Classic OB

Presets for U-he Diva

Swan Audio presents a pack of 80 presets and 3 great looking GUI ‘skin’ variations to give an Oberheim style experience ‘in the box’ using u-he Diva. The presets were carefully selected and tirelessly modeled from my Oberheim OB8 creating what I believe is the most ‘analogue-like’ plugin polysynth experience to date. The 80 sounds are classic analogue style and intended to be playable, musical and inspiring – what analogue does best.

When first using Diva in truth I did not find the sound to be ‘that’ authentic analogue. It was only in tests with my analogue hardware that I realized it needs to be set carefully within certain parameters, then it can in fact sound very close to the real thing. This is what sets this soundpack apart – the sounds are modeled directly from an analogue synth by someone with a great deal of experience with them – not from a memory or idea of what one sounds like. Check out this blind A/B test against my OB8. Can you tell which is which?

But how does it stack up in a layered scenario in a track? Here is a blind A/B test ‘synth disco’ track… The ‘top line’ track is a Moog Source which is matched by the Diva Moog modules in the other example. I threw the Moog in there as I had it and so does Diva.


…And so for the answers…In the blind tests – Diva with ‘Classic OB’ presets was Synth A in both tests. On Gearslutz producer forum and KVR plugin forum – more users thought Diva Classic OB presets was the original OB8 or said they preferred them in a blind, unbiased test. I genuinely had no idea how the results would turn out but it demonstrated to me that Diva in fact can match analogue. These tests were the start of Swan Audio…


Getting your soundset along with Diva really does give me back my OB8 – its amazing! You really nailed the whole sound and experience…
John T

I absolutely LOVE your Classic OB patches — that bank is easily the best DIVA bank I have found. Excellent work!
Michael H

Just wanted to let you know I recently purchased this soundset and its totally blown me away…I’ll be watching for others…

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