zebra2 - The workhorse synth

The workhorse synth

€199


Zebra2: A synth of all stripes

Zebra2 is a sound-design playground. A powerful, high quality (but still CPU friendly) sound engine together with numerous sound sculpting tools makes Zebra2 capable of a near-limitless range of new sounds and textures. A favourite amongst soundtrack composers, producers and sound designers, Zebra2 provides all the tools you need—the rest is up to you.


Zebra2 in the spotlight…

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Zebra2 UI

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  • 4 powerful wavetable (16) oscillators with integrated spectral effects
  • 1, 2, 4 or 11 times unison, with detune and stereo spread
  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic or mono and legato modes
  • 4 FM oscillators with 8 alternative waveforms (not only sine)
  • 2 Wavefolder modules New in version 2.8
  • 4 regular filters with 23 different modes
  • 4 cross-modulation filters (XMF)
  • 12-slot modulation matrix with depth modulation from a second source
  • Flexible signal routing: 4×12 voice patching grid, 3×6 effects patching grid
  • Countless modulation destinations, including individual envelope stages and FX parameters
  • 4 expanded ADSR envelopes with extra sustain, loop or release options
  • 4 syncable multi-stage envelope generators (MSEG) with up to 32 segments each
  • 4 per-voice LFOs plus 2 global LFOs
  • 21 stereo effects: 2× chorus/flanger, 2× delay, 2× EQ, 2× compressor, 2× reverb and more Updated in version 2.8
  • 4 assignable XY pads
  • Microtuning support (standard .tun files)
  • New preset browser with search functions New in version 2.8
  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%
  • Skinnable UI
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page
  • Over 500 factory presets

Zebra2 version 2.8 revision 7422 is out now. Includes new preset browser, two new UI designs, new wavefolder and reverb modules. Read the complete list of updates, changes and bug fixes in the release notes.

Revision 7422 is a Hotfix update which fixes an installer glitch on Mac and a rare issue with XY controlled parameters. While it's a minor fix for users of V2.8, we still recommend to upgrade (simply download and install).

Sights and sounds

Workhorse with stripes

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.

Although the possibilities are practically infinite, you will never be overwhelmed by needless complexity —Zebra’s adaptive interface only shows the modules you are actually using. It is a fascinating playground for sound designers. That is what Zebra is all about, that is why it has become so popular. That is why thousands of free presets are available online.

Why we think you will love Zebra

  • the unique patching system is a bliss to work with, complexity never gets in your way
  • it is renowned for crystal-clear quality… which can turn dark & dirty if you want
  • no static samples here—pure synthesis delivers more expressive & natural sounds
  • heavily featured in blockbusters The Dark Knight, Inception, Transformers, Tron:Legacy
  • the editor window is resizable, and there are some nice alternative skins available
  • it has an independent charm, with a vibrant community of helpful users in the KVR forum
  • the clever design and adaptive UI keep everything you need on a single page
  • …and so much more.

Of course the best way to learn all about Zebra2 is to download and install Zebra itself. You will find links for the current version on at top and bottom of this page. The demo mode is very user-friendly: after a while it replaces your notes with c-e-b-r-a (“r” is a random note). You can check out the presets, even save and load your own patches.

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The Dark Zebra

Add drama and action to Zebra2 with sounds from The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises films.

The Dark Zebra and ZebraHZ

Configuration

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

Perform

4 assignable XY pads

Oscillators

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

Filters

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

More modules

  • 4 FM oscillators with 8 alternative waveforms (not only sine)
  • 2 Noise generators with 4 modes each (white, pink, digital, crackles)
  • 4 FMOs, 4 mixers, 2 wavefolders, 2 distortion units

Routing

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

MSEG

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

Matrix

12-slot modulation matrix with depth modulation from a second source

Global

Up to 16-voice polyphonic, duophonic or mono and legato

Effects:

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

LFOs

4 per-voice LFOs plus 2 global LFOs

Envelopes

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

€199

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

Zebra2 2.8 (revision 7422)
Released May 31, 2018
Release notes

info Linux beta note: 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.   CLOSE

Requirements

Apple logo Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
or
Windows logo Windows 7 or newer
or
Linux logo Linux


  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

Formats

Zebra2 is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Zebra2 is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

Avaliable as Audio Units (AU), VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later) plug-ins with 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

User Guides


Zebra2 user guides

Downloads for Zebra2

Try the latest builds of Zebra2, which include improvements and bug fixes. Note: these are stable, but still beta versions.

Older Zebra2 installers are in our release archive (for legacy systems).

 

New sounds for Zebra2


Dark Zebra Soundset Teaser

The Dark Zebra

Sounds from The Dark Knight films

Traveller Soundset Teaser

Traveller

Eclectic and versatile sounds

Crystallia Soundset Teaser

Crystallia

Delve into cinematic sounds