The Spirit Of Analogue
DIVA - Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer
The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules ca...
When asked if he uses any analogue gear, Madeon responds, "What's the point? I've never been a big fan of analogue, and if I want an analogue sound, I can get it from a plugin. DIVA is useful for that." From an October 2013 MusicRadar article titled, [Madeon: the electro house prodigy](http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/madeon-the-electro-house-prodigy-585822).more
Guy: "For this album, the one we used a lot was Diva by u-he; I love it. We love any soft synth that sounds like a Roland Juno basically. With Diva, you can put a twist on it and do something different that a Juno can't, but it has that warmth and that nice choral sound, so we were sold."more
In his reddit AMA, Doctor P say he uses the following "instruments: massive kontakt battery nexus diva korg legacy collection minimoog processing: fabfilter pro q camel phat waves C1 waves SSL comp SPL tube tech izotope ozone wow i never realised how small the list of my plug ins would be"more
In the AMA, he was asked which is his favorite soft synth. > "Diva, hands down. It just sounds so good. It's not the most flexible, but for the kind of thing I look for in a synth, I find it amazing." The full AMA can be found [here](https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2m3wtg/i_am_nutone_db_producerdj_on_hospital_records_ama/).more
“Digital spent 15 to 20 years trying to compete with the warmth and sound of analogue, but only in the last five years with plug-ins like Diva, Dune, Monarch, Omnisphere and the Native Instruments ones, is there a real new way of competing with the analogue Moog, Memorymoog or ARP 2600.”more
Because production deadlines are so tight these days, we seem to spend a lot of our time trying to write songs on planes and in airports; Diva has become very useful in these situations because we know that we can access instantly useful sounds. Those sounds might get changed or even replaced completely as the production process goes on, but Diva will always give you some great ideas to start with.more
“The Diva thing, by u-he - that’s definitely my go-to synth. It feels very similar to the Jupiter and resembles synthesizers that I know quite well. It takes me less than a minute to create the sounds that I want and it sounds really wonderful. You can also have as many copies as you want open in a project."more
In his reddit AMA, a user asks Lenno: > "Anyways, just want to ask what are your favourite plugins at the moment? I wish I knew how to get that lush retro sound you seem to keep pounding out :)" Lenno replies: > "I have a long list of favorite plugins so let me know if you want to know about something in particular! But for synths I LOVE u-he Diva which is IMO the best analogue emulating synth there is. If you hear a lush retro sound in one of my tracks, it's most likely Diva. I also really like Spectrasonics Omnisphere (for big and weird sounds) and TAL Bassline (for simpler stuff)."more
The Spirit Of Analogue
DIVA - Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer
The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules can be mixed and matched so you can build hybrids, but what sets DIVA apart is the sheer authenticity of the analogue sound. This comes at the cost of quite a high CPU-hit, but we think it was worth it: Diva is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit simulators (e.g. PSpice) in realtime. The behaviour of zero-delay-feedback filters when pushed to the limit clearly demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach.
Check out more than 1200 presets. If your computer can handle it, try them in "Divine" mode.
This 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!
Two 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.
Mix & Match
All 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.
3 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.
Modulation 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).
Diva 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.
Every synth needs an oscilloscope! Diva has a no-nonsense scope that only requires two knobs - frequency and scale.
Diva 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.
I own hardware synths, so I usually don't really care about software emulations. Diva is one of the few "analog" soft-synths that actually sounds like the real thing, and I love how you can mix-and-match different sources and filter sections.
I stumbled upon u-he products when I acquired the free Tyrell VST plug-in. For being free, the Tyrell has amazing sound and I found myself using it on most of my tracks. So I thought, if the free plug-in sounds this good, what would Diva - the analog flagship - be like? I had my eye on Diva for a while and found myself listening to the rich sound demos for about 2 months before purchasing. My apprehension was u-he's own warnings that it is so CPU intensive. After researching my hardware and then using the demo plug-in I found that performance was not an issue for my set up. It is by far the best sounding analog synth that I have ever had, and I have had many... better than the Memorymoog in my opinion. Furthermore, it is intuitive and easy to program. Great job u-he!
I will use this for almost anything! If you have the cpu, trust me it's a cpu monster, this is a great VST. While my favorite VST changes every week this one is constantly in my top 3
I am such a hardware guy... but damn they really nailed it with this one. I love the ms-20 and jupiter clones. The moog style ladder filter is really sweet. My favorite part of Diva is how I can build a modular style synth. Clarification: for example... I think... gee... i want to make a synth with a three oscillator configuration like a Mini Moog, but I want to give it an ms-20 style filter.... no problem. Or, vice versa. How about an ms-20 with a moog style ladder filter. It's just too much fun. And, it's really straightforward and sounds amazing.
Well, I've just want to say - it sounds. If you need any oldschool analog-ish sound in your production, you're just found the goldmine. It's the most versatile synth, when you want to get "that sound". With all the respect, Arturia and Roland plug-outs are just step behind. Comparing A/B to actually analog, I found, that Diva has more colours and is more versatile, due to its modulation and "hacking" potential.
This soft synth sounds like a real-world hardware synth. The analog simulation is beautiful. Takes a bit of memory but has selections for using multiple processors and a quality setting to step down the CPU load. Presets are plentiful and sound absolutely amazing. The synth itself is fairly easy to understand and I am able to create my own sounds from the built in initializations relatively pain-free. Listeners won't be able to tell if you have a real synth or Diva. It is great for those who crave analog quality sound.