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Diva by u-he is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS, Windows and Linux. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a CLAP Plugin.
Product
Version
1.4.7
Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
Windows 7 or newer
Linux

1GB RAM, more recommended
50MB free disk space
1000 × 600 or larger display
Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
Host software
Product
Version
1.4.7
Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
or
Windows logo Windows 7 or newer
or
Linux logo Linux


1GB RAM, more recommended
50MB free disk space
1000 × 600 or larger display
Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
Host software
Product
Version
1.4.6
Instrument
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Diva's oscillators, filters and envelopes (which can be mixed and matched) closely model components also found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. "But, " says Urs, "what truly sets DIVA apart is the sheer authenticity of the circuit emulations – at the cost of a relatively high CPU-hit, DIVA is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit emulators (search for "PSpice") in realtime. Especially the authentic behaviour of DIVA's zero-delay-feedback filters, when pushed to the limits, demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach."

u-he describes the available filters as "famous transistor ladder", "screaming Sallen-Key", "classic OTA ladder" and "OTA state-variable" (and similar for the oscillators), and owners of classic analogue synths will already know how best to apply these models – they are easily differentiated in the gorgeous user interface.

Since Version 1.3 Diva also features a Digital Oscillator, an "Uhbie" filter and a vintage-style Arpeggiator.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 10 reviews
Diva

Reviewed By viraven8 [all]
February 2nd, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.4.5 on Windows

This is the only plugin I ever bought JUST from hearing the init patch saw wave. I agree with everyone else, that Diva is the best analog emulation plugin to date. A must-have for electronic producers.

Since this plugin is praised so much, I will mostly be listing the cons. I honestly thought I would consider this plugin to be rated as 4/5 stars, but the sound is just too amazing and fat for such a rating.

Biggest problem with Diva, (not cpu!) is that it isn't really semi-modular. You can slap an LFO/EG to filter/FM/amp/tune/pwm, but most subtractive plugins already do that. You have a lot of ways to manipulating LFO's/Envelopes using the "add/multiply/etc" features, but doing so is FAR more tedious than modulation in most other VSTs such as Serum/Pigments/Massive/etc. The modulation is only really useful for engineering analog chaos. Real analog instruments may have the advantage of having infinite sample rate, but the real analog sound comes from the imperfections of circuits and how heat effects transistors. Diva has already engineered almost all of these analog features to the point that you don't need to reinvent the wheel. If you want to add some more analog chaos, then perhaps you can make use of some of the semi-modular features.

Additionally, you will find some knobs that you want to modulate, but you can't. The modulation is messy and very limited. U-he even made a separate tab for working with the modulators, but since modulation is so limited, I feel like it's just a waste of space/a tab.

Last issue is more personal, but I didn't find the effects very useful or good sounding. The only effects I liked were Chorus/Rotary. I'd suggest using external FX for reverb/ phaser/ delay.

CPU isn't much of a problem if you use high hardware buffer and a good soundcard. However, this plugin definitely uses the MOST CPU out of any plugin. If you do not have the hardware, then you must bounce everything to rendered samples, which is reasonably too much work for some people.

Now for why I love this plugin: The generators and filters are beautifully engineered to emulate the REAL analog circuits. There are 5 generators and filters that each sound like their own VST plugin. I'd almost consider Diva to be 5 fat sounding VST plugins in one, but without much useful modulation. I bought this purely for the sound, and many others will too.


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Diva

Reviewed By Megawattt [all]
June 2nd, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.4 on Windows

A few years ago in my quest for some heavy bassline i bought U-he's Diva after reading all the positive reviews, when i fired it up in my DAW and played some of the presets i thought wow! the sounds are trying to jump out of my speakers, this is one mad moogy! i was well hyped up! so i programmed a sub bass then selected a dream synth patch and a lead for a tune i was working on, my poor pc didn't know what hit it! instant 100% CPU useage and the DAW grinds to a halt, i have upgraded my pc since that time but somehow still struggle to comfortably get more than 3 instances of Diva running in my tunes (Unless the sounds are very simple) i really like Diva, there are plenty of flavours to be tasted with it's module swapping ability (Love that feature!) Diva is definitely a top draw VST no doubt and i fully understand Urs stance on keeping it real with no compromise on sparing the CPU cycles to deliver good quality sonics, i haven't made a tune with Diva since i bought it but i want to now, i think the only way i can wing it is to stream out the tracks as WAV files, the bottom line is Diva is a beefy synth! i give Diva 9 and a half out of 5 stars (With less CPU useage it would be 10 stars).

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Diva

Reviewed By Jonis0891 [all]
May 18th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.4.4 on Mac

Diva's virtual analog synthesizer is the best in the business.

I absolutely love the 5 different oscillator models, the 5 filter models, and the 3 ADS(S)R envelope models. They all help this monster to create amazingly beautiful sounds applicable across all genres. And if you're not feeling like designing your own sounds, their 1200+ factory presets will get your creative juices flowing.

I have Diva preloaded on tracks for everything from bass, pads, leads, keys and fx on my templates, and I can't imagine my life without it.

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Diva

Reviewed By dj_echo [all]
May 15th, 2021
Version reviewed: .7422 on Windows

Diva is an analogue modelling synth that really captures the vibe of old analogue gear with some extra additions. It offers a flexible take when it comes to mixing and matching oscillators, envelopes and filters from a variety of classic machines. I personally found mixing FM into a Moog bass gives me some amazing EBM bass tones I can't get with anything else. It's sharp, snappy and full sounding. The sound quality is nigh on perfect...I'm not sure how you could really improve on this. We've reached the point where analog modelling is good enough to make it virtually indistinguishable from the real instruments. The UI is fabulous, it has a great preset system, it's possibly one of a very few synths that I think is in almost all senses, perfect. My only criticism would be that it's quite heavy on the CPU, so on an older system it struggled a bit running multiple instances but I've just upgraded to a Ryzen 3950X and it runs like a dream. I think it's just how things are going, you can have 'ok' and low CPU or you can have fantastic and higher CPU usage. This definitely goes down the later path, though you can enable eco CPU options (though you probably won't want to once you hear how it sounds). Sure, it's slightly pricey but you get a lot of swappable modules in terms of oscillators and filters so it carries a lot of flexibility with Moog, Juno and MS20 style options so sound wise you get a pretty broad palette. You can also dig under the hood on a per voice level and tweak the individual osc tuning which again, gives you a lot of scope to tune this to how perfect/wonky you want it to be. I like my synths a little wonky and characterful and it can absolutely do that.

All in, one of the best vst's you can buy, if not the best. It's been my go to bass synth since I got it. Absolutely great for anything needing a stand out bass sound, so great for techno or dance music or anything with classic analog character. The pads and leads are also great. Big selection of quality presets but being of the classic era, it's super easy to program your own from scratch, not to mention, actually a lot of fun. I think this will be right up there for most people as a 'go to' synth.

Really love this thing.

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Diva

Reviewed By ontrackp [all]
February 26th, 2019
Version reviewed: xxx on Mac

Fantastic analog emulations. Mixing and matching oscillators, filters and envelopes from several classic analog synths opens a tremendous sound design palette. Sounds fantastic in the mix. Can use a lot of CPU but if you work in draft mode and then freeze or final record in the high quality mode it's very workable. Great synth.

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Comments & Discussion for u-he Diva

Discussion
Discussion: Active
silhouette
silhouette
9 May 2012 at 10:16am

Urs you are King of the Hill. Congratulations to you and the team, Diva is staggering.

Urs
Urs
14 May 2012 at 9:57am

Thanks so much!

;) Urs

rob_lee
rob_lee
30 July 2012 at 6:07pm

Nice review Aiynzahev... shame there ain't no 11/10 cause Diva smashes the 10 barrier IMO ;-)

Rob

lsc9x
lsc9x
28 June 2013 at 9:33am

Diva became my favorite VST synth almost immediately. The sheer number of awesome presets is staggering. I have done nothing but play it for the last 2 nights. I am trying to get 10 posts on here because I want to write a review of it. not sure what number I'm on. anyway, if you have any question about whether you should get Diva, ask yourself the question: Do you have $10,000+ to spend on analogue hardware synths? No? Get Diva.

abique
abique
19 July 2013 at 6:23pm

Diva filters are fantastic! The sound is clear and rich, seems like magic.

Robmobius
Robmobius
1 September 2013 at 12:34am

Yes! Diva is incredible... U-he is where it's at. The more I play with Diva the better it gets...

rycbar123
rycbar123
25 December 2013 at 5:46pm

It would be perfect if the LFOs could go a little higher, it had one glide knob, and used less CPU.

snigelx
snigelx
25 December 2013 at 5:56pm

Excuse me, but I fail to understand your comment. LFO's go a little higher? One Glide knob? Please explain what you were getting at while I digest my leftovers.

bailees7irish
bailees7irish
10 March 2014 at 9:10am

snigelx, could you be any more rude?

nr1killabee
nr1killabee
10 March 2014 at 10:36am

I am sure he can be more rude.
In what culture/country do you live?
I ask because I understand his comment as he is offering his help.

snigelx
snigelx
10 March 2014 at 2:01pm

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jmoffetiv
jmoffetiv
14 December 2015 at 5:02pm

I am blown away by the sound and intuitiveness. Diva is now my favorite synth of all time and I have had a lot of synths... even better than the Memorymoog. Great job Urs and company.

ZaBong69
ZaBong69
24 March 2016 at 10:09am

This thing is very easy to program and warm analog sounds just fall out of it. The ability to switch modules with a click make this the tool for extremely lazy sound designers.

Highly recommended.

StudioDave
StudioDave
17 October 2016 at 8:53pm

More knowledgeable users have said it all already. Diva is an incredible synthesizer, and by golly u-he even made a native Linux version. Works like a champ here on a multicore system running Fedora 21 with a realtime kernel. Thanks a million, Urs .

ansolas
ansolas
20 October 2016 at 10:43am

Another big plus is that you can directly save Presets in NKS Format and browse them using Maschine or Komplete Kontrol.

rdmtr
rdmtr
24 May 2020 at 7:14pm

Hello fellas, ı just wondering does the diva purchasing supports multiple computer systems?

Urs
Urs
25 May 2020 at 10:10am

Yes, it's a simple serial number which you can use on multiple systems (no online activation or dongle required).

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