hive - Sleek, streamlined, fast

Sleek, streamlined, fast

149 €

Hive: Built for fast results

With its effortless workflow and low processor usage, you can create your patches in next to no time at all. Hive is quick and uncomplicated, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing flexibility, sound quality, or creativity. It's packed with features and controls – with a dazzling character that delivers stunning sound.

Hive in the spotlight…

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Hive UI
  • CPU-friendly VA synthesizer with 3 different synth engine characters
  • 2 pairs of stereo oscillators and sub-oscillators with 10 different waveforms each
  • Wavetable support with additional proprietary .uhm file scripting
  • 2 LFOs with various shapes, sync options and unipolar switch
  • 4× XY pad control with auto-assign
  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, mono and legato modes
  • Up to 16× unison per oscillator
  • 2 multimode filters: lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandreject or peaking
  • 12-slot modulation matrix with 2 targets per slot, countless targets including all FX parameters
  • Glide (constant rate or constant time mode)
  • 7 quality effects on board: distortion, chorus, delay, phaser, EQ, plate reverb, compressor
  • Arpeggiator and sequencer with direction, order, octave, frame/restart controls, and common clock with strict host-sync option
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Over 2700 factory presets
  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%

Hive 1.2.1 released:
We have updated Hive to fix various minor bugs, including adjustments to the semitone knob scaling and an improved Mac installer. Check the release notes to learn more.

Sights and sounds

Underneath its sleek exterior, Hive lets you go as deep as you like. Add movement and life, quickly create and rotate patterns combining arpeggiator and/or sequencer. The 12-slot matrix even lets you modulate the effect parameters, encouraging you to explore a whole new world of creative options. With its swappable audio engine, flexible signal routing and quality effects, Hive makes sure you can get the sound you want with a minimum of fuss. Want more? Version 1.2 introduces full fledged Wavetable suppport, XY controls, and more!

New in 1.2: Wavetables

Hive - Wavetables

How it works

Hive version 1.2 Hive includes Wavetables! These appear as oscillator waveforms, and are controlled in the central hexagon. You can manually select wavetables, modulate the position via the modulation matrix, or even scan them automatically using various envelope and loop options, which let you animate wavetables without requiring an extra modulation source.

More features include a Reverse option to flip the wavetable back to front, Cyclic mode for seamless wavetable cycling, and different real-time interpolation methods.


This feature splits the wavetable from between 2 and 16 parts. For instance, a wavetable with 30 frames can be split into 3 wavetables with 10 frames each - by setting the number of Tables to 3. The Multi Position knob scans those set tables. This opens up a second dimension of wavetable scanning, such as velocity crossfades or multisample support.

Optional scripting

Want to go even more in-depth? Wavetables in Hive are also available as .uhm files. These files contain scripts made with a proprietary wavetable generation and manipulation language. Getting started is easy and fun.


When using Wavetables, Hive provides 4 different algorithms for interpolating between frames: switch, crossfade, spectral, and zero phase. The appearance (and CPU usage) of waveforms can differ significantly, depending on the interpolation. The spectral and zero phase modes shift the relative phases of partials differently. The switch option only shows non-interpolated waveforms.

A quick run through Hive's new wavetable interpolation modes. Taking the example of the 4th harmonic of any given wavetable, it shows what happens in the transition between wavetable frames. It also shows the tradeoff between quality and CPU. Note that the "zero phase" mode does not show any transition in this case, which is the expected behaviour.


More features

Arpeggiator and Sequencer

Hive's hexagon includes an ARP/SEQ area in which you can sculpt your complex and rhythmic loops.


Hive's arpeggiator features 4 octaves to select from, 6 different directions, and 4 options for the order. Additional features are Restart, which lets you set the number of notes the arpeggiator will play before jumping back to the beginning, and Frame, which limits the the length while driving the sequencer from the arpeggiator.


The sequencer features 3 different modes: Modulator, which doesn't trigger notes, but only CC values and Gate. Select Play, to trigger notes. Like the arpeggiator, the sequence will run whenever notes are being played and will stop when all notes are released. The last mode is Record, this lets you record sequences manually or through the arpeggiator.

Arpeggiator and Sequencer in Hive

Arpeggiator and Sequencer in Hive

Flexible Effects

Hive's hexagon includes 7 different effects: Distortion, Reverb, Equalier, Chorus, Delay, Compressor, and Phaser.

Enable and rearrange

Each effect state and position in the chain is easily controllable from the center of the hexagon. Click on one to enable or disable it, and order them to your liking: Like in other u-he plugins, effects in Hive are rearrangeable through drag and drop! This allows you to sculpt your sound even more through many experimental combinations.

Edit and modulate

Effects in Hive are fully-featured with many editable controls, a selection of presets, and the well known u-he quality.
Want more? All controls are also modulatable thorugh the modulation matrix!

Effects in Hive

Effects in Hive

Modulation Matrix

Hive features a 2-page, 12-slot (6 per page) modulation matrix which allows you to connect modulation sources (LFOs, MIDI controls, envelopes, etc.) to more than 80 targets. Each modulator can be turned on or off, and lets you select 2 different targets, each with its own modulation depth control. The assignment is made easy with drag and drop. Preset support is also included.

Modulation Matrix in Hive

Modulation Matrix in Hive


New in 1.2: Performance controls

Version 1.2 introduces another new tab in Hive's hexagon: XY.

In this page, you'll find a pad with 4 controls – simply connect them to your MIDI controllers for maximum fun on stage!

Automatic parameter scanning

Hive is able to assign XY controls to parameters automatically. It looks into the structure of presets that have unused XY controls, and assigns them to the most appropriate XY macros (pre-defined sets of parameters).

XY controls in Hive

XY controls in Hive


Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, mono and legato modes

Synth Engine

3 synth engine characters (Normal, Dirty, Clean)


  • 2 pairs of stereo oscillators, 9 different waveforms each
  • Up to 16× unison per oscillator


  • 2 multimode filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandreject or peaking)
  • Flexible oscillator and filter routing


  • Common clock for arpeggiator and sequencer, with strict host-sync option
  • Arpeggiator with direction, order, octave and frame/restart controls
  • 16-step sequencer to drive notes or modulation


2 LFOs with various shapes, sync options and unipolar switch


  • Glide control, constant rate or constant time mode
  • Extra vibrato oscillator


2 pairs of ADSR envelopes, each stage can be individually modulated


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


  • 12-slot modulation matrix with 2 targets per slot, countless targets including all FX parameters
  • Drag and drop modulation assignment


7 quality effects on board: distortion, chorus, delay, phaser, EQ, plate reverb, compressor

Performance Control

4× XY pad control with auto-assign

Wavetable support

With proprietary .uhm scripting language, modulatable controls, and more...

149 €

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

Hive 1.2.1 (revision 8296)
Released March 5, 2019
Release notes

info Linux beta note : 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.   CLOSE


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


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

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

User Guides

Hive user guide

Downloads for Hive

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

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


New sounds for Hive

Arena soundset teaser


Packed with lead sounds

Tarot soundset teaser


Esoteric and unusual sounds

Hive Science 2 soundset teaser

Hive Science 2

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