up to 40% less CPU
Good news! Here's the Diva update you have been waiting for. We locked ourselves away in our lab and squeezed as many CPU cycles out of Diva as humanly possible, all for the sake of one thing: Performance!
Diva 1.1 is now ready for download on her brand new product page. As always with u-he products, the update is free. Simply download the appropriate installer, follow the instructions and you're good to go.
Note: We have also made subtle changes to the basic sound quality, improving the transient behaviour and adding some "sheen". Although these changes will certainly be recognized as improvements, we recommend that you render your existing projects before upgrading.
The most important changes are...
1. Multicore Support
Finally play as many voices as you like on selected systems. Requires multicore system with on-CPU memory interface e.g. i5, i7, Nehalem.
2. up to 40% less CPU usage on expensive presets
We have improved the feedback prediction algorithim in the filters so dramatically that highly resonant patches will now use up to 40% less CPU than older versions. Can't get that sound any faster now!
3. Improved sound quality
Diva 1.1 sounds like a freshly refurbished piece of analogue hardware. We've polished the attack transients and added a bit more sheen to the VCO models.
Actually, what happened is this: To improve on the crossmodulation behaviour of early betas, we abandoned the widely used miniBLEPs in favour of a version with a more accurate phase response. A few people noticed that Diva's release version (1.0) sounded a tad duller than the beta, so we have fixed that. Now she has all the glamour of those early betas, plus all the goodness that we added in the meantime.
4. Revised User Guide
More info, more detail, more tips / tutorials, more fun to read! (included in downloads)
Version history 1.0.1 to 1.1
- Multi-threaded operation allows use of multi-core capabilities
- In many cases, Diva's filters are now a lot faster
- White-noise DC-offset removed
- Panning inverted to make it correct
- Triggered notes sound more coherent
- Sonic improvements (more harmonics, less noise in VCF and synced oscillators)
- New feature "Transient Mode" can reset DC-blockers and filter states on attack
- Completely new MIDI-learn mode
- Presets can be revealed in Finder (OSX) or opened in Explorer (Windows)
- drag & drop presets in Cocoa view (Mac)
- Better file error messages for windows
- log written if a file named Diva.log exists on the desktop
- deadlocks that some experienced under Windows are gone
- no more unwanted legato mode after preset selection
- no more crashes after invalid file access
- All Notes Off releases current notes instead of killing them
- MIDI preset change no longer forgets modulator section
- Init preset is correct in the presence of MIDI Banks
- no more crashes after long silence
Point your mouse at the stars and learn more about each feature
Mix & MatchAll modules in the upper rack can be replaced – send any of the oscillator models through any filter model to any amp / envelope model.
The rack also offers highpass filter models (pre or post main filter) or feedback from output to input.
FiltersThis is where a LOT of Diva’s magic happens – Diva's zero-delay-feedback filters set a very high standard of authenticity.
Each filter type closely models a classic analogue hardware filter (or two): You can already choose between Ladder, Cascade, Multi-Mode, Bite... and more are planned!
EnvelopesTwo envelopes, one for the output amp and the other general-purpose. Again, there is a choice of several different models based on classic hardware synthesizers.
The characteristics of amp and filter envelopes within the same synthesizer often differ. This important detail has also been carefully modeled.
Effects3 x analogue chorus, 2 x analogue phaser, plate reverb, stereo analogue delay, rotary speaker emulations...
The two effects are arranged in series – you can even use two plate reverbs, one after the other.
Multi-CoreThe optional multi-threading feature lets Diva distribute her voices across multiple cores, so more voices can be played simultaneously without overloading the CPU.
ModifiersModulation processors: Rectify, quantize, multiply, invert, lag, add modulation sources before using them.
There are also several modulation options here that aren’t available in all the main panels (e.g. filter resonance, feedback).
TrimmersDiva shows her most esoteric side here as she saucily flashes those voice activity indicators!
As well as detuning individual voices, a voice-specific offset is applied to cutoff, envelope times, pulse width and glide.
ScopeEvery synth needs an oscilloscope! Diva has a no-nonsense 'scope that only requires two knobs – frequency and scale.
PatchesDiva comes loaded with over 1,200 presets sorted into various categories. Select a folder from the bottom left panel, then a preset from the main area.
Why she's hot!
- authentic, unrivaled analogue sound
- up to 40% less CPU-hit than version 1.0
- multithreading support for modern CPUs - more polyphony, less overload
- even bigger library of gorgeously organic presets
- the essence of 7 or 8 vintage synths for about 1% of the cost
- ...and so much more!
Music made with Diva
Here are some tracks by artists who use Diva prominently in their music:
Holst's Venus arranged by Mike Leghorn. All Diva except for a bit of Zebra, plus Uhbik-A for reverb effects.
A Tribute To Jack
A dance piece by Benjamin Wild. All synth sounds are Diva. Additional drums and processing.
A short Diva demo track by NedFX. Additional drums and processing.
Diva Ice Cool
BigTone patch sampler
A walk through selected Diva factory patches by BigTone. All patches played in "draft" quality.
Bronto Scorpio's Demo
Diva's heavier side. By Bronto Scorpio.
An ambient track by Chris Micali, all Diva except vocal samples, drums and gated breath pad.
Angular Momentum (Kriece's Diva Dub)
Chunky, thick tech-house track from Ugly Frank & Kriece starring Diva. All sounds from Diva except drums and percussion.
More than 30 songs using a beta version of Diva, for the 35th One Synth Challenge on KVR.
Need to know more?
Diva now includes an excellent, comprehensive manual that's easy to understand – even if you're not a native English speaking synth geek. Towards the end of the manual is a selection of ear-opening sound design tricks. Click on the image and take a look inside:
Urs & the team
DIVA is *extremely* demanding on CPU
Despite exploiting all conceivable opportunities to make Diva run as fast as possible, the level of analogue simulation we put into her simply requires extraordinary CPU power. Even if the multicore/multi-threaded option works fine on your system, please consider "freezing" tracks to lower the burden she puts on your CPU. After all she's a Diva, and Divas have DEMANDS!
Finally – Diva's demo restriction is a mild crackling sound that appears at irregular intervals.