UVI Vintage Vault 3 could be the most comprehensive synth collection
UVI Vintage Vault 3 is arguably one of the most comprehensive and authentic-sounding vintage synthesizer multisample collections available.
UVI Vintage Vault 3 is a collection of over 65 classic synths, drum machines and instruments that have been carefully recorded and recreated with inspiring new features.
The collection comes as over 10 000 presets which can be loaded in both UVI’s free Workstation plugin or Falcon – which gives you the ability to dive into the actual patch and alter each element.
Another very special feature in Vintage Vault 3 is the inclusion of a number of rare and unseen before recreations of classic synths – for example the Waldorf XTK, Korg PS-3200 and Prophet 10.
“Yes, preserving the culture and the history of synthesis is one of our goals. There is obviously an educational and playful side in this collection. However, our main goal is still the sound. The work done by the eighties sound designers is immense and completely unique, influenced by the style and the technical limitations of this time. Our goal is to give this work a second life, to make it compatible with today’s tools.” – Said Louis one of the developers at UVI.
What makes Vintage Vault 3 Special?
The collection comes with a variety of different instruments, some are built-up using waveforms sampled directly from the actual hardware and others are multisamples of a variety of patches from the hardware, so whether you’re into sound design or more of a preset-hunter there’s something for everyone here.
Each of the instruments features a GUI inspired by the original with a variety of controls to tweak the sound, some even have a variety of new features that weren’t present on the hardware – and if you’re a UVI Falcon owner, you can load the instruments in Falcon and edit them to your heart’s content.
What were some of the challenges with such a momentous project?
“The basics of sampling (especially obtaining the best possible sound) stay the same no matter which machine you’re talking about. When it begins to be challenging is when you have to adapt your sampling method to the particularities of the synthesizer. That’s when the process becomes tricky, and this is the crucial moment when we have to decide what possibilities/sounds we will deliver to the user.
“For example, if the synthesizer has an integrated unison, what are the best detune values that the user would choose if he had the real machine? Or if there are distortion possibilities, which amounts of distortion do we sample? So yes, the sampling process can really be different from one synthesizer to another.” – Said Kevin, part of the UVI Sound design team.
With 65 unique instruments in the collection, made up of over half a million samples, you can only imagine how much thought went into UVI Vintage Vault 3.
Comparison to competitors…
It’s tough to compare UVI Vintage Vault 3 with stuff like Arturia’s V-collection, as Vintage Vault is based around multi-samples – however, the idea was to capture the essence of the old gear as opposed to offer the exact sound design features like with the V-collection.
Vintage Vault 3 is set to retail at USD $599 (Around R9,000) however it’s currently on special for USD $399 (Around R6,000).