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Hyve Synth: a touch sensitive, analog synthesizer



This kickstarter campaign has already almost tripled its goal, and they still have a few weeks to go. It reminded us of the Stylophone, so we had to take a closer look!

The Hyve Touch Synthesizer is hackable analog synth that responds to human touch.

It’s a 60-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer that is controlled by pressure, horizontal, and vertical movements of each finger on the surface. Even the smallest wiggle of your finger makes the sound come alive, giving expression to the music you make.

You don’t need to know anything to start touching sound.

90536bc77a568cd7bd33dbdb8a67edc9_original1. Plug in power and headphones

2. Touch the surface

3. Slide and explore

Notes span 6 octaves and are arranged so that you can easily explore harmonies and tone combinations with small movements of your finger.

The bottom half is arranged like a piano keyboard. Each key senses pressure, vertical position, and horizontal position. Moving vertically allows you to sweep through octaves and harmonically combine them into evolving tones. Horizontal movements push the sound right and left in stereo. Touching the bottom row causes a pressure-controlled pitch bend.

The top half uses a hexagon grid to put notes that sound good together right next to each other. Every adjacent note is harmonically related: straight up is a perfect 5th, up to the right is a major 3rd, and up to the left is a minor 3rd. This means that one finger can play a chord and slide to the next chord in the song. Each hexagon also senses pressure and horizontal position like the bottom half.


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