u-he’s free synth-modeling plugin has finally gotten an update along with a brand-new look.
Zebralette is the free version of their four-oscillator Zebra2 plugin, only providing one oscillator to craft sounds. Don’t be fooled, however – Zebralette’s Waveform Editor provides 16 customizable waveforms to use. Four drawing modes are available: GeoMorph and GeoBlend allows 32-point waveform harmonic drawing while SpectroBlend and SpectroMorph give harmonic control across 128 columns.
Pairing the Zebralette’s modulators with its WaveWarp feature and over 30 effects adds subtleties or extra dynamics to a sound. After mastering the plugin, users can move over to Zebra2, offering more in-depth sound modeling options across four different oscillators. Rounding it off with a sleek GUI plus new support (including Mac OS X Big Sur) makes Zebralette a strong addition to any plugin library. As the developers put it, “You can do quite a lot with one oscillator.”
Urs Heckmann founded Berlin-based u-he (Heckmann Audio GmbH) in 2001. The Diva, Zebra, Hive and Repro virtual analogue synthesizers have all been released to rave reviews. U-he even has a special version of the Zebra2 plugin for film composer Hans Zimmer.
Learn more or download the Zebralette on the u-he website.