Review: Zebra Nillertoq by The Very Loud Indeed Co.

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Something every media composer loves are brand new sounds. This however doesn’t have to come at the cost of an entirely new soft synth. Though we are all aware of synths like Omnisphere and Zebra2, a growing sector of the market is rising to meet a new demand for users of these products and their constant need for new and interesting sounds and. companies like The Very Loud Indeed Co is one such source of brand new patches and presets for familiar synths we already own. This includes their wonderful new pack Zebra Nillertoq, a collection of new patches for Zebra2.

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Review: Zebra Nillertoq by The Very Loud Indeed Co.

Zebra2 from U-He is one of the great secret weapons of the media composer. Much like Omnisphere, it has become a staple in scoring due to its flexibility and power. Though the stock product comes with a dizzyingly large collection of presets, as with any product that gets used a lot in media music, these sounds tend to become cliche over time. Any composer can flip on their tv only to hear a familiar Zebra patch they’ve used themselves a million times. A way to escape this tedium is simple: get new sounds! This is where The Very Loud Indeed Co. enters the picture with their new product Zebra Nillertoq, a large collection of brand new cinematic patches for U-He’s Zebra2.

Zebra Nillertoq normally sells for $29 from The Very Loud Indeed Co.

Thoughts

Being a long time user of Zebra2, I was excited to dig into this new collection of patches. Zebra is known for not only its large collection of presets but also its power as a synth and how flexible and modifiable every sound was. Because of this, I knew that not only was I about to open up a pack of new presets, but almost more importantly a pack of new starting points for my own sounds which could be modified from where these patches left off. There was a lot to dig into here as Zebra Nillertoq came with 120 new patches.

These patches were divided nicely across several categories including arps, bass lines, keys, leads, pads, soundscapes, loops, and several sound effects patches. Though interesting sounding, the sound effects patches did feel like an afterthought to the collection.

The arps and bass lines are all a lot of fun and will absolutely put a smile on your face. They will instantly add a driving cinematic pulse to any track and may be the perfect bit of sugar dust you’ve been looking for to sprinkle on an otherwise dull composition. Though they’re all fun, I will note that while playing them I really could not help but think of 90s action movies as some of them do have a very dated sound reminiscent of this era of scoring. Think 90s Jean-Claude Van Damme, Time Cop or Hard Target era film scores. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and sometimes these sounds are absolutely called for. The library however did bill itself as covering more modern cinematic action thriller styles, listing composers like Tom Holkenborg and Ludwig Göransson as inspirations, so I was expecting a more modern focus. With that said, there’s a lot in here and a lot of really great modern sounds to be found.

The keys I found to be a quality low point of the library. None of these sounds felt particularly usable. Some of them even felt like a sound you’d hear coming from an old casio keyboard. Again, this is perhaps a sound you might be looking for and it might find its place in some particular project that needed this kind of sound. It just felt out of place in a library billing itself as focusing on modern scoring. There are only 10 of these patches though so it’s not a huge % of the overall library.

The leads section has some really great sounds and were a real highlight! Experimenting with some delays and big reverbs and you could instantly see how many of these sounds would sound so amazing in a modern scoring project. The pads were all wonderful as well. Lush and emotional, some of these patches could easily carry a whole scene on their own. Adding plugs-ins like LFO Tool or Movement to them, one could easily add another layer of interest really quickly. Combined with these plug-ins, I could easily see some of these sounds becoming a permanent fixture in my template.

One thing across the entire pack that was wonderful was the constantly clever use of modwheel for changing the sound. Moving your modwheel might mean a filter would open up, or a new layer would come in or other things like that. They always felt thought out with care and playability in mind. This is something in general I felt when I was playing through all these patches, for the most part each one felt like it was made with care by a musician with playability in mind. This is something that absolutely makes an addon pack like this worth it and with a price point so low, I don’t think anyone would regret the purchase.

Facts

120 cinematic patches consisting of arps, bass lines, keys, leads, pads, soundscapes, loops, and some sound effects designed with action, thriller, and drama music in mind. The library features patches that work both within Zebra2 and ZebraHZ. The ZebraHZ patches use the Diva filters which give them a different sound. Zebra Nillertoq requires the full version of Zebra2 to work.

Zebra Nillertoq normally sells for $29 from The Very Loud Indeed Co.

 

Demos of Zebra Nillertoq by The Very Loud Indeed Co.

 

Videos of Zebra Nillertoq by The Very Loud Indeed Co.

 

Contributor Shaun Chasin reviews Zebra Nillertoq by The Very Loud Indeed Co.
“Something every media composer loves are brand new sounds. This however doesn’t have to come at the cost of an entirely new soft synth. Though we are all aware of synths like Omnisphere and Zebra2, a growing sector of the market is rising to meet a new demand for users of these products and their constant need for new and interesting sounds and. Companies like The Very Loud Indeed Co is one such source of brand new patches and presets for familiar synths we already own. This includes their wonderful new pack Zebra Nillertoq, a collection of new patches for Zebra2.”