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.