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Zebra2 Tutorial

u-he Zebra2 Explained®

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    Getting Started

    Let’s get a general lay of the land and look at the main views we will be working in.

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    Patch Window

    In this video we will go over everything you need to keep your presets organized.

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    Synthesis Window

    The Synthesis Window is where we create patches, load modules, and work with signal flow.

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    Global Settings

    Learn how the Global settings influence how the synth responds, and how Voice Mode determines how many notes we hear and how the synth re-triggers them.

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    The Oscillator

    We can stack up to eleven voices per note all while morphing between wave forms.

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    Oscillator Lower Panel

    These sub-panels allow us to tweak the sound of the oscillator.

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    Oscillator Wave Editor

    Let’s look at how we can draw our own waveform. We can also morph or blend between sixteen different waveforms.

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    FMO & Noise

    There are two more Oscillators we can use: a Frequency modulated Oscillator and a noise Oscillator.

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    These modules are great for sculpting and adding movement to a signal. The Cross Modulation Filter takes it to a whole new level.

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    Comb Filter

    The four-line multimode comb filter can also be used as an Oscillator thanks to it’s internal pulse generator.

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    Additional Generators

    Let’s take a look at the Sideband, Shaper, Distortion, Ring, and Mix modules.

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    We can source that modulation from a MIDI controller or from an internal module. The Modulation Matrix give us even more control over modulation depth.

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    Multi Stage Envelope Generator

    The Multi-Stage Envelope Generator will give you total control of the envelope and continuous control over is timing.

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    It looks simple but it’s very cleaver. There is a simpler version as well called called the Global Low Frequency Oscillator.

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    Modulation Mapper & Mixer

    The Mmap is simple but has the potential to make any sound pop. The Modulation Mixer can also bring complexity to a sound.

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    FX Grid

    You can route and program effects chain in the FX Grid. We have the option of running FX modules as inserts and well as on sends.

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    Remaining FX

    Let’s take a look at Chorus/Flanger, Delay, Reverb, Compressor, and EQ.

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    Programming Zebra 2’s arpeggiator is simple and musical.

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    X/Y Pad Programming

    The X/Y pads allow us to control multiple parameters at once. The range bar and markers also allow us to set up range and polarity control.

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    MIDI Mapping

    Mapping a parameter is as simple as clicking on the parameter we want to modulate and moving our controller.

Product Overview

u-he’s Zebra2 is a real animal of a virtual analog synth, and in this video tutorial series, synth expert Scottie Dugan covers every aspect of this amazing virtual software instrument!

Scottie begins with a birds-eye-view of Zebra2 as a whole, before focusing in on the patch window. He then covers the Synthesis window, where you create patches, load modules, and work with signal flow.

This leads into a discussion of the global settings such as Voice Mode to determine polyphony and general performance settings.

Next, Scottie explains and explores the Oscillator section, including all of its sub-panels containing fine tuning parameters for customizing nearly every aspect of the oscillator.

The Oscillator Wave Editor is then focused on, revealing how you can draw your own waveforms. Scottie then demonstrates how to use the Frequency Modulated Oscillator and the Noise Generator to add flavor and grit to your sound.

After that, Scottie explores all the filter modules in Zebra2. Zebra offers nearly every type of filter you can find in physical hardware, along with some unique software filters such as the Cross Modulation Filter.

But wait, Zebra has even more modules, and Scottie covers them all! He describes the Sideband, Distortion, Ring, and Mix modules, as well as the Modulation modules.

Scottie then talks about how nearly every parameter can be modulated either from a MIDI controller or internal module, and then demonstrates how the Modulation Matrix gives you even more control over your sound design.

If the standard Envelope Generator isn’t enough, Zebra2 offers a Multi-Stage Envelope Generator, which Scottie shows you and how you can use it to adjust the timing of your envelopes and more.

With most of the building blocks covered, Scottie digs into the Modulation Mapper and Mixer, and how you can use it to bring complexity to your patches and make any sound pop.

Then it’s time to explore the FX Grid in which you route and program effects chains, as well as all the effects such as delay, chorus, reverb, compressors, and EQ!

Scottie concludes the series by showing you how to get the most out of Zebra2’s musical and intuitive arpeggiator, and how to program the X/Y pad which allows for controlling multiple parameters at once.

Finally, Scottie delves into Zebra2’s comprehensive MIDI Mapping capabilities.

If you’re new to Zebra2, or you’re an established user ready to dive deeper and get creative with it, watch “u-he Zebra2 Explained” Today!

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u-he Zebra2 Explained® is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A nice tutorial A good tutorial. Zebra is a bit complicated from the UI perspective, the tutorial clears that out efficiently.
Date published: 2021-01-01
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful but needs more demonstration It's good and it will get you started, but it goes over subjects a bit quickly, it could use some more examples to demonstrate the posibilities.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sweet! Probably the best overall tutorial set for this synth I've seen yet. Great tutorial! Great plugin!
Date published: 2020-03-02
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Video Manual, doesn't explain how to actually use the features This series offers an ok overview of Zebra's features, but it doesn't really get into how to actually use them or why. With a synth as sophisticated as Zebra, it would have been much more helpful to dig into some sound design that highlights some of the more unique features, so you see (and hear) them in action.
Date published: 2019-11-25
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Just a list of features This tutorial has the same value as reading the Zebra manual. It explains each feature but offers no value as how the features can be used. Some of the most advanced features such as the comb filter are not even explained in detail and the author refers the viewers to the manual.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good at the basic level I found it helped enormously my basic understanding of the synth but it left me wanting more. The descriptions of each component were excellent but at the end of the course it was like being in a void. I needed help in actually knowing how to go on and produce my own sounds.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from a good overview , would like to have seen a bit more depth All the components of the Zebra plug in are given a very good preliminary overview, I would like to see a subsequent Video tutorial that goes more in depth to how the various parameters interact. That way instead of just 'trying' various things , you would have a definitive idea how to attain the sound we are going after.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All in all inspiring. Right after writing this review I´m going to create a soft using the technique explained in the modmapper section of this tutorial. Some explanations are very thorough, but some could use some practical examples. But everyone has their own taste and so it might have gone into too much food for the brain. For the real ambitious sound designer there´s no way around the well written manual. This tutorial serves as a starting point, so you are freed from the only use of presets. You´ll want to understand this complex beast of a synth.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial!! Another brilliant tutorial from groove3. Mr.Scott did an excellent job in explaining all the features of zebra and its all you need to get started with the synth.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Overview of this Synth Great Overview of the features of this synth. I read through the manual but this helped further explain some of the murky bits of this synth. Thanks!
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent I was waiting for this one!! Wonderful, clear explanation of a very versatile synth.
Date published: 2016-07-16
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