In his latest Sonic Lab review, host Nick Batt shares his thoughts on the new ASM Hydrasynth Deluxe – a flagship polysynth that offers deep synthesis capabilities and arguably the most advanced expressive control of any keyboard synthesizer currently available.
The Hydrasynth Deluxe essentially offers two of the synth engines from the original Hydrasynth, which you can use for additional polyphony, splits and layers. Patches are 100% compatible with the existing Hydrasynths.
The Hydrasynth Deluxe also features a 73-note Polytouch keybed, offering polyphonic aftertouch and a 4-octave ribbon controller. ASM says that this gives the new synth a level of “expression and control that is not equaled in any other hardware synthesizer on the market… Today or ever.”
Polyphonic aftertouch is a capability that gives you continuous expressive control over every single note you play, where most keyboards are limited to capturing initial velocity sensitivity.
“We take a look at the new Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth Deluxe. The new model, announced just before Superbooth 21, doubles the voice count – either 16 voices in single sound mode or two complete 8 voice Hydrasynth Engines for split or layer. Each layer has a dedicated stereo audio output pair, and the Polytouch polyphonic after touch keybed gets enlarged to 73 keys.
Its a whopper.”
Pricing and Availability
The ASM Hydrasynth Deluxe is available now with a street price of around $1799.