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

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

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Eddy Deegan wrote:
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Eddy Deegan wrote:The external power supply is small and light, has a short cable

If I get one this will be the first thing to be sorted by my engineer. I'll let you know when it happens.

If they can figure out how to make it an internal supply then I'd be interested to know the details.

The details are usually 'find a space inside the case for the external PSU, nail it in and add a power socket'! :D

Sounds like you're enamoured. I certainly was in the time I spent with it. It really is a tweaker's synth. Most imprtantly it has something 'special'. It's a very organic-sounding digital synth.

I speak as one who really has no interest in wavetables up to present.

If you have any audio going I'd be fascinated to hear it.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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The Elf wrote: If you have any audio going I'd be fascinated to hear it.

Here is a quick-n-dirty improv I knocked together in my lunch hour using the Hydra:

https://soundcloud.com/eddy-deegan/hydr ... st/s-Gb5GI

I've enabled downloads if you want the hi-res version for sound analysis or whatever.

This was done with 3 patches on the Hydra, of which only 2 are playing at any one time. The lead ethnic-sounding patch is my own creation (the one I was going on about last night) and is also the organ sound that comes in at 1:30 or so, as the enthnicity/woodwind aspect of it only comes in when polyAT is applied, as can be heard in that section.

The bends were done with the ribbon.

I should add, as far as I know, there are no wavetable oscillators in this. I just used it as a 'normal' synth with the oscillators in 'waveform' mode, not 'wavelist' mode. Experimenting with wavelists is pending.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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Very nice. Some quite Vangelis-y sounds in there too.
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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Hugh Robjohns wrote:Very nice. Some quite Vangelis-y sounds in there too.

Thanks Hugh. When it comes to one's first encounter with polyAT there are some things that just have to be done :ugeek:
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:thumbup::D True -- but isn't amazing how those kinds of sounds instantly become available with poly-AT. All that expression under the fingers just screaming to be let out!
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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Hugh Robjohns wrote: isn't amazing how those kinds of sounds instantly become available with poly-AT. All that expression under the fingers just screaming to be let out!

It absolutely is. I knew what Poly-AT was on paper, and I've used channel-AT a lot of course but the actual experience of using it is something else altogether.

There is no way I could have put that demo together without it, at least not without spending absolutely ages doing layers, modulations and automations etc. To just have the thing "do it" at will while you're playing is something that I'm now going to hold against other synths a little bit.

It's not that often I'm floored by something so profoundly. I've had a warm feeling since the moment I first played the thing and I'm going to miss it very much while struggling on with a conventional MIDI controller keyboard while I'm away in Holland for the next 2 weeks!

I hope they bring out a MkII with a longer keybed, because I've already bought it :D
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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That or the (much hated) Mr B brings out a 5- or 6-octave controller keyboard with poly AT.... :silent:
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Ooh, you devil, you! :think:
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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Eddy Deegan wrote:
The Elf wrote: If you have any audio going I'd be fascinated to hear it.

Here is a quick-n-dirty improv I knocked together in my lunch hour using the Hydra:

https://soundcloud.com/eddy-deegan/hydr ... st/s-Gb5GI

I've enabled downloads if you want the hi-res version for sound analysis or whatever.

Excellent, thanks for that Eddy :thumbup::clap::clap:

these are exciting times for digital synths

I must admit taht I discovered the external PSU [watching uTube] quite late and & i think its the only thing that doesnt appeal on the Hydrasynth.

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Eddy Deegan wrote:The external power supply is small and light, has a short cable

If I get one this will be the first thing to be sorted by my engineer. I'll let you know when it happens.

If they can figure out how to make it an internal supply then I'd be interested to know the details.
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That would be good to know -- - with pictures ?
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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Eddy Deegan wrote:
The Elf wrote: If you have any audio going I'd be fascinated to hear it.

Here is a quick-n-dirty improv I knocked together in my lunch hour using the Hydra:

https://soundcloud.com/eddy-deegan/hydr ... st/s-Gb5GI

Very nice indeed. My credit card is beginning to eye me nervously!
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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Eddy Deegan wrote:
The Elf wrote: If you have any audio going I'd be fascinated to hear it.

Here is a quick-n-dirty improv I knocked together in my lunch hour using the Hydra:

https://soundcloud.com/eddy-deegan/hydr ... st/s-Gb5GI

That really is rather tasty :clap:
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Re: New polysynth from ASM - the Hydrasynth (and it has poly aftertouch)

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...yeah, I can see you're enjoying that...! :thumbup:
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