This is an exciting new digital synthesizer from a new company, Ashun Sound Machines. The VP of product development, Glen Darcey, was behind most hardware synths from Arturia (as well as some of their soft synths) and a lot of Akai hardware. Expect to see an explosion of online interest in this would be my prediction. Kudos to the ASM marketing team, this synth blasted on the scene with many major YouTube reviews and preordering live on announcement day. Hydrasynth is expected to be shipping in November 2019. A refreshing change from the Behringer way of torturing buyers for years in some cases…
Most information about the Hydrasynth keyboard version applies to the Hydrasynth desktop version, with of course the real estate changes taken into consideration. Important to note that the keyboard version and its 8 voices will work together with the Hydrasynth desktop version and its 8 voices for a total of 16 voices in voice overflow mode.
I like this synth. Of all the synths announced recently, this is the one that catches my interest. Right off the bat, I think most people need to understand the ASM Hydrasynth is not a Waldorf Quantum. For starters, the Waldorf is a hybrid and the Hydrasynth is a pure digital synth. The two synths are just not the same, even if they share some features. They both have unique features as well. However, if you can’t squeeze a Quantum into your budget, consider getting a Hydrasynth would be my advice.
Specific to keyboard version
- Larger and heavier, controls slightly larger with more space between them
- 49 Key full size velocity sensitive with polyphonic aftertouch keyboard
- Pitch and Mod wheels
- Ribbon controller full length
- 5 Filter controls
- 8 Arpeggiator controls
- Glide and chord mode
- Octave up & down buttons
- 1/4″ and 1/8″ headphone output plus headphone volume
All other functions are the same essentially.
Product support, downloads
Facebook user groups
ASM Hydrasynth Group
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