In a recent article in Synthtopia on the newly announced ASM Hydrasynth Explorer, the author writes:
The Hydrasynth Explorer is arguably the most powerful minisynth ever
Now i realize hyperbole is easy, and this is no doubt something said and set in the moment. And perhaps this is an abuse of the word “minisynth”. The Explorer is small, and does run on batteries, but is it a minisynth ?
But the Explorer does wrap the full Hydrasynth engine, with a poly-aftertouch keyboard, and microtuning scales and a complex sound engine with a ton of modulation, in a 7.5 lb ( 3.4 kg ) low cost package.
So the question then is, What is the most powerful small synth ever ?
Other present day synths that might be in the running, in no order:
- Modal Argon or Cobalt
- Korg Minilogue XD
- Model:Cycle or Model:Sample
What else ?
Granted this is a subjective question, but you surely have an opinion. What else and why.
Or is the HS Explorer now really the most powerful minisynth ?