I love my Hydrasynth for what it is, but it doesn’t PsyTrance for me as well as a Virus or other soft synths.
It does exceptional yesteryear sounds and some modern stuff from early Gary Numan to Aphex Twin gnarly stuff, it’s great!!
But for me Squelchy and sequenced stuff not so good.
In the mix the Hydrasynth is really prominent, very accented mid freqs that need shaping back to sit nicely in the mix.
On its own SUPERB, plays well with others yes, if it can be boss, but NO if you want it to complement other synths.
The Hydrasynth wants to be the leader of the pack. It has its own voice, and wants it heard!The Hydrasynth has an expressive poly aftertouch keybed, very nice and can open up expressive possibilities. The long ribband is a nice touch and again expressive possibilities, but personally I don’t use it much.
It’s a keep as a great bit of got studio gear.
BUT if you want nice, easy, pleasing sounds that work well with a few knob twists, then go else where... like a Virus or Moog Voyager, Subsequent 37, ... would also like to say a modern Korg Wavestate, but don’t own one... anyway you get the picture.
Nice wavetables, but requires work to get them to sound exceptional by combining them and then eq’ing.
Nice palette of FX that help to diffuse that harsh sound it generates...
- Is it a perfect synth?? NO
- Is it finished?? NO still needs a bit of polish
- Is it good?? HELL YEAHH!
- Are there better out there?? YES, but for modulating sources I think it will be hard to beat in a hardware format.
- Is it ground breaking?? The jury is out on that one...
- Is it a keeper?? YES, but you will probably gravitate to other workhorses down the line and prob not in the too distant future.4 out of 5 top
Meek is often commissioned for games, apps, film. He is involved in a number of musical projects. He studied at the Guitar Institue and has a BMus in Jazz & Contemporary Music Performance.
Meek loves guitars & synthesisers !!
A member of ASCAP and composers in various musical genres:
Meek has a passion for true analogue gear. Sometimes he uses an Akai MPC 2000XL and TASCAM Portastudio 424 to sketch beats, old school style. He still likes the workflow.
A big fan of film, cinematic scores and soundtracks, this style comes through in Meek's work and sound design.
Synths: Moog Voyager, Moog Sub Phatty, DSI Prophet 12, DSI Tempest, ASM Hydrasynth, Korg MS20, Korg Arp Odyssey, Vox Continental, Doepfer Modular System, Akai MPC 2000XL, RhythmWolf, Korg MicroKorg, Arturia MiniBrute II, Arturia DrumBrute, Roland JP8000, Roland TB-03, CritterGuitari Organelle, CritterGuitari MiniPiano, TeenageEngineering OP-1, Behringer: TD-3, Pro-1, Model-D, MS101.
Experimental Instruments: Meeks Dharan-Toxic Drone Machine, MiniMeek 5, Soma Lyra8
Guitars & Bass: Ibanez, Gibson, Fender, Schecter, Epiphone, Yamaha (Bass)
Software: Ableton (current favourite), Logic Pro, StudioOne
Beat making setup: Meek prefers a hybrid setup, a mixture of analogue outboard gear and digital gear such as soft synths/vsts. "...its the best of both worlds, extremely flexible."
Influences (Producers/Composers):Predominantly 90’s HipHop (Public Enemy, Pete Rock, DrDre, Preemo), Love the work of George Cllinton, Bootsy Collins, Nile Rodgers, Qunicy Jones, John Barry, Bernard Herman, Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin.
Education: BMus Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance
Meek is currently involved in various musical projects within different genres:top
A short simple piece of music I wrote during lockdown 2020, while in the UK.
I wasn't feeling to great today, so I vented through this piece.
Music for the end of world Apocalypse.Ambient track. Created with 3x synths: ASM Hydrasynth, Korg MS20 and SOMA Lyra 8
An experimental Meek Poitier film shot all on iPhone 5 in December 2016.
The sound and SFX was done using Meeks Dharan-Toxic Drone Machine, which was design and made by Meek
A fun beat piece. Meek is always looking to collab with great artists and individuals with great ideas!