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As with all of U-he's powerhouse synths, Hive has a myriad of very interesting modulation options. Before purchasing, a demo version can be downloaded for testing at the KVR link below.

Hive is a mono/duo/polyphonic software synthesizer, currently available in beta version for linux, that consists of two oscillator-plus-sub-oscillator sections, two separately-routable filter sections and discrete amplitude sections, both routed to an effects section. An LFO is available for the oscillators, as well as LFOs and Modulation Envelopes for the filters. In the upper central area of the GUI is the selection of one of Hive's three different "personalities," nominated "Normal," "Dirty" and "Clean." As per the manual, "Normal" includes: 'exponential oscillator detune, s-shaped envelope attack, short decay, over-sampled self-oscillating ‘ladder’ filter model with non-linear resonance.' Dirty includes: 'Evenly-spaced oscillator detune, exponential envelope stages, oversampled self-oscillating ‘diode ring’ filter. Highly non-linear and unpredictable.' "Clean" offers: 'Slightly wider oscillator detune, linear envelope attack, exponential decay and release, linear (non-distorting) ‘state variable’ filters, no oversampling.'

Hive's oscillators include sine, sawtooth, triangle, pulse (with 'half' and 'narrow' options) and square waveforms, as well as white and pink noise. Octave and semitone detuning, as well as unison capability. The phase of the waveform can also be adjusted. Each oscillator section also includes a Solo button to isolate an individual part for closer monitoring. The sub-oscillator has the same waveform options and a 'like osc' option.

Hive's filter section includes bypass, lowpass, highpass, bandpass, band-reject and peaking filter types. Filter cutoff and resonance control is available through the Mod envelope and through the LFOs.

Hive includes both an arpeggiator and 16-step sequencer section, with many modulation options. The effects section, fully-arrangeable, includes distortion (with bit-crushing control), chorus, delay, reverb, phaser, 3-band EQ and compressor.

The bottom area of the Hive GUI will display either the Virtual Keyboard, or one of two Modulation Matrices. The Modulation Matrices offer another unique feature available in Hive: the 'drag-and-drop' option. This capability allows to connect on target (to the right of the amount knobs) with another target simply by clicking the target window and dragging the crosshair symbol to any of the target options that are lit.

Hive also has a lot of preset management options, such as undo and redo buttons, and an entire preset page, with full control capability of user and factory presets.


A lot of presets for Hive are available at U-he HERE


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