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Meeks Hot Gossip



... after 1 year of extensive use and diving deep into it.

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.

“The Hydrasynth wants to be an everything synth, but it hasn’t learned to run yet... maybe in time it will turn out to be the distance runner it aspires to be.” - Meek

I still haven’t found it’s perfect place yet as a possible genre defining bit of gear like a Roland TB303 or 808, 909, Access Virus, Moog MiniMoog, Little Phatty, or Korg M1 etc... and probably never will.

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



Meek Poitier

Producer, Composer, Musician, Sound designer, Audio engineer.
Founding member of Infamous Foreign Sound Society

Current Projects: Starmass Suicide, PsychoCreeps Inc., Gropius, Synth3t1c L1f3forms.

Past Projects: Bordel, The Fallen

Job: Film & motion picture composer, sound designer, foley, arranging & mixing, beat maker

Location: Kent, UK

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.

“… It works for me. It helps with thinking outside the box, to be able to get as close to physically touching the sounds helps my creativity, the warmth, the sparkle and presence it gives to instruments when recorded; there's something magical about it that is difficult to describe, it's that 'je ne sais quoi', juice, swagger”

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:

* Starmass Suicide - BlackMetal
PhyschoCreeps Inc. - Horror Punk
* Synth3t1cL1f3forms - IndustrialAcid


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As I Wept © 2020

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.

Apokalyptica © 2020

Music for the end of world Apocalypse.

Ambient track. Created with 3x synths: ASM Hydrasynth, Korg MS20 and SOMA Lyra 8
Lay back chill and listen to the end of the world... what do you see ??

Cookie Dolls © 2016

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

Need A Friend © 2017

A fun beat piece. Meek is always looking to collab with great artists and individuals with great ideas!

Collab Bro!!??


© 2020 Meek Poitier