diva - The spirit of analogue

The spirit of analogue

179 €

Please be aware the Linux versions of our plug-ins are still considered beta. While the plug-ins are stable, we are not able to provide the same level of support for these products as we do for the macOS and Windows versions. Support is provided via the Linux and u-he communities on our forum.


Diva: Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue synthesizer.

Diva captures the spirit of five decades of analogue synthesizers. Oscillators, filters, and envelopes from some of the greatest monophonic and polyphonic synths of yesteryear were meticulously modelled for unmatched analogue sound. More than a single synthesizer: Recreate an old favourite or mix-and-match modules to design your unique hybrid.


Diva in the spotlight…

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Diva - UI
  • Authentic, award-winning analogue sound
  • Mix-and-match panels for custom layouts
  • Per-voice oscillator detune and user-definable modulation source
  • Zero delay feedback (ZDF) filter design for authentic resonance behaviour
  • 3 ADS(S)R envelope models based on classic synth hardware with keyboard follow and velocity scaling
  • 5 oscillators models based on classic synth hardware
  • 5 filter models based on classic synth hardware
  • 3 ADS(S)R envelope models based on classic synth hardware with keyboard follow and velocity scaling
  • 2 host-syncable LFOs with multiple waveforms, restart options and phase controls
  • 2 stereo effects slots, each with chorus (3 modes), phaser (2 modes), plate reverb, delay, rotary speaker
  • Host-syncable arpeggiator with continuous rate offset, swing, various progression options
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%
  • Over 1200 factory presets

Diva 1.4.3 revision 7422 available. Includes a new preset browser and a number of improvements and bug fixes. Read the release notes.

Revision 7422 is a Hotfix update which primarily fixes an installer glitch on Mac. While it's a minor fix for users of Diva 1.4.3, we still recommend to update.


Sights and sounds

Diva captures the spirit of various analogue synthesizers by letting the user select from a variety of alternative modules. The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the greatest monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. But what sets DIVA apart from other emulations is the sheer authenticity of her 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 in realtime.

One spirit, many flavours

Oscillators and Filters

The filters are at the heart of Diva’s analogue sound. A combination of realtime circuit simulation and zero delay feedback (ZDF) design gives Diva its remarkable sound. With ZDF, the delays normally produced when modelling analogue circuits are vastly reduced, resulting in a much more authentic resonance behaviour. (If you are interested, Urs wrote an in-depth blog post Link about ZDF.)

Diva models five different filters found in classic hardware synthesizers. All filters have modulation options and the traditional cutoff and resonance controls, but each has its character, quirks and options.

Like the filters, Diva’s oscillators are also modelled on classic hardware. The five models offer a wide range of different characteristics that fundamentally affect the overall sound, giving you a broad palette to start with for your next riff, bass and pad.

All five share common controls: waveform selection, octave range, mix or independent output volume controls, a noise source and plentiful modulation options. Plus a few touches unique to each model.







 

Effects and envelopes

Oscillators and filters get your sound humming, but a little polish and refinement make it sing.

Switching oscillators and filters on or off like an organ would be very limiting. Envelopes provide more nuanced and engaging results. Diva has two slots—one dedicated to the amplifier, the other to the filter—both with three models to choose from. Craft gently rising sounds, notes that fade slowly into the distance, or sharp percussion.

Diva Envelope panel

Envelope panel: Analogue model shown

Diva Effects panel

Effects panel: Rotary speaker shown

As a final touch you can put Diva’s two stereo effects slots to use. In keeping with the vintage feel, the available effects would be right at home in the studios of bygone days. Add space with the plate reverb and delay, or movement with the phaser, chorus and rotary speaker effects.


 

Subtle Details

Small details can transform static, lifeless sounds into something much more lively and organic.

The Trimmers panel is where you can make your sounds feel more analogue. Control voice detuning per oscillator, adjust variance between individual voices (round robin), voice drift and more—adding life to your music. These options mirror the inherent variations in analogue hardware. As the circuit boards are not always 100% the same (due to component tolerances), oscillator tuning may differ slightly, some envelopes are a little less snappy. The individual effects may be subtle, but they add up to a more authentic analogue sound.

Diva Trimmers panel

Trimmers panel

Diva Modifications panel

Modifications panel

Dive into the Modifications panel for more modulation options and an opportunity to push Diva into more experimental and unusual territories. Modulation processors such as Invert, Add, Quantize and Lag open up fresh ideas for manipulating Diva. These capabilities take Diva beyond the original hardware that inspired it.



Oscillators

5 oscillator models based on classic synth hardware: Triple VCO, Dual VCO, VCO, Dual VCO Eco, Digital

Filters

5 filter models based on classic synth hardware: Ladder, Cascade, Multimode, Bite, Uhbie

Envelopes

3 ADS(S)R envelope models based on classic synth hardware with keyboard follow and velocity scaling

LFOs

2 host-syncable LFOs with multiple waveforms, restart options and phase controls

Effects

2 stereo effects slots, each with chorus (3 modes), phaser (2 modes), plate reverb, delay, rotary speaker

Global

  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, monophonic, or legato mode
  • Adjustable quality settings with a separate offline / bounce option

Arpeggiator

Host-syncable arpeggiator with continuous rate offset, swing, various progression options

Configuration

  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page

Modifications

Modulation processors: invert, quantize, rectify, lag, multiply, add

Trimmers

  • 4 transient mode options with per-oscillator phase setting
  • Voice stacking with individual voice tuning
  • Glide: Constant time or constant rate, with per-oscillator offset and range control
  • Variance (slop) controls for cutoff, envelopes, pulse width and glide rate
  • Global drift

Built-in oscilloscope

179 €

Download the demo and enter your serial number to unlock the full version. The demo version emits crackling sound at irregular intervals.

Diva 1.4.3 (revision 7422)
Released May 31, 2018
Release notes

* About Linux: Before purchasing, please be aware the Linux versions of our plug-ins are still considered beta. While the plug-ins are stable, we are not able to provide the same level of support for these products as we do for the macOS and Windows versions. Support is provided via the Linux and u-he communities on our forum Link.  

Requirements

Apple logo Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
or
Windows logo Windows 7 or newer
or
Linux logo Linux


  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

Formats

Diva is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Diva is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

Available as Audio Units (AU), VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later) NKS, plug-ins with 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

NKS supportDiva supports Native Instruments’ NKS format and is compatible with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware.

User Guides


Diva user guide

Downloads for Diva

Try the latest builds of Diva, which include improvements and bug fixes. Note: these are stable, but still beta versions.

Older Diva installers are in our release archive (for legacy systems).

 

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