Make Beautiful Hans Zimmer Style Cinematic Sounds in U-he Zebra
Let’s talk about some cinematic sounds! There is a great preset pack for Zebra which contains a lot of Hans Zimmer style sounds, in fact, most of them are from the man himself!
In this video I explain the “Batcave” preset which is a sound used in the movie “The Dark Knight” – it is a great sound using just a few modules in Zebra.
First what we need to do is go to the global page and enable the arpeggiator, next move over to the arpeggiator tab and spend some time making a nice melody. It doesn’t have to be same melody, we are going for the sound here!
All the oscillators in this patch are the same except that some of them are tuned down one or two octaves, this way you can beef up the sound when you want to by raising the volume on the other oscillators.
But the main character of the sound really comes from the attack, using a slow attack in combination with an arpeggiator gives a great spooky sound, and its perfect for ambient or darker music. The other advantage is that you don’t have those sharp attacks in the sound, meaning nothing is going to be in the way of your awesome drums!
When you finished building your patch spend a bit of time assigning useful controllers, for example map your modwheel to some reverb parameters or the volumes of different oscillators. You can use a ModMapper to scale the automation, this is a great way to get new unexpected results!