The whole structure is originally designed for Hive 1.2, but also compatible with v2.1.
Do you know Hive 2.1 have been released on March 2021? The new version includes a new skin I made. Yes, they finally hired me! It is strongly recommend that you check it first because it's the newer skin than Eclipse, coming for free.
Fly from Hexagon
The central hexagon in the original skin symbolizes its name "Hive". So they seems to be sticking to it. But...
Because of the hexagon, you cannot see the 16 step sequencer stay in a single line.
Because of the hexagon, you cannot see the 7 great effects set in a single lane.
And because of the hexagon, you cannot see the 4 XY pads placed side by side.
Ok now, fly from your hexagon and start from square one.
Colors that Matters
Each modulator has its own color, which helps you distinguish between them.
Editing mod matrices is now really intuitive. When you want to edit mod depth related to LFO, you just look for green. No need to read each label until you grasp all modulations.
Law of Friendship
What is efficiency and how do we improve it? There are many factors, but one definite measure is what I call friendship.
Say you just finish adjusting OSC1 volume, where will you go next? it is likely that you next edit OSC2 volume. Of-course it's not always so, but there on the average must be the ranking of probability.
I personally call this "friendship". OSC1 vol and OSC2 vol has great friendship, for example. Elements with higher friendship must be placed closer, so that your mouse movement will be minimized.
Below illustrates the area you have to move when mixing sounds (volume controls and filter routings).
The Eclipse theme
The original theme
You'll soon notice that the hexagon enshrined in the center gets in your way, for you know FX/SEQ things never have stronger friendship with OSC1 than that OSC2 has with. It's like a bed room placed between a living room and a kitchen.
So, the symmetric design does look beautiful, but does not work beautifully. You may have not recognized that, but if you try the Eclipse, you'll understand the difference.
Above all, the "routing mixer" is quite comfortable to work with. You can at a glance get all the information related to routings, and it even quietly tells you when no signals flow into a filter (by greying out the labels).
The Eclipse Soundset
The eclipse theme comes with a preset library and 60 custom wavetables.
This soundset is an "all-purpose" sound library and will invite you to Hive's new sonic realm.
Every preset uses wavetables in order to...
Get some uniquely evolving sounds
Get exquisite nuances that static waves don't have
Get sounds that can never be achieved without wavetables.
Unlike our other packages such as Massive Modular or AIKO, this library is not a bonus, but a serious product.
Every single preset was elaborately built up until it hit some "sweet-spot" of wavetables. All presets are mod-wheel ready and fully XY pad assigned.
Listen to Sounds
We are so much proud of its sound quality that the demos all are a solo demonstration of a single preset in turn. No external effects are inserted. You'll be surprised how versatile and realistic they sound!
(If the player won't start, please try selecting another track.)
All presets are tagged. In addition, presets are sub-categorized by number from 1 to 4. Each number implies its basic sound character.
It means "Scroll down and go intensive". So if you want very soft pad, look for "PD1-" presets. If you want aggressive trans pad, look for "PD3-" presets.
60 Custom Wavetables
Eclipse presets are made both with factory wavetables and ones we originally created. So, in addition to 128 presets, you get those 60 wavetables! Watch YouTube Video for some wavetable introduction.
Note:With the v2 update, 7 of our wavetables are acquired officially by U-he, and now they're included in factory wavetables.
You can download the demo version of the skin.
There could be rare cases where the skin causes DAW to crash. Please try changing some presets, editing parameters, pushing buttons such as settings or save presets. And the skin is basically made for 100% zoom. Please check if it looks beautiful in your screen and your preferable zoom rate.