Hive Soundsets

Hive already comes with a massive collection of factory presets, but sometimes you need fresh inspiration, you’re looking for that perfect sound for your project or would like to explore a new genre. We understand, and that’s why we’ve been asking top sound designers to create exclusive new soundsets for Hive…



Arena

Arena soundset for Hive
Buy Now $15

☆ NEW Arena is high energy. A compact soundset dedicated to a single theme. From the first to the last, these presets focus on lead sounds crafted especially for infectious melodies and dramatic riffs.


When developing Arena, Kevin Schroeder concentrated on creating sounds suited to the high energy of contemporary dance music. And these 50 presets certainly deliver: From searing keys to mood-altering plucks—Arena is high octane fuel for your club anthems.


Download the full list of presets and Read Me (PDF).



Listen to Arena

Demo songs using presets from the soundset:



Deep House

 

Trance

 

 





About the Author

Kevin Schroeder: Kevin cut his sound-design teeth on the Commodore 64 back in the 1990s. Now a well established freelancer (Access Virus, Roland Aira / JDXA) and demo track composer, Kevin augments his mastery of “digital edge” with affectionate nods to analogue synth history. You can hear some of Kevin’s creations in the soundtrack to Men in Black 3.



 



Tarot

Tarot soundset for Hive
Free download

The rich undercurrents and history of the Tarot deck inspired Alexander Hacke's unconventional new soundset for Hive: Tarot. Sonic motifs and themes wind throughout the soundset, guided by the meaning and interpretations of each card. Immerse yourself and let the sounds guide you, or find your own path.


Tarot divides sounds into suits rather than the more traditional categories, but you will still find plenty of bassy growls, dense textures, intense leads and intriguing sequences. Alexander Hacke's mastery of sound design and his singular aesthetic in Tarot will provide hours of exploration in esoteric soundscapes.


Download the Tarot soundset


Download the full list of presets and Read Me (PDF).



Interview with Alexander Hacke

Alexander Hacke speaks about his music, creative philosophies and the Tarot.




Listen to Tarot

Demo songs using presets from the soundset:



The Hebrew Alphabet

Dark, driving and epic — Alexander Hacke creates a track using the Hebrew Alphabet presets found in Tarot.

Major Arcana

Again from Alexander Hacke, this time an intense cinematic ambient piece using the Major Arcana presets.

Minor Arcana

Finally, Alexander Hacke demos the Minor Arcana presets in this piece.

 
 

About the Author

A musician and composer living in Berlin, Alexander Hacke joined the seminal industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten at the tender age of 14. Since then he has played in numerous influential underground groups, recorded and performed solo material, collaborated with countless artists in diverse genres and produced scores for theatre, documentaries and feature films. After fourty years in the business, Alexander Hacke continues to expand an already impressive, eclectic body of work.



 



Hive Science 2

Hive Science 2 soundset for Hive
Buy Now 39USD

Howard Scarr and Kevin Schroeder team up again for Hive Science 2, 350 presets full of style and high impact. The soundset revisits and expands on ideas from the original Hive Science. More epic pads, more stomping rhythms, more modern leads, more pensive textures, more thumping basses… more of everything.


Hive Science 2 puts the sound design expertise of Howard and Kevin at your fingertips. Dive into the analogue recreations from Howard, the cinematic styles from Kevin, and the results of their collaborations.


With maximum playability via realtime performance controls and Hive’s incredible audio engine, Hive Science 2 is full of fresh and vibrant sonic possibilities.


Download the full list of presets and Read Me (PDF).



Listen to Hive Science 2

Demo songs using presets from the soundset:



Trial By Centrifuge Part 1

Kevin Schroeder delivers a soundtrack piece, a slow build with a triumphant end.

Trial By Centrifuge Part 2

Kevin's piece continues with more cinematic moments.

 
 
 




About the Authors

Howard Scarr: Howard has been tweaking synthesizers ever since 1973 when he co-founded the UK’s first all-synthesizer band Zorch. Four decades later, now a u-he employee, Howard’s obsession with synthesizers is unbroken. You can hear his Zebra2 creations in several blockbuster movies, including The Dark Knight, Angels & Demons, Inception and Dunkirk.


Kevin Schroeder: Kevin cut his sound-design teeth on the Commodore 64 back in the 1990s. Now a well established freelancer (Access Virus, Roland Aira / JDXA) and demo track composer, Kevin augments his mastery of “digital edge” with affectionate nods to analogue synth history. You can hear some of Kevin’s creations in the soundtrack to Men in Black 3.



 



Catalyst

Catalyst soundset for Hive
Buy Now 30USD

Catalyst is a collection of 150 sounds from the library of DJ / producer Kabuki. These presets act as creative sparks for your next productions—delivering "ready to go" options or jumping off points for new ideas. Whichever direction you go, Catalyst acts as a powerful trigger for your imagination and explorations.


Catalyst contains 150 presets drawn from the underground sound of bass music, hip hop, juke, drum and bass, and dubstep. Each preset highlights Hive's powerful oscillators, warm filters and extensive modulation potential. Packed with low-end basses, atmospheric pads, jagged leads and tempo-synced loops, Catalyst is a potent ingredient in your musical experiments.


Download the full list of presets and Read Me (PDF).



Listen to Catalyst

Demo songs using presets from the soundset:



Catalyst

A dark, slow half-time influenced track by the soundset author, Kabuki.
All sounds from Catalyst.

Push

High energy rolling track in the classic drum 'n bass style.
All sounds from Catalyst except the drum break and drum samples.

Popsicle

A synth pop and disco flecked electronic track by Oddvar.
All sounds from Catalyst except the drums.

 
 





About the Author

A veteran of Germany’s drum and bass scene, Kabuki has been manipulating breaks and grooves since the 1990s. Whether hip hop, juke, bass or jungle, he is always pursuing new beat experiments.



 



Hive Science

Hive Science soundset for Hive
Buy Now 39USD

Hive Science by Howard Scarr and Kevin Schröder, a collaboration between two generations of sound designers at the top of their game. The 300+ presets cover a lot of ground, from edgy cinematic stomps through EDM essentials to brain-warping sound effects. This collection showcases the skill of the sound designers as well as the capabilities of Hive — perfect inspiration for your next track!


Download the full list of presets and Read Me (PDF).



Listen to Hive Science

Demo songs using presets from the soundset:


First World

Movie score inspired demo by Kevin Schröder

Two Worlds

A mellow electronica track from Kevin Schröder (tune by Howard Scarr)

Techno

A crisp, punchy techno piece from Oddvar.

 
 

Broken Beat

A little broken beat flavour powers this demo song created by Oddvar.






About the Authors

Howard Scarr: Howard has been tweaking synthesizers ever since 1973 when he co-founded the UK’s first all-synthesizer band Zorch. Over 40 years later, now a u-he employee, Howard is still obsessed with synthesizers. You can hear Howard’s creations in several movie soundtracks including The Dark Knight, Angels & Demons and Inception.


Kevin Schröder: Kevin cut his sound-design teeth on the Commodore 64 back in the 1990s. Now an established freelancer (Access Virus, Roland Aira / JDXA) and demo composer, Kevin augments his mastery of "digital edge" with affectionate nods to analogue synthesizer history. You can hear Kevin’s creations in the soundtrack to Men in Black 3. Visit Kevin's YouTube channel.



 




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