The influx of new synthesis techniques gave way to many phenomenal and unique synthesizers. In fact, so many were released in such a short time that a number of truly great keyboards were lost to the spotlight. It’s a passion of ours to unearth and explore these gems, as they each have a truly unique signature and many of them are becoming lost to time. We’re both proud and excited to share these sonic treasures with you. For some they will be a reunion, for others they will be completely new, in both cases we look forward to hearing their voices come alive as music once again.
An inspired touch
With a deep understanding of the unique qualities of these machines, both their synthesis techniques and signal paths, our sound designers were able to draw out the aural signatures of each synth, designing a library of patches that clearly resound with the soul of each keyboard. These sounds formed the foundation of DS Volume 2. Over 20,000 professionally recorded samples used across 500 presets deliver the authentic sounds and vintage digital character of these synths. Now you can explore, tweak and edit these classic synths with all the conveniences of a modern software instrument in your DAW of choice.
One of the very few machines of its time to utilize additive synthesis, and to combine it with PCM streams, this keyboard was and remains a singular piece of hardware. Perhaps on account of being marketed for its workstation capabilities instead of its luxurious sound quality, this synth saw a sadly limited production run before being discontinued by its Japanese manufacturers. Digging deep into this machines digital engine we were able to create truly wild tones, from crisp and edgy leads to rich pads and surreal harmonic washes.
A Jedi of 90's synthesizers, this instrument is actually a union of two celebrated Japanese sister-machines. Here we combine the best of both worlds, utilizing the keyboard unit as well as its module counterpart. Used on countless hit records these synths were embraced by artists such as Emerson Lake & Palmer, Depeche Mode, Laurent Garnier, the Prodigy and more. The original hardware was one of the first digital synths to re-introduce multimode filters, and its ability to stack and tweak patches and samples gave these machines a level of flexibility seldom matched. Capturing its rich analog-like warmth, DS-890 delivers a fresh palette of powerhouse sounds - covering the gamut from thick and meaty basses to sizzling leads.
"The patches have a great sense of motion, size, and sonic richness that make them fun to play. Even the percussive ones have multiple layers and filters on them that give them a sense of complexity that can be hard to find in true analog."
"If you’ve been searching for glassy bells, gorgeous sounding pads, and bright harmonics with rich overtones then search no more. The superior sound quality and originality of this sound set definitely has what it takes to set it apart from the rest."
"I owned the hardware for a time and I think UVI have done a stellar job recreating it. The ability to get under the hood with these sounds allows you to modify these presets and develop your own sound."
Review: UVI Digital Synsations 2
"The sounds in this are so vibey - really moody and rich! It's sounds great and it's a nice nod to the '90s."
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