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Satin goes NKS FX
June 1, 2018
Along with numerous minor bugfixes and improvements, Satin now comes with NKS compatibility and our new preset browser, which includes preset tagging and powerful search functions. We've also worked hard on the UHX compander subsystem so that the original behaviour is more faithfully reproduced. Alas, this meant adding a legacy button for the sake of backwards compatibility, but we're sure it was worth it.
This is a free update for existing users of Satin - simply download and install!
Hotfixes for Diva and Zebra2 now available
June 1, 2018
Typical! After releasing the new versions we immediately found some minor annoyances that needed to be fixed pronto…
For the Mac version of Diva 1.4.3 as well as Zebra 2.8 (rev 7422) we fixed the cause of a crash due to missing write permissions as well as another that happened if a symbolic link pointed to an external drive. This hotfix also solves a few preset browser problems (in all platforms) that arise while creating or duplicating folders.
This free update is recommended for all users of Diva and Zebra2 - simply download and install!
New Bazille soundset Vectors by Aiyn Zahev
June 1, 2018
We proudly present 60 new action-packed presets that transcend EDM: Pulsing arpeggios, glassy cityscapes, yearning synth leads and dark, grimy basses - all driven via modulation wheel, aftertouch and breath (MIDI CC 2). Vectors will have you racing along gleaming futuristic highways, accompanied by breathtaking vistas of high-tech cyberpunk cities that hide their dark side behind a veneer of neon lights…
Our New Newsletter
Like so many companies, we took part in the grand GDPR clean-up and asked our newsletter subscribers to re-subscribe to our newsletter, this time not only asking for double opt-in but also explaining purpose and storage - all wrapped nicely into a slightly more complicated-but-compliant signup form.
About a quarter of our subscribers came back so far. So of you missed it and you're among those 75% we have lost and you wonder why you don't get any newsletter from us anymore, this is it - and it's easily fixed!
That said, we'll continue with our newsletter just like we did, which we think is a good balance between nice information and marketing.
Superbooth18 and customer support
May 2, 2018
Starting today, we will be at Superbooth18—set up is today and the real fun begins tomorrow. If you cannot make it to Superbooth yourself, you can follow along via our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Hope to see you there, find us at Booth 240.
During the event our support will be extremely limited, and replies will take longer than usual. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
May Day holiday
May 1, 2018
Due to the May Day holiday in Germany, the u-he offices will be closed May 1st. Customer support will not be available.
April 25, 2018
We are excited to roll out a new version of u-he.com. A new look, new sections, and much easier to update. The site is more flexible so we can bring you new tutorials, features, videos and more—check out the community section to see some of the new stuff. Plus, everything is now phone / tablet friendly.
The site is fresh “out of the oven”, so there may be a few hiccups here and there. If you find something broken, please let us know.
April 15, 2018
It is spring in Berlin, and that can only mean it is time for Superbooth once again. The last two events were tonnes of fun and, of course, some work—full of synths, people and music.
We look forward to heading out to the FEZ building to see everyone and show off our new secret projects. (Yes, that was a shameless tease).
Superbooth18 runs May 3rd-5th in Berlin.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays
December 22, 2017
The year is almost over, so we are taking a small break over the Christmas and New Year’s period to relax and be merry. We will be back in 2018 for more synths and sounds.
Thank you to everyone out there who continues to support us and help make it possible to keep doing our work. Have a wonderful holiday season, a merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year.
Please note: The u-he office will be closed from December 22nd until January 2nd. A limited amount of support will be offered via email and our forum . Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Repro v1.1 (includes Repro-5)
December 15, 2017
We are wrapping up 2017 with the release of Repro v1.1, a free update for Repro-1. A year ago we released Repro-1, a brash and raw monosynth. This year we added a new polyphonic family member: Repro-5.
Repro is one product, one installer, two synths with analogue authenticity front and centre—two famous analogue synthesizers meticulously recreated using component-level modelling.
More details and demo songs are available on the Repro product page.
Special introductory price valid until December 31, 2017. Starting January 1, 2018 Repro will cost $149*.
* plus applicable taxes.
Repro-5 public beta
November 17, 2017
We are pleased to start the public beta for Repro-5.
Repro-5 shares a lot of sonic DNA with Repro-1, but draws inspiration from an even more iconic vintage synthesizer. You will find the familiar rough and raw sounds of Repro-1, but with a few differences, new flavours and characteristics. Most notably, of course, is polyphony.
Download the Repro-5 beta from our KVR forum .
Available in VST, AU, AAX and NKS formats for macOS and Windows.
Since Repro-5 and Repro-1 are family, at the end of the beta period we will combine them into a single product called Repro. One product, one installer, two synths.
We are offering an introductory discount for the Repro bundle: from November 17th to December 31st, 2017 purchase Repro (Repro-1 + Repro-5) for $99. Starting January 1st 2018, Repro’s final price will be $149 (plus applicable taxes).
If you already own Repro-1, Repro-5 is a free update for you. Simply download and install the new beta and your existing Repro-1 serial number will unlock Repro-5.
New soundset: Arena
November 1, 2017
Our latest soundset takes a different approach than our previous releases—it is smaller and highlights a single theme. Compact and concentrated inspiration.
Arena focuses on lead sounds crafted for the high energy of contemporary techno, trance, dubstep, EDM and more. Sound designer Kevin Schroeder pushed himself and Hive to create lead sounds bursting with vigour and character. And he certainly delivered: 50 presets ready for writing memorable melodies and riffs.
November 1, 2017
The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.
We are running a new customer survey and would appreciate a few minutes of your time and thoughts.
As a ‘thank you’ we are offering a 15% off coupon which can be used on u-he.com for any software purchase (soundsets and plug-ins).
Take the survey.
October 26, 2017
Due to the Reformationstag holiday in Germany, the u-he offices will be closed October 30th and 31st. Customer support will not be available on these days.
Join us at IMSTA FESTA Berlin 2017
October 22, 2017
We will be at the IMSTA FESTA in Berlin October 28th to show off some of our plug-ins. Plus, there are a lot of other activites: workshops, song critques and panel discussions. Full details on the IMSTA website.
macOS High Sierra (10.13) compatibility
October 2, 2017
Apple’s newest version of the macOS, High Sierra (10.13), is now available. We have been testing our plug-ins for compatibility with the help of some of customers. While our plug-ins work with High Sierra, we have identified a few issues:
- Presets are not listed in alphabetical order. The introduction of a new file system in macOS High Sierra causes presets to be unsorted.
- After installing any u-he plug-in you will need to reboot your computer for the plug-in to work.
- AU plug-ins do not load in GarageBand. This seems to affect u-he plug-ins as well as other companies.
We are working to make all our plug-ins compatible with High Sierra, if you have any questions please contact our support team.
New soundset: Atmos
September 1, 2017
Join Bujlin as he travels through spaces, both the real and the fantastical with Atmos, a new soundset for Diva. All 128 presets in this collection of arpeggios, leads, pads and ambient effects are permeated with a sense of space. Conjure outer space, empty buildings or windswept fields.
Bjulin created the pure sounds to be sophisticated from the start, but applying Diva’s built-in effects thoughtfully, he manage to highlight each unique atmosphere and ambience.
u-he and Bitwig autumn promotion
September 1, 2017
Note: This promotion is over
Summer is winding down… the days are growing shorter, the weather is cooling off. Which, of course, means more time to spend in the studio making music.
To make the jump back into the studio even more enticing, we partnered with fellow Berlin software developers Bitwig for a September special offer.
From September 1st through 12th, u-he customers will receive 100€ off Bitwig Studio Standard or the Bitwig 8-track upgrade.
Note: Bitwig Studio 2 EDU, upgrades from Bitwig Studio 1 and NFR licenses are not eligible for this discount.
To claim your discount, log into your u-he.com account and look for the big grey box with your code. Use this code when making your purchase in the Bitwig.com shop. The coupon is valid until September 30th, 2017.
If you do not have a u-he.com account, you can create one here.
If you do not own any u-he software yet, you are still eligible for the Bitwig discount. Purchase any u-he plug-in during the promotion period and you will receive a discount code.
Bitwig is also offering you something special this September.
When you purchase Bitwig Studio from September 1st through 12th, you get either Presswerk or Bazille for free. Will it be modular madness or a powerful compressor to add to your music? Your choice.
Bitwig Studio owners are not left out—until September 30th, existing Bitwig customers get 25% off any purchase at u-he.com.
Note: Transfer tokens and merchandise are not included in this offer.
For more information about both offers, go to Bitwig’s website .
New free soundset: Tarot
September 1, 2017
Alexander Hacke delves into the rich history and themes of the Tarot deck to create an unconventional new Hive soundset: Tarot. The soundset winds sonic motifs and themes throughout—guided by the meaning and interpretations of each card. Immerse yourself and let the sounds guide you, or find your own path. And extra bonus: the soundset is a free download.
During this project we were lucky to get an opportunity to talk with Alexander about his creative work and his vision for the Tarot soundset. Watch the video.
New soundset: ReSequenced
July 13, 2017
ReSequenced is our first soundset for Repro-1. The focus is on Repro-1’s sequencer—100 presets of percussive loops, basslines, melodies and more…
The collection fits perfectly into a studio project or in a live jamming session. Pick rhythmic flourishes and subtle shifting textures to finish up your latest track. Or record some on-the-fly tweaking to spark inspiration. ReSequenced keeps you rolling along with a wide range of styles and sounds.
Join us at AES 2017
May 8, 2017
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is an organisation devoted to audio technology. This year one of their events is in Berlin, so it seemed like a great opportunity to showcase our products and meet with the AES folks. Takes place May 20-22, find us at booth 300. Hope to see you there.
May 1st holiday
April 30, 2017
The office will be closed on Monday for the May 1st holiday.
April 18, 2017
This week we will be at the fantastic Berlin synthesizer event: Superbooth17. From April 20-22 we will be showing off some of our latest developments. Find us at booth 240 and say “hello”.
Please be aware that our customer support might be slower than usual during this time.
New soundset: Hive Science 2
April 13, 2017
Howard and Kevin take the wraps off their latest Hive experiments with Hive Science 2. Like all good sequels, Hive Science 2 revisits and expands on ideas from the original… more epic pads, stomping rhythms, modern leads, strange FXs, and thumping basses…
Choose between Howard’s analogue recreations or Kevin’s sweeping cinematics, or play with the results of their joint efforts. All the skill and personality of these two sound designers come alive at your fingertips.
Diva 1.4.2 beta
March 20, 2017
We are close to wrapping up work on the next Diva update, but would appreciate some final testing before release.
The 1.4.2 update contains a number of bug fixes and improvements, the most notable being the rewritten VST3 support. Also new: a Move to trash option for the preset browser, +/-48 semitone pitch bend ranges, and a couple of GUI tweaks.
Please read the complete list of changes, download the update and add your feedback at our forum .
Interview with Urs
March 3, 2017
Electronic Beats dropped by our Berlin office recently for an interview with Urs and a peek behind the scenes.
New soundset: Traveller
February 28, 2017
Our latest soundset for Zebra2 is now available.
For Traveller we teamed up with composer and sound designer Samuel Bereczky. Bereczky forges a path between early electronica/ambient and his own background in orchestral soundtracks.
With Traveller’s range of imaginatively designed sounds you will find plenty of useful and inspiring material for your next project. Move between experimental and organic, ambient and sci-fi, abstract and rhythmic with this versatile collection.
December 19, 2016
It’s that time of year again, when we get festive and take holidays. Please note from December 22 until January 5 the u-he offices will be closed. A limited amount of support will be offered via the forum, but it will be slower than normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at u-he!
December 2, 2016
We are happy to announce the release of Repro-1.
Repro-1 is a reverent model of a vintage monosynth, recreated with all the raw personality and quirks of the original, but with a charm all of its own. Like the original, Repro-1 is a fierce synth: hard working, raw sounding and immensely playable.
Repro-1 follows in the footsteps of Diva—striving for authentic analogue sound—but attains new levels of accuracy with component-level modelling. The classic design belies Repro-1’s fierce capabilities: thumping basses, ghostly screams, wild sequences… and maybe an ’80s cover song or two.
More details and demo songs are available on the Repro-1 product page.
* plus applicable taxes.
Repro-1 beta update
November 24, 2016
A new beta version is out. This update includes many improvements and bug fixes, a complete library of factory presets, and much improved CPU usage. We expect to finish polishing and fixing stuff in the next couple of week and release the final version of Repro-1 on December 6th
Download and purchase available in this forum post .
Diva’s 5th Birthday Event
November 21, 2016
Note: This promotion is over
This month marks 5 years since we introduced Diva to the world. Good looks and stunning sound paved the way for Diva to become an icon of analogue modelling. We are proud of what we achieved and how Diva has become a vital part of so many musicians’ creative work. We look forward to sharing many more years of Diva’s story with you.
In this spirit, we celebrate Diva—and we all know that divas love a party! And parties need presents, so…
From November 24 until November 29 (11:59AM CET), Diva is 30% off. We have reduced the price already, no coupons needed.
Just visit the Diva page, add Diva to your shopping cart and celebrate.
If you already own Diva, or other u-he plug-ins, we have coupons for you. The more plug-ins you own, the greater the discount.
Visit this page for details and to receive your coupon.
Repro-1 public beta
October 18, 2016
We are pleased to start the public beta for Repro-1. Repro-1 is a precise emulation of a vintage monosynth, recreated with all the raw personality and quirks of the original, but with a charm all of its own.
Repro-1 follows in the footsteps of Diva—striving for authentic analogue sound—but attains new levels of accuracy with component-level modelling. We worked hard to capture the behaviour and the aggressive sound of the original. And a few extra additions so Repro-1 fits in with modern workflows.
Like the original, Repro-1 is a fierce synth: hard working, raw sounding and immensely playable.
Download the new beta version of Repro-1 from our KVR forum .
Available in VST, AU AAX and NKS formats for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
November 24 update: A new beta version is out. This update includes many improvements and bug fixes, a complete library of factory presets, and much improved CPU usage. We expect to finish polishing and fixing stuff in the next couple of week and release the final version of Repro-1 on December 6th.
If you like what you hear, you can purchase Repro-1 with a 30% introductory discount during the public beta period. The $69 price will end on December 6th at midday CET, after which it will be $99 (+applicable taxes).
The purchase link is also found in the forum post .
Satin and Presswerk updates
June 27, 2016
Presswerk 1.1.1 and Satin 1.3 updates are now available. The updates are the last two maintenance releases for all our plug-ins we started last autumn.
Satin 1.3 includes a new preferences panel, VST3 support and improved MIDI learn functionality. A number of smaller bugs and host issues have also been fixed in this release.
Presswerk 1.1.1 addresses a cross-platform incompatibility affecting the Windows VST2 version only. We created a page with more information about the cross-platform issue and solutions for handling it. Additionally, Presswerk 1.1.1 includes VST3 support and a number of bug fixes.
Torino Synth Meeting
May 20, 2016
Next week we will be at Torino Synth Meeting. Drop by our table and try out the plug-ins, find out the latest news about RePro-1, or just come and say “hello”.
The event runs May 28-29 at the Bunker in Torino. Full details and timetable on the Synth Meeting website .
Impressions from Superbooth16
April 21, 2016
We returned from Superbooth16 with so many impressions. Under the magnificent ’50s architecture of the Funkhaus Berlin we chatted with customers, mingled with other developers, caught up with old friends and enjoyed an absinthe or two in the afternoon sun. The event was a wonderful collision of synthesizers, concerts, presentations and technology—it felt more like a festival than a trade show.
The whole u-he team had a fantastic time, and we are eager for Superbooth17 next year.
April 4, 2016
Our latest “researchware” plug-in RePro-Alpha is ready. It is a first step in our recreation of the classic Sequential Circuits Pro-One monophonic synthesizer.
This free alpha version is a way for us to gather feedback on various filter models which will help us decide on the best implementation for the final version.
Please download RePro-Alpha, play with it, try the different filter models stuff, build an opinion, and then vote in this thread. Take your time and think about what differences you hear in the filter models and under what settings do hear the differences discuss.
Bitwig and u-he promotion
March 21, 2016
Note: This promotion is now over.
Once again we have partnered with fellow Berlin software developers Bitwig for a special offer.
From March 23 until April 4, 2016, u-he customers can receive a discount of $50 / 50€ off Bitwig Studio Standard download from the Bitwig web shop.
Note: the discount does not apply to Producer Pack Bundle, NFR or EDU licenses.
To claim your discount, log in to your u-he.com account and look for the big grey box with your code.
Note: Soundsets, transfer tokens and merchandise are not eligible for this promotion.
Log In and Get Your Bitwig Discount
If you do not have a u-he.com account yet, you can create one here.
If you do not own any u-he software (yet), you are still eligible for the Bitwig discount. Just purchase any u-he plug-in during the promotion period.
And there is more…
And there is more: Bitwig is giving away Presswerk, Satin or Hive with every purchase and registration of a Bitwig Studio license (Standard or upgrade from 8-Track) between March 23 and April 4, 2016.
Read the details at Bitwig’s website.
December 15, 2015
Protoverb is an experimental reverb based on the idea of a “room simulator’. Most algorithmic reverbs try to avoid resonances or model the reflections of sound from a rooms walls. Protoverb does the opposite. It builds up as many room resonances as possible, modeling the body of air in the room. It therefore does not need to modulate or colour the signal. The result is a very natural sounding reverbration with some interesting features: Long standing frequencies resonate louder, as if the air takes some time to get excited. Multiple instruments don’t mash into a diffuse mud, they stay distinct. If you play a short melody, the room seems to repeat a ghost echo of that melody. Those properties are indeed found in churches and large halls, but they’re rarely found in conventional algorithmic reverbs.
Diva is NKS-ready
December 11, 2015
We are excited to release v1.4.1 of Diva which adds compatibility for Native Instruments’ new Native Kontrol Standard (NKS). The NKS format allows Diva to be integrated with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards.
For this update we:
- tagged and categorised all of Diva’s factory patches. Now all of Diva’s patches are available while browsing in Maschine or Komplete Kontrol, and you can easily save your own patches in NKS format from within Diva.
- defined custom control knob mappings for Diva’s entire factory patch library. With Maschine and S-Series keyboards, each patch loads a custom performance page with the most important parameters immediately available. And if you need more control, each Diva module has its own page where more parameters are accessible. Adjust the oscillators, filter, envelopes and effects. No setup required.
The integration between Diva and Maschine or Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards means you can easily find what you need and focus on making music.
This is a free update for Diva owners and can be installed over existing versions.
Read more about the NKS format at the Native Instruments website .
A lot of updates
October 8, 2015
Today we are rolling out updates for almost all of our plugins… even the free ones like Podolski. These updates are the result of a summer long effort of collecting, prioritising, filtering, implementing and refining a slew of outstanding bugs and feature requests. The end result is a long list of improvements and bug fixes. Briefly, the updates are:
- UI improvements:
- All plugin UIs now have 10% scaling, from 70% to 200%.
- The ACE UI is now clearer and has new modulation sources.
- Diva UI was also improved for increased clarity.
- The Zebra2 Unempty Dark Horse skin is now complete.
- And finally, a number of small graphics issues in various plugins are fixed.
- Configuration menu: Bazille, Zebra2, Hive, Diva, ACE and Podolski now have a configuration menu (look for the cogwheel icon). This menu houses:
- MIDI learn: a visual overlay for assigning MIDI controls to the plugin interface.
- MIDI list table: editable list of assigned MIDI controls.
- Preferences: global settings for controls, appearance and audio.
- Host/DAW issues:
- The “Missing UI” in Logic and Studio One is fixed.
- A number of small issues were fixed in Logic X, Studio One, Cubase, Reaper, Digital Performer, ProTools, Maschine and Kore.
- Everything else: These updates include a heap of general improvements: fixed hanging and dropped notes, improved MIDI timing, new FX parameters and much more.
Download the updates (for both Mac OS X and Windows) on each individual plugin page or download all of them on our downloads page.
- Zebra2 2.7.2 (Zebralette and Zebrify updated as well)
- Diva 1.4
- Bazille 1.1
- Hive 1.1
- ACE 1.4
- Uhbik 1.3.1
- Filterscape 1.4.1
- MFM2 2.2.1
- Podolski 1.2.1
- TripleCheese 1.2.1
All updates are free for current owners of the products and can be installed over the existing versions.
The Dark Zebra contains an updated ZebraHZ 2.7.2 as well and is available from your support account (please create one if necessary)
A few more updates are on the way: Satin, Presswerk and TyrellN6 all need a little extra time to make them ready for release. Also, the Linux versions will be updated with the latest improvements. Stay tuned.
Beatzille: little monster
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Beatzille is a compact version of our monster modular synthesizer Bazille. Although the “little” brother with a condensed feature set, Beatzille remains a very capable and engaging synth. With the same digital oscillators and analogue-style filter plus the flexibility of modular patching, there’s plenty to keep you busy, before you think about moving to Bazille.
Beatzille was commissioned by German music tech magazine Beat especially for their readers i.e. it is only available on Beat magazine’s own cover DVDs, not from u-he or any of our resellers. Check out: Beat magazine
Release candidates (rev 3890) in public beta
August 20, 2015
We have updates coming soon for 12 of our plugins, all containing numerous bug fixes and improvements. You can download the Release Candidates now to help us test them before final release.
- UI updates and fixes
- Configuration / MIDI Learn page for most products
- Fixed Apple Logic X / Studio One—‘Missing GUI Bug’ on Mac OS X
- Plus many other bugfixes & improvements
For more details, downloads and feedback: visit our KVR forum .
June 1, 2015
Hive 1.0 is now available for Windows and Mac OS X (VST2, AU and AAX formats, 32 & 64-bit). What started off as a bit of weekend fun exploring supersaws gradually became a full-blown project we’re now excited to show to the world.
The idea was to create a fast and fluid synthesizer with a streamlined UI so you can get tweaking in no time at all. Hive is surprisingly light on CPU so you can run multiple instances without running into trouble. Plus, we packed Hive with enough creative options and features to deliver truly stunning sounds, whatever your style of music.
You can see more details and listen to demos on the Hive product page.
* plus applicable taxes.
Presswerk 1.1 out
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Presswerk 1.1 is now available as a free update for Mac OS X and Windows. With Presswerk version 1.1 we added six new UI views—dedicated, streamlined versions of the interface to help you focus on a specific task and speed up your workflow. The six views are:
- Drum compressor
- Vocal compressor
- M/S program compressor
- Easy compressor
- Bus compressor
Presswerk 1.1 also introduces a preferences window where global options can be stored, and a MIDI learn screen to simplify MIDI mapping. Finally, we fixed a few small bugs.
To update Presswerk to version 1.1, simply download and install over your existing version.
Musikmesse 2015 pictures
April 21, 2015
We put together a few photos and a short time lapse movie to share a little bit of our time at the Frankfurt Musikmesse. It was great to meet everyone in person, catch up with old friends and talk about synths, effects, music and everything else.
April 10, 2015
Once again, u-he is heading to Frankfurt for MusikMesse. This year the entire office will be packing up the van and showing off our wares. We look forward to seeing everybody there, so why not come on over to Hall 5.1, stand B82 and say “hi”.
We will be out of the office from Monday April 13 until Monday April 20. During this week customer service and email support will be extremely limited and slower than normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
March 2015 updates
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
We have compiled a quick update for ACE, Bazille and Zebra2.
Most of it is fixes for little bugs and niggles, but there are a couple of new features added. Zebra and ACE now feature 10% GUI scaling. GUI now has multichannel MIDI. All work in Pro Tools 12 and the Undo function works after switching presets. The “Missing GUI” fix for Zebra is now in the official download.
We have also moved all our current release versions into a handy releases directory.
Just download these new versions and install them over your existing ones.
A comprehensive change log can be found in our support forum .
January 28, 2015
Recent updates to Logic Pro X, Mainstage and GarageBand may be causing some u-he plugins to exhibit a ‘missing GUI’ error—the plugin will load but the GUI is not visible.
We have created updates to our plugins, and our testing shows these versions correct the problem. To apply the fix, please download and install these latest versions over your existing installation.
Note: Owners of ZebraHZ need to download the latest build via their u-he.com account.