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New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Eddy Deegan » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:03 pm

Digital 8 voice polysynth, 3 oscillators per voice, 2 filters, 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs. Poly aftertouch and full-length ribbon controller.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhBi6rzFkCA

I'd not heard of this one... looks interesting.

Sorry Elf, it's only got a 4 octave keybed (though not sure if longer ones will be an option), and it looks from the video as if it has an external power supply too.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Logarhythm » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:32 pm

That does indeed look interesting. No UK price I can find yet, but $1299 likely to translate to £1299 these days. Or $799 for a module version, for those who are already drowning under the multiple poly AT KBs around at present ;)

Does have a wall wart though, but may be forgiveable. Full specs: http://www.ashunsoundmachines.com/hydrasynth-key
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby The Elf » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:37 pm

Falls at the last fence. Why would anyone design an 8-voice PAT polysynth with 4 octaves?

And external PSU? Nope, not welcome here! :thumbdown:

Hopefully I'll get a chance to hear it first hand to see how the digital sound translates. From the few Youtube demos I've heard it's not an 'instawant'.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Logarhythm » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:47 pm

I've asked them about the prospects for 61/76 key versions, will update if they respond.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Arpangel » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:42 pm

I thought, jeeze, not another synth, please.

Er-herm.....

THIS IS THE BEST THING IV'E HEARD FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.

It actually sounds like a guy I used to know who was a genius synth programmer in a box.
Clive, did you work on this......??
I am going to buy one tommorow, or tonight, if I can find a shop open.
SOS, is this a good review? Will you employ me in the future as your chief synth reviewer?
You must admit, I don't sit on the fence....

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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:03 pm

There's another demo here https://youtu.be/74NFyK2K85I from Sweetwater which shows off the poly aftertouch a bit better, as well as a broader range of sound possibilities.

I agree, a 61 or 76 note pro version with internal PSU could be very attractive!
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Arpangel » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:38 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:There's another demo here https://youtu.be/74NFyK2K85I from Sweetwater which shows off the poly aftertouch a bit better, as well as a broader range of sound possibilities.

I agree, a 61 or 76 note pro version with internal PSU could be very attractive!

Hugh, what I found so interesting about the Sonic State video was that it didn't really use typical filter settings, the Sweetwater guy made it sound very conventional. If I'd have first seen that Sweetwater video I wouldn't be feeling inclined to buy one.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Eddy Deegan » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:45 pm

I have to agree, from the videos I've seen I do like the sound very much and it's certainly an interesting offering. For the time being however, my gear budget has been consumed by the Novation Summit, though I will be keeping an eye open to see what folks do with the Hydrasynth as more end-user demos appear.

That said, 4 octaves is a huge limitation for me. If they bring out a larger version I can see myself giving it some serious consideration in future. I wish them well with it, for sure!
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Arpangel » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:20 pm

I'm not sure, I'm wondering about getting the desktop version now, but what compromises have been made? I take it you won't be getting a ribbon controller, but I'm out of space, so a desktop would be great. I've got an 8 octave keyboard I can plug in, so that gets over the short keyboard issue. But I can't find any in stock, anywhere at the moment.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Logarhythm » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:37 pm

The desktop version does look interesting at the price, but passes up on the rare chance for a poly AT keybed.
They haven't responded to my questions via Instagram (normally faster than email these days) about the potential for a larger version. Or to those who have asked if there is going to be scope to chain units together to up the polyphony.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Arpangel » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:07 pm

Logarhythm wrote:The desktop version does look interesting at the price, but passes up on the rare chance for a poly AT keybed.
They haven't responded to my questions via Instagram (normally faster than email these days) about the potential for a larger version. Or to those who have asked if there is going to be scope to chain units together to up the polyphony.

That's no good then, if it hasn't hot poly after touch.
I'll back off I think, until a get few more real world opinions.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby thea_cochr » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:48 pm

I'm really interested in the prospect of using a Hydrasynth Desktop with a Roli Seaboard controller.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby Arpangel » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:38 pm

thea_cochr wrote:I'm really interested in the prospect of using a Hydrasynth Desktop with a Roli Seaboard controller.

I'm just looking forward to seeing one!

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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

Postby N i g e l » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:10 pm

Arpangel wrote:I'm just looking forward to seeing one!


5 - 6 weeks apparently :)

At least theres a ton of stuff on youtube now.

and one song demo on VIMEO



my favourites are the Sweetwater/Daniel Fisher demos previously mentioned by Hugh

1 1/2 Hrs deep-dive !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chCQz-O4Gns


weird that youtube links dont preview but Vimeo ones do ?
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