I AM NOT THE DEVELOPER OF THIS SYNTH. I WAS BETATESTING IT (OBVIOUSLY THE ONLY ONE) AND SPENT MORE TIME THAN ANYBODY ELSE ON THIS PLANET WITH THIS SYNTH. WHEN I WRITE "Though I am somehow involved in the development process" I MEAN THAT THE DEVELOPER APPRECIATED MY SUGGESTIONS AND EITHER IMPLEMENTED THEM OR NOT. BUT THE SYNTH WAS ALREADY DONE (MORE OR LESS).
Hello everyone, .
I can't believe there is no review for HYDi until now. Maybe people are afraid of the SE framework, maybe people think this little dirty girl can't come up with some serious sounds...let me say you one thing: you should not have to worry about stuff like that.
I give her 10/10. Though I am somehow involved in the development process I think after such a long time without a review I am allowed to write one. She deserves one and I know all of her Ins and Outs (lol). Of course I am heavily biased. So keep that in mind.
But I hope that you will have a lot of fun and some usage in your projects with HYDi.
I wrote Andrew shortly after his first KVRDC12 Version. I liked what I have heard so far and saw many potential in it. Shortly after that I was heavily beta testing a new version which became more and more polished over the time. We fixed lots of bugs and added lots of new stuff. I recommended a few things and lucky for me Andrew implemented them into his already pretty deep concept synth.
And that's what HYDi is all about: a hardcore semimodular modulation monosomething synth with some of the most innovative custom Oscillators, Filters and FX I have ever heard in the VST synth world (paid synths included).
I stopped counting the different SAW waveforms after five or six and all of them sound different plus a RAMP one as well. The third OSC can act as a dedicated SUB OSC with some nifty functions like FILTER BYPASS.
This synth allows you to route your filters either PRE or POST AMP. The resonance of most filters sounds completely different that way.
HYDi comes with one of my favourite software CUSTOM (!!!) LOWPASS FILTERS: LP12C...I like this so much that I measure a lot of synths against this one. Use the inbuilt stepsequencer and let this modulate your CUTOFF as well. High resonances with low cutoff on SAW or PULSE can sound very 303 this way. Not a lot Filter can do this IMHO (another good one is eg signaldusts DOLPHIN 303 filterdesign if you are after that kind of sound).
The micro fx section (a small fx section between the AMP and "MAJOR" FX sections) contains a pretty useful compressor that I use a lot. This in combination with the upper EQ/FILTER unit can give your final sound "the icing on the top".
To get the most out of HYDi I recommend to think about her this way: everything that is going either into FX1 or FX2 is MONO. The FX can now be used to add some STEREO information to the MONO signal. That can be the pretty subtle but awesome CHORUS unit, one of the two REVERBS or the FREQ shifter in L/R config. Use different timing on the DELAY, PAN each of the two delay lines to L & R and you can get a nice PING PONG effect. Use the AMP ENV as a mod source and invert it to get a DUCKING effect. This can be applied on most FX.
I also recommend downloading my CORESOUNDS pack that will give you a bunch of preconfigured raw OSCILLATOR setups. Tweak ENV & FILTERS to taste and have some serious fun.