hold and glide), user presets, the performance tools and nifty CV control place CVilization at the very heart of any modular setup. Or as we like to say: CVilization has changed the way we approach modular composition!

Check out the videos we already put out, and subscribe to our Youtube channel for more to come.

Read all about CVilization on its new product page, where you will also find a download link for the user guide. Then check out the ultimate cheat sheet, which is also included as hardcopy in the box. Note: The cheat sheet is meant as a quick reference for experienced users, while the user guide is essential reading for new CVilization owners.

Zebra2 and The Dark Zebra 2.9.2

October 13, 2020

Zebra2, Zebralette and The Dark Zebra version 2.9.2

The Dark Zebra 2.9.2 is now fully NKS-ready and macOS 10.16 "Big Sur" compatible.

All 400 Dark Zebra presets have been tagged, and each one now has complete X/Y pad control. The presets sound pretty much like they always did - until you start using the pads! While tweaking those extra dimensions, Howard took the opportunity to use the extra modules added for Hans since the initial release.

If you already own The Dark Zebra, just request an e-mail on the My Licenses page to receive a download link for the updated installer. If you wish to purchase The Dark Zebra, you can do so here.

The regular Zebra2 is now also macOS 10.16 "Big Sur" compatible. We improved the preset browsing experience, added support for sound banks, and implemented various minor tweaks. You can read the full list of changes in the release notes.

To update Zebra2 from an older version, download the installer from the product page and follow the installation instructions in the included user guide.

We gave our freeware synth Zebralette a completely new look, so she can proudly proclaim her Zebra2 heritage. Head over to the product page for visuals! As always, she installs together with the Zebra2 demo – which of course is our ploy to get you to check out Zebra2, and hopefully upgrade one day...

Please note: the updates are currently only available for macOS and Windows. Linux versions will follow soon.

RePercussion for Repro-1

February 20, 2020

75 dynamic percussion sounds for Repro-1 by Electric Himalaya

Our good friend Electric Himalaya recently spent some quality time concentrating on the percussive talents of Repro-1. We are now happy to announce the results of his toils into the wee small hours: RePercussion. A compact library of 75 snappy analogue hits ranging from deep, dark kicks to metallic fantasy instruments.

"I love to create synth drums and percussion sounds, and I often turn to them as an anitdote to the countless pads, leads, basses and other typical presets in order to get my bearings again: To have some fun, to create something weird and wonderful yet still usable… Creating RePercussion was an almost cathartic endeavour - I thoroughly enjoyed making this collection of drums, percussive 'plinks' and 'bongs', and I hope you enjoy using them in your tracks!"

Catalina Updates

January 27, 2020

Catalina updates!

As the deadline for notarizing software for macOS 10.15 Catalina comes close, we're releasing updates for all of our plug-ins, either as new versions (ACE, Diva, Hive, Repro, Zebra2/ZebraHZ) or as notarized re-releases (everything else). So if you have a new Mac, or if you upgraded to Catalina already, we recommend that you download all your u-he plug-ins and install them over the existing versions before February 4th, 2020.

Everyone else can enjoy the improvements we've made to ACE, Diva, Hive, Repro, Zebra2 and ZebraHZ. The installers are better and more failsafe, compatibility with macOS dark mode was improved, and many minor niggles have been fixed.

Diva 1.4.4 now has improved multicore support, and new compilers allowed us to further reduce the CPU hit. We also improved compatibility with MPE controllers and implemented the new voice stealing algorithm from Hive – which is just that extra tad more musical! Altogether we think Diva 1.4.4 feels like a whole new synth: Better performance, better playability, better everything.

ACE 1.4.1 underwent a similar treatment to Diva, but the main news is that we can announce tagged presets and an end to mismatched parameters between the Mac, Windows and Linux versions. Yay! Some of your old projects on Windows may need certain automated parameters to be reassigned by hand, but we enclosed a list of changes to help you do that. Again, improvements in voice handling make the new ACE as much joy to play as Diva and Hive!

ZebraHZ 2.9.1 is finally updated to match the recent release of Zebra2, which itself had a few minor bugs fixed. At Hans' request, ZebraHZ 2.9.1 (part of The Dark Zebra soundset) has been extended with some extra modules: there are now 4 Comb filters and 3 Resonators! If you own The Dark Zebra and wish to update, simply request an email with a download link from the My Licenses page.

Repro 1.1.1 has a few minor improvements and crash bugs fixed.

Hive 2.0.1 received major improvements in its UI responsiveness.

Podolski 1.2.2 has been updated with tagged presets and NKS support.

You will find comprehensive accounts of the fixed and remaining issues in the release notes for each plug-in.

Note that the alpha/beta versions of Bazille and Uhbik are already notarized for Catalina. They are available for download in our support forum at KVR.

Linux versions will be posted in our Linux sub-forum on KVR very soon – promise!

Urs & team