Berlin-based audio software company u-he was founded in 2001 by Urs Heckmann. Originally a one-man show, the company recently evolved into a tightly-knit team of employees, active associates and 3rd-party contractors – with ambitious plans.
Especially well known for the Zebra2 software synthesizer, u-he has developed several other successful products over the last decade, and regularly contributes freeware to popular magazines (available as download or on cover discs).
Despite their underlying complexity, u-he synthesizers and effects are widely acclaimed for their ease of use. This is often attributed to Urs Heckmann's background as industrial designer. Heckmann sees the seemingly unconventional decision to start an audio software company as a direct result of his equal love for industrial design and for synthesizers.
Most recently, u-he has been exploring concepts for analogue synthesizers, and the first results can be heard in the software synths ACE (audio-rate modulation paths) and Diva (highly accurate simulation of electronic circuitry).
News & DealsMore1 May 2015u-he updates Presswerk to v1.1 18 Dec 2014u-he releases Presswerk 1.0 - Dynamics Processor for Mac OS X and Windows 17 Oct 2014KVR u-he Synth Bundle Giveaway Winner Announced - Wins ACE, Bazille, Diva & Zebra 7 Oct 2014KVR Giveaway: u-he Synth Bundle - Win ACE, Bazille, Diva & Zebra - Final Day 29 Sep 2014u-he releases Bazille 1.0 - Hybrid Modular Synth for Mac & Win in VST2, AU and AAX formats with Intro Offer 10 Sep 2014KVR Giveaway: u-he Synth Bundle - Win ACE, Bazille, Diva & Zebra 5 Aug 2014u-he updates "Satin - Tape Machine" to v1.2 - incl. Pro Tools AAX Support 7 Jul 2014u-he launches Bazille Patch Competition #3 26 May 2014U-he updates ACE to V1.3 9 Dec 2013u-he Zebra turns 10 - updated to V2.7; Diva updated to V1.3 (Both incl. AAX) 30 Sep 2013u-he updates Satin Tape Machine Plug-in to V1.1 12 Sep 2013u-he releases Satin Tape Machine 2 Sep 2013u-he announces release date and price for Satin - Tape Effects plug-in 30 Apr 2013u-he updates all their plug-ins 11 Apr 2013u-he announces "Satin - Tape Machine" Plug-in for Win & Mac 18 Dec 2012u-he releases free Podolski synth for Mac & Win VST, VST3 & AU (incl. 64-bit) 17 Dec 2012u-he release Uhbik G, P and D Rack Extensions 15 Oct 2012u-he release Uhbik-Q and Uhbik-F Rack Extensions 26 Aug 2012u-he updates Diva to v1.1.1 and Zebra2 to v2.5.4 24 Jul 2012u-he releases The Dark Zebra and ZebraHZ
U-He Audio Demos (More than 240 demos!)
by EdHarvey at 29 May 2015, 23:05
Absolute Zebra: SoundSet for Zebra2
by EdHarvey at 29 May 2015, 22:45
Padsheaven1, 2 & 3 Soundsets for Zebra released
by hollo at 29 May 2015, 17:51
Hive 1.0 Release Candidate - intro offer ends June 2nd
by Howard at 29 May 2015, 10:15
The Hive Hexagon Thread
by SLiC at 29 May 2015, 09:28
Linux public beta (3466)
by hihu at 29 May 2015, 01:58
Looping EG Help
by diaper@ky at 28 May 2015, 19:35
u-he preset library
by aaron aardvark at 28 May 2015, 18:32
Bazille soundset - Metamodernistic Distortion
by liv at 28 May 2015, 14:35
'Future Retro Beats' for Hive. Intro price ENDS tonight.
by Shiek927 at 28 May 2015, 14:17
by zerocrossing at 28 May 2015, 12:29
Dedicated Hive feature request thread.
by Howard at 28 May 2015, 09:45
Why is ACE so much less popular than others?
by thetechnobear at 28 May 2015, 08:02
Underwave Theory for Hive a pad collection, now available!
by buing at 28 May 2015, 01:15
A bit "out there" question (inspired by weekly KVR newsletter)
by EvilDragon at 27 May 2015, 08:00
diva - automation in pro tools
by cmbsa at 27 May 2015, 02:46
Presswerk 1.1 - new views + video
by themachinelt at 27 May 2015, 01:51
"Cosmic Plucks" for U-He Hive
by NatLife at 26 May 2015, 22:58
Hive: how to control the buzz sound?
by aaron aardvark at 26 May 2015, 16:04
U-he synths not remembering default view and skin settings
by zvenx at 26 May 2015, 15:28