Going deeper into Diva
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!