Review: Falcon 2 by UVI
Amazing hybrid instrument – Both a deep sampler and a fully-featured synth
16 oscillators (16!)
Huge selection of wavetables
Huge, clean, clear, fantastic sound
Samples and oscillators can be combined in numbers only limited by your computer’s processing power
Event processors and scripting capabilities are unparalleled
Enormous number of effects to choose from (90+!)
Tons of presets (1,000+)
There is a learning curve, but it is well worth the effort
There are not enough superlatives to laud upon UVI’s Falcon 2 hybrid instrument. Imagine an excellent sampling engine combined with the best of synthesis, multiply that a few times, and Falcon 2 would be the result. Falcon 2 is a beast! If you can imagine it, you can pretty much make it in Falcon 2.
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Review: Falcon 2 by UVI
I love sample libraries and I love synthesizers. I really love Falcon 2! Falcon 2 combines everything you could want in a synthesizer with an excellent sample engine. The presets are excellent, but the biggest draw here is going to be for sound designers and those who want to create their own sounds. I’m baffled how Falcon 2 hasn’t gotten more attention. This very well might just be the king of sound design playgrounds.
Falcon 2 sells for $349.00 from UVI
You’re going to have to forgive me for the gushing review that follows, but I am simply blown away by UVI’s Falcon 2. I own just about every major soft synth on the market and a lot of sample libraries to boot, but I’ve yet to see anything that rivals the deep sound design capabilities of Falcon 2 or that combines the best of sampling with an unreal amount of synthesis capability. To say that Falcon 2 is a deep hybrid instrument might just be the understatement of my review year. I personally don’t know of anything else on the market quite like it.
Falcon 2 is an update to the original Falcon released by UVI over 4 years ago. It comes as a free update to owners of the original Falcon instrument, which speaks volumes to me of UVI’s willingness to support their product with continued development and releases. This is the kind of customer service virtual instrument enthusiasts long for but rarely get in the real world. While the original Falcon was a monster of a synth and sampler, Falcon 2 has taken things to the next level. It is impossible to summarize this instrument within a few words, but I’m going to attempt to stuff some helpful information into this review. Within Falcon 2, you will find new and enhanced modulation sources, updates to some of the original oscillators, new effects, new MIDI processors, hundreds of new factory presets, and so much more. Again, it’s not going to be possible to do anything but scratch the surface here, so I strongly encourage you to follow the links to the walkthrough videos from UVI linked below.
In Falcon 2, you will find just about every type of synthesis you could ask for.
There are so many great synthesizers on the market, and they each have their own flavor and character; some sound more clinical and cleaner, while others sound more analog and organic. Some focus on only one type of synthesis, while others try to bring a mixture of synthesis types to the table. In Falcon 2, you will find just about every type of synthesis you could ask for. There are 16 oscillators (16!) that cover everything from basic sample playback to multi granular sampling. Falcon 2 includes wavetable, additive, virtual analog, FM, analog stack, pluck, an organ oscillator, and more. There is even a module that has been designed explicitly for creating rhythmic and percussive sounds. Known as “DRUM”, it combines a pitch oscillator and noise generator to create percussive sounds. Whereas with other synthesizers, you are generally limited to 2-4 oscillators, with Falcon 2, the sky is the limit. Falcon 2 allows you to layer and combine as many oscillators as your computer can process. Again, this thing is an absolute beast!
There is much more that could be said about Falcon 2’s synthesis capabilities, but let’s move on to sampling. This is another way in which Falcon 2 sets itself apart from most of the soft synth market. Falcon 2 isn’t just a synth, it’s a sampler too, and we’re not just talking about basic, single sample insertion either. Falcon 2 includes an advanced sample engine with an onboard editor. The sample includes timestretch, pitch-shift, slicing, and even granular capabilities. The sampler within Falcon will even allow you to do random robin sampling, meaning you can create an entire sample instrument within Falcon 2 that you can combine with some of the best synth engines out there.
One of my personal favorite finds so far within Falcon 2 are the events processors.
One of my personal favorite finds so far within Falcon 2 are the events processors. You might expect to find a nice sequencer within most soft synths out there, but within Falcon 2, this truly becomes next level processing. Not only do you have an advanced arpeggiator, you also have a dedicated drum sequencer, a Euclidean drum sequencer, a Euclidean tonal sequencer, a MIDI player, a polyphonic sequencer, and even a step line sequencer for bass line sequencing. Talk about throwing in everything but the kitchen sink! I personally find the Euclidean tonal sequencer to be fun to use to create polyrhythmic tonal sequences. If you often find yourself stuck in the world of 4/4 composing, with basic eighth and sixteenth notes, this has the potential to supercharge your tracks and break you out of that cycle. If the many event processors within Falcon 2 aren’t enough for you, you can even code your own using the LUA scripting language. Another really nice feature for those with MPE controllers is MPE support, along with dedicated MPE presets. There are also exclusive presets from Expressive E.
The effects within Falcon 2 are mind-boggling. There are just so many of them (90+!)! They sound amazing and can be combined to your heart’s content. There are tons of delays, reverbs, modulators, filters, eqs, drives, dynamics, analysis, and more. The Sparkverb, for example, sounds fantastic! Along with complete control over the settings, there are plenty of presets to get you going. Falcon 2’s effects section is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s as if UVI said “I wonder what would it be like if we incorporated every possible effect into Falcon 2? Heck, let’s just do it!”
Falcon 2 is not something to be read about. It is a world to be experienced.
Falcon 2 is not something to be read about. It is a world to be experienced. Saying this is a sound designer’s dream would be an understatement. The possibilities for sound-sculpting and creating your own sounds are truly endless. If you are looking for a single workhorse that will offer the best of synthesis, effects, and event processing with the addition of a full-featured sampler, look no further. Falcon 2 is here with a resounding…whatever sound you want!
Falcon 2 is a hybrid instrument of the highest order. It includes 16 oscillators, 90+ effects, numerous modulation sources, and an advanced sample engine. Falcon 2 installs as 600 MB for PC or 564 MB on Mac. The factory library is 998 MB. You can purchase Falcon 2 from UVI for $349.00. At time of review, UVI are offering a $100/100€ voucher good towards the purchase of any UVI soundware or Falcon expansion.
Falcon 2 sells for $349.00 from UVI
Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Falcon 2 by UVI
“There are not enough superlatives to laud upon UVI’s Falcon 2 hybrid instrument. Imagine an excellent sampling engine combined with the best of synthesis, multiply that a few times, and Falcon 2 would be the result. Falcon 2 is a beast! If you can imagine it, you can pretty much make it in Falcon 2.”