u-he DIVA

Computer Music - - Make Music Now -

u-he’s Diva is of­ten cited as the holy grail of vir­tual ana­logues, bring­ing the much de­sired sound of clas­sic hard­ware synths into our DAWs. Diva main­tains a rea­son­ably stan­dard ar­chi­tec­ture, sure, but it of­fers the user the unique abil­ity to mix and match mod­ules from clas­sic syn­the­siser de­signs. It’s heavy on CPU us­age, but if you have a ca­pa­ble ma­chine you’ll reap the re­wards. Let’s now take a tour of Diva’s show-stop­ping front panel.

At the very top is the con­trol bar 1 which of­fers some ba­sic util­ity func­tions. Be­low the con­trol bar, Diva’s in­ter­face can be thought of as two main sec­tions – the top half con­tain­ing the syn­the­sis mod­ules, the lower half con­tain­ing all mod­u­la­tion and ef­fects. Ad­di­tion­ally, along the very bot­tom is a row of tabs which pro­vide ac­cess to even more fea­tures.


The Os­cil­la­tor sec­tion 2 is where your sound be­gins. Here you can se­lect from five ex­tremely flex­i­ble mod­ules, cov­er­ing many clas­sic de­signs. To the right of the os­cil­la­tors, a sep­a­rate panel op­er­ates as ei­ther a high-pass fil­ter, a feed­back con­trol or a mixer 3 . The Fil­ter sec­tion 4 of­fers five ex­cep­tional de­signs, each with their own unique char­ac­ter. To the fil­ter’s right, two dis­crete en­velopes are pro­vided with three de­signs to choose from 5 .

Mod­u­la­tion and Ef­fects

Two sep­a­rate LFOs 6 pro­vide plenty of mod­u­la­tion op­tions, as does the Tun­ing sec­tion 7 which gives ac­cess to pitch fea­tures like vi­brato and glide. Use­ful con­trol op­tions can be found in the Am­pli­fier | Pan sec­tion 8 and the Voice sec­tion 9 where Diva’s polyphony and CPU us­age is set. You can make pat­terns with an arpeg­gia­tor in the Clock and Arp area 10 and add some colour with the two stereo ef­fects units 11 which of­fer plate re­verb, cho­rus, phaser, de­lay and a ro­tary sim­u­la­tor.


The Main tab 12 shows Diva’s de­fault dis­play. The Mod­i­fi­ca­tions tab 13 pro­vides ad­di­tional op­tions for those who wish to dig a bit deeper, as does the Trim­mers tab 14 which gives ac­cess to each synth voice. To have a look at what all this con­trol is do­ing to your wave­form, click on the Scope tab 15 . Lastly, the Patches tab 16 gives ac­cess to the INIT Tem­plates (which we’ll use through­out this guide) and Diva’s well-stocked pre­set li­brary.

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