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Hyve Touch Synthesizer

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    Description
    Hyve Touch Synthesizer is a fun, expressive musical instrument that anyone can make and play. It responds to human touch, even your slightest finger movements give you powerful control. Turning these gestures into sound allows you to play music like never before.

    Expressive touch, analog synth

    Slide your fingers across the surface to explore new ways to touch sound. 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.

    Explore and harmonize

    Notes on the Hyve 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.

    How do I play it?

    The Hyve was designed to be immediate and accessible. You don't need to know anything to start touching sound.

    1. Plug in power and headphones
    2. Touch the surface
    3. Slide and explore

    Hands on, educational experience

    Learning through doing is a powerful way to inspire a lifelong curiosity for STEAM fields. Hyve combines tech and arts concepts into a tactile playground for sound.

    + Durable - No fragile glass screen
    + Goes with you everywhere - 40 hour battery life
    + Explore musical intervals by playing

    Cuckoo: "It's magical. This is extremely cool."

    Joey Gage: "It kind of makes the Hyve synthesizer feel more natural and organic in a way, that what you put into it and how you touch the instrument actually affects the sound."
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Oscillator(s)
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 1
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Keyboard, Velocity
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 60
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Case
    Case: Desktop, Keyboard
    Case Details: 60 Hex Keys
    Keyboard: Touch Plates, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Pads
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 153mm x 127mm x 13mm / 6" x 5" x 0.5"
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
    Power: 9V DC, positive tip
    Production
    Year Released: 2017
    Design Notes:

    Designed by Skot Wiedmann
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] HyveSynth.com
    [+] www.kickstarter.com
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $299 - convert
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