Zebra Elysium: Dark Edition represents the soft, dark underbelly of cinematic underscore and ambient electronica. 128 patches full of of blissful leads, kinetic basslines, hypnotic sequences, brooding basses and sumptuous pads. Plus a bonus expansion ‘Dark’ collection of patches optimised for Zebra HZ/Dark Zebra. These bonus sounds take the 128 original Zebra Elysium patches and push them in a darker, grittier, more analogue direction; altogether you get 256 great sounds.
Inspired by modern film scores that ripple with delicate, infectious analogue synths, Elysium packs a subtle punch. Think of the soundtracks of Cliff Martinez, James Newton Howard, Tom Tykwer and Henry Jackman, add in a little Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, and a sprinkle of BT and M83… that is Elysium.
The emphasis is on lush, lo-fi atmospheres; vintage, widescreen storytelling with a contemporary nuance. Equally at home evoking a dense, fog-set forest; rain-soaked Giger-esque futuristic metropolis; or glittering, steampunk citadel.
All the patches in Zebra Elysium: Dark Edition come with dynamic flourishes programmed into the modwheel, and also make extensive use of Zebra’s X/Y pads that are featured in the Perform window. Also, for Elysium, a number of the pad sounds feature modulation/gate effects that can be controlled via the pitchwheel.