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Zebra2: A synth of all stripes

Zebra2 is a sound-design playground. The powerful, high quality (but still CPU friendly) sound engine and the numerous sound sculpting tools make Zebra2 capable of a near-limitless range of new sounds and textures. A favourite amongst soundtrack composers, producers and sound designers, Zebra2 provides all the tools you need—the rest is up to you

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    Zebra2 is a wireless modular synthesizer designed for flexibility, ergonomy and low CPU hit. Its Modules only appear while they are in use: Add an oscillator to the patching grid and it will appear on the left, use an LFO for anything and it will appear on the right.

    After a little practice you will find programming Zebra2 very comfortable and lightning fast. Which in the end translates to… more fun!

    Zebra’s modules are divided into Generators and Modulators, and include freely assignable controls that directly modulate important parameters.

    Generators and Modulators in Zebra2's UI



    To state that the Zebra2 oscillators are ‘highly flexible’ would be a huge understatement. They are so powerful that the Zebra2 package includes an extra instrument called Zebralette, which consists of just one oscillator transplanted into a much simpler synth framework.

    The OSC module includes such features as stacking (dual, quad or eleven) oscillators, pulse width modulation, hard sync, phase controls, and a powerful OSC FX section with a choice of 2x24 different spectral effects.

    OSC Module zebra2 UpstreamSquad

    Frequency Modulation Oscillator 

    Apart from the main OSC module, Zebra2 also includes a FMO type for FM synthesis.

    The Frequency Modulation Oscillator module is closely related to the famous Yamaha DX7. It includes most of the features of the OSC module, plus different input modes to digitally shape the sound, and a ring modulation option. 

    FMO Module UpstreamSquad


    Noise has traditionally been used for percussive sounds, wind effects, explosions, and similar…

    The Noise module features four different flavours: WhitePinkDigital, and Crackles - which produces sounds simlar to a Geiger counter or worn-out vinyl. The module also features both LP and HP filters, and a Width control.

    Noise Module

    Voltage Controlled Filter

    The VCF modules are Zebra's CPU-friendly filters. Although there are no high voltages in this synthesizer, most of Zebra’s VCF types are still almost as alive as their analogue forebears.

    The Voltage Controlled Filter features 23 filter types starting from lowpass, bandpass and highpass filters, to parametric EQ models, sample-rate reduction, or even 2 different phasing modules.

    2 VCF Modules UpstreamSquad

    Cross-Modulation Filter

    The Cross-Modulation Filter module is an extremely flexible multimode filter featuring self-oscillation, input-dependent distortion and audio-rate FM via the extra input.

    It features 15 filter types, and altough the module is more CPU-intensive than the VCF one, it's more flexible - it allows the combination of two filter types in stereo with differential cutoff. It also includes controls such as Over, and Click, both useful to push the filter to its limits.

    XMF Module XMF Module

    Comb Filter

    Comb filters are based on ultra-short delay lines with a feedback pathway. Even if the input is a very short impulse, the feedback loop can turn this into a slowly decaying tone. The frequency response curve resembles a regular row of spikes, hence the name. 

    The Comb module features 8 different modes, an internal impulse generator with 3 different waveforms to choose from, DetuneVibratoDistort controls, and more… Ideal for the creation of envelope-driven polyphonic flangers, realistic plucked and bowed strings, flutes, mallet, and other percussion instruments.

    Comb Module Zebra2 UpstreamSquad


    The Sideband module is a stereo frequency shifter, the origins of which go back to the early days of radio. Related to ring modulation in which two signals are multiplied, resulting in two sidebands.

    It features 3 different range options to pick from: 10Hz200Hz or 4kHz.

    2 SB Modules UpstreamSquad


    An input level dependent distortion unit with a choice of different algorithms.

    There are two Shaper modules available in Zebra2, featuring 4 different types of distortion: Shape (for the classic waveshaper effect), T-Drive (frequency dependent waveshaping), Crush (a bit-reducer), and Wedge - a waveshaper with foldback function.

    2 Shape Modules UpstreamSquad


    The Distortion module creates traditional analogue-type saturation 

    There are 6 different types of distortion to choose from: from tube distortion, to clipping, rectification, or foldback. It also features 2 different post filter modes. If used in the Zebra2 FX Grid, it can mimic a complete guitar amplifier and speaker cabinet.

    Dist Module


    Wavefolder is a special kind of waveshaper which maps the input signal onto a sine, folding it back on itself multiple times. Like hardware wavefolders, Zebra2’s Fold sounds best when applied to signals with very little high frequency content. 

    The Ripples control represents the number of cycles. Folds is the perecentage of Ripples used, and Bias shifts the used section to the left or right. The Live View button enables realtime animation of any modulation.

    Fold Module UpstreamSquad


    The Mix module can mix two signals. It can be used for cross-fading, or for reducing stereo width. 

    It features 5 pan modes and a modulation control.

    2 Mix Modules UpstreamSquad



    Although it looks like a regular ADSR with just a few extras, the Envelope module also has a few tricks up its sleeve: It is syncable, loopable, and offers 2-stage attack and release… 

    It features 6 time bases and 3 curve modes, plus fall and rise time, and also velocity and key scale controls.

    ENV Module UpstreamSquad

    Low Frequency Oscillator

    Alongside envelopes, Low Frequency Oscillators represent THE classic modulators – for vibrato or any cyclic movement.

    Zebra2 includes LFO and LFOG modules. This one is instantiated per voice, which means every note played gets its own LFO.
    There are 8 different waveforms to choose from, or a custom waveform (User mode). All classic LFO controls are there, such as Sync or Restart. It also includes a Slew option for instantaneous or smooth transitions.

    LFO Module UpstreamSquad

    Global Low Frequency Oscillator 

    The Global Low Frequency Oscillator is simpler than the normal LFO, as the assignable knobs and the delay are missing. However, the main difference is that this one does not retrigger per voice. 

    All other features are the same, including the choice of waveforms.

    LFOG Module UpstreamSquad

    Modulation Mapper

    Zebra’s Modulation Mapper is a general purpose table of 128 individual values.

    With its 4 different modes and extensive selection / drawing tools, the MMAP module can be used for countless different tasks.

    MMAP Module UpstreamSquad

    Modulation Mixer

    Zebra’s Modulation Mixer processes up to 3 modulation sources in different ways.

    You can sum modulations, scale the sum by a constant, or use one of the inputs to crossfade between the other two.

    MIX Module MIX Module

    Mix and Match

    The Grid

    The center of the synthesis window is a Grid consisting of four vertical lanes. This area is used for connecting generators together, whereby the signal flow is top to bottom.
    Any module can route signals between lanes. 

    Add modules, drag them around, and change the routing – it's a playground!

    The Mixer

    Below the main grid is a 4-channel Mixer. This is where you adjust pans and volumes, select envelopes, and the routing to the FX grid for each lane.

    There are 3 different routing options for the FX bus. You can also select which envelope to use for each specific lane, and specify modulation for the pan and volume parameters.

    Lower Pane

    The Lower Pane is where you will find Zebra2's global settings and many other features: effects, in-depth controls for oscillators, MSEGs, performance control settings, arpeggiator / sequencer, and the modulation matrix.

    Zebra2's Lower Pane (Global and FX settings)

    The global settings include controls for the main synthesizer's pitch, glide, and voices. A Swing generator and microtuning options are also available.

    Next to the global settings is the Effects section. Zebra2 includes Chorus / Phaser, a flexible multi-mode Delay, two different Reverb units, Compressor, and Equalizer. It's also possible to use certain generators as effects, such as ShapeVCFDist

    Zebra lets you modulate practically all effect parameters (e.g. reverb size or delay feedback).

    In-Depth Editors

    Zebra's Wave Editor UpstreamSquad

    Wave Editor

    The Wave Editor is where you create your own oscillator waveforms.

    Zebra's MSEG Editor

    MSEG Editor

    The Multi Stage Envelope Generator is a complex modulation source offering total shape control as well as continuous rate control.

    Zebra's MMAP Editor

    MMAP Editor

    This is the expanded editor for the MMAP modulator. 

    Arpeggiate and Sequence

    Zebra2 features a fully-fledged arpeggiator and sequencer. Up to 16 steps, with various loop and order options. It also includes two extra values per step, which can be used to modulate any parameter in step with the arpeggiator.

    Modulation Matrix

    All generators in Zebra2 include assignable knobs, but the plug-in also features a Modulation Matrix. This is where you set up any kind of (control rate) modulation. There are 12 modulation slots, allowing many possibilities. 


    Zebra's Perform Panel

    Up for a live performance? Zebra’s Perform panel includes four X/Y pads which can control up to 16 parameters each, all at the same time.

    Alternative skin

    Zebra's DarkEight Skin

    With the release of update 2.8, Zebra2 got a new user interface. Apart from the new standard DotEight skin, the plug-in includes an alternative, darker one called DarkEight.

    Zebra2 Key Features

    • 4 powerful wavetable (16) oscillators with integrated spectral effects
    • 1, 2, 4 or 11 times unison, with detune and stereo spread
    • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic or mono and legato modes
    • 4 fm oscillators with 8 alternative waveforms (not only sine)
    • 2 Wavefolder modules New in version 2.8
    • 4 regular filters with 23 different modes
    • 4 cross-modulation filters (XMF)
    • 12-slot modulation matrix with depth modulation from a second source
    • Flexible signal routing: 4×12 voice patching grid, 3×6 effects patching grid
    • Countless modulation destinations, including individual envelope stages and FX parameters
    • 4 expanded ADSR envelopes with extra sustain, loop or release options
    • 4 syncable multi-stage envelope generators (MSEG) with up to 32 segments each
    • 4 per-voice LFO's plus 2 global LFO's
    • 21 stereo effects: 2× chorus/flanger, 2× delay, 2× EQ, 2× compressor, 2× reverb and more Updated in version 2.8
    • 4 assignable XY pads
    • Microtuning support (standard .tun files)
    • New preset browser with search functions
    • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%
    • Skinnable UI
    • Midi learn page and editable list
    • Global preferences page
    • Over 500 factory presets

    Operating System

    Mac, PC



    Bit Depth

    Windows: 32-bit & 64-bit, Mac: 32-bit & 64-bit


    AAX, VST2, VST3, AU, NKS

    Mac Hardware Requirements

    Intel Core i3 or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended

    PC Hardware Requirements

    Intel Core i3 or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended

    Mac OS Requirements

    OS X 10.9 or later

    PC OS Requirements

    Windows 7 SP1 or later
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