UVI DarkLight IIx
INSPIRED BY THE ‘80S STUDIO ICON
3-instrument suite includes a synth, drum machine and multi-phraser
Wide variety of sounds with the true vintage grit of the original machine
Modern UI and controls allow exploration of new sonic territory
Costing upwards of $100,000, the dream machine of the ‘80s was unattainable by most. Used by countless prominent artists including Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Herbie Hancock, Jean Michel Jarre, Thomas Dolby and many more, it remains a highly regarded and sought after instrument.
Suffering a fit of nostalgia as we often do, we decided to set about making a new instrument inspired by this legendary studio icon and we ended up making three: a digital synth, a digital drum machine, and a multi-phraser. Each instrument with its own unique quirks and personality, suited for different tasks, all with the raw, lo-fi character of the original machine. The result is an extremely fun and flexible set of instruments that gives new life to classic sounds and pushes these old voices into new sonic territory.
Page P - Digital Synth
Immediate access to hundreds of sounds and instruments including: Bass, Brass, Bells, Strings, Guitar, Orchestral Hits, Synth, Drums, Percussion, FX, Keys, Piano, Organs, Winds, Reeds and Voices. Efficient and versatile control set allows for everything from quick tweaks to deep sonic exploration. Enjoy accurate reproduction of the original hardware's aliasing characteristics across 250+ ready-to-play presets. A multitude of effects, including Sparkverb™, allow you create sounds from your favorite cult records from the '80s or something totally new!
Page B - Digital Drum Machine
Let Darklight power your rhythm section as an '80s-style beatbox with built-in retro step sequencer. Featuring hundreds of authentic vintage drum and percussion sounds in one place. Includes 250+ sounds and 25 ready-to-play configurations that evoke pure '80s nostalgia. Utilize the per-instrument filters to sculpt your kit or draw from the included UVI effects to transform it.
Page U - Creative Multi-Phraser
A fun and creative twist on the digital sampling workstation, build and layer sounds to create your own loops and progressions with a distinct old-school digital flavor. Over 100 sounds available across 3 parts each with it's own featured sequencer lane. Create original melodies, loops, phrases, drones and more, all with that authentic vintage digital bite.