Founded in 2001 by industrial designer and synthesizer fan Urs Heckmann as a one-man show, the Berlin-based audio software company u-he has since evolved into a tightly knit team of employees, active associates and 3rd-party contractors – with ambitious plans.
Known primarily for Zebra2 and Diva, u-he has released several other successful products over the years, and has contributed freeware plug-ins to popular music technology magazines. Despite their underlying complexity, u-he synths and effects are widely acclaimed for their ease of use.
The u-he team has been exploring new technologies for vastly improved analogue synth and delay emulation, as well as various "physical modelling" approaches to acoustic instruments and effects. All valuable groundwork for the Zebra3 project and other spin-off products - watch this space!
Especially well known for the Zebra2 and Diva software synthesizers, 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 synths 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 / Bazille (audio-rate modulation paths) as well as Diva, Presswerk and Satin (accurate simulation of electronic circuitry). Hive is u-he's first foray into the world of low CPU dance-oriented synths.
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by surreal at 21 Jan 2019, 06:40
ROLI Lightpad Blocks script (app) for Hive & Zebra2
by joris.roling at 21 Jan 2019, 06:25
Dune 3 vs. Hive 2
by Biome_Digital at 21 Jan 2019, 05:54
Why are Some Presets Placed in the Root Folders and Others in Sub-Folders?
by The unshushable Coktor at 21 Jan 2019, 05:48
by drzhnn at 21 Jan 2019, 02:57
Can't use Bank Changes in Zebra
by #rob at 21 Jan 2019, 02:07
Hive 1.2 - free update - adds wavetables and more
by Urs at 20 Jan 2019, 22:55
Twangström 1.0 released
by NatLife at 20 Jan 2019, 16:40
Hive 1.2 is awesome, but wavetable synths need more lfos
by NatLife at 20 Jan 2019, 16:32
HIVE: Higher contrast value screens (Final version)
by DuX at 20 Jan 2019, 13:42
by nilhartman at 20 Jan 2019, 01:56
The Ambient Side of Zebra 2
by PatchAdamz at 19 Jan 2019, 19:33
U-He plugins are very sluggish on Live 10.0.5 and Mojave 10.14.2
by valankar at 19 Jan 2019, 09:59
u-he preset library
by WolfKay at 18 Jan 2019, 05:11
VST2/3 plugins and CPU extensions usage
by zengel at 18 Jan 2019, 03:26
Presswerk causes crackles in Reaper
by sascha at 17 Jan 2019, 06:15
"Eclipse" skin & soundset for Hive
by PieBerger at 17 Jan 2019, 02:10
by tony10000 at 15 Jan 2019, 10:48
Twangström Public Beta (Update: rev 8131)
by sascha at 14 Jan 2019, 23:04
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