Zen 1.5 Now Available

Here's What's New      06/02/11

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Big Tick Audio has released Zen 1.5, a major update to the free 'universal presets manager'. 

Here's what's new:

  • Major code rewrite, separating Zen into a core library (ZenCore) and the Zen Browser itself
  • Added midi-controlled “virtual bank” slots, where presets from different vstis can be stored
  • Replaced tooltips with a contextual help box
  • Added support for Zen-aware plugins, including assets management
  • Added ‘hidden’ flag to permanently hide presets from search results
  • Fixed various UI refresh issues
  • Fixed crashes when duplicating instances in Ableton Live
  • Fixed button for creating own tags on OSX
  • Invalid designer keys are now rejected immediately
  • Optimized dynamic memory allocations
  • Changes for 64bits compatibility

The virtual banks feature is a new addition, very useful for live use, where loading a new vsti, with a given preset, can now be automated with a single program change.

Zen has 32 slots, corresponding to Midi programs 01..32. To assign a preset to a slot, just drag it from the results list. The video below shows the basic usage.


Zen 1.5 is available now for Mac & PC. 


James Lewin
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