Diva, the plugin you need and you don’t realise it!

When you hear Diva by U-he the first thing that comes to mind is most likely melodic techno or melodic house. While diva I widely used in these genres for its top notch analog emulation it is not entirely useless when it comes to trance music or other genres too. Especially when you are looking for those classic pad, lead or bass sounds you hear in tracks by Gouryella, 4 Strings, Ferry Corsten, Rank 1, Armin van Buuren and many other artists.

What actually is U-he Diva for? How can you use this Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue synthesizer in Trance music?

JP8000 or JP8080 Multisaw/Supersaw Emulation

Diva actually emulates the original JP8000 or JP8080 (the one without a keyboard) with its Digital Oscillator. It has the multisaw/supersaw mode and my increasing Multi to the full you get the desired effect. Multisaw, which is great for rich pads is the go to when making that classic trance bus pad sound. It is really that easy. Setup it up as follow and the classic JP8000 trance pad is at your disposal!

Now, let’s make some amazing Trance Presets using Diva

Classic Trance Pad DIVA Preset : Classic Trance JP8000 Pad

You heard this sound in so many amazing Classic Trance singles by Rank1, Armin van Buuren, Binary Binary and many other great Trance Producers. Today it is back in the favourites tool box of Music Producers out there especially in Melodic Techno and House scene.

  1. Set OSC1 to Multisaw
  2. Increase Multi all the way to the right
  3. Change quality to high
  4. Pick HPF pre filter and lift the pad a bit up
  5. Select Cascade Filter and increase the resonance a tiny bit as well
  6. Select Digital Envelope for both filter envelope
  7. Adjust the Env 1 and 2 as per below picture
  8. On top of that in tuning section (bottom middle) pick 12 voices
  9. Add 2 reverbs and set them as you see on the image

LISTEN TO THIS JP8000 PAD Preset Sound

Classic Trance Lead DIVA Preset : System F - Out Of The Blue Lead

This sound is so iconic it almost feel like blasphemy to reveal, but we are here to learn something that could help you with your next track so let’s make the Ferry Corsten out Of The Blue DIVA Preset!

  1. Set OSC1 to Multisaw
  2. Raise the octave by 1
  3. Increase Multi all the way to the right
  4. Set OSC2 to Multisaw
  5. Increase the detuning slightly
  6. Increase Multi all the way to the right
  7. Put the mix in the middle
  8. If you want you can turn on the high quality
  9. Pick HPF post filter and lift the pad to 0
  10. Select Cascade Filter and increase the resonance a tiny bit as well
  11. Select Digital Envelope for both filter envelope
  12. Adjust the Env 1 and 2 as per below picture
  13. On top of that in tuning section (bottom middle) pick 16 voices and stack of 3
  14. To make it nice and wide change the pan mode to StackIndex and turn the knob right for more wideness
  15. Add delay and reverb and set them as bellow

LISTEN TO THIS Classic Trance Lead Preset Sound

It really is that easy and the sound will take you back to the old good times of Classic Trance Sound

Classic Trance Baseline DIVA Preset : 4 Strings - Take Me Away Bass

This Bass sound was on my radar ever since the original of this classic track was released. It just was like nothing I have ever heard before. Let’s see how we can do this 4 Strings – Take Me Away Bass Diva Preset

  1. Use Triple VCO as your oscillator
  2. Set OSC 1 to Saw (arrow points to the centre)
  3. Set OSC 1 volume to 100
  4. Set OSC 2 or 3 to Triangle and 1 octave lower than OSC 1
  5. Set OSC 2 volume to 100
  6. Use Ladder Filter and set CUTOFF to 0
  7. On Modulation 1 known select ENV 2 and set it to about 80
  8. Set ENV 1 and 2 as per bellow
  9. Set Effect 1 to Phaser and Adjust per bellow image
  10. Do the same with Effect 2

Now head over to Trimmers section as we need to do small changes to make the sound perfect!

  1. Inside TRIMMERS Section and make sure to Set transient mode to OSC RESET
  2. Adjust OSC 1,2 or 3 as per bellow image

LISTEN TO THIS Classic Trance Lead Preset Sound

Any of these presets can be modified to your liking and taste. This way you can sound Original and stand out from the crowd of musicians that only use already made presets in their productions.

Diva is super powerful lead and it can be used for so much more than just Melodic Techno or Melodic House. Its lush Multisaw Digital Oscillators gives you super powered tools to make great presets in seconds. Without the pain of looking for the right sound you can familiarise yourself with DIva by simply turning knobs here and there, up and down until you create something new and fresh for your tracks.

We made something special for you

If you do need presets tho I created a special Diva presets pack for Trance, Progressive, Melodic House and Techno with fine-tuned presets for all your needs. Check it out in our store and listen to the demos bellow if it is something you might like and play around with.

 

Hope you enjoy this Blog post and let me know I comments what would you like to learn next

Thank you and have an amazing day in the studio!

love you all,

Tibor/ReOrder

 

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