U-he Hive

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Hive: Built for fast results

With its effortless workflow and low processor usage, you can create your patches in next to no time at all. Hive is quick and uncomplicated but that doesn’t mean sacrificing flexibility, sound quality or creativity. It’s packed with features and controls – with a dazzling character that delivers stunning sound.

Hive in the spotlight…

  • CPU-friendly VA synthesizer with 3different synth engine characters
  • 2 pairs of stereo oscillators and sub-oscillators with 10 different waveforms each
  • Wavetable support with additional proprietary .uhm file scripting
  • 2 LFOs with various shapes, sync options and unipolar switch
  • 4× XY pad control with auto-assign
  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, mono and legato modes
  • Up to 16× unison per oscillator
  • 2 multimode filters: lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandreject or peaking
  • 12-slot modulation matrix with 2 targets per slot, countless targets including all FX parameters
  • Glide (constant rate or constant time mode)
  • 7 quality effects on board: distortion, chorus, delay, phaser, EQ, plate reverb, compressor
  • Arpeggiator and sequencer with direction, order, octave, frame/restart controls, and common clock with strict host-sync option
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Over 2700 factory presets
  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%

Important info about the 1.2 update installation:
Due to the new preset browser, it is important to install the update into the same location as the previous version, and to make sure to select all previously installed plugin formats during installation. Alternatively, you can remove the old installation, and start over with a fresh installation. But it is crucial to not mix old and new plugin versions, since the old versions can not cope with the new preset browser, and will crash (or otherwise misbehave) if you try to load them.

Sights and sounds

Underneath its sleek exterior, Hive lets you go as deep as you like. Add movement and life, quickly create and rotate patterns combining arpeggiator and/or sequencer. The 12-slot matrix even lets you modulate the effect parameters, encouraging you to explore a whole new world of creative options. With its swappable audio engine, flexible signal routing and quality effects, Hive makes sure you can get the sound you want with a minimum of fuss. Want more? Version 1.2 introduces full fledged Wavetable suppport, XY controls, and more!

New in 1.2: Wavetables

Hive - Wavetables

How it works

With the release of version 1.2, Hive features Wavetable scanning support. Wavetables can be easily selectable as oscillator waveforms and controlled in the Hive hexagon. It’s also possible to manually scan through wavetables, or to automate the scanning via the modulation matrix. Through the wavetable controls, you can enable the scanning in Automode with different looping options. This lets you animate the position without the need of a modulation source.

More features include a Reverse option to flip the wavetable back to front, Cyclic mode for seamless wavetable cycling, and different real-time interpolation methods.


This feature splits the wavetable from between 2 and 16 parts. Eg: a wavetable with 30 frames can be split into 3wavetables each with 10 frames – by setting the number of Tables to 3. The Multi Position knob scans those set tables. This opens up a second dimension of wavetable scanning, such as velocity crossfades or multisample support.

Optional scripting

Want to go even more in-depth? Wavetables in Hive are also available as .uhm files. These files contain scripts made with a proprietary wavetable generation and manipulation language. Getting started is easy and fun.

More features

Arpeggiator and Sequencer

Hive’s hexagon includes an ARP/SEQ area in which you can sculpt your complex and rythmic loops.


Hive’s arpeggiator features 4 octaves to select from, 6different directions, and 4 options for the order. Additional features are Restart, which lets you set the number of notes the arpeggiator will play before jumping back to the beginning, and Frame: this is a very interesting feature which lets you drive the sequencer from the arpeggiator.


The sequencer features 3 different modes: Modulator, which doesn’t trigger notes, but only CC values and Gate. Select Play, to trigger notes. Like the arpeggiator, the sequence will run whenever notes are being played and will stop when all notes are released. The last mode is Record, this lets you record sequences manually or through the arpeggiator.

Arpeggiator and Sequencer in Hive

Arpeggiator and Sequencer in Hive

Flexible Effects

Hive’s hexagon includes 7 different effects: DistortionReverbEqualierChorusDelayCompressor, and Phaser.

Enable and rearrange 

Each effect state and position in the chain is easily controllable from the center of the hexagon. Click on one to enable or disable it, and order them to your liking: Like in other u-he plugins, effects in Hive are rearrangeable through drag and drop! This allows you to sculpt your sound even more through many experimental combinations.

Edit and modulate 

Effects in Hive are fully-featured with many editable controls, a selection of presets, and the well known u-he quality.
Want more? All controls are also modulatable thorugh the modulation matrix!

Effects in Hive

Effects in Hive

Modulation Matrix

Hive features a 2-page, 12-slot (6 per page) modulation matrix which allows you to connect modulation sources (LFOs, MIDIcontrols, envelopes, etc.) to more than 80 targets. Each modulator can be turned on or off, and allows for the the selection of 2 different targets each with a modulation depth control. The assignment is made easy with drag and drop. Preset support is also included.

Modulation Matrix in Hive

Modulation Matrix in Hive

New in 1.2: Performance controls

Version 1.2 introduces a new tab in Hive’s hexagon: XY.

In this page, you’ll find a pad with 4 controls – simply connect them to your MIDI controllers for maximum fun on stage!

Automatic parameter scanning

Hive is able to assign XY controls to parameters automatically. It looks into the structure of presets that have unused XY controls, and assigns them to the most appropriate XY macros (pre-defined sets of parameters).

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