Featured UVI Digital Synsations Volume 2 by Synth Guru
Product: Digital Synsations volume 2
Formats: VST, Audio Units, AAX, Stand-alone, OS X 10.7+ (32 & 64-bit) and Win 7+ (32 & 64-bit) Runs on UVI Workstation v2.6.10+ & Falcon v1.2.1+
Pro Tools 11+, Digital Performer 8+, Logic 9+, Cubase 7+, Nuendo 6+, Ableton Live 8+, Studio One 2+, Garage Band 6, Maschine 1&2, Tracktion 4+, Vienna Ensemble 5, Reaper 4+, Sonar X3, Main Stage 3, MuLab 5.5+
Disk Space Required: 20GB
Hard Drive: 7,200 rpm recommended or Solid State Drive (SSD)
4GB RAM (8GB+ highly recommended for large UVI Soundbanks)
DRM: iLok account (Free, dongle not required)
Demo: Not available
The Scope: UVI introduces Digital Synsations Volume 2, a synth collection consisting of three vintage digital synthesizers from the 90’s. These synths arrive to you with over 20,000 high quality and professionally crafted samples utilizing (FLAC lossless encoding, 42GB in WAV). With over 500 presets, there’s plenty of room to get to know what these hidden gems are capable of. These “Digital Mavericks” incorporate a combination of the sounds from the Roland JD-800 & JD-990, the Ensoniq Fizmo, and the Kawai K5000S. UVI reawakens these famous and almost forgotten synths as the DK5S, DS-890, and the DZmo. These vintage digital synths are still highly sought after by collectors but their numbers are few. Here’s your chance to capture and cherish the sounds of yesterday thanks to UVI.
DZmo: The program interface is represented by a section and a color scheme of the original synth. The DZmo features envelopes for Amplitude and Filter, controls for Pitch, Drive, and Stereo. Included are Bitcrusher and effects like Thorus, Delay, Reverb. The Modwheel has controls for Vibrato, Tremolo, and filter. Patches can be played in both Poly and Mono modes.
DK5S: The DK5S interface features Amplitude and Filter envelopes (Low Pass, Band Pass, and High Pass). It also has Pitch and Velocity controls. There’s a Stereo section with controls for Color, Spread, and Detune. Effects for this synth include Bitcrusher, Thorus, Delay, Reverb. The Mod Wheel also has Vibrato, Tremolo, and Filter controls. Lastly, there’s an option to add Drive and Poly mode.
DS-890: This interface features similar controls as the two previously described interfaces. It does however, have a control for Velocity to Attack within the Amplitude section.
Patches: The following categories of presets are available in Digital Synsations Volume 2 for all three synthesizers: Bass, Bells, Brass, Leads, Pads, Polysynth, Strings, Sweeps, Vocals just to name a few.
* Please see below to view screenshots of the user interface.
Sound Quality: The sound quality of Digital Synsations Volume 2 is exceptionally clear and overflowing with digital goodness. If you’ve been searching for glassy bells, gorgeous sounding pads, and bright harmonics with rich overtones then search no more. I have a large collection of soft synths and the synths of Digital Synsations Volume 2 are by no means redundant. The sound stands on its own ground, unique and very beautiful. Sounds can also be layered with other UVI Soundbanks for some very interesting combinations.
Ease of use: The user interface is very concise and easy to navigate. All the controls are at your fingertips and are free of complicated sub menus. The Soundbanks can be accessed from either the UVI Workstation or via the Falcon interface for existing owners.
Features: Most if not all the controls are available right from the main user interface. There’s a great selection of special effects at your disposal. The Amplitude and Filter envelopes let you tailor your sound with precision. One of my favorite features is the ability to layer the sounds to make them even more unique. I find Digital Synsations Volume 2 to be very flexible and versatile. Just by listening to the presets, one can easily get in a creative mood. The CPU footprint is quite reasonable using 8GB of RAM but as with large Soundbanks, the more the merrier. There’s no demo for Digital Synsations Volume 2 however, you can hear sound demos at the UVI website. I must say that listening to these sound demos puts a big smile on my face. Give them a listen!
Bang for buck: Excellent value. For three digital giants from the 90’s, the price is very affordable. Unless you are fortunate enough to find a working HW equivalent, this is definitely the way to go for adding these sounds to your synth collection.
Overall: Digital Synsations Volume 2 is another powerful and authentic release from UVI. The superior sound quality and originality of this sound set definitely has what it takes to set it apart from the rest. Recommended for musicians, sound designers, and synthesizer collectors who want to expand their musical expression.