UVI Vintage Vault 2 Demo & Review

Right. What I have here today is the UVI VIntage Vault 2. And it’s GREAT, let me tell you! It’s got twenty different brands of uh, well, vintage synths, all bundled together. And in the bundles, 50 instruments! Fifty different vintage synthesizers, and one hundred eleven drum machines! A VERY comprehensive collection indeed! AMAZING! Look at this. “Cameo CZ” Well, this one, uh, we are Musictrack after all, so even though the folks at UVI call it Cameo, it’s a Casio CZ, ok? The cat’s outta the bag. I mean, one look at the interface and you know, right? What a good job they’ve done too. You’ve got your oscillators, amp, balance, etc. Yeah, very well done. ADSR for the amplifier here. Cutoff. You can edit the sound like that. Uh, by the way, I’ve got this running in the UVI Workstation interface as you can see, and that’s free. You can select which of the 20 bundles you want, look at all of them! See the pictures? So, you select one, then select a sound, load it into the interface and then use it there. See? Well, you can use it like that of course, but you can obviously install each and every one of them, and then check the categoreis within, and select sounds like that. But to make things simple, today I’m using the UVI Workstation, and the Falcon at that, to show how you can call up sounds from categories and so on. Ok then. I’ve got the Falcon up and running here. All of the synths have been installed. Look here at the right side of the screen. What we have here are all of the uh, well, it’s a vintage synth battalion! That’s what it is. The neat thing about these UVI vintage synths here, is that as opposed to perfectly modeling the ‘real’ synths, I mean, sure there are re-creations of certain sounds, but they’ve utilized a modern interpretation and have made good sounds even better, and via that interpretation, have re-created sounds. Or no, not re-created, “expressed anew,” maybe that’s better. That kind of thing. Right. Let’s check out some sounds. I’ve picked a few out already. Good ones. Right. First up: Apollo. Here. Now, if you’re wondering what the Apollo is, well, it’s made by Moog, the Moog, uh, Polymoog, that’s it. Look! Get it? One famous sound from the Polymoog, these strings. Filter cutoff is assigned to the mod wheel. This is really well done! The Moog Polymoog. Look at how many sounds there are! Crazy! With this sound, I think you can tell, you’ve got one of the old pad sounds from the Polymoog, but there’s another sound behind that! THAT is the UVI way of making sounds. Nicely done! Next, the one I showed you before, the Cameo CZ. Casio! The Phase Distortion sound of the CZ, right? Making a guitar sound here. A kind of pad sound or something with this one. A metallic kind of sound, arpeggiated. Nice. This sound’s very characteristic of PD. There are effects you can use here too. Delay and what not. Reverb and all that. You really gotta edit these to your liking. Awesome! Piano. Back in the day there were no built-in effects, so this CZ piano sound was kinda meh, but with effects it’s not so bad. The portamento is really smooth! Next, CS-M. Now this is the Yamaha uh, well the CS series had the 70M, 40M, 20M, all of them used these same buttons & sliders. What a nice sound, with the noise like that? Very, very good! Right. Next up, THIS! “DLight” or darklight II. This is the Fairlight! What kind of sound is it? The Fairlight’s rhythm programming page. OK? Or how about the sequence page? Now, the Fairlight itself, is basically a sampling machine. It was famous for this sound. This kind of hit. Very famous, this orchestra hit sound! Everyone was like, what?! This is a brass hit? It was used like this, right? Or how about… THIS! This one too… Used in the intro to that MJ song, yeah? THAT sound! That’s the Fairlight. This! DKSS, no, DK5S! This is the Kawai K-5000, ok? Additive synthesis! Not subtractive! Additive! Some complex harmonic changes going on here! They’ve really nailed that nice, unique sound here! This too! Very nice. Next, “Emulation II” Emulation II, hehe. E-Mu. The Emulator II. Now that’s sampling, right? A famous sound, oh, it’s the Emulator I now, anyway, this sound. A dog. They sampled a dog. Play a song with it. Heh. People freaked out over this one too. What else? Because it’s sampling, you can play a phrase with one key. You can get a neat vibe, assigning samples across the keyboard. This. This shakuhachi sound was REALLY famous! THIS! That’s Emulator sampling, no doubt. Next. “Kroma” This one is from Rhodes, uh, well, when it was Arp actually. And this, this is, very famous, used by Herbie Hancock! He used this sound, right? Next. OB. OB is none other than Oberheim. This “Six-12” here being a model of the OB-12, which was rather well-known for its pads. Lots of different Oberheim synths here. This next one, uh, is one of the Matrix series, it says M-6k here, but this is the 1000. What a nice sound! Fantastic! Next. This one. Matr-, ah no, it’s the “UV-1” so, the OB-1. It’s a monosynth, so leads like this, yeah, VERY good sound! Next up, the UV-XXX! Three X! This is the Oberhiem… See those blue pinstripes? This sound too, they’ve got a traditional Oberhiem brass sound, and behind it, an arpeggiated sound. That’s a nice sound. Next. “UVSR-2” This is Marion Systems. And… “XP-12” The Xpander. Matrix-12. THIS ONE RIGHT HERE! OK? I brought a real one. We are Musictrack after all! The feeling is there! Just a bit more… …release here. Yeah, good work. The feeling’s there! They’ve got nearly all of the Oberheim synths in here! Next up, the “Beast” This is a Synclavier II. “Beast FM II” That is SO cool! Right, this one here is the uh, Synclavier that used sampling. A famous one. This hit sound. Excellent. “Ultra Mini” Bottom line, it’s a mini. THIS ONE! This guy right here. That’s got the feeling! This next sound does too. This one, ah! Wait! So this one here, here, this one is a sampling-based model, it uses sampled sounds, but this next one here, another of the Moog synths, this one here is the Voyager, same kind of sound though. You can easily tell that these are sampled from different synths. Next, “UVS-3200” which is the Korg PS-3200. The programmer section is right here, and on the real one, you’d plug in a keyboard cable here. Ah, THIS brass sound! “UVX80” This is the AKAI AX80 synthesizer. This one too, had massive pads! Isn’t the filter top-notch? Great! PPG. Wave. You manipulate wavetables to get sounds like this. Yeah, this kind of thing. Hear the waveforms changing here? The waveforms change automatically, ok? THIS! It’s the Waldorf Microwave II XT! That sweep there is SO nice! You see that? Step modulation! SUPER! Here’s another Waldorf one. A rhythm made on the Waveterm. Well, how was it? That was a crash-course introduction! There is just a staggering number of vintage synths here, the voices have fantastic quality, and fantastic sense, brought to you by UVI, who else. Fantastic! The Vintage Vault 2! Very good! So far we’ve seen some fantastic stuff, but we’re not done. This is the Beatbox Anthology 2. There are 111 vintage drum kits in here. A load of drum machines sampled here. Well, this is of course an 808. The TR-808! A little picture here. There’s lots of stuff in here! Let’s look in the Classics section. This is an Ace Tone? That’s it! Obviously, it perfectly syncs with the tempo set in your DAW. What else do we have here? TR-78. Ah, CR! Roland CR-78. This is it! Very nice job here. What else. Ah, some rare stuff is in here too. The Drumulator. By E-Mu. Yeah. This one, with the 8- or 12-bit PCM samples? Yeah. Yeah, or how about this? The HR. From Alesis. Or this, the Korg DDM 2? Yeah, this machine, back in the day! The R-100! This was made by Kawai! What else? The RZ. By Casio. Jeez, those are sampled as-is! Well, they did a good job with the sampling! TR-606! That one was supposed to be used with the TB. 707! They started using PCM with the 707. 808! There are two kinds of TR-808, this first one right here, and the “B” Ah, they’re both layered now. The low end is like nothing else. Fantastic! 909! The 909. House! Techno! Super famous. The TR-727! A percussion machine. RX5. Ah, yeah. That snare! Yeah. Sounds nice, right? Well, what else do we have here? Loads of rhythm patterns using the various drum machines. Let’s check out a few. Hmm, here’s one I don’t know. Actually, there are quite a few I don’t know in here! Ah! This is a recent one! Dave Smith Instruments. Even that one. It’s the “DST” here. Now, what I thought was REALLY neat about this, is the “recreation” series here. This. Earlier I used this, “MGaye” the pattern from Sexual Healing. Here. This is the exact pattern from Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing. Ok? This series here, has TONS of patterns from songs. Here, Phil Collins’ One More Night. Oops, gotta slow the tempo down! That’s better. There we go. “One More Night” How’d the song go? The sounds are edited to suit the songs here, ok? Phil Collins again, Susudio. (humming) That’s it, right? Here, Madonna, “Vogue” Right? Now, we’re in the Edit screen. But there are FX and Sequence screens too. You following this? You can change the sequence, program it like so. Nicely done, right? So, we can see that even with the Beatbox Anthology 2 you’ve got a variety of drum machines: digital, analog, classic, and so on. Patterns from famous songs too. There are loops in here as well! Rolls and stuff. Fill-ins and so on. Or there’s the Custom thing too. Take this pattern, there are two patterns at once. Those work very well together! Right? You even have EQ in here. Crank it up. You can edit the sound and change it to your liking. You know, listening to these vintage rhythm machines now, there’s something very fresh about them, stirs the imagination! VERY good! Well, we’ve taken a look at the UVI Vintage Vault 2 here today. And actually, as you can tell by looking here, the selection is HUGE! And frankly, I’ve only covered maybe 5% of it, really. There’s just a TON of fantastic sounds, a battalion of sounds that’ll really fire up your imagination, TONS of them! You’ve gotta try this out. Installing them all is a hassle, but what a fantastic world awaits after installation! For real, try it out! Superb! The UVI Vintage Vault 2! Translation & Captions by:
SWCreative Japan.

18 Replies to “UVI Vintage Vault 2 Demo & Review”

  1. Oh boy, the real Oberheim at 16:54 sounds so much better. And imagine how much better it will sound in person. We live in a strange times where digital convenience and price is blurring a little bit our perception and standard of quality. And by “We” I mean the musicians and producers who care about this. How about the average listener? Please don’t understand me wrong. I’m still very impressed by this whole package. May be is just the analog synths.

  2. Apollo was the name for prototype of Polymoog. It was intended as part of system called Constellation which would have comprised of polyphonic Apollo, Lyra monophonic synth for soloing and melodies and Taurus bass pedal. Keith Emerson used Lyra and Apollo with ELP on the album Brain Salad Surgery. Lyra was not developed to production. Apollo became the Polymoog and Taurus I to be precise is of course the famous bass pedal used by many groups such as Genesis, Rush and many others. Polymoog was famously used by Gary Numan ("Cars", "Replica" for example) and Rick Wakeman of Yes.

  3. Thank you for this great review… the best I've seen so far.
    I enjoyed your playing as well as your comments.
    Also, thanks for the English captions!

  4. There does seem to be more beef with the real analogue here but it's not an entirely, nor meant to be, a scientific nor proper comparison because of what some of you mentioned below: not proper level matching, not the exact or same sound and effects on one and not the other, to name three.

  5. People have some issue with the comparison on Oberheims but I think most of people who's considering this kind of digital clones already know that they are different but happy that the whole pack costs under only 600 boxes, which would never ever afford one of the synthesizers here. And this quality!

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