Review: Zebra Lazarus Bundle by The Unfinished

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In the Zebra Lazarus Bundle, The Unfinished has created a Swiss Army Knife of patches for Zebra2 and ZebraHZ. These patches include a wide array of presets for everything from cinematic scoring and trailer music to ambient electronica and techno/dance music.

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Review: Zebra Lazarus Bundle by The Unfinished

In the Zebra Lazarus Bundle, The Unfinished has created a Swiss Army Knife of patches for Zebra2 and ZebraHZ. These patches include a wide array of presets for everything from cinematic scoring and trailer music to ambient electronica and techno/dance music. Whereas many other all-in-one libraries tend to present a stereotypical survey of multiple genres, the Zebra Lazarus Bundle digs deep and presents fresh and modern takes on each style. Highly recommended!

Zebra Lazarus Bundle sells for £49.99 from The Unfinished

Thoughts

Whenever Matt Bowdler (aka The Unfinished) releases a new sound set, I tend to perk up and pay attention. The Unfinished always seems to know how to bring my soft synths to life with new and fresh takes on the genres I’m interested in with the character and timbre I’m looking for. The Zebra Lazarus Bundle is no exception. Including four total volumes (two each for Zebra2 and ZebraHZ), the Zebra Lazarus Bundle presents 800 total patches of gloomy sonic delight. From dark and edgy bass lines and sequences that would fit perfectly into cinematic scoring and trailer music, to brassy synth leads and arps that would be completely at home in electronica and dance music, the Zebra Lazarus Bundle could be considered an all-in-one Zebra toolkit for composers who want a one-stop-shop for a wide swath of genres.

The Zebra Lazarus Bundle includes identically named sound sets for Zebra2 and ZebraHZ. However, since Zebra2 and ZebraHZ are different synths, these patches vary a good bit from one another. It’s pretty fun to hear a patch within Zebra2 and then audition the same patch within ZebraHZ. The same spirit, rhythm, and basic programming are there, but the sounds often differ a good bit in character. Mostly these are subtle differences, but it really serves to enrich the sound set and make it even deeper. This extends the usefulness of the bundle, as you end up with 800 patches between these two soft synths. Another way to extend the utility of the Zebra Lazarus Bundle is to layer the same patch within each synth. This brings forth an entirely new sound that is deeper and richer than either of the original patches.

The Zebra Lazarus Bundle consists of 12 categories: arps, basslines, basses, drums/percussion, keys, leads, looped percussion, mallets, pads, soundscapes, sound effects, and sequences. All of the categories include some great sounds, but my favorite are probably the basslines, soundscapes, and sequences. There are so many basslines here that would fit as easily into cinematic action cues as they would into techno or dance music. The included soundscapes are some of the best I have ever heard. There are so many dark and gloomy soundscapes with such gritty distortion here that I could imagine creating many video game or dystopian movie cues with only this sound set as the driving force. I don’t tend to use a lot of soundscapes in my music, but I definitely plan on incorporating these. In fact, I can’t wait until I have a track that I can place one of these into. There is a great selection of pads here that largely tend to fall within the dark and gloomy variety. From simple warm analog pads to thin, hybrid, and digital pads, this collection of pads is sure to please a lot of folks like me.

With the Zebra Lazarus Bundle, The Unfinished has done it again. He has driven Zebra2 and ZebraHZ to new sonic heights, and I’m thankful to be along for the ride. If you are looking to purchase a single Zebra toolkit that covers a multiplicity of genres, look no further. This is it!

Facts

The Zebra Lazarus Bundle includes Lazarus: Vol. I and Vol. II, as well as Vol I: Dark Edition and Vol. II: Dark Edition. This sound set includes 800 patches for u-he’s Zebra2 and ZebraHZ soft synths.

Zebra Lazarus Bundle sells for £49.99 from The Unfinished

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Zebra Lazarus Bundle by The Unfinished
“A great all-in-one set of patches for everything from cinematic scoring to electronica.”