|Developer||DASHSignature / NUSofting|
Free / $9+ donationware
|Type / Tags||Synth (Analogue / Subtractive)|
|Copy Protection||Serial Number|
- Two oscillators, 4 octaves selector, output level, saw and pulse waveforms, pulse width control on Osc 1, fine tuning up to 1 octave on Osc 2.
- Noise generator.
- One LFO with:
- Rate from 0.1 to 100 Hz.
- MIDI sync from 32/4 to 1/36.
- Filter cutoff and Osc pitch destinations.
- 6 shape modes, sample&hold.
- Multimode "vintage" resonant filter with key following function, LP, BP, HP.
- Two envelope generators, VCA and Filter control, with REPEAT function (loop the envelope).
- Polyphonic mode (2 to 16 voices) and mono legato mode with tunable glide effect.
- MIDI learn on every knob to freely assign any MIDI CC.
- MIDI velocity sensitivity adjustable independently for VCA and Filter envelope.
- Master volume.
- Master tuning.
- Virtual keyboard with hide/show button.
- 128 presets factory bank.
- Random presets generator.
- Saving default setting on registry option.
- Any Sample Rate supported (e.g: 44.1, 48, 96).
- Support for SSE, MMX and P4 instructions.
- Volume Type: High, Normal, Soft.
The Universal Binary version for Intel Macs (included the 64-bit versions) and an optimized update for Windows (32- and 64-bit) are available for a minimum suggested donation of $9.
Reviewed By 11011011
October 31, 2005
Still here? It's noisy, spunky, funky and dirty, just the way you like it. It can also do some refined sounds, but to pull that off you'll have to toss some effects in there. Don't bother!
Don't neglect the right-click menu! There are a LOT of features buried in there, including a patch randomizer which lets you pick type of patch (bass, lead, etc.)
Someone below said it best: it's a niche synth, but a very well executed one.
User Interface: Funky but easy to figure out.
Sound: Dirty, loud and unapologetic.
Features: It's a three-trick pony. Nice basslines, screaming leads, and ambient sounds (noise).
Documentation: Haven't looked at it, haven't needed to.
Presets: All good stuff. Very diverse, but you'll want to fiddle with a lot of them.
Customer Support: Haven't needed it yet.
Value for Money: It's free, duh.
Stability: Solid.Read more
Reviewed By Rabid
December 9, 2003
Reviewed By pough
February 8, 2003
This synth, daHornet, is all kinds of funky. Loading it up and playing the first few notes, I suddenly found myself in the world of Logan's Run - and all the other sci-fi movies from that era. It's not restricted to that, though. A little playing around got me a respectable accordion sound. That may not sound like a good thing to some, but the point is that it's not as limited a synth as one might think.
Where this thing really shines, however, is the in the way-out wacky sounds. A lot of those are towards the end of the presets, but they're really not hard to dial up yourself. Check out "Man in a hive."
daHornet is laid out nicely, with a logical flow to the buttons. Right-clicking on the logo brings up a menu that has some options you might want to check out. I found that the volume level was a little too high for Cubase and a number of the presets were clipping. A quick trip to this menu and I set the volume to "soft" - perfect! There are also four different randoms, each of which can be assigned to the numbers 1-4 on your keyboard. A nice touch, indeed.
I have no complaints with daHornet. Sorry. It's a niche synth, but it's a very well-executed one. It's easy to download and check out. It's fun to play with. It's easy and cheap to buy. And the support from Dash Synthesis is second to none.Read more
Reviewed By willum
January 31, 2003
But the part I like the most is that dirty, nasty sound. I love analog grit, and this little sucker puts out a fairly convincing range of those types of sounds. I've never used the original hardware version of this synth, so I can't say whether it's an authentic reproduction. I liked what I heard, though. The price is fantastic, I feel I got more than my money's worth with daHornet. Their online purchasing is quick, too. Within 5 minutes I had the full version up and running.Read more
Reviewed By TheWall
January 28, 2003
As a betatester, I've been tamed by the dash guys. I used to like synths that make sound pierces through the eardrums and cuts the mix like a knife. I still do, but now I'm also deeply fond of the milder sound these dash VSTis make. All dash VSTis so far have one thing in common: the sound that makes me feel cozy and warm, be it daAlfa2k, Combosister, or this daHornet.
IMO, daHornet has the similar sound charachter to Oddity, as they both are modelled after vintage synths around the same period. daHornet is very very capable of making some "crappy" crazy noises that no other VSTi can do easily. That's my first impression of it.
I LOVE that kind of noise.
The presets are good. The patch generator is good too, but I find tweaking the knobs is much much more fun.
CPU usage is minimal on my PIII 800 (one instance only takes around 7%-9% CPU).
I LOVE the look of it.
Seeing a WASP sitting in my host is amazingly enjoyable.Read more