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Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) announce Hydrasynth wave morphing synthesizer
Old 3rd September 2019
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Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) announce Hydrasynth wave morphing synthesizer

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Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) announce Hydrasynth wave morphing synthesizer with Polytouch™ polyphonic aftertouch

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA/HONG KONG: newly-formed music hardware company Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) is proud to announce (upcoming) availability of Hydrasynth — a wave morphing synthesizer representing its inaugural hardware product, produced as a keyboard version (featuring an ASM Polytouch™ 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keyboard and a user-assignable ribbon controller) and desktop version (with 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads, plus an included 19-inch rack-mount kit) — as of September 3…

Hydrasynth itself is an eight-voice, three-oscillator synthesizer anchored around a unique wave morphing synthesis engine. OSC 1, OSC 2, and OSC 3 can all make use of any one of the 219 single-cycle waveforms available, while Wave Scan mode (for OSC 1 and OSC 2 only) flexibly facilitates defining eight waveforms into a list and then morphing from one to the next using modulation sources.

Said synthesis engine also features four mutators, allowing for further tonal modification. MUTANT 1, MUTANT 2, MUTANT 3, and MUTANT 4 have an ability to perform complex FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis; each include three different types of pulse width modifiers, hard sync, harmonic sweep, and a Wavestack™ function that generates five detuned copies of the incoming waves for super-dense sounds. Furthermore, flexible routings within the mutators make available (almost) unlimited options for tweaking, twisting, and turning sounds inside out.

On top of that, the synthesis engine also contains two filters that can be configured in parallel or series. FILTER 1 features 11 filter models spanning new and classic filter modes, while FILTER 2 is a continuously-variable multimode affair.

As modulation sources add much-needed movement into a synthesized sound, Hydrasynth far from disappoints in that regard with five envelope generators — ENV 1, ENV 2, ENV 3, ENV 4, and ENV 5 — capable of looping as well as tempo synchronisation and five LFOs (low frequency oscillators) — LFO 1, LFO 2, LFO 3, LFO 4, and LFO 5 — capable of acting as step sequencers or one-shots. The modulation matrix — MOD MATRIX — offers 32 modulation slots with which to route sources to destinations. Such sources and destinations can also be received or sent via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) CC (continuous controller) messages or front panel-accessible CV (control voltage) INPUTS and OUTPUTS.

Of course, connectivity to the wider world is as far reaching as it comes, courtesy of that full-blown MIDI implementation (via the usual connection compliment of MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, and MIDI THRU on five-pin DIN as well as USB) alongside CV/GATE connections (for playing nicely with the likes of today’s ever-widening world of Eurorack modular gear, vintage synthesizers, and more).

Hydrasynth has brought back one of the most requested features in synthesizers and controllers — namely, polyphonic aftertouch. As such, its unique polyphonic aftertouch keyboard breathes life and dynamics into otherwise static sounds, so users can create expressive musical passages using a standard-sized traditional keyboard. It is not necessary to learn a new keyboard technique to be able to play and perform with the Polytouch™ keyboard.

Alternatively, a desktop version of Hydrasynth — dispensing with that Polytouch™ keyboard and the user-assignable ribbon controller in favour of 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads — is available to those not needing to add another keyboard to their studio or stage setups; saying that, all other performance attributes are still at hand, including an adaptable ARPEGGIATOR and dedicated FILTER CONTROLS, with crisp OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays duly providing welcomed visual feedback across the easy-to-follow front panels of both versions of ASM’s inaugural hardware product... when it comes to working with a sensational synthesis engine, the choice is out there!

Expected to ship in November 2019, Hydrasynth will be available through ASM’s growing global network of authorized retailers at an MSRP of $1,599.00 USD ($1,299.00 USD MAP) for the keyboard version and at an MSRP of $999.00 USD ($799.00 USD MAP) for the desktop version.

For more in-depth information, please visit the ASM webpage here: http://www.ashunsoundmachines.com
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Old 3rd September 2019
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PolyAT you say? Wow there's quite a bit more info on the product page of the website. This thing packs alot of functionality inside.
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Colour me HIGHLY interested!
Old 3rd September 2019
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that sounds really nice. and the price isnt bad at all
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Say what you want, I think it looks and sounds amazing, the price is amazing as well. It's almost like an affordable Hartmann Neuron or a modern Ensoniq synth. In one word, amazing.
Old 4th September 2019
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Looks great, many great features and I'm very glad for all the synths including a digital oscilloscope these days.
Old 4th September 2019
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can you import wav. files?
Old 4th September 2019
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Cant find the $$ on mobile device
Old 4th September 2019
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Cant find the $$ on mobile device
That´s not mentioned anywhere but in your post. Which one do you mean? The desktop version however is MSRP of $999.00 USD ($799.00 USD MAP)
Old 4th September 2019
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Both of these look really impressive. I'm very interested. The team involved seems to have great backgrounds for creating a new product line like this. Just need to get some feedback on build quality, real-world use, etc. But it looks very solid and well thought out. Some cool setup and I'm looking forward to seeing how they deal with patches and the presets.

I assume the keyboard version could pull duty as a controller as well, if needed. The thing is huge, so I need to be sure I can put it in the studio with maximum versatility.

Excited!
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That´s not mentioned anywhere but in your post. Which one do you mean? The desktop version however is MSRP of $999.00 USD ($799.00 USD MAP)
I was saying that I was on my mobile device and could not find any price on the site. Anyways, thanks
Old 4th September 2019
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Can't find it for preorder in the UK is it coming out in America first?
Old 5th September 2019
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I was saying that I was on my mobile device and could not find any price on the site. Anyways, thanks
Ok, now I understand better. Thx for clearing that up.
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This looks amazing. Lots of sound design potential just through the manipulation of the waves in several different modes. Really rich and deep sonic potential, but with a great user interface that is logical and designed with fast programming in mind. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the keyboard version. £1299 means that it's not an impulse buy, but actually great value for what has been implemented. I think they priced it about right for a mono-timbral, 8-voice polysynth. Other manufacturers of mono-timbral, 6-voice polysynths costing twice the price please take note!!

https://sonicstate.com/news/2019/09/...-8-voice-poly/
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can you import wav. files?
Doesn’t look possible. Wavetables aren’t
one-shot samples.

It does look cool, but aside from poly
aftertouch, DSI’s Prophet 12 was there
well before this. And wavetable synthesis
itself is decades old.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Looks like only KMR are picking this up at the moment in the UK. Think that could well change once the reviews and more demos are viewed online. This is a really impressive instrument, and I'm already starting to save up the pennies..
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Doesn’t look possible. Wavetables aren’t
one-shot samples.

It does look cool, but aside from poly
aftertouch, DSI’s Prophet 12 was there
well before this. And wavetable synthesis
itself is decades old.
It's the 'mutant' modules that make this interesting for me. The waveshaping algorithms seem really impressive. This goes way beyond normal wavesequencing / wavetable scanning synths. The digital filters and FX also sound great from what I've heard so far.

https://youtu.be/EiScRhViA6Y
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