German developer U-He has been steadily growing its stable of software instruments and effects over recent years and the latest is Hive, a soft synth that’s designed to be light on your CPU and easy to use even for beginners. It comes in all major formats for Mac and PC and will run on operating systems that have been more or less abandoned by most software, as well as the latest versions of Mac OS X and Windows.
Look and Feel:
Although the synth looks quite busy, it’s been designed to operate as far as possible in a single window to cut down on the need to open lots of separate sections. Thanks to some clever workflow design, it’s rather easier to navigate and work with than an initial glance might suggest, and the colour scheme is easy on the eye. At its heart are two oscillators, each with a sub oscillator and a full set of controls.
Oscillators can be set to mono, poly, duo or legato modes, with up to 16 voices of unison. The osc sections, like most other parts of the synth, have dropdown menus attached that give you access to presets for each section. So it’s possible to call up a preset for any section rather than having to alter the whole instrument using a master preset. This is something that’s being used more often in soft synths, and it’s great from a user perspective.
You can, of course, save section presets of your own too. The synth engine has three switchable characters: Normal, Dirty and Clean, and after leaving the oscillators, signal passes to the two multimode filter sections. The filter controls can be locked by right-clicking on any parameter and choosing Lock. This is really useful, as it means no accidental altering of a parameter you’ve spent ages getting right.
- Single page design
- Each panel offers presets in a drop-down menu
- Solo buttons for each oscillator and filter panel
- Skinnable ui
- Over 2700 factory presets
- On-screen keyboard
How to install:
- First of all, Download the u-he Hive 184.108.40.20656 (Tutorial on How to Download)
- Locate and double-click the .exe file. (It will usually be in your Downloads folder.)
- A dialog box will appear. Follow the instructions to install the software.
- Activate software using serial number provided in .txt file
- The software will be installed. You can now open the application from the your Desktop
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A:There is u-he Hive 220.127.116.1156 which you need to extract with Winrar.
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