zebralegacy - The workhorse synth

The workhorse synth

99 €

Please be aware the Linux versions of our plug-ins are still considered beta. While the plug-ins are stable, we are not able to provide the same level of support for these products as we do for the macOS and Windows versions. Support is provided via the Linux and u-he communities on our forum.


Komplete Kontrol or Maschine: Zebra2 and ZebraHZ are Native Instruments NKS-ready and compatible with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware. NKS Preview files for Zebra2 and ZebraHZ are included in their installers as an optional component.

NKS Previews for all soundsets included with Zebra Legacy need to be downloaded and installed separately.

Current Zebra2 owners can already use Zebra Legacy and all its content free of charge with their existing license, no additional purchase necessary. For information regarding Zebra3 upgrade paths etc., please see the related news article.

Zebra Legacy: Zebra goes wild!

Our workhorse synthesizer Zebra2 has always been a firm favourite in sound design circles, especially in Hollywood. Many new features have been added over the years, with recent versions including native support for Apple Silicon and VST3. This latest round doesn't add any new features, however, but actually offers a whole lot more...


At the time we released our current plugin versions, Avid could not provide an AAX SDK that would let us build Universal Binary AAX plugins. For this reason, we currently cannot support Pro Tools for Mac. Pro Tools for Windows is still supported.

For the time being, macOS Pro Tools users who are not running the native Silicon version should use the previous version of our plugins, provided in the current Zebra Legacy download.

We hope to start work on native Silicon AAX support this year, as soon as our tight schedule allows. No ETA can be quoted yet.

Sights and sounds

Zebra is our wireless modular synthesizer. It combines many different types of synthesis with a powerful modulation engine. Imagine —you can create any additive, freehand or spline-based waveform you like, apply a vast selection of spectral effects, morph between those waves and send them through classic synth filters. Perhaps use that entire sound as modulator for an FM oscillator, or route it through a comb filter —the building block of physical modeling synthesis. All generator modules, all signal paths, all effects are stereo.

Why do we love Zebra?



Zebra2 is a wireless modular synthesizer designed for flexibility, ergonomy and low CPU hit. Its Modules only appear while they are in use: Add an oscillator to the patching grid and it will appear on the left, use an LFO for anything and it will appear on the right.

After a little practice you will find programming Zebra2 very comfortable and lightning fast. Which in the end translates to… more fun!

Zebra’s modules are divided into Generators and Modulators, and include freely assignable controls that directly modulate important parameters.

Generators and Modulators in Zebra2 UI

Generators and Modulators in Zebra2's UI


Mix and Match

Zebra2 Grid

Zebra2's Grid

The Grid

The center of the synthesis window is a Grid consisting of four vertical lanes.
This area is used for connecting generators together, whereby the signal flow is top to bottom.
Any module can route signals between lanes.

Add modules, drag them around, and change the routing – it's a playground!

The Mixer

Below the main grid is a 4-channel Mixer.
This is where you adjust pans and volumes, select envelopes,
and the routing to the FX grid for each lane.

There are 3 different routing options for the FX bus. You can also select which envelope to use for each specific lane, and specify modulation for the pan and volume parameters.

Zebra2's Mixer

Zebra2's' Mixer

Lower Pane

The Lower Pane is where you will find Zebra2's global settings and many other features: effects, in-depth controls for oscillators, MSEGs, performance control settings, arpeggiator / sequencer, and the modulation matrix.

Zebra2 - Lower Pane

Zebra2's Lower Pane (Global and FX settings)

The global settings include controls for the main synthesizer's pitch, glide, and voices. A Swing generator and microtuning options are also available.

Next to the global settings is the Effects section. Zebra2 includes Chorus / Phaser, a flexible multi-mode Delay, two different Reverb units, Compressor, and Equalizer. It's also possible to use certain generators as effects, such as Shape, VCF, Dist

Zebra lets you modulate practically all effect parameters (e.g. reverb size or delay feedback).


In-Depth Editors

Zebra's Wave Editor

Zebra's Wave Editor

Wave Editor

The Wave Editor is where you create your own oscillator waveforms.

Zebra's MSEG Editor

Zebra's MSEG Editor

MSEG Editor

The Multi Stage Envelope Generator is a complex modulation source offering total shape control as well as continuous rate control.

Zebra's MMAP Editor

Zebra's MMAP Editor

MMAP Editor

This is the expanded editor for the MMAP modulator.


Arpeggiate and Sequence

Zebra2 features a fully-fledged arpeggiator and sequencer. Up to 16 steps, with various loop and order options. It also includes two extra values per step, which can be used to modulate any parameter in step with the arpeggiator.

Zebra2 - Arpeggiator

Zebra2's Arpeggiator

Modulation Matrix

All generators in Zebra2 include assignable knobs, but the plug-in also features a Modulation Matrix. This is where you set up any kind of (control rate) modulation. There are 12 modulation slots, allowing many possibilities.

Zebra2 - Arpeggiator

Zebra2's Modulation Matrix



Zebra's Perform Panel

Zebra's Perform Panel

Up for a live performance? Zebra’s Perform panel includes four X/Y pads which can control up to 16 parameters each, all at the same time.

Alternative skin

Zebra's DarkEight Skin

Zebra's DarkEight Skin

With the release of update 2.8, Zebra2 got a new user interface. Apart from the new standard DotEight skin, the plug-in includes an alternative, darker one called DarkEight.


  • Resizable GUI from 70% to 200%
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page


Four X/Y pads which can control up to 16 parameters each.


  • 4 powerful wavetable (16) oscillators with integrated spectral effects
  • 1, 2, 4 or 11 times unison, with detune and stereo spread.


  • 4 cross-modulation filters (XMF)
  • 4 regular filters (VCF) with 23 different modes


Flexible signal routing: 4×12 voice patching grid, 3×6 effects patching grid


4 syncable multi-stage envelope generators (MSEG) with up to 32 segments each


21 stereo effects: 2× chorus/flanger, 2×, delay, 2× EQ, 2× compressor, 2× reverb and more


4 per-voice LFOs plus 2 global LFOs


4 expanded ADSR envelopes with extra sustain, loop or release options

Waveform editor

Craft your own waveforms, morph between them, and more…


128 presets by Bigtone (Nico's very first u-he soundset)


122 presets by Samuel Bereczky (cinematic, plenty of control)


136 presets by Bigtone (performance presets)

The Dark Zebra

400 presets (cinematic sounds used in the The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises)

Zebra Science

242 presets by Howard Scarr (Howie's first soundset for Zebra2, now with complete XY control)


160+ presets by Ben Hall (cinematic, complete XY control, extras)


100 presets by Howard Scarr (Howie's tape-instrument inspired sounds)


150 presets by Enzalla (meant for game and movie soundtracks)


600+ presets by Michael Kastrup (massive old school collection)


224 presets by Brian Lee (Xenos) and Nick Moritz (EDM / cinematic)

Alexander Hacke: NYC

150 presets by Alexander Hacke (Alex's New York City stories)


8 Diva-style filter models:
4 lowpass/multimode and 4 highpass


Resonators: fully modulatable 3-band peaking filters with an extra full range band to dramatically colorize your sound

99 €

Download the demo and enter your serial number to unlock the full version. The demo version emits crackling sound at irregular intervals.

Zebra Legacy 2.9.3 (revision 12092)
Released August 10, 2021
Release notes

* About Linux: Before purchasing, please be aware the Linux versions of our plug-ins are still considered beta. While the plug-ins are stable, we are not able to provide the same level of support for these products as we do for the macOS and Windows versions. Support is provided via the Linux and u-he communities on our forum Link.  


Apple logo Mac OS X 10.10 or newer
Windows logo Windows 7 or newer
Linux logo Linux

  • Host software / DAW
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • 290-830 MB free disk space
  • Modern CPU required:
    Windows/Linux: Intel Nehalem or newer, AMD Bulldozer or newer
    Mac: Intel Nehalem or newer, Apple M1
  • Linux: glibc version 2.28 or newer


Zebra Legacy is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Zebra Legacy is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

AUv2, VST2, VST3, 64-bit only
temporarily no AAX (read more)


* AAX requires Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later

This product is Native Instruments NKS-ready and compatible with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware.

VST compatible
VST is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH, registered in Europe and other countries.

User Guides

Zebra Legacy user guides

Downloads for Zebra Legacy

Try the latest builds of Zebra Legacy, which include improvements and bug fixes. Note: these are stable, but still beta versions.

Older Zebra Legacy installers are in our release archive (for legacy systems).