u-He Ace (Modular Virtual Synth)

$69.00

u-He Ace (Modular Virtual Synth)
u-He Ace (Modular Virtual Synth)

u-He ACE (Any Cable Everywhere) aims to deliver top-quality sound at a competitive price. The selection of modules and clear layout make ACE the ideal instrument for newcomers delving into the fascinating world of modular synthesis. The number of ways to connect modules together is practically infinite, and you will soon discover how much more fun it is to make your own sounds in ACE than in a non-modular synthesizer, according to u-he.

u-He ACE (Any Cable Everywhere) aims to deliver top-quality sound at a competitive price. The selection of modules and clear layout make ACE the ideal instrument for newcomers delving into the fascinating world of modular synthesis. The number of ways to connect modules together is practically infinite, and you will soon discover how much more fun it is to make your own sounds in ACE than in a non-modular synthesizer, according to u-he.

ACE

Any Cable Everywhere

Compact, clear, a careful selection of modules and semi-modular architecture makes ACE easy to learn. Simple but not simplistic. Compact but not limited. Clear but definitely not underpowered. With the ability to connect any output into any input, ACE is a powerful synth with tools and features ready for beginners or seasoned users.


Tweak

1 mapping generator with up to 128 values, comprehensive drawing tools
1 syncable and loopable ramp generator
Extra envelope options: snap, singing envelopes, ramp clock
Circuit bending options: slop, crosstalk, oscillator cap failure

Global

Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, monophonic, or legato mode
Up to 8 voice unison (stack) with +/−2 octave individual detuning
Pitch transpose, drift and glide control
Quality setting: draft, standard, good, accurate

Effects

3 effects: chorus/phaser (4 types), delay (7 fixed options), bass and treble controls

Configuration

Scalable UI from 70% to 200%
MIDI learn page and editable list
Global preferences page

Envelopes

2 ADSR envelopes with fall/rise, snap, “singing” option for authentic analogue-style voice triggering

Multiples

2 multiplex modules for signal mixing / crossfading, ring modulation, amplitude modulation etc.

Generators

White and pink noise generators

Filters

2 analogue style filters (VCF) with self-oscillation
Filters are multimode with lowpass (×4), highpass,
bandpass and bandreject modes
Two parallel outputs per filter
Semi-modular architecture (with default routing)

Oscillators

2 VCOs with a frequency range of 0Hz-20kHz
VCO1 has linked sub-oscillator

LFOs

2 LFOs with a frequency range of 0Hz-20kHz
LFOs can be used as VCOs (and vice versa)
LFO2 can adopt the mapping generator’s waveform (tap map)


Demo Tracks

U-bahn
U-bahn
U-bahn
Einsteigen bitte! DocT takes us on a slow, heavy ride.

Wet Experience
Wet Experience
Wet Experience
Urs Heckmann performs a bit of sonic experimentation with ACE.

New Frontiers
New Frontiers
New Frontiers
Tasmodia Link contributes a short synth jam using 11 instances of ACE for all the sounds.
Dumb ‘n’ ACE
Dumb ‘n’ ACE
Dumb ‘n’ ACE
A raucous track when ACE meets breakbeats from DocT.

ACE F
ACE F
ACE F
Urs gets inspired by a particular ’80s comedy movie.

Cold as ACE
Cold as ACE
Cold as ACE
DocT provides a track that swirls and sweeps, moving from ambient and pulsing rhythm.

Patch Sampler
Patch Sampler
Patch Sampler
Rob Lee runs through a some ACE factory patches.

The “boxes and cables” philosophy of modular synthesizers gives you the freedom to create your own custom instruments. Once you start connecting the sixteen modules in ACE—exploring new combinations, cross-pollinating ideas—the vast potential of modular soon becomes clear.

Sounds

The two VCOs act as the main sound generators, but as ACE does not differentiate between audio and control (modulation) signals, the full-range LFOs can also be used to generate audio frequencies.

ACE’s oscillators are modelled on analogue circuits, including instabilities and various non-linear characteristics. You can push these characteristics further using the Circuit Bending options.

If the bottom end needs beefing up, try adding the sub-oscillator. For more intense, complex sounds, try VCO2’s ring modulation, sync and cross modulation.

VCO panel

LFO panel

Mapping Generator

Not typically found in analogue synthesizers, ACE’s Mapping Generator is a useful addition with a variety of uses.

The Mapping Generator is a list of up to 128 values. You can use the drawing tools to edit the values and create your own patterns, or choose pre-built shapes.

This map can be stepped through for each played note, it can create per-note offsets, it can transform any modulation source or be used as the LFO2 waveform.

The LFOs can be co-opted for sound generation. They are similar to the VCOs but have a different feature set, including the possibility of phase modulation (commonly referred to as FM synthesis) and custom waveforms (LFO2 only). Wild experimentation is welcome here—draw any waveform or use the Spectralize function to create additive waves.

Filter

Like the oscillators, the two filters are modelled on analogue hardware and deliver satisfyingly analogue results. You can overdrive the filters without introducing any harsh distortion, and the resonance remains intact. Or you can take advantage of the self-oscillation feature for chaotic timbres and more experimental sound design.

For an extra aggressive sound, route your signal through both filters and crank the resonance on the second filter. Both filters are cascade type multimode circuits with two parallel outputs each.

Filter Panels

CABLES ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE

ACE takes after hardware modular synthesizers, although it is not a truly modular design, more correctly it is semi-modular. ACE has a default fixed architecture (like for instance the ARP 2600), which means you can start making noise immediately ‘out-of-the-box’. Any default routing can be overridden by patching cables, which means that the options are practically limitless.

ACE does not differentiate between audio signals and control signals. Any of the outputs can be plugged into any of the signal inputs. Hook things up, explore new ideas and crazy combinations. Try LFOs as audio oscillators or a VCO as LFO. Plug an LFO into a filter, then use the filter as an FM source for an oscillator.

Sound experimentation awaits, limited only by your imagination… and dinner time.

Signal sources

An array of output sockets provide signals from a variety of different sources: noise, MIDI controls (modwheel, velocity etc.), mapping generator and more…

Use these to add organic life-like dynamics, modulation and refinments your sounds.

Effects

Add final touches using the global effects. Pick from a classic stereo chorus with four modes (including phaser) to add richness, a stereo delay with seven immediately selectable modes to add movement, and finally a pair of controls to boost treble and bass.

If the two ADSRs and two LFOs are not enough, try the host-syncable Ramp Generator (essentially a trapezoid, which combines elements of both).

Multiples

Common to most modular setups, multiples are mix/split devices. Signals are merged and sent onward, or split and sent to different inputs. In ACE the multiples do act as a simple mixer, or can be enlisted for much more interesting possibilities. That is why we renamed them Multiplex. Using the modulation input and some clever cable arrangements, the Multiplex modules can do ring modulation (RM), amplitude modulation (AM) or both at the same time. Or crossfading or inversion…

Envelopes

Without envelopes, your patches would just turn on and off with each note, organ style. Envelopes add dynamics over the length of the note. ACE has classic ADSR envelopes, but with a few extras directly available for more interesting results: Snap, fall/rise, level modulation, rate modulation, velocity. The envelopes can be further with modified in the Envelope Tweaks section. Switch on the singing envelopes for classic analogue retriggering behaviour, or adjust the fall/rise limits.


Screenshots

Main UI

Tweak section

Preset Browser

MIDI Assignment Section

Microtuning

Microtuning


FEATURES

Semi-modular architecture (with default routing)

Oscillators include pulse width modulation (PWM), sync, internal ring and cross modulation (FM)

Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic or monophonic (retriggered or legato)

Powerful glide options: constant rate or constant time, percentage range control, per-oscillator offset

Up to 8 voice unison (stack) with +/−2 octave individual detuning

2 multimode analogue-style filters

2 ADSR envelopes with fall/rise, snap, singing option for authentic analogue-style voice triggering

2 LFOs with 0Hz to 20kHz frequency range (can be used as VCOs)

2 multiplex modules for signal mixing / crossfading, ring modulation, amplitude modulation etc.

1 syncable and loopable ramp generato

Mixer with modulation inputs

MIDI modulation and performance: wheels, velocity, pressure, key follow, gate, 2 user-definable MIDI CC

Circuit bending options: slop, crosstalk, oscillator cap failure

3 effects: chorus/phaser (4 types), delay (7 fixed options), bass and treble controls

Multichannel MIDI support

Resizable UI from 70% to 200%

Over 920 factory presets

NEW in v1.4.2: Support for Oddsound MTS-ESP

Video Demos

SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

Mac

  • Operating System: Mac OSX 10.7 or newer
  • Formats: Audio Units (AU), VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later)
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software
  • 32-bit and 64-bit

Windows

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer
  • Formats: VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later)
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software
  • 32-bit and 64-bit

Note: ACE is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Diva is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

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u-He Ace (Modular Virtual Synth)