Tracktion and Wavesequencer unleashed Hyperion, a Synthesizer plugin that brings advanced multi-layer, modular synthesis to your DAW.
Modular synthesizers are exciting sound design tools. Mono or stereo, not a problem in 2021. If you want to work with polyphony, it often becomes expensive, complex, and large. There are modules that try to simplify this workflow a bit. Software modular synths such as Voltage Modular 2 from Cherry Audio are much easier. Very few can do multi-layers.
Today Tracktion and Wavesequencer published their Hyperion Synthesizer, which is a multi-layer modular Synthesizer that is inspired by the electronic groups of the 80s. The Hyperion feature set is reminiscent of well-known synth workstation plugins such as Falcon, only in modular and patchable.
Hyperion can do both. Simple polyphonic patches but also highly complex in which different syntheses run in parallel. The engine with up to 10 layers and up to 16 voice polyphony per layer makes it possible. Per layer, you have individual note handling options, layer-specific polyphony, pitch bend range, and more. The layers within a patch can also communicate with each other. You can send MIDI CC, macro controls as well as FX bus audio between layers.
Hyperion is patchable and each module has numerous audio and virtual CV/ gate… inputs/outputs. However, it does not use the classic Eurorack-style modules. The graphics are kept very simple and minimal. The GUI uses color-coded name labels with dots (ins/outs) where the cables arrive or leave. This simplicity has the advantage that the user interface is much more compact.
Synthesis Power With Endless Options
On the synthesis side, Hyperion offers a lot. Can easily keep up with Falcon 2, Omnisphere 2, and others. It offers digital & virtual analog synthesis, 4-operator FM with 12 algorithms, wave-sequencing oscillators, or wave-sequenced 4 operator FM. For everyone who wants to move away from classic synthesis, it also hosts a plucked-string model, physical modeling flute OSC, sample-playback with looping, or a multi-sample (sfz/sfz2) oscillator.
Then, you have multiple filter types (low/high/band…), distortion, tube resonator, ring modulator, and bit-crusher with per voice processing. Further, you also have true-stereo buss effects including reverbs, stereo filters, distortion, stereo echo, granulator, 3-band EQ & more.
A good range of modulators should not be missing in a modular Synthesizer. Hyperion comes with ADSR with pre-delay and multiple triggering options, looping envelope, LFOs with one-shot mode, beat sync, and start phase control.
Plus a suite of data processing and generative nodes including binary logic, math expression evaluation, step sequences, event triggers, MIDI data triggering, and more. Everything for a simple but also for deep evolving patches are inside here.
Hyperion offers a lot. Lots of synthesis, lots of modulators, lots of polyphony, multi-layering… So a kind of UVI Falcon 2 only in modular form. At first glance, the plugin looks very solid and deep. I’m sure the plugin will find its friends, some will probably not like it because of its spaghetti cable interface.