AIKO /áɪkɔ/ – The skin with the new design and the new functionality.
New Modulation System
The same mod system as Massive Modular Skin is now in Diva.
Go Intuitive! Be Massive!
No more original’s separated UI, nor strange icons.
Uniformed UI for VCF. No need to be too much like hardwares.
LFOs are placed in the right of the main panel because ENV and LFO are friends!
And the LFO indicators are added. It’s tiny but looks shiny.
It’ll save you from getting confused, e.g…
When depthmod is contolled by ModWheel, a LFO won’t take effect until ModWheel goes up. But sometimes you don’t realize it and think, “Oh..? LFO doesn’t work…”
It will never happen because the brightness of the lamps shows the LFO depth.
When the depth is diminished, a lamp won’t be lit.
Static XY Pads
Though not assignable, they’re still useful, especially Reverb’s one.
Omotenashi : A Pile of Minute Considerations
Small small things make you feel better.
Icon Based Voicemode Indicator
The voice mode is shown as icon in the top bar. You’ll never miss it.
Displays for Modwheel and Pitchwheel
Showing the current value of “Modulation” and “Pitchbend” is techincally possible.
Dynamic Multisaw Display
In digital OSC, the waveform selector also work as an indicator to show how “supersaw” it is.
(In the initial release, only “supersaw” has this feature.)
Help for Modifications
I always forget about how these modifications work. Just clicking right-top button will show this help-panel.
Modules didn’t go too much like hardwares, but have some good taste of “vintage” and reminds you of the original synths.
Triple OSC / Main Tab
Dual VCO / Modulation Tab
DCO / Scope Tab
Dual VCO Eco / XY Morph Tab
Digital / Uhbie / Mini Patch List Tab
Especially REVERB and DELAY are super-easy-to-use.
When different models are combined, it’s rather obvious that the unified and modest UI keeps you concentrating. In the image below, you also see that the white knobs are flatter than ones in images above.
It means, you can customize them by replacing the image files. Not many but some alternative images are included in the package.
Single-column style is adopted since I always feel this simple vertical scrolling comfortable.
No close button? Don’t worry. Click anywhere outside the list can close the browser.
By replacing the images, you can change some of the knobs and faders, to fit to your taste.
Bonus Sound Set is Included
Cannot pay some only for the skin? OK, here’s a bonus sound set.
FACTORY T-2020 Soundset
- 36 Classic Leads
- 19 Modern Leads
- 26 Classic Decay Leads
- 11 Modern Decay Leads
- 36 Classic Pads
- 32 Modern Pads
- 23 Classic Basses
- 41 Classic Decay Basses
- 15 Modern Basses
- 18 Brasses
- 9 Strings
- 6 Reeds
- 40 Classic Plucks
- 16 Modern Plucks
- 26 Keys
- 28 Cinematic Sounds
- 43 Percussions
- 10 SFX (Rise, Fall, Noise)
435 patches in total!! Wow
Well Organized Standards
T-2020 was made to replace the factory presets with. The original factory presets….it just….doesn’t work.
- Categorizing is too rough.
- Patches are sorted by their auther names.
And no tag or text search function. How can you get the sound you want? Hence, the new factory presets.
The solution is: a preset name should tell more. I assigned “sub-category-number” to each patch, which indicate the sound character.
- 1 : Soft, e.g. Sine or Tri based sounds.
- 2 : Warm, e.g. Fat Saw lead with half closed LP filter.
- 3 : Hard, e.g. Bright detuned Saw with open filter.
- 4 : Special, e.g. Strong-pitch-modulated sounds.
So, for example, “BSC-3” means that it’s categorized in Bass-Classic-Hard.
In other words, The deeper you scroll down, the harder sound you encounter. Easy!
(Note : [Keys] and [Cinematics] have different sub-categorizing; like [Harp][Organ]… and [Drone][Noise]…)
Brass, Strings, Reed and Key
Oberheim Brasses here!
The fattest soft-synth in the world.
Leads with low-sustain are separately categorized.
Bass (Classic – Sustain)
Classic sounds, but can be also used in modern music.
Bass (Classic – Decay)
(Slight EQs are inserted, to enhance high or low end..)
Just play some whole-note-chords and it’ll evolve, nonstop!
Please not ask me for the skin-only package with discount! This is just a by-product. Neither this nor the skin will be sold separately.
Purchase – $15
Purchase on Gumroad
You can purchase this package via Gumroad.
Gumroad now supports Paypal! and There should be Paypal option.
But it seems unstable and sometimes Paypal option doesn’t show up (OMG!).
Even in that situation, You can pay via paypal though it’s a bit roundabout.
- 1. Pay directly via the paypal button below.
- 2. I send you the 100% off voucher, which can be used on Gumroad.
- 3. Please visit Gumroad and use the voucher to get the package for free.
Since I send vouchers manually, and since I’m on another job during the daytime, It’ll be (in maximum) about 20 HOURS before receiving the download code.
You can download the demo version of the skin, and,
128 patches from T-2020 sound set! Oh my, … It’s beyond “demo”.
- Less color.
- Some knobs are missing.
- No HPF. No FX2. No LFO2.
- Watermarks on knob images.
- Logo is changed from “Diva” to “Demo”.
Rest are the same as the full version. Please see how it works on your computer. (It might crash on some DAWs on some computers.)
How to Install
- 1.Go to “Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/u-he/Themes”
and drop the theme folder. (Note that it’s not your USER’s LIBRARY folder.)
- 2. Open Diva.
- 3. Click the cog icon (top-right) to open the preference.
- 4. Choose “AIKO” as the default skin.
- 1. Find your Diva folder. it may be on “C:VSTPlugins:u-he:Diva.data”
- 2. Then move to “Support:Themes” and drop the theme folder there. If there’s no such folder, then create on your own.
- 3. Open Diva.
- 4. Click the cog icon (top-right) to open the preference.
- 5. Choose “AIKO” as the default skin.
The meaning of AIKO
AIKO /áɪkɔ/ is an abbreviation of “All Interfaces Kawaiku Optimized“.
(*Kawaiku = adverb form of “Kawaii“, which means “lovable” or “cute” in Japanese.)
“Cuteness”, is kinda opposite to “Dinosaur” — AIKO aims at obtaining modern tidiness. So the design of DualVCO is rather inspired by JP-08, not the original JUPITER-8, for example.
The idea of the slimmed scroll bar is not mine, but was first shown on the Volta Skin.
When I first saw that scroll bar, I got astonished and thought, “It’s impossible! U-he’s scroll bar width is fixed. Cannot look like this!”
I looked into the script and found that there was a special trick used : An overlaid frame over the scroll bar.
This…is a great idea and I couldn’t help using this. Great respect for Kapetan, the creator of the Volta skin.
AIKO in Japan
AIKO is named after the famous Japanese singer, aiko.
She is one of those who represent the Japanese pop music scene and I love her songs much!