U-he has updates. Lots of them.

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Like to keep your synths and effects updated to the latest versions?

Premium virtual intrument and effect maker U-he is rolling out the updates for most of their plugins (even the free ones!).

Zebra, Diva, Filterscape, Hive and more are sporting new and improved versions. More are on the way.

All updates are free for current owners of the products and can be installed over the existing versions.

The early part of the summer was spent organising ourselves, moving office and refining our workflow. With that out of the way, we were back at it — collecting, prioritising, filtering, implementing and refining a slew of outstanding bugfixes and feature requests. Today, finally, the work is done, and we are rolling out updates for most of our plugins … even Podolski. Here’s what we did:

UI improvements:

All plugin UIs now have 10% scaling, from 70% to 200%.
The ACE UI is now clearer and has new modulation sources.
Diva UI was also improved for increased clarity.
The Zebra2 “Unempty Dark Horse” skin is now complete.
And finally, a number of small graphics issues in various plugins are fixed.

Configuration menu:

Bazille, Zebra2, Hive, Diva, ACE and Podolski now have a configuration menu (look for the cogwheel icon). This menu houses:
MIDI learn: a visual overlay for assigning MIDI controls to the plugin interface
MIDI list table: editable list of assigned MIDI controls
Preferences: global settings for controls, appearance and audio

Host/DAW issues:

The “missing UI” bug in Logic and Studio One is fixed. Our customer support team breathes a sigh of relief.
A number of small issues were fixed in Logic X, Studio One, Cubase, Reaper, Digital Performer, ProTools, Maschine and Kore

Everything else:

Additionally, these updates include a heap of general improvements: fixed stuck and dropped notes, improved MIDI timing, new FX parameters… too many to list here.

Updates are available from each product page at the U-he site:

Zebra is our wireless modular synthesizer. It combines many different types of synthesis with a powerful modulation engine. Imagine – you can create any additive, freehand or spline-based waveform you like, apply a vast selection of spectral effects, morph between those waves and send them through classic synth filters. Perhaps use that entire sound as modulator for an FM oscillator, or route it through a comb filter – the building block of physical modeling synthesis. All generator modules, all signal paths, all effects are stereo.

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.

Bazille is a large modular system combining digital oscillators with analogue-style filters and modelled effects, with a flexibility that only modular patching can provide.

Hive was made to be fast and simple. The streamlined single screen UI lets you dive into sound creation immediately. A fluid workflow invites you to tweak away until your sound is just right (or wrong in just the right way). Hive was engineered to be light on CPU, and won’t slow you down while you work. But being “fast and simple” doesn’t mean we’ve sacrificed sound quality or creative control – Hive is packed with features, controls and enough flexibility to deliver stunning sounds.

ACE belongs to a new generation of synthesizers developed with the latest, fastest computers in mind. ACE offers classic modular synthesis and more at a fraction of the cost of dedicated hardware. But like its hardware forebears, you can patch any output into any input: the number of different ways to connect modules together is practically infinite. Needless to say, you will never run out of cables!

Uhbik is our fine collection of effect plug-ins for the discerning audiophile. Each surround-capable effect comes wrapped in a beautiful, streamlined interface. The entire bundle of nine effects is available now at an unbeatable price…

Filterscape is our filter-based sound mangling tool, the ultimate in versatility and control. It can be a parameteric EQ with morphable snapshots, a dual virtual analog filter, a sophisticated delay unit… you can use Filterscape to spice up your music in a myriad of ways. Best of all, Filterscape is a fun environment to work in – the GUI invites you to discover new and radical ways to sculpture your tracks. And it’s highly addictive!

Filterscape comes bundled together with two sister plug-ins: the virtual analog synthesizerFilterscapeVA and the 6-band dynamic equalizer FilterscapeQ6

More Feedback Machine has always been a synonym for ultra-flexible delay effects ranging from bread & butter to weird rhythmic deconstruction. In the early days of native plugins, MFM1 was well ahead of its time. MFM2 carries on the tradition and extends it into the future.

The idea behind MFM was to give the musician as much control over 4 individual delay lines as possible, have them interact, and offer easy ways to modulate delay parameters in realtime.

Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer. Basically a cut down version of FilterscapeVA with just one oscillator, one filter, one envelope and two LFOs, it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects.

Podolski’s specialities are the Click parameter (emphasizes the filter attack) and its ability to seamlessly morph between three waveforms (WaveWarp).

Triple Cheese is a unique-sounding freeware synthesizer plugin. Triple Cheese doesn’t use any of the classic synthesis techniques – substractive, FM or additive – but various forms of comb filter i.e. very short chromatically tuned delays. The three cheese modules in a row either generate their own signal, or process the output of the previous module.

Check out all of the videos for these and more at the U-he Youtube Channel

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