Electronic Musician

Hydrasynth $1,299 ashunsoundmachines.com

Strengths

+ Superb build quality and classy looks

+ Clear and intuitive module-driven interface that invites tweaking

+ A unique sonic personality, especially with poly aftertouch onboard

Limitations

- Though largely intuitive, this is a complex synth; expect a learning curve

- No audio input to route things through the lovely onboard processing

- Would have been nice if poly/unison voice modes were available by the wheels

Ashun Sound Machines may be a new name to most of us but it’s part of Medeli – a well established Hong Kong instrument maker. VP of their product development team is the hugely respected Glen Darcey, who has conceptualized and brought to market products like Arturia’s ‘Brute’ range, and Akai’s MPC Renaissance and Studio to name just a few! I was in no doubt that the Hydrasynth would have no detail left unchecked. But

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