UVI Sparks VST

Software used by Kate Bush, Thomas Dolby, Jan Hammer, Trevor Horn, Jean-Michel Jarre & Steve Levine

Audio production sounds and software producer UVI is proud to announce availability of its first effects plug-in, Sparkverb, a revolutionary reverb geared up towards achieving a fine balance of striking sound quality and copious CPU efficiency, as of September 19…

Having first memorably made an audible appearance last year in UVI’s critically-acclaimed Darklight IIx — a stunning software instrument inspired by the quintessential ’80s high-end sampling/sequencing dream machine much beloved by the likes of Kate Bush, Thomas Dolby, Peter Gabriel, Jan Hammer, Trevor Horn, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Steve Levine, amongst many more top-tier recording artists and record producers playing a significant part in really revolutionising music production — as well as all soundware since released by the cutting-edge company, SparkverbTM, UVI’s revolutionary reverb technology, now gets a welcome outing in its own right as a surround-capable, 64-bit processing plug-in namesake. Now anyone can explore everything throughout the entire reverberation spectrum — from natural-sounding spaces to infinite, shimmering ambiences — with stunning scope and accuracy, and apply them with the greatest of ease to their favourite instruments — software-based or otherwise — and sounds while working within the comfort of their favourite DAW!

Depth and complexity such as this typically involves having to deal with an accompanying dense and complex interface — not so with Sparkverb, however! Here much thought has been given to reducing time spent tweaking in favour of time better spent being productive, thanks to a resizable — small (784x415px) by default or large (1176x623px) — GUI graced with the fewest controls possible to allow a high degree of customisation clearly unmatched elsewhere. Usability was a crucial consideration in its development.

At the core of this glorious GUI is the Decay Editor, a frequency-based spectrum editor for speedily sculpting and refining reverbs. Adjust decay globally and across multiple bands with LO DECAY and HI DECAY time multipliers and associated CROSSOVER and Cut settings across a single canvas — an entirely new way to work with reverb! Roam freely wherever your creative muse might take you!

All other controls are arranged clearly and accordingly labelled: variable DENSITY settings (to affect the number of internal delays — from sparse echoes to dense reflection patterns), advanced DIFFUSION algorithms (allowing percussive material to reach sufficiently high short- time echo density), tuneable MODULATION (for pitch accuracy regardless of scale), A/B comparison (making fine-tuning a painless process), and much more besides. Be it simple or complex, dialling in a reverb has never been so speedy!

Those needing a more managed mode of exploration need look no further than the trailblazing Preset Voyager — voila! What’s it all about, though? At startup, Sparkverb creates a two-dimensional array of all available presets. Toggling from the main display (Decay Editor) to the Preset Voyager displays all Factory Presets and User Presets in an eye-catching cloud-like arrangement according to their similarity and conveniently colour-codes them based on their category. Cleverly, click-dragging in the cloud changes the current reverb setting by interpolating between the parameters of the adjacent presets — perfect for quickly creating new presets while watching controls update in real time to see what’s happening. Here the possibilities for redefining reverb spaces are quite literally limitless!

Regardless of which mode you are working in, Mutate and Randomize functions are always accessible, applying small and large random changes respectively. Discover new sounds and find inspiration instantly with next to no effort — except peeling back your ears! Better still, parameter locks are available on each and every control here, making these fast-track functions even more useful. Experiment within prescribed boundaries such as a fixed MIX (dry/wet) amount or (stereo/surround) WIDTH to seek out exciting variations that work well for a specific need.

UVI’s proprietary Parametric FDN Engine upon which Sparkverb is built so solidly evolves algorithmic reverb design to another level entirely. Its breakthrough performance provides unprecedented access to true high fidelity on as many tracks and busses as needed without worrying about CPU overload since Sparkverb can be instanced near-limitlessly. Need to run 400 instances in a single PT11 session? Never say never!

Of course, it goes without saying that a generous helping of Factory Presets are all there for the taking — let your ears do the talking! But beyond that ear-catching curtain-raiser awaits a sound-designer’s dream dedicated to those who wish to delve deeper into stunning- sounding spaces via a fresh feature set that positively radiates creativity at every twist and turn. Work faster and smarter than ever before with this must-have plug-in for today’s adventurous audio professional. Put simply, Sparkverb redefines the way you resound!

Sparkverb is available to purchase in Mac OS (AAX, AU, MAS, RTAS, VST) and Windows (AAX, RTAS, VST) compatible formats as a direct download for $199.00 USD or physical boxed product for $199.00 USD (plus $29.00 shipping) from UVI’s online Store here: http://www.uvi.net/store

The Sparkverb license can be freely stored on a computer (no iLok USB smart key required) or on a portable and convenient iLok USB smart key. Users can conveniently switch between these two license protection modes at any time.

Great video showing how to get the best out of this VST software.


With a cutting-edge algorithmic design, Sparkverb breaks the boundaries of contemporary reverbs giving users modern and innovative controls that dramatically enhance usability, speed and creative freedom while delivering breathtaking sound quality and remarkable CPU efficiency.

Enormous sonic range, fast and efficient workflow

Easily traverse everything from natural sounding spaces to infinite, shimmering ambiences with stunning depth and fidelity throughout the entire spectrum. This type of range typically implies a dense and complex interface – not in Sparkverb. Usability and workflow were pivotal considerations in development.

A great deal of care was taken to allow a high degree of customization with the fewest controls possible, resulting in less time spent fidgeting and more time being productive.

At the core of Sparkverb’s interface is a frequency-based spectrum editor; use it to sculpt and refine your sound with phenomenal speed and control. Adjust decay globally and across multiple bands with hi/lo multipliers and crossovers directly on a single canvas. It’s an entirely new way to work with reverb.

All other controls are clearly arranged and labelled, including A/B comparison, making fine-tuning a painless process.

Dialling in a reverb, simple or complex, has never been this fast.

From subtle to radical, or anywhere in-between

Sparkverb shines in traditional mixing sessions but was designed to be an exceptionally flexible creative tool as well. Discover new spaces and explore the full range of sonic possibilities effortlessly with built in mutation and randomization controls.

These functions are made even more useful by parameter locks available on every control.

Experiment within prescribed boundaries such as a fixed mix amount or pitch modulation to find exciting variations that work for your specific need. Another innovative tool comes in the form of the Preset Voyager. At launch, Sparkverb creates a 2-dimensional array of all presets on your machine; simply toggle the Preset Voyager display and click-drag between preset nodes to freely interpolate new settings. Watch controls update in real time to see what’s happening and create new presets to redefine the space – the possibilities are limitless.

Need 400 instances in a single PT11 session? No problem.

Under Spark’s elegant exterior lays a powerful and extensively optimized DSP engine. Built on UVI’s Parametric FDN Engine, Sparkverb can be instanced near-limitlessly. The dramatic performance gives you unprecedented access to Sparkverb’s high- fidelity sound throughout your sessions. Use it on as many tracks and busses as you need without worrying about CPU overload.

Additionally you’ll find numerous features which help to make Sparkverb indispensable such as fully continuous parameters; freeze; multiple operation modes; variable densities; unique and decorrelated multi-channel operation; full automation control; advanced diffusion algorithms and tunable modulation for pitch accuracy regardless of scale. Add a generous helping of factory presets and you’ve got a versatile and powerful sonic tool suited for the most demanding studio environments.

Updated licensing system gives you more flexibility than ever

• Your computer : no iLok key required
• Your iLok key : portable and convenient

Conveniently switch between these two license protection modes at any time. The choice is yours.

Exactly how a modern tool should be

Whether you’re working with small ensembles, massive orchestras, sound design or anything in-between, Sparkverb offers a unique experience and innovative feature set that helps you work faster, smarter and more creatively than ever before. Let Sparkverb redefine the way you resound.

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