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u-he Zebra2 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Getting Started

    6:49

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

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    Tutorial 2

    Patch Window

    7:04

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

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    Tutorial 3

    Synthesis Window

    9:22

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

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    Tutorial 4

    Global Settings

    5:06

    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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    Tutorial 5

    The Oscillator

    5:52

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

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    Tutorial 6

    Oscillator Lower Panel

    4:52

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

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    Tutorial 7

    Oscillator Wave Editor

    4:54

    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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    Tutorial 8

    FMO & Noise

    5:01

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

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    Tutorial 9

    Filters

    5:42

    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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    Tutorial 10

    Comb Filter

    3:42

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

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    Tutorial 11

    Additional Generators

    5:36

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

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    Tutorial 12

    Modulation

    6:59

    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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    Tutorial 13

    Multi Stage Envelope Generator

    5:56

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

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    Tutorial 14

    LFO

    2:59

    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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    Tutorial 15

    Modulation Mapper & Mixer

    6:07

    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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    Tutorial 16

    FX Grid

    4:45

    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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    Tutorial 17

    Remaining FX

    3:48

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

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    Tutorial 18

    Arpeggiator/Sequencer

    3:36

    Programming Zebra 2’s arpeggiator is simple and musical.

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    Tutorial 19

    X/Y Pad Programming

    3:36

    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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    Tutorial 20

    MIDI Mapping

    1:44

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

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!

Ivo Siemonsmeier
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Beat Maker, Ableton Live, Reaper

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Dans
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Beginner, Sound for Film/TV

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BriceD
Submitted 2 years ago

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!

I am a: Hobbyist

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B Big Music
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent

I was waiting for this one!! Wonderful, clear explanation of a very versatile synth.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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u-he Zebra2 Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
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