At the 2020 NAMM Show, we talked with ASM’s Glen Darcey, who gave us a quick update on their Hydrasynth polyphonic synthesizer.
They’ve released version 1.3.0, a free update that delivers both new features and bug fixes.
Here’s what’s new in Hydrasynth 1.3:
- MPE support ( SYSTEM page 5 )
- MPE modulation matrix options (Mod matrix page)
- Warm mode ( VOICE page )
- Tighter Envelope attack time
- New presets
The Hydrasynth is an 8-voice polysynth, with an architecture that features (per voice): three oscillators, offering 219 different waveforms; five ADSR envelope generators that offer delay and hold; and five LFOs that offer a total of 11 waveshapes, plus delay, fade in, and smoothing.
It also features an extensive array of controls, a full-size keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch (which allows for more expressive performance), a ribbon controller and CV/Gate connectivity.
Pricing and Availability
The Hydrasynth keyboard is available for $1299 USD, or in desktop format for $799.