Hyve is a new analogue synth with an expressive touch interface that’s designed to enable anyone to make music.
The synth engine is 60-voice polyphonic and can respond to pressure and horizontal/vertical movements. It’s said that even the smallest finger wiggle can have an effect.
There are two parts to the interface. The bottom half is laid out like a standard musical keyboard; moving vertically enables you to sweep through octaves, while going left and right adjusts the panning. There’s also a bottom row for making pressure-controlled pitch bends.
Up top there’s a hexagonal interface based on the harmonic table (every adjacent note is harmonically related) and, again, each note is sensitive to pressure and horizontal positioning.
The Hyve will be available in a variety of configurations. A $79 pledge will get you the bare circuit board with touch interface, or you can pledge $149 for a Synth Maker kit that can be built at home without the need for any soldering. $299 gets you the Premium model, which comes with a wooden back.
Find out more on the Hyve Kickstarter page.