MESSE 2015: U-he HIVE A New Synth

Quality sounds low DSP load      18/04/15

Buying Choices

Urs Heckman is a bit of a legend in software instrument circles, many of his instruments - DiVa, Zebra, Bazille, Ace all have fervent supporters. Superstar film composer Hans Zimmer is a massive fan, many of his soundtracks featuring custom patches from U-he sound designer Howard Scarr.

There are no apologies that some of these require significant CPU to drive their massive synth engines, so the latest release bucks that trend and has been designed purely with CPU effiiencies in mind.

We spent a little time with Urs who gave us a tour of the new instrument available in a couple of weeks at an introductory price of $99


  • Very low CPU usage
  • Switchable audio characteristics (normal, dirty, clean)
  • 2 main oscillators, 2 sub-oscillators
  • Up to 16x unison for each of the 4 oscillators for "super" sounds
  • 2 multimode filters
  • Step sequencer and arpeggiator
  • 12 slot modulation matrix with 2 targets per slot, 4 envelopes (ADSR), 2 LFOs
  • 7 built in effects
  • Single screen interface


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