Everyone says Sylenth1... I say 'yeah okay but also Hive!' That's not to say Sylenth1 doesn't deserve love. They are nearly identical in purpose and design but I still have a little more love for Hive I think. Hive has the ability to sound a little more digital and less warm--a bit harsher in places, which is awesome! The workflow and layout of the interface a little more efficient in Hive. People who have worked with Sylenth1 a lot probably wont notice this as much but I did. It's more modern in some cases, better effects and modulation tools. You can also count on UHE to keep the updates coming in a reasonable fashion.
I love the signature sound of this synth. Its so rubbery and detailed, really nothing else out there like it. This synth really got me into uhe stuff and now i own almost all of it
An incredibly versatile subtractive synthesis. You get all the usual waveforms (saw, sine etc) and with the update you get wavetables too. Unlike synths that try to mimic the specific circuitry of vintage hardware analogue synths, Hive is fairly easy on the CPU, but you can still get a host of amazing "analogue" sounds.
The first soft-synth that I ever used was u-he Zebra2. It was wonderful and incredibly flexible with FM, Additive, Wavetable and a host of amazing features. It was almost like what NI Massive was TRYING to be and I loved it! unfortunately, after an entire YEAR, I had to face the facts that I just wasn't making tangible progress with it. In fact, I found myself disliking modular synths altogether.
I wanted something with the fat sound of u-he Diva but with Sylenth-simplicity that wouldn't leave me scratching my head. This is where u-he Hive comes in!
It's got an incredibly punchy and fat sound that exceeds Reveal Sound Spire, the new Xfer Serum or any synth that I dabbled with! and although it's limited by it's subtractive design and (as of this review) limited waveforms (saw, square, etc), it's a deeper synth than meets the eye and I adore it! :)
I'm grown to embrace that I'm more of a composer/arranger than a sound-designer. I simply don't want to spend too much time fiddling with osc's and filters when I could be writing notes and improving my productions. Hive goes up and beyond to deliver a next-gen analog-like sound in a simple CPU-friendly package. It's not as realistic as Diva, but it's got a modern sound and infinitely more versatile. I love it!