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 Hive by u-he is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Product Hive
Developer u-he
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Current PC
Multicore CPU with SSE2
(Sandy Bridge architecture or newer recommended)
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
1GB RAM, more recommended
60MB free disc space
display 1000x600px and up
VST2 compatible host software
Supports 32-bit and 64-bit in all formats
AAX support for Pro Tools 10, 11 & 12
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Intel Mac
Multicore CPU with SSE2
(Sandy Bridge architecture or newer recommended)
Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
1GB RAM, more recommended
60MB free disc space
display 1000x600px and up
VST2 or AU compatible host software
Supports 32-bit and 64-bit in all formats
AAX support for Pro Tools 10, 11 & 12
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionSerial Number

Hive is a modern digital synthesizer built for speed, flexibility and low CPU usage. Whether you are creating fantastic soundscapes, stomping basses or smooth pads, Hive can deliver the goods with a minimum of fuss - whatever your style of music.

Selected features:

  • Single page user interface.
  • 2,700 presets.
  • UI resize, from 70% to 200% in 10% steps.
  • 3 synth engine characters (Normal, Dirty, Clean).
  • 2 main oscillators, 2 sub-oscillators.
  • Up to 16x unison per oscillator.
  • 2 multimode filters (LP, HP, BP, BR or Peak).
  • Flexible oscillator and filter routing.
  • Solo buttons for individual oscillators and filters.
  • Arpeggiator, step sequencer.
  • 12-slot modulation matrix, 2 targets per slot.
  • Drag & drop modulation assignment.
  • Create, save and load individual panel presets.
  • 7 quality effects, rearrange in any order.
  • Global configuration overlays, including MIDI learn.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.75 from 4 reviews

Reviewed By ubailey
March 14, 2018

Very powerful under-rated synth. My new go to synth. Bb. ..m........................... .................

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Reviewed By matteogk
September 19, 2017

Simple, very effective, I'm using it a lot. Sounds amazing!.

What is best than "I design it in Hive, so I immediately get the sound I want"?

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Reviewed By Mastrcode
October 27, 2015

I'm a Trance producer and i was searching for a All in one-VST that fits all my needs. And with Hive i've found it.

A versatile instrument with awesome sounding oscillators. They can process up to 16 multi-voices per osca good condition or bright and fat trance sounds like supersaws, etc. A good idea was the implementing of a vibrato control directly into each of the several oscillators. This makes it easy to create vibratos without the need of special mod matrix routings.

The filters are geat, they can sound very clean, but also very agressive and dirty.

The envelopes are very fast and crisp, which is important for most trance sounds like fast plucks, fast filter envelopes or percussive sounds.

The LFO's are very useful for a big palette of modulations.

I like the mod matrix and it's routing capabillities with the possibillity of "drag and drop"-routing.

The Arpeggiator is very good, the step sequencer is awesome.

The effects section sounds very good. With a great distortion fx for agressive and dirty sounds, a nice sounding chorus, awesome sounding reverb and delay, EQ section, a usefl compressor and a nice phaser effect.

The 3 sound engines (clean, normal and dirty) are a great idea. So Hive can aound very clean, but also very warm, dirty or even lo-fi.

And the most important thing is the CPU load. You can create very complex sounds with very low CPU load.

For me Hive is the best VST on the market to create sounds for trance or other similar electronic music. Even way better sounding than Sylenth1.
For me Hive is THE Sylenth killer par excellence.

10/10 points.

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Reviewed By hivkorn
June 7, 2015

on the paper it seems to be a common synth...
but NO !!!!!! it is AMAZING !
The gui made the synth easy to use and the sound is really powerfull.
It can generate some nice perc with the pink noise, some badass bass, killing lead ...
The dirty mode is really something I love..

The arp & seq section in the hexagon is just a good idea from the dev.
The FX are section is good, special mention to the chorus and the distortion.

I usually use a lot of NI in my song, but HIVE steal the show,
I' sorry to said it but Fm8&Massive seems to be grand-pa and grandma when HIVE is playing.

It is released as a EDM synth but you could use it easily for a lot of genres.
The best is to try it.Make your own advice.

9 / 10 because the perfection don't exist.

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Discussion: Active
12 September 2015 at 2:52am

Incredible!!!! New Favorite Synth........This has to be near the top of the next best plugins list.

15 September 2015 at 11:33pm

Awesome synth,"very" similar to sylenth ....but better.

So many good synths out there but what swung it for me was the price and low CPU load.

27 October 2015 at 12:52pm

I bought Hive about a week ago and it is one of the best decisions I ever made. Now I use Hive all the time. Easy to work with with an amazing sound. Nice GUI. It is not the most expensive out there. So all is positive.

28 October 2015 at 9:49am

Best Trance VST on the moment. This synth can be like warm and in same time like metal sounding. Plus very low CPU usage. Use it together with a Serum - they both are future of trance music:)

11 December 2015 at 4:01pm

Another winner for U-he! Hive is one of the best synths to come out in years. Such a joy to program and is immensely powerful! Checkout my professional sound banks for it at www.biomedigital.com

19 December 2016 at 11:01am

Really hard to get in touch with Hive people, my serial wasn't accepted by the sofware and I will purchase again and see if i can use it then, my account wasn't debited and it may have something to do with it.

19 December 2016 at 12:13pm

How can we make getting in touch any easier? Other than, say, a support section on our website, a link from within the software, a forum on KVR, an email address and links in the registration email, links and email address in the user manual as well as installer, Readme and so on. We also have 5 people answering to such emails all day, sometimes even on weekends. If there are other ways to get in touch with a software manufacturer, please let us know and we'll try to implement them for even easier access.

19 December 2016 at 1:00pm

Anytime I have contacted u-he they have gotten back to me right away, within minutes to a few hours at most. They make a point to be very accessible to their customers, and are always friendly and helpful.

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Average user rating of 4.75 from 4 reviews

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