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Hyve Touch Synthesizer

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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."

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Oscillator(s)
Oscillators: 1
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Keyboard, Velocity
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 60
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
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"
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Power: 9V DC, positive tip
Year Released: 2017
Design Notes:

Designed by Skot Wiedmann

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