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Diva

Synth by u-he

The Spirit Of Analogue

DIVA - Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules can be mixed and matched so you can build hybrids, but what sets DIVA apart is the sheer authenticity of the analogue sound. This comes at the cost of quite a high CPU-hit, but we think it was worth it: Diva is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit simulators (e.g. PSpice) in realtime. The behaviour of zero-delay-feedback filters when pushed to the limit clearly demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach.

Check out more than 1200 presets. If your computer can handle it, try them in "Divine" mode.

Filters

This is where a LOT of Diva's magic happens - Diva's zero-delay-feedback filters set a very high standard of authenticity.

Each filter type closely models a classic analogue hardware filter (or two): You can already choose between Ladder, Cascade, Multi-Mode, Bite... and more are planned!

Envelopes

Two envelopes, one for the output amp and the other general-purpose. Again, there is a choice of several different models based on classic hardware synthesizers.

The characteristics of amp and filter envelopes within the same synthesizer often differ.This important detail has also been carefully modeled.

Mix & Match

All modules in the upper rack can be replaced - send any of the oscillator models through any filter model to any amp / envelope model.

The rack also offers highpass filter models (pre or post main filter) or feedback from output to input.

Effects

3 x analogue chorus, 2 x analogue phaser, plate reverb, stereo analogue delay, rotary speaker emulations...

The two effects are arranged in series - you can even use two plate reverbs, one after the other.

Modifiers

Modulation processors: Rectify, quantize, multiply, invert, lag, add modulation sources before using them.

There are also several modulation options here that aren't available in all the main panels (e.g. filter resonance, feedback).

Trimmers

Diva shows her most esoteric side here as she saucily flashes those voice activity indicators!

As well as detuning individual voices, a voice-specific offset is applied to cutoff, envelope times, pulse width and glide.

Scope

Every synth needs an oscilloscope! Diva has a no-nonsense scope that only requires two knobs - frequency and scale.

Patches

Diva comes loaded with over 1,200 presets sorted into various categories . Select a folder from the bottom left panel, then a preset from the main area.

Features

  • Authentic, unrivaled analogue sound
  • Up to 40% less CPU-hit than version 1.0
  • Multithreading support for modern CPUs - more polyphony, less overload
  • Even bigger library of gorgeously organic presets
  • Resizable editor window, alternative skins available shortly
  • The essence of 7 or 8 vintage synths for about 1% of the cost
  • ...and so much more!

System Requirements

  • Current PC or intel Mac
  • Multicore CPU with SSE2 (Sandy Bridge architecture or newer recommended)
  • Mac OSX 10.5 or newer
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 30MB free disc space
  • Display 1000x600px and up
  • OSX: VST2 or AU compatible host software
  • Windows: VST2 compatible host software
  • Supports 32bit and 64bit in all formats
  • AAX support for Pro Tools 10 & 11

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Product Reviews

  • u-he Diva review at Music Radar

    Just another 'me too' synth? Not quite... Two or three oscillators, multimode filters, dual envelope generators, a couple of LFOs and some...

  • u-he Diva review at Resident Advisor

    Ever since the release of Propellerheads' Rebirth-338 in 1996, soft synths designed around analogue architecture have endured and proliferated....

  • u-he Diva review at SoundBytesMag

    Diva is u-he’s magnificent homage to the world of analog synthesizer gear.  It begs us to ask the question “who needs...

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