Modular Diary – 097

I’m beginning to realize that one of Audulus’ best features is its forum. Besides all the learning and exchange and building on each others patches, it’s also a great place for discovery: Via soporus/eponymic, the creator of some very impressive TR808 drum sounds, I discovered the Hyve – a touch synthesizer with an interface arranged so as to easily explore tone combinations with small finger movements: It includes both a piano-style keyboard layout and a hexagon grid somewhat reminiscent of the Snyderphonics Manta used by Walker Farrell on his latest album. Like the Hordijk Benjolin it too grew out of workshop situations in which one could build an instrument in an afternoon.

It’s delightfully simple. There are no envelopes to set or filters to adjust. Vertical movements on the keyboard shift octaves. Small thumb-pads enable glides. Pressure controls the amplitude, and horizontal movements placement in the stereo field – which makes for tremolo like modulations. Those simple parameters, along with 60-voice polyphony (!) make for a surprisingly expressive instrument.

Modular Diary – 025

I went back and listened to the tryouts of the self-made TTSH that Jesper Pedersen posted on SoundCloud a while ago.1 (The Two Thousand Six Hundred is an unusual DIY clone of the ARP 2600.)

It’s interesting to think that while preceeding it by a year, the modular 2600’s production run is more or less parallel to that of the Oddysey. It’s a very particular sound those ARP instruments have!

In contrast to the punch of the first sequencer tryout that Jesper posted there’s also a warm drone and a more mellow sequence with some nice intonation and modulation details that appear as it progresses.

  1. “I began building hardware to take a little pause from software” he comments in the comments. 


Building, Exploring, Composing. Thoughts on the relation between building instruments and making music with them: