UVI Vintage Vault ‘The Ultimate Vintage Synth Collection’


UVI has introduced Vintage Vault, a bundle that they say puts ‘the history of synthesis at your fingertips’.

Vintage Vault bundles UVI’s entire line of vintage series instruments, including 36 virtual instruments, with over 5,000 custom presets. The bundle is priced at a savings of 80%, compared with buying the individual instruments.

Includes: Beat Box Anthology, Darklight IIx, Digital Synsations, Emulation II, Emulation One, Mello, String Machines, The Beast, UltraMini, UVX-3P, UVX-10P, Vector Pro, Vintage Legends and WaveRunner.

Here’s a video intro to Vintage Vault:

Here’s what they have to say about the bundle:

Imagine having dozens of the most rare and sought after synths, samplers and drum machines. A truly massive collection of vintage gear, with over 5 decades of sound innovation at your fingertips. With Vintage Vault it’s yours. Instantly call up your favorite vintage gear, be inspired by the unmistakable authenticity of real hardware samples and tweak the sounds to perfection through intuitive user interfaces designed in homage of their hardware counterparts.

With Vintage Vault you get access to the full line of UVI vintage series instruments, a comprehensive collection, covering the history of synthesis from analog to digital and everywhere in-between. Get the authentic tones you’ve been craving at a price that can’t be beat!

Vintage Vault Audio Demos:


Vintage Vault is available now for US $499.

40 thoughts on “UVI Vintage Vault ‘The Ultimate Vintage Synth Collection’

    1. “i wish these guys made real synths”

      It’s 2014 and software synths have been ‘real synths’ since the 60’s….

      1. I am so confused by this comment. There where software synths in the 60s? There was such a thing a software in the 60s?

        1. “There where software synths in the 60s? There was such a thing a software in the 60s?”

          Yes – there’s been computer-generated synthesis going on since at least the 60’s. It developed in parallel to the hybrid analog/digital synths of Buchla & Moog. It was crude in a lot of ways, but the first hardware modulars were crude in a lot of ways, too.

          When people make these disdainful comments about software synths not being ‘real synths’, it comes across as completely clueless to anybody that knows about all the types of synthesis that were pioneered with computer systems.

        2. Yes. In the early 60s John Chowning’s experiments with FM synthesis were written in Bell Labs variant of the FORTRAN language and input into an IBM 7094 computer using punch cards. Probably not the first time a computer was used for synthesis but the first example that springs to mind.

        3. Dr. Max Mathews, a pioneer of computer music, made a program called ‘Music 1’ in 1957. Many people consider this the beginning of computer based music. There are very interesting and entertaining stories about him around the internet. Like how he cleaned the circuit board of a lunchbox computer with warm water, dishwashing detergent and a toothbrush. (This story can be read on the csounds website.)

          1. Gotta love the “context” Nazis on here.
            In this context, a “real” synth would be the hardware version. And the “sampled version” of the instrument is not a “real” version of the original hardware. So, in that sense they (UVI) don’t make “real” synths, they make a virtual instrument that plays back captured sound elements from “real hardware.”

        1. If you’re trying to be sarcastic or something, it’s not translating to comments well.

          If I misunderstood you, sorry, but digital (software) synths gave been real synths just as long as hardware synths have.

      2. I just wish companies reproduce their vintage keyboards. The feel of having to control real knobs and sliders has its own pleasure and just having to experience a different era and what it was like to play these instruments live I personally would love to feel myself. I am sure I would put everyone of these instruments to use

        1. All the original synths are available to buy used, so why would you want companies to remake them, instead of developing better synths?

          1. They may be available used but not many people . The emulation software they are developing could be useful in the studio but still depends on your computer. But on stage and as an example something like the Jupiter-80 and 50 can emulate the old Jupiter-4, 6 and 8 but puts everything on the screen and forces you to use the new synths knob and button layout which wasn’t designed for the old synths that actually had a design which was made specifically and perfectly for them, and having all the knobs and sliders in front of you and where it was meant to be to do real-time sound manipulation is much more user friendly in a live scenario, plus sometimes the sound imperfection of analog synths’ sounds can be better for what you are doing or just have the different feel which a musician is looking for. Sure the new ones can have better and newer capabilities and yes I do believe they should keep developing them but old sounds in its original form always have their special taste, we should keep hearing these because they inspire us in what we do and we should be adding new ones to our library.

          2. #TJ
            i do not want them to remake the old synths
            i want them to make the software synth in the demo as hardware synths
            i was not trying to be sarcastic
            i know the history of synth

            i like the sounds in the demo
            but i wish UVI made them as hardware
            this i what i meant by REAL
            i think you misunderstood my fist statement ..?

  1. how about chilling out with the grandiose intros and just showing us the sounds these things make. everyone who makes crappy dubstep is happy with massive so you don’t need to “wobble” us into buying it.

  2. I’ve had the chance to play several of the more rare synths in the collection like the DK Synergy. I have to compliment UVI for getting a lot of the character right. Sure, its a bit freeze-dried, but what’s there is more than flexible enough to be useful. They took pains to provide enough relevant controls to keep it from just being a glorified WAV set. UVI gives good GUI, too, as with a lot of MOTU synths. FINALLY giving us a non-iLok option is also welcome. Some people carp about softsynths a lot, but the practical reality is that they are very well modeled now. Its alright to use what works best for you, but we should all bitch less. There may be a certain inherent “tone” to the whole thing due to the creative team and methods used (Arturia synths all have a certain aspect of their own), but after hearing the demos, I gotta say, this is ultra-cheap for what you’re getting. Again, I’m giving it the nod because I’ve played the hardware and I have yet to hear a better cross-section or one crafted so well. Even a couple of these as hardware would cost the Moon and drive you batty, as old gear can. This is a win-win deal.

    1. You don’t need to have an ilok key per so anymore. You only need an ilok account and you can authorise up to 3 computers (without any hardware dongle key). It takes only 5 min to create an ilok account and it works with more than one developer and software. So, in the end, it’s pretty practical to not have to run every freaking website for some Serial number, activation code, with different login/pass, etc…

      iLok was a real PITA when we had to have the hardware dongle, but now things are way simpler and works fine apparently.

      To me, this UVI bundle is a ‘must have’ and a no brainer 🙂

  3. @499 usd I pass. Not cheap if compared to NI Complete and Arturia collections. 499 for stolen sounds from outdated gear? You must be joking!

    1. right! and the funniest thing is the comment: The bundle is priced at a savings of 80%, compared with buying the individual instruments.

        1. Nonetheless, it’s really worth the $499 price… (even cheaper if you already own some stuff apparently).

          To me, for the synth sounds, it does compete easily with Komplete. Sure Komplete is different and does include FX, acoustic sounds, etc… but in terms of “Synth” sounds, UVI knows how to make good sounds, well sound-designed.

          For anyone using software, it’s a no brainer!

            1. Komplete – best if you want more ‘modern’ sounds
              UVI – probably best collection of old school sounds
              AIR – if you want orchestral sounds, it’s got a great set

            2. I’d say: ALL OF THEM, LOL 🙂

              Just kidding… I know, that’s tough call when there’s so much great stuff out there. I already have Komplete 9 Ultimate (bought last year), so it was an easier decision for me.

              However, please be aware that NI is surely coming with Komplete 10 (I’d say between now and October… just an educated guess).

              That’s why I’d prefer the UVI Vintage Vault right now, wait for Komplete 10 for Christmas or so… and by then, the whole AIR bundle price might drop a little bit. But again, that’s just _my_ take on this. Everyone’s different.

              One sure thing, you can’t go wrong with any bundle. They’re all good and quite different too… that’s why I think they do complete each other pretty well.

              My 2¢

        2. true. but i meant that its funny to compare the value of real hardware with sampled sounds from it

  4. This is just a sample library with nice looking gui’s right? Not emulation software… correct? Haven’t looked much at ivi stuff due to their prior ilok requirement, but they do have some good libraries (toy museum etc) that wouldn’t mind checking out, …. It sounds good, as they are playing samples of the OG’s, but how do they perform when you want to filter tweak, apply modulation etc… ok? I’m NOT asking facetiously,…

    1. ilok hardware is not required anymore.

      For all modulation stuff, you can check Mach Five (because you can use all UVI banks with Mach Five). There’s some nice videos on Youtube that shows the potential of Mach Five modular synthesis to apply some FX, LFOs, etc… (Also, keep in mind that each software already have a nice easy to use GUI)

  5. FYI, I own and use several of these and they are truly awesome. Why? They have very highly sampled the instruments and created really nice GUIs ( have a touchscreen, prepare to be in heaven ); and for many of them they also sampled the root waveforms so you *can* make entirely new sounds from scratch. Because they are based on samples of the real instruments, they sound 100% like many of these classic and highly expensive instruments. If you just use Massive, good for you. If you owned, used, or lusted after many of these rare hardware synths, this is one of the best collections out there. For those who love the old gear but can neither afford, or want to own, them — this is a great bunch of kit. I own three of the various original “collections” and love them. This is a great addition to somebody who has downsized his studio from hardware (like me) and still wants the classic synths and their tones/sounds. The entire collection is cheaper than any used bit of hardware out there, so for those of us who dig this, not a big whine festival like some folks are making out on here. For those of us who have the ear for sounds, can actually play music, it’s a welcome labor of love from the UVI folks. (I do not work for them or have any relationship — just a long time happy customer!). Peace out.

  6. $499 is a great deal for 36 classics. Sure its not the same as the originals but for that kind of collection, with the sounds they did capture, its really a great deal. The best thing is that you don’t have to worry about all the stuff you never hear about with the originals. Like having to let them warm up to sound good, or working fast before they get too warm and go out of tune, Tuning with some of those older synths was a challenge in and of itself. $499 for all those sounds and presets are totally worth it.

  7. Owner of the Beast and EmulationII, here. I was impressed by both, but felt the prices were a bit steep for what you got. Now a year later, $500 for the whole shebang is a very very good deal !! Excellent quality sounds. If I was an in-the-box person, it would be a no-brainer. I’m a hardware guy, but will almost certainly invest a bit further (upgrade offer) to get these, for the day that I go back into the box.

  8. Watching all these emulation & software versions of classic stuff really just makes me want to look around for the real deal even more, theres so much of this stuff out now & all the really cool analog / hybrid stuff coming up that i can’t see the point in all this. Perhaps if some of these were for sale individually & at a really decent price i mite consider but with all thats out now emmm?? I suppose there is a market for such a collection tho…

  9. As an existing UVI customer I got the Vintage Vault for €260 (around $300). So far I am very pleased with the product. Some presets are really outstanding. The price is well worth it, considering that I would otherwise have paid much over €1000 to get everything it includes.

    My only criticism is that some products aren’t well integrated into the UVI workstation, which means the presets are sometimes on the device itself and sometimes in menu form on the workstation. I don’t get the inconsistency here.

  10. They do not mention that their prices are WITHOUT vat ….
    It always makes me angry when someone does that.
    I started the procedure for ordering and in the last steps VAT was ADDED to their advertised prices …. not exactly what i expected! I ‘ll think about this more, it always makes me think twice about the policy/attitude of the company that does this …

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