[apologies for the chunky video from 4:00ish]
We spoke to Urs Heckmann, founder of U-he, at Superbooth 2023 and got a glimpse of the upcoming Zebralette 3, the free version of Zebra, which includes one oscillator and an MSEG with a few extras, and is shaping up to be a significant update from its previous version. Urs mentioned that this release is more of a prototype and alpha version, and the team is focusing on releasing it ahead of Zebra 3 as that is still in development.
The new editor allows intuitive wave drawing for oscillators, MSEGs or modulations and looks very easy to use, letting you drag shapes in any direction, drawing lines to produce sequences, and a tool that rotates the curve to change the phase of a waveform. There are also guide curves that manipulate the curve in the background, allowing users to create complex shapes with ease. Most importantly, the synth is already sounding pretty amazing, as you'd expect from Urs' passion project.
Zebra 3 Available: soon. Price TBC
Zebralette 3 Available: Sooner. Price: Free
With a mesmerising display
3 Osc mono/para gets a refresh
And Dreadbox Hypnosis, Circuit Tracks
8 voice multi-sample wavetable synth