OK…. so in this installment of Beat Artillery I’m going to share this new synth which looks kind of crazy. It’s called Zebra 2. Now… I had seen the original Zebra, but never felt the need to get it in my setup. Seemed a lot like Sylenth or even some of the capabilities of Massive, but this new version seems pretty sick. (I’ll have to give props to Seclusiasis family member Rx for giving me the heads up on its release.)
Zebra 2 is one of those… can do anything… kind of synths. However, for me, what seems like the greatest thing about this synth is its dynamic interface. You only see what you want to see: in other words, what you’re actually using in the synth. If you don’t have 2 LFO’s, you only see 1. I think that takes this synth and puts it in the category that you could also use it to teach people about synthesizer design and signal flow… which is obviously something that a lot of people struggle with when gui’s are too complex.
Another sick thing about the launch of Zebra 2 is that they are making available a bunch of the patches that Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr made for use in the Dark Knight Rises. If you’ve seen the film… you know that there’s some sick sound design in it. Here’s a video of some of the patches.
Zebra 2′s a download direct from their site and sells for $99. Not bad.