Go­ing deeper into Diva

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Diva may fol­low the stan­dard vir­tu­alana­logue ar­chi­tec­ture, but don’t let that fool you into think­ing it’s a sim­ple ma­chine – a quick flick through the pre­sets demon­strates the in­cred­i­ble depth and power that’s on of­fer. The ex­cel­lent mod­u­la­tion op­tions can gen­er­ate out-of-this-world sounds, as can fea­tures like fre­quency and cross mod­u­la­tion.

Fre­quency and cross mod­u­la­tion (marked as FM and Cross Mod within Diva) is the process of mod­u­lat­ing one os­cil­la­tor with an­other. The eas­i­est way to imag­ine how this works is to think of one os­cil­la­tor as an ex­tremely fast LFO which mod­u­lates the other. Although an un­usual con­cept, it can pro­vide some ex­cel­lent sounds and tex­tures. It’s easy to get car­ried away with FM or Cross Mod and end up with a dis­so­nant mess, but it can be used lib­er­ally when com­bined with an­other fea­ture – os­cil­la­tor sync. Os­cil­la­tor sync locks the wave­forms of two os­cil­la­tors to­gether, forc­ing one to restart be­fore its cy­cle is com­plete. By forc­ing the wave­form to restart, both os­cil­la­tors keep the same base fre­quency, which keeps things sound­ing pitched and tonal. Com­bine all these fea­tures to cre­ate unique and un­usual sounds!

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