Hydrasynth

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Tim Walters
KVRer
8 posts since 16 Jan, 2020

Post Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:37 pm

I did a couple of tracks with it pre-MPE/Linnstrument... you can hear it most clearly in this one:

<http://doubtfulpalace.com/temp/Tim-Walt ... e-Chin.mp4>

The Hydrasynth plays the intro, the harmony line at 2:04 and 3:16 (which shows that it doesn't have to be trebly), and the pulsating background at 2:22. Sorry for the lack of Linnstrument content, but at least it's an example of Hydrasynth use "in the wild."

t-IB
KVRist
100 posts since 2 Jul, 2017

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:22 pm

Thanks very much - Nice track and the hydrasynth is sounding great in it. Appreciate you taking the time to post. :)

John the Savage
KVRist
410 posts since 28 Mar, 2017

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:34 pm

Had a play with the Hyrda in my local shop today...

They gotta do something about those jumpy encoders. That sort of thing is enough to drive a person crazy over time. Otherwise, it seems really well-built and sounds great. If they can improve the accuracy of the rotary encoders, what with having such an extensive modulation matrix and the recent addition of MPE, this could be my horse.

Here's hoping...

Cheers!

mrspiral
KVRist
87 posts since 10 May, 2018

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:41 pm

Hi Tim! Did you get the desktop module or the keyboard version? I also plan to use it with a LinnStrument, but not all the time, and I am holding out for the keyboard....
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Tim Walters
KVRer
8 posts since 16 Jan, 2020

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:49 pm

Mike: I got the desktop. No room for more keyboards around my place.

John: I know what you mean about the encoders (although I would call them not so much jumpy as finicky), but I found that after a while I got the hang of them.

Tim Walters
KVRer
8 posts since 16 Jan, 2020

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:01 pm

Also, in case you missed it, when you hold down SHIFT while turning an encoder it will snap to "sensible" values based on the parameter you're modifying. Very useful when you want e.g. a whole number FM ratio.

John the Savage
KVRist
410 posts since 28 Mar, 2017

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:50 pm

Thanks for the feedback, Tim... Much appreciated. I did try holding shift, and that did work for some parameters; but others seemed to still skip increments somewhat randomly. I can't remember which parameters those were now, but I do recall being frustrated with one parameter in particular, where I couldn't dial-in the exact number of milliseconds that I wanted; but, again, I don't remember which parameter that was.

Regardless, I'm still undecided about the Hydra. On one hand, on paper anyway, its architecture is a sound designer's dream come true. It's a seriously smart and forward-thinking design, from the synth engine to the interface. On the other hand, I have more faith in the Peak, and I do suspect that Novation will add MPE to it at some point.

That said, I've recently been touring with my LinnStrument plugged directly into the host port on an MPC Live, controlling one of the MPC's plugin synths. Don't get me wrong, the MPC's synths are a joke by comparison, severely lacking in modulation, and decidedly not MPE. However, the convenience and elegance of this pairing is undeniable: i.e. the entire top deck of my stage rig is currently two, low-profile boxes, connected by a single USB cable, running off the battery in the MPC... Doesn't get any prettier than that! Call me lazy, but I’m addicted to the simplicity of it all.

To that end, I just don't know if I can bring myself to add another synth, more cables, another power supply, etc., just for the sake of MPE. Perhaps, if we're lucky, the forthcoming LinnDrum II will allow for a similar setup, only with MPE to boot. :pray:

Cheers!

seasick
KVRer
7 posts since 5 Mar, 2020

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:51 am

I recently got more free time and have been playing my old ESQ-1. When I saw the workflow of the hydrasynth I was really excited because it's so similar to the old ensoniq. everything about this screams "modern esq-1 / sq-80", but with much better sound quality, and I'm fighting GAS on this one.

Scotty
KVRAF
2016 posts since 23 Dec, 2002

Re: Hydrasynth

Post Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:43 am

seasick wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:51 am
I recently got more free time and have been playing my old ESQ-1. When I saw the workflow of the hydrasynth I was really excited because it's so similar to the old ensoniq. everything about this screams "modern esq-1 / sq-80", but with much better sound quality, and I'm fighting GAS on this one.
I gave into the GAS... I had ordered the desktop version .... was shipped the keyboard version, loved the poly- aftertouch and spaciousness of the panel layout. Paid the difference and had to reorganize my studio to accommodate it. (Space is getting tight) . I don't mind the encoders for the most part they seem pretty nicely dialed in but perhaps they could have a slow mode to allow you get those in between values.

Still coming to terms with it. No regrets.

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