ASM Hydrasynth Explorer

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$ 599.00 Total

The ETA from ASM is "November 2021" as of Sept 5th

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Product number:
CV4011

37-Note Digital Wave Morphing Synthesizer

The HYDRASYNTH EXPLORER is the ultimate in power and portability, offering the powerful Hydrasynth sound engine together with battery powered operation and a new ASM PolyTouch® polyphonic aftertouch mid-sized keybed. The greatest attention has been put to its user interface, making sound creation a breeze. This is the ultimate companion for a portable setup, where a smaller footprint in needed. Utilizing an advanced wavetable synthesis engine, 3 Oscillators, dual Wave Mutators and 2 filters that can be configured in series or parallel, the tone generating capabilities are unmatched. As for the performance capabilities, The HYDRASYNTH EXPLORER has our proprietary 37-note mid-sized Polytouch™ keybed that offers polyphonic aftertouch over each note, giving you the type of expressive control found only in certain vintage synths.

The HYDRASYNTH EXPLORER features the ASM Polytouch® 37-note mid-sized semi-weighted keybed, allowing both ON/OFF velocity and aftertouch as well as full polyphonic aftertouch. In recent years companies have been trying to find ways to give the keyboard musician more ways to better express themselves. The problem is that their solution is almost never a keyboard, so you have to learn a new technique to play them. The Polytouch™ keybed features high quality, mid-sized keys, so you can start playing it instantly.

Portability!

The HYDRASYNTH EXPLORER can be powered by it's included power supply or by 8 x AA batteries, not included. The expected life for battery operation is around 3-4 hours depending on type, make, and model.

Oscillators

The tone generation capability is the heart of any synthesizer. The 3 oscillators allow you to choose from a selection of 219 single cycle waveforms. Wavemorphing is a feature usually found on synths with preset wave tables. Creating user wavetables is arduous or downright impossible. Unlike most wavetable synths, our oscillators 1 & 2 have our WAVELIST mode. This mode  allows you to pick and choose 8 waves, from our bank of 219, arrange them in the order you want, and then morph from one to another.

Mutators

Oscillators 1 & 2 are routed into our MUTATORS. The Mutators allow you to modulate, bend and sculpt the sound in new (and old) ways. Each MUTANT allows you to choose from the following processes: FM-Linear, Wavestack, Hard Sync, PW, PW-ASM, Harmonic Sweep, PhazDiff. The Mutant's can also generate its own waveforms in both FM and Sync modes so that you do not have use another oscillator....Of course the routing is flexible so you can choose the other oscillators as mod sources if you like.

CV/GATE - MIDI - USB

There is the standard MIDI and USB/MIDI interfaces on the synth but we go deeper and allow the use of CV/GATE interfaces for connecting to the modular world. It supports the standard voltages for Eurorack modulars, the 1.2V per octave Buchla standard, as well as some of the Japanese Volts>HZ products. The MOD in and outs allow for modulation from DC to full audio ranges, expanding your modulation capabilities.

Patches

The HYDRASYNTH EXPLORER comes with 5 banks of 128 patches in total. Finding the patch you want and searching the library is made easy with our BROWSER. Our PC/MAC based Patch Manager application also allows easy moving of patches to create your favorite order as well as load in new patch libraries in the future. And so much more!

Physical Specifications:

Metal Chassis
  • Sturdy plastic and metal construction
  • High quality rubberized buttons on the panel

PolyTouch© Keybed

  • Semi-weighted
  • Polyphonic aftertouch
  • Note On & Note Off Velocity

5 banks of 128 patch memories

 
CV gate input and oututs
  • Support multiple CV/GATE standards
    • CV
      • 1v per octave +/-5V
      • 1V per octave 0-10V
      • Hz to Volts +/-5V
      • Hz to Volts 0-10V
      • 1.2V per octave
    • Gates
      • V-trig, S-trig
      • 3V, 5V, 10V
    • Mod Out range
      • +/5V, 0-10V, 0-5V, 0-1V
  • Clock out
    • 1PPS, 2PPQ, 24PPQ, 48 PPQ
    • Clock Voltage - 3v, 5V, 10V
MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
  • Voice overflow mode for expanding voices with another Hydrasynth
Expression pedal input
 
Sustain pedal input
  • Polarity sensing input​
DC input jack

USB port
  • Supports USB MIDI In/Out
Dimensions
556 x 255 x 78 mm
21.9” x 10” x 3.1” (inch)

Weight
3.4 kg (7.5 lbs)
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