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u-he to release Hans Zimmer Dark Knight version of Zebra synth

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ZebraHZ's Synthesis view.

ZebraHZ's Synthesis view.


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ZebraHZ's Performance tab.

ZebraHZ's Performance tab.


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ZebraHZ will contain sounds that were used in all three episodes of The Dark Knight.

ZebraHZ will contain sounds that were used in all three episodes of The Dark Knight. (Image credit: David James/Warner Bros/Courtesy of Warner Bros./Bureau L.A. Collection/Corbis)

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight Rises looks like being one of the films of 2012, and it transpires that VST synth fans will be able to celebrate the completion of Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy with the launch of a special version of its Zebra synth.

It turns out that soundtrack guru Hans Zimmer used a custom-built version of Zebra - one with Diva filters and some prototype features planned for Zebra 3 - when he was scoring The Dark Knight movies. This is now set to be made available to existing Zebra users, as are the presets that were used in the films' soundtracks

u-he's Urs Heckman confirmed the upcoming launch of ZebraHZ on the KVR forum. He admits it's not perfect - the 'Diva' filters are mono, there's no multicore support and you can expect significant CPU drain if the 'extras' are used - but it sounds like an interesting concept.

More details soon. For now, we know that ZebraHZ will cost $99. Although it runs as a separate plug-in, it requires an existing Zebra license to run.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.