Here’s a sneak preview of u-he’s The Dark Zebra software synthesizer - a Zebra2 soundbank created by Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr for the soundtrack to The Dark Knight Rises.
Urs Heckman of u-he software has posted a bit more information about Dark Zebra – a custom version of the Zebra software synth that features Hans Zimmer’s patches from The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack:
This modified version of Zebra, dubbed “ZebraHZ” will ship exclusively with The Dark Zebra soundset that we’ll be releasing shortly after the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
The soundset contains 400 presets by Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr which they created for the Dark Knight trilogy soundtracks.
Heckman previously had this to say about the ‘pimped’ Dark Zebra, formerly ZebraHZ:
For the soundtrack HZ used a custom built Zebra with Diva filters and some prototype features originally planned for Zebra 3. He got us to do this in return for some rights.
Now the gist is, part of what we?re releasing requires that pimped version of Zebra, hence it will be bundled. It isn?t perfect, e.g. the ?Diva? filters are mono, there?s no multicore support, significant CPU drain if the extras are used. We call it ZebraHZ, and it will run nicely as a *separate* plugin!
Dark Zebra will sell for $99, and require an existing Zebra license. Availability for ZebraHZ is TBA.
Synth designer Urs Heckman has announced, via KVR, a special version of his Zebra synthesizer.
ZebraHZ features customizations and patches used by Hans Zimmer for the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack.
Here’s what Heckman has to say about ZebraHZ:
As you know, next week premieres the final part of The Dark Knight trilogy. For the soundtrack HZ used a custom built Zebra with Diva filters and some prototype features originally planned for Zebra3. He got us to do this in return for some rights. Now the gist is, part of what we’re releasing requires that pimped version of Zebra, hence it will be bundled. It isn’t perfect, e.g. the “Diva” filters are mono, there’s no multicore support, significant CPU drain if the extras are used. We call it ZebraHZ, and it will run nicely as a *separate* plugin!
So, hehe, I can’t hold back anymore, and it has been guessed rightly a few times – all Zebra patches by HZ/HS designed for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, accompanied by ZebraHZ. Sells for 99$, requires an existing Zebra license.
This I think is the best way to celebrate 11 (i.e. one more!) years of u-he, and a great way to bridge the gap until we release Zebra3. I’m also very happy that we can finally and officially make these sounds heard.
Availability for ZebraHZ is TBA.
In addition to the official introductions at Musikmesse 2012, there were, as always, sneak previews of products that aren’t shipping and even some prototypes of things that may or may not ever ship.
This video, via Sonic State, captures a very early preview of a ‘skunkworks’ prototype of a U-He Diva hardware controller. Don’t miss the aluminum foil & Saran wrap action!