Diva Tutorial

u-he Diva Explained®

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16 Videos | Length: 2hr 9min 42sec
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    Intro & Setup

    In this intro to the series Sami takes you through the layout of Diva, and looks at the preferences and general set-up of the synth.

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    Sami goes through the oscillator section in Diva, including the different oscillator modes and explains how to activate FM, Cross Mod and Sync.

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    Learn about the different filter types available and explores the unique features of each model.

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    Sami demonstrates the uses of different envelope settings and discusses the different types available in Diva.

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    In this video Sami takes a look at the LFO section, exploring their features.

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    Play Modes & Tuning

    Learn about the different play modes available and why they are there.

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    Sami sheds light on the seemingly esoteric trimmer section.

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    Amp Pan & Stacking

    In this video Sami covers the Amplitude and Panning controls, and also goes into more detail on Stacking.

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    Sami walks us through the Arpeggiator, with visual guides to aid in understanding what the different arpeggiator modes do.

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    Modulation Sources & Modifications Tab

    Learn about the modulation sources available in the modulation drop down menu and explore the modifications tab.

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    Effects Section

    In this video Sami explores the luscious effects section in Diva, explaining their settings and demonstrates their capabilities.

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    Build a Pad Patch

    Sami walks us through the creation of two different pad sounds. One retro and classic analog, the other digital and atmospheric.

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    Build a Bass Patch

    Learn the basic process of building two bass sounds, one fat and gritty, the other thin and clean.

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    Build a Lead Patch

    Sami demonstrates creating three different lead sounds, one smooth and classic, one atmospheric and finally an aggressive upfront sound.

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    Build an FX Patch

    Learn how to design three different FX sounds, including filter sweeps and a dark atmospheric bed.

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    Build an Arpeggiated Patch

    Sami creates two arpeggiated sounds with different uses.

Product Overview

U-He has a star on its hands with its virtual analog powerhouse, Diva. Join synthesizer star Sami Rabia as he shows you all her secrets, and teaches you how you can make Diva shine in your own projects!

Sami begins with the initial layout of Diva and then explores the oscillator section while demonstrating how to activate FM, Cross Mod, and Sync. Sami then reveals Diva’s filters and covers Diva’s envelopes and LFO section.

After the basic sound creation tools are explained, Sami shows you the different play modes available along with demonstrating why they are there. The trimmer section, amplitude, and panning controls, as well as going into more details about stacking the oscillators to make Diva sound absolutely huge are all explored.

Next, Sami walks you through how to use the arpeggiator, along with visual guides on what the arpeggiator modes are doing to your MIDI performance/notes. Then he teaches you how to use the modulation sources available in Diva, and how to take advantage of the luscious effects available.

After the plug-in has been thoroughly covered, Sami ends the series with five videos on designing your own sounds in Diva. You’ll see how to make huge pads, fat basses, sizzling leads, cool FX, and evolving arpeggiated sounds which will make Diva your goto virtual analog software synthesizer!

Whether you’re new to Diva, or an experienced user looking to explore this powerful instrument more deeply, don’t miss “Diva Explained”!

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u-he Diva Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 13 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I'm finding this very helpful I'm only part way through it, but I've found myself referring to it, replaying parts such as the part about the Trimmer (sounds like a lawnmower!) while making some tweaks to an existing patch.
Date published: 2021-01-15
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good for beginners to synthesis and a general introduction to Diva Full disclosure; I'm an advanced user with many years of experience in programming synths, and have already worked in Zebra for years. I normally make film music, and use synths on a regular basis. For me this course was just scratching the surface, and didn't really cover anything I wouldn't get from the manual. It could be a great course for someone new to synthesis AND new to Diva. It's not the best course for either. But if you just bought Diva as your first synth but have no idea how everything works, then this is for you. Otherwise - just read the manual :) And for Groove3 in general. I really wish there was an option to speed up videos!
Date published: 2020-09-07
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Too quick for beginners, great for experienced users. This guy has clearly got extensive knowledge in sound design and tends to go very quick not really explaining what he's doing. Very hard to follow unless you can already confidently apply the fundamentals of synthesis. Modulation examples aren't explained and the routing is very confusing if you don't have experience.
Date published: 2020-06-05
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Difficult to follow because you can't see keys input I found myself confused in a number of sections because I couldn't tell whether I was hearing a result of movement on the keyboard or within the synth. This video needs to be updated with a view of what's being played.
Date published: 2019-09-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good info being handed out I learned things i didn't know about the synth
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good This tutorial helped me understand Diva's more advanced functions better. And the instructor actually has an ear for good sound design which is uncommon in many other tutorials. Well done!
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finally!! A TRUE EXPLANATION!! Sami is an expert! If you want to learn about synthesis, this is the guy to follow. Everything he does is incredible. Great tutorial. Actually it's the best, most comprehensive tutorial I've seen. Thank you Sami!
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial This tutorial seems to cover all the features of this amazing softsynth. It goes a little further than that by walking you through the creation of several typical patches.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant great
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential viewing! This series thoroughly covers Diva's features and also provides a lot of insight into analog synth programming tips and techniques. Even if you think you know a lot about subtractive synthesis this is a must see.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very nice tutorial to get started with Diva Concise but enough explanation to get rolling with this synth. I also felt like there were some nice little sound production tips in here as well.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from clear, concise training Clear, concise training with no interference from persona/self-marketing on the part of the trainer. Sami has revolutionized my understanding of this amazing synth!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sami's great Mr. Rabia keeps up a great pace while weaving in his vast knowledge of sound design into the examples. His tutorials more than justify the Groove3 subscription price. Thanks.
Date published: 2016-05-02
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