Hydra 1.2 review

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The Hydra is a multi-model VSTi / DXi synthesizer, designed for use in all genres of electronic music.

License: Demo
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 744K
Developer: Synapse Audio Software
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Price: $59.00
Updated: 18 Jan 2006
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The Hydra is a multi-model VSTi / DXi synthesizer, designed for use in all genres of electronic music.

The oscillator routing can be switched between three radically different models, which is almost like having three different synthesizers in one - each model has it's own distinct character and sonic capabilities.

The logical organization of the user interface makes it easy to maintain a good overview of the high number of parameters, and design your own original sounds.

The online help system provides detailed information about every parameter.

Two of the three oscillators have 39 preset waveforms, and can be individually saturated. Envelopes can be switched to percussive mode, turning the instrument into an extremely versatile drum sound synthesizer.

A number of effects are built in: a chorus/delay effect with a tempo sync option, a special bass expansion unit for solid sub basses, and a roaring distortion effect.

It comes with a library of 150 useful and imaginative presets, including house/club style organs, bells and percussions, basses, subtle ambient atmospheres, powerful leads and rich stereo pads.

Here are some key features of "Hydra":
3-oscillator, multi-model synthesizer with ring- and phase-modulation features
Multimode, resonant double-filter with four modes, ADSR control and filter seperation
Pitch-up/down envelopes
ADSR Envelope
Massive stereo chorus effect
Choice of 39 preset waveforms per oscillator
LFO with filter/oscillator routing controls
Performance section with routing options for velocity, mod wheel and aftertouch messages
Glide control
Unique bass expansion filter with stereo spread
Distortion effect
Up to 16 voices of polyphony
Dual voices and unison triggering modes
Percussive envelopes mode for drum sounds
On-screen virtual keyboard, pitch and mod wheel controls.

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