hyve

Touchplates are so in this year.

Yes, it’s a testament to the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla: electronic musicians evidently long for something new. And the latest is a glimpse of something found in our news tip inbox. It’s called “HYVE” and it’s a hybrid synthesizer, combining a number of ideas about pitch arrangement into a single touch-plate layout.

There’s a keyboard. There’s a hexagonal pitch array. And there’s a heck of a lot of polyphony. And… well, it’s best to just watch the video:

I enjoy the all-in-one, compact wooden design. It looks busking friendly – especially useful if you like to do your busking outside a local cosmonaut training center.

What are we looking at? Details are scarce:

The Hyve Touch Synthesizer is a polyphonic analog instrument with 3 axis touch control. To stay updated on this project sign up at http://tiny.cc/HYVE

The synth and performance are the product of one Skot Wiedmann, whose work you might find scattered elsewhere on the Internets, including whatever is happening here. This looks like the electronic music studio on Vulcan:

Improvisation from Skot Wiedmann on Vimeo.

Awesome. More like this, whoever you are, Skot.

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We’ll be tuned in, for whenever more product news comes through the jump gate from this alternate universe of sound.

  • The hipster is strong with this one.

  • The hipster is strong with this one.

  • Harry Dean Stockwell

    That’s excellent. He was showing the big hexagonal unit at a booth at NAMM a few years ago (maybe in with the Haken guys?). Really nice guy, if memory serves.

  • Harry Dean Stockwell

    That’s excellent. He was showing the big hexagonal unit at a booth at NAMM a few years ago (maybe in with the Haken guys?). Really nice guy, if memory serves.

  • frank

    If there is a midi out option, I am sold

    • Robin Parmar

      If there’s an OSC out option, I’m weld.

      • polarr

        If there’s an arpeggiator, I’m brazed.

  • frank

    If there is a midi out option, I am sold

    • Robin Parmar

      If there’s an OSC out option, I’m weld.

      • polarr

        If there’s an arpeggiator, I’m brazed.

  • Cool as a controller. Otherwise I’ll get a Stylophone. As used by Baby Ford 9-)

  • Cool as a controller. Otherwise I’ll get a Stylophone. As used by Baby Ford 9-)

  • p

    so is there actual synthesis going on when you touch it or is actually just a controller?

    • Skot Wiedmann

      The 2 connections are power input (standard barrel 9v) and stereo audio output (headphone jack). You touch it, it makes sounds. In the video it is recorded through those two different amps, and also direct to the camera. No other equipment used.

  • p

    so is there actual synthesis going on when you touch it or is actually just a controller?

    • Skot Wiedmann

      The 2 connections are power input (standard barrel 9v) and stereo audio output (headphone jack). You touch it, it makes sounds. In the video it is recorded through those two different amps, and also direct to the camera. No other equipment used.