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Merry Christmas and happy holidays

December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas

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 Link. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Repro v1.1 (includes Repro-5)

December 15, 2017

Repro v1.1

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.


Download Repro for Mac OS X (VST2 / VST3 / AU / AAX)
Download Repro for Windows (VST2 / VST3 / AAX)
Download Repro for Linux (beta)

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

Repro-5 public beta

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 Link.
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

Arena soundset

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.

Arena info and sound demos

Customer survey

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.

Reformationstag holiday

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.

IMSTA FESTA Berlin 2017 website Link

macOS High Sierra (10.13) compatibility

October 2, 2017

May 2018 update: Zebra 2.8, Diva 1.4.3 and Repro 1.1 correct the unsorted presets issue when using the APFS file system in High Sierra.

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

Atmos soundset

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.

Atmos info and sound demos.

u-he and Bitwig autumn promotion

September 1, 2017

Diva's 5th birthday

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.

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.

More goodies…

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 Link.

New free soundset: Tarot

September 1, 2017

Tarot soundset

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 .

Tarot info, interview, sound demos and download.

New soundset: ReSequenced

July 13, 2017

ReSequenced soundset

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.

ReSequence info and sound demos

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.

AES Berlin 2017 websiteLink

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”.

If you can’t make it to Berlin, follow us on Facebook Link or Instagram Link to see some of the fun online.

Please be aware that our customer support might be slower than usual during this time.

New soundset: Hive Science 2

April 13, 2017

Hive Science 2 soundset

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.

Hive Science 2 info and sound demos

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 Link.

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

Traveller soundset

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.

Traveller information and sound demos