UVI – Drone (UVI Workstation, Falcon)

By | February 11, 2024


Publisher: UVI
Website: www.uvi.net/drone
Quality: 24 bit 44.1 kHz stereo

Description: > Texture and atmosphere designer
> Create rich, immersive drone experiences for movies, games, music, and more.
> Dual sampling engine with IRCAM Granular, modulation and high quality effects
> Native MPE integration and surround sound sources

Designed for composers, sound engineers and musicians, Drone is a creative tool that delivers ever-evolving textures and atmospheres, from deep and powerful low-frequency sounds to rich and shimmering ones.

Equip your dual-layer sample synthesizer with hundreds of included long-format samples, turn them into mesmerizing textures using the IRCAM Granular engine, add depth, grain and detail with built-in effects like Swarm, Feedback Loop and Harmonics, and easily create movement to your taste with customizable XY controller and Chaos or LFO modulators. Drone is a full-featured instrument specially designed to create rich and detailed sound environments and sound effects with endless movement and variety.

The working process
The high-end drone is a multi-layered sample/granular synth with unison, feedback loop, harmonic modulator, manual and automatic parameter animation, professional quality bus effects, 32-step gate sequencer, true surround sound engine* and built-in MPE. integration based on an exclusive long-format sample library designed specifically for drone and soundscape creation.
Whether you want to quickly browse presets for inspiration or create your own sound based on a concept, Drone’s interface is structured to deliver what you need, when you need it.

Sound research
The high-level MAIN page is the ideal place to browse presets, explore the included sample library, and make extensive changes. When you’re ready to dig deeper, a full set of controls are available on dedicated editing, effects, modulation, and settings pages.

Dual sample/pellet engine
The EDIT page contains a full set of Source 1 and Source 2 sample layer controls, an XY pad, an LFO/Chaos modulator, and the Swarm and Feedback Loop effects. Quickly browse over 500 samples by category or hit the Randomize button until you find the perfect one, choose between regular samples or IRCAM Granular, and adjust level, pitch, and attack and release timing and shape.

XY Animator
The XY pad allows you to manually manipulate and animate audio and is a great tool for focused sound design and cinematic movement. The Y axis controls the mix of voice effects (adjustable on the FX page), and the X axis can mix Source 1 and 2 in several different ways, including the typical crossfade and filter modes.

Chaos Modulation
Directly below the XY pad is a modulator that allows your sound to automatically move in predictable XY LFO mode or dynamic chaos mode. In XY LFO mode you have a fully customizable LFO for each axis, with variable shape, speed and depth, with unipolar/bipolar range and switchable phase. In chaos mode, the XY position is animated randomly using only speed and depth inputs, which can be fantastic automation targets.

Roy and feedback
Below the Source 1 and Source 2 editors are Swarm and Feedback Loop. Swarm is a Unison voice effect that provides up to 8 voices and a range of up to 48 semitones. Feedback Loop allows for fine to infinite looping with frequency shift, delay time and Drive contribution capable of creating incredible depth and variety over time.

Powerful Effects
The FX page is divided into two parts: Key Group Effects (top) and Bus Effects (bottom). The level of the key group effect is controlled by the Y axis of the XY panel (displayed at the top of the page). Three effects are available, including distortion, harmonics and filter, and their order can be changed using the arrows (<>).

Distortion is a multi-mode effect that provides Tube, Tape or Fuzz style distortion with input, output and driver controls.
Harmonics is a new harmonic modulator that provides independent gain control and LFO modulation for each harmonic order (I-VIII). With a little distortion, this can radically change your sound over time.

The filter is a switchable LP/HP filter with variable frequency. Modulated by the FX Mod knob, you can easily move the filter frequency along the Y axis.
Bus effects include feedback tape delay, saturation and host sync or runtime speed, algorithmic Sparkverb reverb with independent low- and high-frequency attenuation multipliers, and a bus limiter.

Sequencer Gate
The MOD page includes a functional Gate sequencer that allows you to create sequences up to 32 steps long. Independently set the sequence speed, shape (smoothness) and depth. The sequence can run in either random or replay mode and comes with a large selection of presets. Pitchbend depth and Modwheel mapping for regular controller keyboards can be adjusted at the bottom of the page.

Expressive Control
The SETTINGS page is divided into 3 sections: Program, MPE and Panorama. In “Program” you can adjust global polyphony, velocity curve, root note, and assign dynamic strength as a modulator for gain, filter, harmonics, or distortion. In “MPE” you can control parameters for the X, Y and Z channels, set the halftone range for X and mapping for Y and Z. In “PAN” you can set the panning for each channel depending on the instrument configuration (stereo, quad, or 5.1 *).

Sound, Design
Drone is powered by an exclusive library of sounds created by UVI and renowned sound design by Nicolasom Becker (film titles including Gravity, Arrival and Ex-Machina), divided into 4 categories: acoustic, digital, organic and synthetic.

Acoustic sounds include orchestral sounds from UVI, as well as an exclusive set of sounds by Nicholas Becker created using theremins, water lanterns, crystal bowls, bass guitar, EMT reverb boost, bass amps, Space Echo and more.

Digital sounds include highly enhanced Max/MSP patches and noise samples, glitched, broken, slowed, frozen and otherwise distorted to the extreme by digital technology.
Organic sounds include field recordings of surround sound from cities, nature, and the underwater world, sometimes processed for greater tonality and chromatic reproducibility.
Synth sounds include exclusive recordings of synthesizers such as Korg Radias, Access Virus Ti2, Black Corporation Deckard’s Dream and Schmidt Eight Voice.
A deep and inspiring sound design tool with endless potential for developing soundscapes, detailed textures and evocative atmospheres, Drone is a unique and powerful tool ideal for films, games, music and more.

The SETTINGS page is divided into 3 sections: Program, MPE and Panorama. In the “Program” you can configure global polyphony, velocity curve, root tone and assign velocity as a modulator for gain, filter, harmonics.

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