u-he previews "fast and simple" Hive plugin synth

Hive is starting to generate some buzz...
Hive is starting to generate some buzz...

u-he makes great software synths, but some of them can tax both your CPU and programming skills to the limit. Hive, says the company, is different: it's been designed to be fast and simple in operation and light on your processor.

Central to this 'easy to use' philosophy is a streamlined single screen interface and what's said to be a "fluid workflow". However, u-he also stresses that neither sound quality or creative control have been sacrificed, and that Hive has more than enough features and flexibility to deliver top-notch tones.

Here are the current specs:

  • Very low CPU usage
  • Switchable audio characteristics (normal, dirty, clean)
  • 2 main oscillators, 2 sub-oscillators
  • Up to 16x unison for each of the 4 oscillators for "super" sounds
  • 2 multimode filters
  • Step sequencer and arpeggiator
  • 12 slot modulation matrix with 2 targets per slot, 4 envelopes (ADSR), 2 LFOs
  • 7 built in effects
  • Single screen interface

Hive is actually available now as a public beta, and is scheduled for release in May. Pre-orders are being taken at an introductory price of $99 plus VAT (the full price will be $149 plus VAT). Find out more on the u-he website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.