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Aiyn Zahev Soundbanks by Jeffrey Powell

In February 2012, Aiyn Zahev released his first commercial sound bank. Since that time, he has released quite a few patch libraries for synths such as Synapse Audio's Dune, LennarDigital's Sylenth1, DiscoDSP's Corona, and u-he's Diva. He's also made a splash over at KVR Audio with his impressive demo tracks utilizing his patches. So, with all this in mind, I thought we'd introduce his products to our readers by taking a look at three of his sound banks. Serenity for AAS Ultra Analog VA-1 Serenity was Aiyn Zahev's first commercial release, and it consists of


180 “uplifting trance” presets. In these presets, you'll find 44 arps, 22 atmospheres, 24 basses, 22 leads, 38 pads, 14 drums, and 16 plucks. Fortunately, they are all arranged neatly into folders to assist your browsing. Don't let the “uplifting trance” description fool you. This is a very diverse and versatile set of sounds for Ultra Analog. For instance, you'll find a harsh bass (suitable for dark or intense music) and then one click later, you'll find yourself with a smooth, mellow analog lead sound (suitable for downtempo or even prog rock). While many of the presets have the strong high frequency content often used in dance genres, these patches could definitely find uses in all kinds of music.

which are further enhanced by the velocity controlled filter cutoff frequency. The Bass category is quite versatile as there is a great mix of sustained and plucky basses. The Leads category is highlighted by some great vintage-style analog leads, with “Beautiful Winter I” being my favorite. It's an extraordinarily expressive saw wave patch that's a joy to play.

The Pads category is similarly very impressive. About half of the pads are evolving pads (like “Distant Light House”) while the other half are quick, responsive pads (like “Jump in II”) which are ready to drop into uptempo tracks. As a word of warning, be sure to watch your CPU with the pads as it can definitely overload if you're not careful. I suggest lowering the voices With such an array of to a manageable number to ensure sonic goodness, it's you can enjoy them to their fullest difficult to pick a favorite potential. The Drum category has category. The best some excellent kicks, hats, and surprise of the set for me shakers while the Plucks category is is the Arps category. far more versatile than it sounds. The arps, in particular, You'll find in there some useful keys sound fantastic and presets (like “E-Piano I” and “E-piano usable, which is a pretty II”), and many of these patches could rare quality in most of be used as leads or arp patches. the arp presets that I have from other preset The only disappointment for me in the designers. The presets set is the Atmosphere category. It "Modern Sequence I" and consists of various sound effects, odd "Modern Sequence II" are percussion sounds, and strange noises. two of my favorites. They show the versatility of Ultra With these, you can Analog, but they didn't impress me as easily get lost in the much as the other presets. swirling array of notes

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