New Manufacturer ASM Announces Wavetable ‘Hydrasynth’ with Polyphonic Aftertouch

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Seemingly out of nowhere, a new manufacturer called Ashun Sound Machines (or ASM) have just announced a new 8-voice, 49 key wavetable synth with *gasp* polyphonic aftertouch. In the age of crowd funding, it’s super unusual for a new company to simply pop up with an incredible looking product, let alone one that’s gone and put together their own custom designed keybed rather than an ‘off-the-rack’ Fatar number, but here we are. 

Here’s the stand out features:

  • ‘Poly Touch’ Keybed
  • Ribbon Controller
  • 8-voice polyphony
  • 3 x Oscillators with 219 waveforms and wave-morphing between up to 8 assignable waves.
  • 2 x ‘Mutators’ modules – multi function wave modifiers that include linear-FM, Hard Sync and a unison-style Wave Stack
  • 2 x Filters with 11 models
  • 5 x LFOs, each with 8-step sequencer
  • 5 x DAHDSR envelopes
  • 32 slot modulation matrix
  • Arpeggiator with additional parameters like Rachet and Chance
  • CV/Gate/Mod outputs for connection to Eurorack and analog gear
  • Full range of FX — reverb, delay, chorus, overdrive, phaser etc.

No word on whether these will be making their way to Australia yet, but they’re available for pre-order from US sites for US$1299. Nick Batt, the darling of the YouTube synth-demo world, has got his hands on one, check it out.


5 thoughts on “New Manufacturer ASM Announces Wavetable ‘Hydrasynth’ with Polyphonic Aftertouch”

  1. Guido says:

    It looks great and sounds even better, but will probably be $2K here with the state of the Aussie dollar as it is :'(

  2. John says:

    Let’s hope these make it to Oz sometime this century.

  3. Stephen Ferris says:

    I was so interested in this that I sent a message to Glen to ask if an Australian distributor had been appointed yet. The answer is no, but obviously they are working on it. The landed price is actually quite attractive, even with our crappy dollar at the moment. Considering the Roland Xm has an Australian retail price of around $2500 and for that you get mini keys?? I believe there is quite a lot of interest in these all over the place, so unless they act quickly on appointing an Australian distributor, I am going to pre order one from Perfect Circuit and put up with Customs Hassles.

  4. R.E.D. says:

    Does the desktop version have the same functionality as the full keyboard version?

    1. Mike C says:

      it appears so!

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