U-HE Hive 2 Video Review
Hive 2.0 comes with a new interface, further modulation options, NKS support and more. Six months after appending wavetable support, u-he has finished the long-awaited overhaul of Hive’s user interface. While the primary layout remains the same, u-he managed to enhance 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 real-time 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 separately 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 essentially AD-envelopes, the function generators can also be utilized as extra LFOs or lag generators. The new modulators flawlessly complement the Hive’s existing envelopes, LFOs and sequencer – they were designed to match the Hive’s core strength: Ease of use and fast workflow.