The Spirit of Analogue
DIVA - Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer
The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules can be mixed and matched so you can build hybrids, but what sets Diva apart is the sheer authenticity of the analogue sound. This comes at the cost of quite a high CPU-hit, but we think it was worth it: Diva is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit simulators (e.g. PSpice) in realtime. The behaviour of zero-delay-feedback filters when pushed to the limit clearly demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach.
Check out more than 1200 presets. If your computer can handle it, try them in "Divine" mode.
Point your mouse at the stars and learn more about each feature
Mix & MatchAll modules in the upper rack can be replaced – send any of the oscillator models through any filter model to any amp / envelope model.
The rack also offers highpass filter models (pre or post main filter) or feedback from output to input.
FiltersThis is where a LOT of Diva’s magic happens – Diva's zero-delay-feedback filters set a very high standard of authenticity.
Each filter type closely models a classic analogue hardware filter (or two): You can already choose between Ladder, Cascade, Multi-Mode, Bite... and more are planned!
EnvelopesTwo envelopes, one for the output amp and the other general-purpose. Again, there is a choice of several different models based on classic hardware synthesizers.
The characteristics of amp and filter envelopes within the same synthesizer often differ. This important detail has also been carefully modeled.
Effects3 x analogue chorus, 2 x analogue phaser, plate reverb, stereo analogue delay, rotary speaker emulations...
The two effects are arranged in series – you can even use two plate reverbs, one after the other.
Multi-CoreThe optional multi-threading feature lets Diva distribute her voices across multiple cores, so more voices can be played simultaneously without overloading the CPU.
ModifiersModulation processors: Rectify, quantize, multiply, invert, lag, add modulation sources before using them.
There are also several modulation options here that aren’t available in all the main panels (e.g. filter resonance, feedback).
TrimmersDiva shows her most esoteric side here as she saucily flashes those voice activity indicators!
As well as detuning individual voices, a voice-specific offset is applied to cutoff, envelope times, pulse width and glide.
ScopeEvery synth needs an oscilloscope! Diva has a no-nonsense 'scope that only requires two knobs – frequency and scale.
PatchesDiva comes loaded with over 1,200 presets sorted into various categories. Select a folder from the bottom left panel, then a preset from the main area.
Why she's hot!
- authentic, unrivaled analogue sound
- up to 40% less CPU-hit than version 1.0
- multithreading support for modern CPUs - more polyphony, less overload
- even bigger library of gorgeously organic presets
- resizable editor window, alternative skins available shortly
- the essence of 7 or 8 vintage synths for about 1% of the cost
- ...and so much more!
Music made with Diva
Here are some tracks by artists who use Diva prominently in their music:
Holst's Venus arranged by Mike Leghorn. All Diva except for a bit of Zebra, plus Uhbik-A for reverb effects.
A Tribute To Jack
A dance piece by Benjamin Wild. All synth sounds are Diva. Additional drums and processing.
A short Diva demo track by NedFX. Additional drums and processing.
Diva Ice Cool
BigTone patch sampler
A walk through selected Diva factory patches by BigTone. All patches played in "draft" quality.
Bronto Scorpio's Demo
Diva's heavier side. By Bronto Scorpio.
An ambient track by Chris Micali, all Diva except vocal samples, drums and gated breath pad.
More than 30 songs using a beta version of Diva, for the 35th One Synth Challenge on KVR.
Need to know more?
Diva now includes an excellent, comprehensive manual that's easy to understand – even if you're not a native English speaking synth geek. Towards the end of the manual is a selection of ear-opening sound design tricks. Click on the image and take a look inside:
Urs & the team
DIVA is *extremely* demanding on CPU
Despite exploiting all conceivable opportunities to make Diva run as fast as possible, the level of analogue simulation we put into her simply requires extraordinary CPU power. Even if the multicore/multi-threaded option works fine on your system, please consider "freezing" tracks to lower the burden she puts on your CPU. After all she's a Diva, and Divas have DEMANDS!
Finally – Diva's demo restriction is a mild crackling sound that appears at irregular intervals.