Overview

UVI Darklight IIx | GUI
Costing upwards of $100,000, the dream machine of the ‘80s was unattainable by most. Used by countless prominent artists including Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Herbie Hancock, Jean Michel Jarre, Thomas Dolby and many more, it remains a highly regarded and sought after instrument.
Suffering a fit of nostalgia as we often do, we decided to set about making a new instrument inspired by this legendary studio icon and we ended up making three: a digital synth, a digital drum machine, and a multi-phraser. Each instrument with its own unique quirks and personality, suited for different tasks, all with the raw, lo-fi character of the original machine. The result is an extremely fun and flexible set of instruments that gives new life to classic sounds and pushes these old voices into new sonic territory.
UVI Darklight IIx | Trailer
Powerful analog modeled filters, LFO's, envelopes and effects in a beautiful old-school interface await you in this tightly packed and massive sounding collection.

Instruments

UVI Darklight IIx | Page P

Page P - Digital Synth

Immediate access to hundreds of sounds and instruments including: Bass, Brass, Bells, Strings, Guitar, Orchestral Hits, Synth, Drums, Percussion, FX, Keys, Piano, Organs, Winds, Reeds and Voices. Efficient and versatile control set allows for everything from quick tweaks to deep sonic exploration. Enjoy accurate reproduction of the original hardware's aliasing characteristics across 250+ ready-to-play presets. A multitude of effects, including Sparkverb™, allow you create sounds from your favorite cult records from the '80s or something totally new!
UVI Darklight IIx | Page B

Page B - Digital Drum Machine

Let Darklight power your rhythm section as an '80s-style beatbox with built-in retro step sequencer. Featuring hundreds of authentic vintage drum and percussion sounds in one place. Includes 250+ sounds and 25 ready-to-play configurations that evoke pure '80s nostalgia. Utilize the per-instrument filters to sculpt your kit or draw from the included UVI effects to transform it.
UVI Darklight IIx | Page B
UVI Darklight IIx | Page U

Page U - Creative Multi-Phraser

A fun and creative twist on the digital sampling workstation, build and layer sounds to create your own loops and progressions with a distinct old-school digital flavor. Over 100 sounds available across 3 parts each with it's own featured sequencer lane. Create original melodies, loops, phrases, drones and more, all with that authentic vintage digital bite.

Also available in the Vintage Vault 2 bundle

UVI Vintage Vault 2
A comprehensive collection of 50 instruments, 111 drum machines and over 7,000 hand-crafted presets giving you the most important synth and drum machines sounds from the last 50 years. Experience the authentic sounds of vintage hardware instruments with all the simplicity of software.
The history of synthesis at your fingertips!

SPECS

WHAT YOU GET
Size: 1.58GB (FLAC lossless encoding, was 2.3 in WAV)
Content: 3 Instruments, 284 Presets, 10,722 Samples
Sample Resolution: 44.1 kHz. Recording at 88.2 kHz
License: 3 activations per license on any combination of computer hard drive or iLok dongle
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
  • Runs in UVI Workstation version 2.6.0+, and Falcon version 1.2.0+
  • iLok account (free, dongle not required)
  • Internet connection for the license activation
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    - Mac OS 10.8 to macOS 10.14 Mojave (64-bit)
    - Windows 8 to Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • 3 GB of disk space
  • Hard Drive: 7,200 rpm recommended or Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • 4GB RAM (8 GB+ highly recommended for large UVI Soundbanks)
COMPATIBILITY
Supported Formats: Audio Units, AAX, VST, Stand-alone
Tested and Certified in: Digital Performer 8+, Pro Tools 11+, Logic 9+, Cubase 7+, Nuendo 6+, Ableton Live 8+, Studio One 2+, Garage Band 6, Maschine 1 & 2, Tracktion 4+, Vienna Ensemble 5, Reaper 4+, Sonar X3, Main Stage 3, MuLab 5.5+, FL Studio, Bitwig 1+, Reason 9.5+

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Reviews

UVI Darklight IIX | Bryan Loren
"The machine that Trevor, Herbie and Stevie were using, that had me saying, "What!?" And without the weight."
Bryan Loren | Singer-Songwriter & Producer
(Michael Jackson, Barry White, Whitney Houston, Sting, Mariah Carey, Rick James,...)
UVI Darklight IIx | Paul Hardcastle
"Darklight IIx is superb, I love the voices!"
Paul Hardcastle | Composer & Musician
Darklight IIX | Computer Music
“UVI has done an incredible job of capturing the digital soul of the original.”
Darklight IIX | Pro Tools Expert
“I think it’s a great plugin and if you really want that Fairlight sound from the 80s then you’re not going to go wrong getting ahold of this!”
Darklight IIX | SoundBytes
“I love using Darklight IIx, and UVI has done a fantastic job bringing a legendary musical instrument back to life."
Darklight IIX  | Sounds And Gear
“Overall it definitely captures that 80s classic vibe. I really like the way UVI scripts their interfaces - it’s really interactive and feels like an instrument on its own.”
Darklight IIX | Failed Muso
"Darklight IIx library gives you a wealth of useable sounds from a Fairlight, enough power to shape yet more sounds for your own use and a lovely retro style interface that evokes a pleasant sense of Aussie sampler-based nostalgia."

User testimonials

“The sound of these instruments are just excellent. Darklight sounds like a record right out of the box (the programming is so musical)... Big up for this one UVI !”Baba Bobo, YouTube
“Excellent product. Blown away it sounds so much like the actual synthesizer.”Jesse, Sweetwater
“I love this! I bought it because of these retro 80's sounds! So cool and nostalgic reminding me of so many of those sounds.”Music Machine, YouTube
“There’s a lot of old, familiar sounds that are true to form, and it’s easy to navigate through the patches. I say, GO for the gold on this one.” Leon R., Sweetwater
“The sounds themselves are nice and crusty and authentic. The drums in particular are stunning.”Groundbass, Gearslutz
“I can say Darklight is fantastic! Feeling all Art of Noisey now!”Ian S., FaceBook
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Vintage Vault 2 Pricing

Full Price
$599
Upgrade from Vintage Vault
$299
Upgrade from single product(s)
$499
Pricing Terms and Conditions

Owners of Vintage Vault are eligible for upgrade pricing (see table for details)

Owners of individual product(s) included in Vintage Vault 2 totaling in value of $149 or more (MSRP) are eligible for upgrade pricing (see table for details)

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