PRESS RELEASE — Berlin, Germany — Hive 2.0 comes with a new interface, more modulation options, NKS support and much more.
Six months after adding wavetable support, u-he has completed the long awaited overhaul of Hive’s user interface. While the basic layout remains the same, they managed to improve readability and contrast. Workflow has undergone significant improvement, including extended drag & drop support for modulation assignment, with on-target editing. An invaluable tool for sound designers, the new Scope module adds realtime visual feedback for the audio or up to 4 modulation sources, with freeze and zoom functions.
At the heart of the Hive 2.0 upgrade are the new modulators. A novel 8-segment Shape Sequencer adds 4 sources for evolving modulations, per-voice envelopes, rhythms and gates. The basic shapes and levels, curvature and “ratchet” amounts can be individually edited. Surrounding the Shape Sequencer are two West Coast style Function Generators which are triggered by the keyboard gate, Shape Sequencer, LFO or any other modulation source. Although they are basically AD-envelopes, the function generators can also be used as extra LFOs or lag generators. The new modulators perfectly complement Hive’s existing envelopes, LFOs and sequencer – they were designed to match Hive’s core strength: Ease of use and fast workflow.
Updates to the Modulation Matrix include visual feedback on the recently introduced modifiers (e.g. Rectifier and Slew Limiter), chord- and scale-based quantization options and a new Sample & Hold. Building on these concepts, they added a global scale-based quantizer to Hive’s keyboard control which can also be used to modulate oscillator pitch in the musical scale of your choice – a simple way into the world of algorithmic composition, chiptune arpeggios and automated chord progression.
To illustrate the new options, u-he asked some of their favorite sound designers to create over 350 new presets, which include mesmerizing evolving pads, surprisingly complex rhythms and even complete one-note demos. Those presets can easily be found by clicking on the special “saved search” in the preset browser.
u-he Hive 2.0 is available now for €149. It requires macOS 10.7 or later and an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host. If you already own Hive 1.x, Hive 2.0 is fully backwards compatible and will replace Hive 1.x in your plugin folder. The upgrade from Hive 1.x costs €20. There’s a grace period which started 21 January 2019. Please check out the “u-he Hive 2 Upgrade PDF” which comes with the download – it contains all instructions and links you will need.